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

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

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”

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

What Zapatero Knows

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

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

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

Exit the United States and enter… who?

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

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

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

How to Dismantle a Superpower

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

Is Trump Really Crazy?

The president exhibits the classic symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder

What can Trump learn from Al Capone and Richard Nixon?

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

Dying white Americans

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

Asphyxiated Arabs

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

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