A short biography and background note on the Assads. Includes information on Hafez al-Assad, Rifaat al-Assad and Bashar al-Assad. Reviewed and updated 2 April 2014 to include information about major events in Syria's civil war during 2013 and early 2014.
A short biography and background note on Augusto Pinochet. Corrected 22 February 2014 to note that foreign-controlled copper mines were fully nationalised by the Allende government in 1971, and to note that Isabel Allende is not the niece of Salvador Allende but a more distant relative.
Short biography and background note on Ne Win. Includes information on Than Shwe. Reviewed and updated 29 January 2014 with extra biographical information on Than Shwe, some background information on Thein Sein and to expand the comment at the end of the article.
A short biography and background note on Aung San Suu Kyi. Reviewed and updated 23 January 2014 with details of some of Suu Kyi's activities during 2013, including her statement that she wants to become president of Burma and her call for amendments to the Burmese constitution.
A short biography and background note on Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Updated 15 January 2014 with details of some of Tutu's activities during 2013, including his visit to Burma in February and his repudiation of the African National Congress in May.
A short biography and background note on Nancy Wake. Updated 30 June 2013 to confirm the information that, in accord with her wishes, Nancy Wake's ashes were scattered at the village of Verneix near Montlucon in central France.
A short biography and background note on Efraín Ríos Montt. Updated 23 June 2013 to provide further biographical details and update information about Ríos Montt's trial on charges of genocide and war crimes.
A short biography and background note on Rigoberta Menchú Tum. Updated 23 June 2013 to provide further details about operation 'Victoria 82' (Victory 82) and to update information about Efraín Ríos Montt's trial on charges of genocide and war crimes.
Short biography and background note on Jorge Rafael Videla and the Argentine junta. Updated 8 June 2013 to provide further details about Videla's death and to note the opening of the trail of officers associated with the Operation Condor conspiracy of the mid-1970s.
A short biography and background note on Lech Walesa. Updated 5 June 2013 to report on Walesa's recent comments about homosexuals in the Polish parliament and to edit the "comment" at the end of the profile.
A short biography and background note on Rosa Parks. Updated 25 May 2013 to note the unveiling of a bronze statue of Parks in the Statuary Hall at the US Capitol on 27 February 2013, and to add a 'More information' link to an article on Parks at Salon.com.
Background notes on United States presidents and their advisers. Updated 15 May 2013 to note the Reagan administration's effort to prevent Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from sabotaging a vote that led to his removal from power.
A short biography and background note on Pol Pot. Updated 12 May 2013 to report the death of Ieng Sary on 14 March 2013 and to note that the secret bombing raids on Vietnamese communist sanctuaries and supply routes inside Cambodia that began in March 1969 were launched without the knowledge of the US Congress.
A short biography and background note on Ho Chi Minh. Updated 12 May 2013 to revise down to 700,000 the figure for the number killed in Cambodia and Laos as a consequence of the spread of the Vietnam War.
Short biographies and background notes on François Duvalier and Jean-Claude Duvalier. Updated 30 April 2013 to note Jean-Claude Duvalier's appearance at a pre-trial hearing in a Haitian appeals court on 28 February 2013.