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If Nelson Mandela had been Cuban, rather than South African, he never would have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize or have become a 20th century icon and statesman. Instead, he would have been a “plantado,” one of the political prisoners (the “immovable ones”) who...

The recent presidential elections in Peru have confirmed a pattern that has been in evidence for several election cycles. Peruvians have made it a habit of voting in the first round of the elections so as to place themselves, with regard to the second round,...

El presidente saliente del Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, acaba de decirlo con una claridad poco diplomática: “Que Maduro saque sus manos ensangrentadas del pueblo de Colombia”. Hubiera podido incluir al Perú porque estos dos países se han convertido en el gran objetivo de ese aquelarre de...

Becoming president of Peru is a highly risky proposition. In the last few years five presidents have gone to jail; one of them committed suicide in the presence of the law-enforcement officers sent to arrest him.  Earlier this month, President Martín Vizcarra was impeached following accusations...

Populism’s distinctive feature is not the redistribution of wealth. It is the concentration of power outside liberal democratic institutions and the rule of law. The populist leader uses antielitist rhetoric to enhance his messianic appeal with the people and undermines checks and balances by concentrating...

Claiming to be the victim of a coup, former Bolivian president Evo Morales has been granted political asylum by Mexico, where he and his allies will continue to push the fiction that he was forced out by Bolivia’s powerful oligarchy. Morales’s claim stands truth on its head....

The recent poison gas attack in Syria, America’s stepped up military activities in Afghanistan, a presidential power grab in Turkey and the clownish bellicosity of North Korea’s “leader” have overshadowed an important development closer to home: left-wing populism’s slow-but-steady decline in the Americas. Just a...

Veinte años después….   Regreso a colaborar en ABC, diario con el que tuve una carnal relación como articulista y corresponsal en la década de los 90´, veinte años después. A diferencia de los mosqueteros de Dumas, no vuelvo para salvarle el occipucio a Carlos I ni...

It was recently revealed that Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant, paid $788 million in bribes to obtain government contracts and/or ensure the passage of friendly legislation in 12 countries. The disclosure is part of a settlement with the authorities of Brazil, the United States, and...

Si es verdad que no hay mal que por bien no venga, el vacío que deja Estados Unidos replegando su liderazgo internacional y modificando su relación con el mundo es una gran oportunidad. En Asia, Europa, América Latina y otras partes, la primera reacción ante un...

First it was Brexit, then Donald Trump, followed by French president François Hollande announcing he would not run for reelection (an admission of defeat), and now Italy’s Matteo Renzi resigning as prime minister in the wake of the “No” victory in the constitutional referendum he...

The victory of Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s recent presidential election, and the overwhelming support the Venezuelan opposition appears to enjoy going into next Sunday’s congressional elections, confirm the wave of anti-populist sentiment in Latin America. What a pity that few outside of Latin America seem...