Few Americans, especially those in government, know much about Cuba. And
nowhere is that more evident than in the coverage of Fidel Castro's
illness and the transition of power.
As Iraq burns and Castro recovers, the Bush Administration's schemes to
further "Cuba's transition to democracy" ring more hollow than ever.
Evo Morales and his Movement Toward Socialism party face two formidable
foes: a far left discontented with neoliberalism and a combative rancher-based right wing.
If democracy represents the will of the people, then there is either
something wrong with democracy in the United States and Britain or something wrong with the people on both sides of the Atlantic.
As Prime Minister-elect Romano Prodi take the reins of power, Italians should seek evidence of Berlusconi's true role in the run-up to the Iraq War.
After nine years, Tony Blair's magic has worn off. His Labour Party has mutated from an imperfect conduit of progressive change into an active obstacle to it.
Slobodan Milosevic died without a definitive judgment of his
responsibility for war and crimes against humanity. Now others will
judge him, precisely what he wanted to avoid.
Michelle Bachelet has vowed Chile will be a different country by the
end of her four-year term. But she will likely be remembered more for
continuity than for change.
Russian human rights activist Gregory Shvedov examines how Vladimir Putin's tactics toward Chechnya align with George W. Bush's "global war on terror."
The World Social Forum in Caracas provided living proof of
alternative political and social visions, but raised new questions
about government co-optation.