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The Global Observer

BLOGS By MOISÉS NAÍM
Former Malaysian PM, Najib Razak, after abandoning the Anti-Corruption Commission in Malaysia.
Former Malaysian PM, Najib Razak, after abandoning the Anti-Corruption Commission in Malaysia. AP

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

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

The secret memo to Raúl Castro

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

“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”

Four American Tragedies

President Trump at Davos.

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

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

Donald Trump en Florida donde pronunció una conferencia sobre las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba.

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

FICTION
America’s Second Civil War

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

Climate Change
Protests against decision to leave Paris agreement.
Protests against decision to leave Paris agreement. AFP

Exit the United States and enter… who?

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

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

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

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

Asphyxiated Arabs

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