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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

Anything that Obama does will make it worse.

December 10, 2012

At least seven are dead and hundreds wounded after deadly clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opposition protesters erupted overnight.

December 6, 2012

As a 138-nation majority votes Palestine into UN statehood, Netanyahu and Susan Rice do nothing but sputter in outrage. 

November 30, 2012

With today’s vote in the UN General Assembly, Palestine will take a significant step toward statehood.

November 29, 2012

Killing Hamas’s military leader is the latest in a long line of murders that has radicalized Palestinians. But maybe that's the point. 

November 20, 2012

The other great world power is having a leadership contest, too.

November 8, 2012

It ought to be good news, but President Obama might not wish to trumpet this particular gospel.

October 22, 2012

The pro-democracy leader called for the release of the popular Russian resistance rockers. 

September 20, 2012

Netanyahu isn’t going to bomb Iran. But his crazy threats may pay off.

August 22, 2012

When you’re a superpower, you can do anything you want to, it seems.

August 13, 2012