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Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro are both classic Latin American strongmen. But that’s where the similarities end. David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivia is not Venezuela – even if its president does want to stay in power forever

Bolivia's populist leader has been in office for 12 years. He's a thorn in the US's side and an ally of the late Hugo Chávez. Now he's running for a fourth term. But that doesn't make him a dictator.
Rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuela has lost its democratic facade

Rather than an outright coup, Venezuela's government has slowly eroded its democratic institutions and processes, until now.
Environmental activists demand a fair climate change deal outside the United Nations Climate Change conference in South Africa recently. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

If Zuma cast himself as a climate emergency president and statesman, this is what he would say

The 2016 State of the Nation Address provides President Zuma with the ideal opportunity to be statesman-like. That would require bold action of his part, something that he is unlikely to do.
Bolivia’s new mining bill has put the country on a knife-edge. EPA

Indigenous Bolivians are seething over mining reforms

The government of president Evo Morales has approved a new mining law for Bolivia. It received virtually no international news coverage, yet is proving highly divisive within the country. A previous version…

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