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Nelson Mandela

South Africans of all races have reason to celebrate the life of the country’s first post-apartheid president.

Fifty years ago, Kennedy made a historic speech that brought America and the Soviet Union back from the brink.

The historic genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt was a huge step. But his conviction has been overturned—and many others have blood on their hands, including current president Otto Pérez Molina.

Jon Cruddas

Jon Cruddas, who’s now leading a comprehensive policy review, says he wants to renew the party’s roots in English radicalism.

Nicolas Maduro

Despite a surprising showing by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, Chavismo lives on. But can Nicolás Maduro hold it together?

Margaret Thatcher's smiling villainy sparked a generation of dissent—and neoliberal policies that live on today.

Margaret Thatcher

In every way, her agenda opposed the interests of ordinary working people. How did she get so many of them to vote against their own economic interests again and again?

Soldiers in North Korea

Pyongyang's bellicose posturing conforms to an old pattern, but the dangers may be greater now because tensions are rising throughout the region.

A postcard featuring Pope Francis

There is nothing in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s record to suggest that he will reform the Catholic Church. 

A supporter holds a poster of Hugo Chávez

In fourteen years, Chávez radically transformed Venezuela’s economy and society—and the majority of country loved him for it.

Blogs

Over the next few weeks, President Obama will meet the leaders of Israel, Jordan and nearly all of the Persian Gulf Arab states.

February 13, 2014

The Israel lobby, defeated on Iran, is in a weakened state when it comes to what it really cares about: Israel itself.

February 3, 2014

Stephen Cohen appears on the John Batchelor Show and KPFA 94.1’s Letters and Politics to discuss the escalating violence in Kiev. 

January 23, 2014

It’s ugly, but the United States ought to stay out of it.

December 19, 2013

How do the two trailblazers compare?

December 11, 2013

Few people know that Mandela was a global leader on reproductive freedom.

December 9, 2013

He defended collective bargaining, championed international solidarity and proudly carried a UAW card.

December 6, 2013

The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

Few, if any, of the towering figures of the twentieth century inspired as many people, or as many songs, as Nelson Mandela.

December 5, 2013

New sanctions could ruin the prospects for a long-term accord, giving ammunition to hardliners in Iran while causing the existing sanctions regime to collapse. 

November 26, 2013