Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have shaved off his mustache,
but it's going to take a whole lot more than that to convince the world that he's not a
dictator. FP investigates the whiskers that autocrats wear.
Roiled by earthquake, typhoon, tsunami, fire, and volcano -- not to mention nuclear attack and terrorism -- Japan for centuries has been a land of disaster, as reflected in popular culture from art to literature to our favorite monster flicks.