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Neil Thompson

Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin America’s Right

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Brazil’s election upcoming general election is wide open, and its result could be make-or-break for the continent’s right-wing resurgence.

Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker

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Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia won’t do much damage, but they will propel the bloody Yemen civil war into news headlines the world over.

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Water Crisis Deepens the Misery in Afghanistan Civil War

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Water crisis and civil war continue to feed into one another in Afghanistan.

Guatemala’s Establishment Fights Back against UN-Backed Corruption Board

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After a string of early victories, the future of the Commission Against Impunity for Corruption in Guatemala is very much in question.

Slovakia’s Political Crisis Escalates following Journalist’s Murder

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The murder of Ján Kuciak has toppled several major figures in Slovakian politics. Will former prime minister Robert Fico be next?

Russia’s Political Theater Masks the Bigger Question: What Comes Next?

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Though the result of the upcoming Russian election is effectively predetermined, the question of Vladimir Putin’s future remains an open one.

Italy: Still Part of the PIGS Club?

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Has austerity and EU intervention forestalled the possibility of a Greece-like repeat in Italy, or merely delayed it?

Italian Voters Turn on the Establishment

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The Italian general election swept away the establishment without indicating what exactly should replace it.

Egypt: Going through the Motions of Democracy

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Egyptian voters are heading to the polls. Their choice: President al-Sisi or President al-Sisi.

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