The Global Observer

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Putin in Caracas

A Venezuela free of the influences of the Russian autocracy and the Cuban dictatorship is an objective that the world’s democracies should support


The globalization of polarization

Democracies seem to be suffering from a type of “political autoimmune disease” – as part of each society wages war on the rest of the social body


A booming market for charlatans

We have to accept that democracy requires more effort than just casting a vote every few years


What FIFA and the Vatican have in common

Both institutions have a long history of unacceptable behavior on the part of some of their members


Two explosive reports

While appearing to be of little interest to the general public at first glance, the institutions that sponsored them and the credibility of their authors make these warnings difficult to ignore


It wasn’t the caravan or the economy, it was the women

While Trump was busy frightening supporters about an imminent refugee invasion, American women were getting out the vote for women candidates


Forgiving Trump

In January 2016, Donald Trump said: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” When Americans vote in the mid-term elections this Tuesday, we’ll see if that is really true


Mexico’s AMLO and Brazil’s Bolsonaro: very different... and very similar

Two rising Latin American leaders have figured out voters are hungry for messiah figures, not lectures about the institutions that limit presidential power


What if money disappears?

Relying on colored pieces of paper for our transactions will soon become a thing of the past


It started with porn

Deepfake is a new and powerful weapon in the arsenal available to the merchants of lies


Interesting times ahead

Political instability distracts us from economic challenges while economic crises distract us from our political problems


López Obrador’s dangerous temptation

Will Mexico’s president-elect try to change the Constitution in order to stay in power?


“Sometimes failures can also bring progress toward democracy”

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States likes to go against the grain. Born into a peasant family in Uruguay, Luis Almagro grew up to be a rather undiplomatic diplomat. The nemesis of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, he’s also a vegetarian, a sportsman, and he’s become a leftist politician whose defense of democracy has made him a pariah with the apologists of South America’s authoritarian regimes


An opaque world

The best antidote to covert meddling is an independent media, but that too is being stealthily meddled with

Political corruption

Kleptocracy and kakistocracy

In a kleptocracy all high-level government officials are complicit and their priority is to enrich themselves, and use their accumulated wealth to perpetuate themselves in power


Two paradoxes

Hackers and whistle-blowers have pulled back the curtain on the international financial system while autocrats go out of their way to stage fake elections


Nicolás Maduro and the banality of evil

This article is a blow-by-blow dissection of the statements made by the Venezuelan president in a recent op-ed published in EL PAÍS

Venezuela-Cuba relations

The secret memo to Raúl Castro

“We have managed to control the nation with the largest oil reserves on the planet without firing a single shot and without openly involving our armed forces. And we have done it without the world realizing that the Venezuelan government’s most important decisions are made by us”

Gun Control

Four American Tragedies

The US government is failing to protect its citizens from the predatory behavior of some corporations. Irresponsibly lax gun control, the opioid epidemic, pharmaceutical price gouging and the ravages of climate change are just four examples

Elections in Venezuela

What Zapatero Knows

Venezuelans want to vote, but not in elections where traps and tricks will guarantee the continuity of this government

World Development Report

Education: The world’s biggest scam?

The problem is no longer the lack of schooling but rather that once children get there, they do not learn

World Economic Forum

The anxious euphoria of Davos

Before, companies needed financial, human, technological and brand capital to succeed. From here on they will also need digital capital


While we were not paying attention

Thanks to policy on nuclear weapons and energy independence, the illusion that the US does not need the rest of the world may look more real than ever to lawmakers


Maduro doesn’t matter

He is simply the useful idiot, the puppet of those who really rule Venezuela


Why Do Dictators like to Appear Democratic?

Democracy contributes the most precious ingredient for tyrants: legitimacy

Climate Change

Exit the United States and enter… who?

Leadership in the fight against global warming is moving from the White House to Europe and China