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The Three Amigos

Trump, Bolsonaro and López Obrador couldn’t be more different. Or more similar

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Four ideas damaged by Covid-19

What do international cooperation, Washington’s prestige, fiscal austerity and globalization have in common?

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Parking lots, coughing and the pandemic

Bureaucracies tend to hide their mistakes, especially in authoritarian countries

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What else is going on?

Covid-19 is our most pressing problem, but other events are highlighting important global trends

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Pandemic reactions, exaggerations and confusion

Every major crisis sets off a storm of conspiracy theories, bad ideas and disproportionate responses

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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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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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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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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

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Interesting times ahead

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

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López Obrador’s dangerous temptation

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

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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

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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

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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