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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

The United States needs to tread carefully to avoid escalating the confrontation with Pyongyang.

April 15, 2013

A quick spin through The Nation's archives offers a running critique of the former Prime Minister and her ideology.

April 13, 2013

Washington wades deeper into the Middle East swamp.

April 12, 2013

Margaret Thatcher’s fancy funeral will be held this coming Wednesday. Along with the deceased prime minister, can we bury her most favorite slogan, too?

April 12, 2013

The allegations of army violence during the 2011 uprising come from a committee appointed by the president, but a new constitution may yet undermine justice.

April 11, 2013

The Conservative leader sold British workers down the river while pursuing a destructive foreign policy.

April 10, 2013

The media was outraged that people celebrated the death of Margaret Thatcher. If they're curious, they should ask someone deeply affected by her policies.

April 9, 2013

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

April 8, 2013

The eulogies for Margaret Thatcher are piling up. Here's a different take—from a review of The Iron Lady.

April 8, 2013

But Obama should just keep talking—until he has a chance to make a deal with a new president not named Ahmadinejad.

April 5, 2013