Cult of Personality

Xi Jinping

Chinese Museum ‘Upgrades’ by Replacing Past Leaders with Xi Jinping Propaganda

The Shekou Museum of China’s Reform and Opening-Up in Shenzhen, China, just emerged from a few months of renovations with an “upgraded” layout that replaces tributes to visionary President Deng Xiaoping with glowing tributes to China’s current and increasingly dictatorial leader, Xi Jinping. Observers wonder if Xi’s cult of personality might have gone a little too far, given that Deng is widely revered as the architect of China’s economic success.

Shoko Asahara, founder of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, was executed in Japan on Friday with six of his followers for perpetrating a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, along with several other crimes.

Japan Executes Doomsday Cult Leader for 1995 Nerve Gas Attack

Shoko Asahara, founder of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, was executed in Japan on Friday with six of his followers for perpetrating a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, along with several other crimes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping made sure to finally meet Kim Jong Un this year -- for the first time ever -- before the North Korean leader held talks with either US Presidnet Donald Trump or South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Chinese City Loads a Train with Xi Jinping Propaganda

The city of Changchun in northeastern China offered an unusual “gift” to the Communist Party on its 97th birthday: a train festooned with quotes from President-for-Life Xi Jinping and crewed by rappers who preach Xi’s ideology to the beat of bamboo instruments.

People take a selfie photograph with an Apple Inc. iPhone in front of an illuminated Christmas tree in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. With more Chinese tourists likely to travel to Hong Kong next year as the yuan strengthens against the Hong Kong dollar, retailers are poised to …

BBC: ‘A Nation of Active Citizens’ Is Xi Jinping’s ‘Nightmare’

The BBC’s profile of Chinese President Xi Jinping is almost as lengthy as the one published by China’s state-run Xinhua news service, and it’s considerably flashier in its multimedia presentation style, but it’s also a good deal more skeptical. The BBC sees a vast cult of personality developing around China’s leader, nourished by the full power of the Chinese state. History has yet to provide an example of a cult of personality with a happy ending.

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New Poll: Putin-Era Russians Warming Up to the Memory of Josef Stalin

A new poll has found that Russian public opinion towards mass murderer Josef Stalin has turn alarmingly positive during the tenures of President Vladimir Putin, a leader who has publicly lamented the fall of the Soviet Union and invaded and reconquered multiple regions of various post-Soviet states.

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Vladimir Putin Scores Eight Goals in Hockey Game

Russian President Vladimir Putin once lectured America about exceptionalism, but he cannot stop himself from showing off his exceptional athletic abilities. This time, Putin managed to score eight goals in a hockey game.