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The Global Observer

BLOGS By MOISÉS NAÍM
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

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

Two paradoxes

El presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin.

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

Venezuela’s President Maduro.
Venezuela’s President Maduro. EFE

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”

President Trump at Davos.
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

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

Donald Trump, en la Casa Blanca.

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

FICTION
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

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