Politics

Goulash democracy

Travelling along the eastern coast of England in the 1980s, W. G. Sebald sifted through the ruins of a region run down and in decay, yet terrified of its past....

Politics

All know, nobody cares

“In Italy”, the prosecutor Giovanni Falcone told Marcelle Padovani, a reporter for the Nouvel Observateur, in the early 1990s, “the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State...

  • THE GOOD MOTHERS

    Alex Perry

  • ROADMAP TO HELL

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

Politics

Hot commodities

Latin American countries have found it singularly difficult to diversify their economies. In the 200 years or so since independence, they have depended on commodities for the bulk of their...

  • THE ECONOMICS OF CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA

    Beatriz Armendáriz and Felipe Larraín

Politics

Don’t tell Congress

My first interview with the tall, gangly Bashar al-Assad took place in 2003 in his downtown office in Damascus. He had been president for three years and clearly was uncertain...

Politics

Tradition and the individual tyrant

The dictators of the twentieth century were firm believers in the power of the written word. It was Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s novel What Is To Be Done? (1863) that inspired Lenin...

Politics

States of perpetual tension

America’s two largest states, Cali­fornia and Texas, are the poles between which American society turns. Distinctly different, they still have much in common. Each has a majority-minority population – in...

Politics

Slogans won’t save us

The sign at the entrance of this new show about the relationship between graphic art and politics warns that what lies beyond may cause offence. “The Design Museum”, it reads,...

Politics

The crime of being black

As a college student in the late 1970s, I set off for a spring break with two friends, driving from the snow-bound hills of western Massachusetts to the balmy coast...

  • CHOKEHOLD

    Paul Butler

  • I CAN’T BREATHE

    Matt Taibbi

Politics

Trusting women

The state acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and...

  • REPEAL THE 8TH

    Una Mullally, editor

Politics

Votes for sugar

Egypt’s President – once General, now Field Marshal, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – has earned another title: Mr 97 per cent. In an election held at the end of March, Sisi...