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In the face of rising protest, Venezuela’s government has called on the military to squelch dissent. Efecto Eco /Wikimedia

For Venezuela, there may be no happily ever after

Venezuela's opposition has called a 48-hour strike to stop the Maduro government from rewriting the nation’s constitution. But grassroots democracy may not be able to save the Bolivarian Republic.
Facing hunger, scarcity, sickness, protest and no clear path toward salvation, Venezuela is on the brink of something, but just what is not clear. ビッグアップジャパン/flickr

Global series: Venezuela’s collapse

The best news and analysis of Venezuela's dangerous descent into crisis, written by local economists and political scientists who are living it every day.
A young woman protests at a “Not My President” demonstration against Donald Trump in New York in December 2016. (Shutterstock)

Rallying cry: Youth must stand up to defend democracy

According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist…
Bricks, laid out in front of Congress, represent the staggering number of Brazilians killed each week. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s biggest problem isn’t corruption — it’s murder

Some 60,000 Brazilians are killed each year, accounting for 10% of all homicides worldwide. As terrorised voters look to authoritarian leaders to impose order, Brazil's democracy hangs in the balance.
Protestors hold banners saying ‘No to the stigmatisation of civilians’ at a meeting of the Hungarian parliament’s justice committee, prior to the bill’s approval. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Hungary cracks down on foreign funding, dealing a harsh blow to NGOs — and to European democracy

FROM OUR ARCHIVES (UPDATED) Hungary has passed a law monitoring the finances of foreign-funded NGOs, another blow to civil society in Viktor Orban's increasingly "illiberal democracy".
Turkey may soon become one of the few countries in the history of democracy to vote for the death of democracy. Steve Evans/flickr

Turkey on the verge of democide as referendum looms

If the 'yes' vote prevails in this month's constitutional referendum, the Turkish people may be in the rare position of democratically approving the death of their own democracy.
Could neo-nationalist leaders join hands across the world? Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Narendra Modi (India) in Goa, 2016. Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin.ru

How neo-nationalism went global

Proponents of inward-looking politics have demonstrated an impressive capacity to exploit the globalisation of the political sphere.

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