The devastating violence engulfing places buckling under gangs, drug cartels, and organized crime can seem hopeless. Yet some places—from Colombia to the Republic of Georgia—have been able to recover.
Around the world, conservative groups have been gaining influence, bolstering the power of right-wing leaders. It is a trend driven not only by older generations but also by the young.
Venezuelans’ best hope is to ensure that the flickering embers of protest and social dissent are not extinguished and that resistance to dictatorship is sustained.
What conservative civic activism portends for global civil society.
Mexican President-elect Andres López Obrador’s landslide victory was a huge success for his coalition, gaining control of most of the state legislatures. It has been decades since any Mexican government has had this level of political control.
The best antidote to an opaque world is an independent media. The Kremlin-controlled media is an effective user of new options offered by an increasingly blurred world.
Those in power now have much graver consequences due to globalization, technology, and the complexity of society. The kleptocracy and kakistocracy feed back on each other.
The world seems to be growing more paradoxical where democratic practices are becoming more popular among dictators. Democracy gives them something repression can’t - a modicum of legitimacy.
Maduro has no clue how to reverse any of the multiple crises he has set off. At this point, the goal of staying in power is just to be in power.
Putin is less interested in President Nicolás Maduro and his regime than in using him as a thorn in Washington’s side. Venezuela’s crisis provides Putin with a like-minded collaborator eager to denounce the United States.