Africa and Latin America have vastly different politics, religions and social customs, but when it comes to geography they are actually quite similar. In the 20th century, striking likenesses in both regions' terrain -- which is dominated by impenetrable rainforests, highlands and harsh deserts -- gave rise to yet another similarity between them: the rise of dictators. The nature of those authoritarian governments, however, varied widely as other factors shaped their circumstances and success....
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