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


Is War Between the United States and China Inevitable?

International hegemony of the Western powers, namely the US and Europe, could be coming to an end

US Politics

Is Trump Really Crazy?

The president exhibits the classic symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder

US Politics

What can Trump learn from Al Capone and Richard Nixon?

What typically brings down people in power is the cover up, not the crime

Opioid Crisis

Dying white Americans

A new study documents why mortality is higher among poorly educated whites

Arab world

Asphyxiated Arabs

In three years it will be necessary to create 60 million jobs for young people in the region


America’s Second Civil War

Some novels make us feel that situations that today appear to be implausible might not be so far-fetched after all

US Politics

Donald Trump’s three wars... and those that are yet to come

The variety, intensity, vindictiveness, and, at times, the banality of the conflicts coming from Trump are not normal

US Politics

Five Ideas that Trump Killed

Trump has put an end to the idea that corruption and nepotism at the highest levels of government can only flourish in banana republics

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

US Politics

How to Dismantle a Superpower

The New World Order will be defined by those who fill the power gaps left by the United States


Who’s lying? You be the judge

Someone is not telling the truth about the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá


Europe, Syria and global warming

The very complexity of 21st-century political structures is making international agreements hard to come by