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How is corruption like snow?

In English, the word ‘accountability’ means to take responsibility for one’s actions, but in Spanish there is no such term

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The shoestring superpower

Some nations have acquired the capacity to cheaply and stealthily intervene in the domestic politics of rivals, exacerbating their social conflicts, undermining their institutions and making the country harder to govern

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Expensive murders

While it is too early to know the full extent of the fallout from Iranian General Qassim Suleimani’s assassination, there is no doubt that it will be significant

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Revolting alliances

In the 21st century, compromise between political groups that hate each other may become a requirement for the survival of democracy

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Junk TV is more toxic than we thought

Researchers are finding that mindless television can undermine democracy

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Is Venezuela becoming the Libya of the Caribbean?

The differences between these two countries’ crises are obvious, but their similarities are very telling

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The world’s most dangerous place: Washington D.C.

With ever-increasing audacity, President Donald Trump is testing the Constitution and the rules on which democracy depends

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The war on truth

We have more information than ever before, but its veracity is often in doubt

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This is not normal

Around the world, governing is becoming more difficult and, in many cases, impossible

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What has a bigger impact, elections or street protests?

Most protests achieve minor concessions or fail completely. But some have caused substantial political changes. What characterizes those that succeed?

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Economic inequality: What’s new?

Since 2010, the share of Americans aged between 18 and 29 who hold a favorable view of capitalism has fallen from 68% to 45%

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Political dialogue in Venezuela: Naïve or inevitable?

Just about everyone wants Venezuelans to engage in political dialogue. But all past “dialogues” ended up strengthening the government and weakening the opposition

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Politician-eating beasts

Once the political system in some countries learns how to toss out a head of state, it seems to develop a taste for it, and starts doing it again and again

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Cherry blossoms and nervous bankers

While there is consensus that the capitalist system needs major reforms, there is no agreement on what these reforms should be

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Six toxins that weaken democracy

The electoral successes of Brexit, Trump and Chávez have some revealing commonalities

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Islam by numbers

In Muslim countries incomes are lower than in the rest of the world, while illiteracy is higher and life expectancy lower. Why?

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Who do you trust?

We don’t believe the government or the experts, but we do believe anonymous social media posts

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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

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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

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A booming market for charlatans

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What if money disappears?

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

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It started with porn

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