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‘Pulse of Europe’ supporters hold banners before a meeting between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on May 15 2017 in Berlin. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Populism is still a threat to Europe — here’s how to contain it

Even if populist movements have been turned back in a few European elections, populism is not going to disappear. The EU needs a strategy to contain it.
Some 13 people ‘disappear’ in Mexico every day, and the country is on track to record 30,000 homicides this year. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

Is Mexico actually the world’s second most murderous nation?

A controversial report claims that Mexico is more violent than Afghanistan and Yemen. It's wrong on the details but right that Mexico is, in effect, a war zone.
A woman votes in Zambia. Beyond multi-party systems and regular elections, many countries resemble very little of true democracies. GovernmentZA/Flickr

Democracy is looking sickly across southern Africa

Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.
A Muslim bride waits to take vows that could be instantly broken via SMS. Danish Siddiqui /Reuters

Muslim ‘instant divorce’ law divides India

India's Supreme Court could soon rule to abolish "triple talaq", a practice that allows Muslim men to divorce their wives instantaneously and discriminates against women.
Protests over housing at, an informal settlement near Johannesburg. EPA/Cornell Tukiri

South Africa urgently needs to rethink its approach to housing

Recent events suggest that South Africa's government may be resorting to short-term measures to pacify anger over lack of housing. But what's needed is a major overhaul of the housing policy.
Lebanon’s political situation is already a delicate balance. Poverty, distress and increasing numbers of refugees could exacerbate existing tensions and lead to collapse. Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Three things could happen to Lebanon as Syrian refugees rush in — two are worrisome

The country's religion-based power-sharing political system is straining to accommodate hundreds of thousands of new Syrian Sunnis.

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