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In Latin America, Backers of Leftist Dictatorships Look the Other Way

The Colonial Left in Latin America

There is a sector of the Western left eternally enamored of flags, slogans and ceaseless homages to dead leaders that is every bit as illiberal as the caustic right and whose support seems to have less to do with any kind of coherent humanitarian policy outlook and more to do with facile anti-Americanism and an impulse for dictator worship, as if defending the abusive practices of security forces in Venezuela is better than defending them in Colombia, or defending the extractive policies of a left-wing government in Bolivia is somehow more appropriate than defending the same policies when done by the right-wing government of Brazil.

Assad Tests the Patience of Its Ally Russia

Assad Tests Russia's Patience

Moscow-based Rami Shaer writes for the ultranationalist Russian broadsheet Zavtra. From there his articles are translated into Arabic and posted on RT, giving them the appearance of an official imprimatur. Strengthening this impression, the author’s criticisms of Damascus match those raised by Russian diplomats and media reports, and dovetail with key features of Russia’s Syria strategy. Shaer’s principal target is Assad’s maximalism.

Egypt Events Draw Focus on Sexual Harassment

Egypt Events Draw Focus on Sexual Harassment

A suicide and the circumstances behind an ad call attention to mistreatment of women and girls.

Kareem Shaheen
A Saudi Interfaith Cultural Center Is Leaving Vienna — But For All the Wrong Reasons

A Saudi Interfaith Cultural Center Is Leaving Vienna — But For All the Wrong Reasons

"And that’s the amazing thing: that most critics, especially in Austria, haven’t even bothered to go to the website to see what it does,” Rosen told New Lines. In spite of his aforementioned hesitance about becoming involved with KAICIID, he believes the project has been worthwhile.

Liam Hoare
Putin Exploits the People’s Yearning for Past Glory

Putin Exploits the People’s Yearning for Past Glory

But could it be that Putin means something quite different - and that for him and his generation of Russians the USSR is a shorthand for an era of lost stability and respect? Is Putin just tactless, or actually dangerous?

Owen Matthews
Governments Try to Fight Crime via Google Ads

Governments Try to Fight Crime via Google Ads

Pervasive use of strategic communications in preventing radicalization has been adopted wholesale by other areas of law enforcement, despite a lack of evidence or understanding of potential harm.

Ben Collier,
Lydia Wilson
Newcastle’s Soccer Strife

Newcastle’s Soccer Strife

Yemenis living in England are obsessed with Newcastle football, yet the club’s new Saudi ownership leaves these superfans with mixed feelings, against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Yemen.

Kieron Monks