The essential question that will be covered: What are some similarities and differences of three different current world dictators? The main points that will be addressed are the backgrounds and history behind the dictators, the actions they've taken since being in power, and their interaction with the rest of the world. The first dictator that will be looked at is Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, despot of Sudan who has furthered the religious and ethnic clashes there while restricting the rights of the people. The second tyrant that will be observed is Than Shwe, the ruler who has brought Burma away from achieving diplomacy, as well as taking several hundred political prisoners. The final dictator that will be looked at is the eccentric Kim Jong Il of North Korea, who is easily one of the most unique, and tyrannous, rulers in the world today. These three men who have taken absolute power in their regions show that while the world as a whole has tried to make strides in human rights and democracy, there are still leaders out there who challenge these advances every day.