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IMF chief Christine Lagarde.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde. REUTERS

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

Forgiving Trump

US President Donald Trump arrives for a

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 election this Tuesday, we’ll see if that is really true.

President Trump at Davos.

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

Kleptocracy and kakistocracy

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

Maduro muestra una imagen de un billete tras ordenar la eliminación de tres ceros del bolívar.

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 we have done it without the world realizing that the Venezuelan government’s most important decisions are made by us”

Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Russian president, Vladimir Putin. AP PHOTO

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

Anti-Trump protests.
Anti-Trump protests. Getty Images

How to Dismantle a Superpower

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

The Abraham Lincoln cemetery in Illinois.
The Abraham Lincoln cemetery in Illinois. getty

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin via REUTERS

An opaque world

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

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. AFP PHOTO

What Zapatero Knows

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

“America alone” sums up where Trump is taking the US.
“America alone” sums up where Trump is taking the US. AFP

While we were not paying attention

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

Trumps speaks on US-Cuba relations.
Trumps speaks on US-Cuba relations. Reuters

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

US Politics
Donald Trump in the White House's Oval Office.
Donald Trump in the White House's Oval Office. EFE

Is Trump Really Crazy?

The president exhibits the classic symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder

Opioid Crisis
Tabitha Palmer and Anthony Palmer are Trump voters from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Tabitha Palmer and Anthony Palmer are Trump voters from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Getty

Dying white Americans

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

Arab world
Hundreds of women and children protest at the UN calling for the end of war.

Asphyxiated Arabs

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