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An officer from Venezuela’s National Guard lobs tear gas toward demonstrators during a standoff over humanitarian aid at the Colombian border on Feb. 23, 2019. Four protesters were killed. AP Photo/Fernando Llano

Venezuela crisis: Trump threats to Maduro evoke bloody history of US intervention in Latin America

The Trump administration says President Maduro's 'days are numbered' after Venezuelan security forces killed four protesters. But any US-led operation to oust him is likely to be extremely unpopular.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018. RREUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

How Viktor Orban degraded Hungary’s weak democracy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
A Green Bay Packers fan wears a cheese hat reading ‘NFL Owner’ – a nod to the fans’ public ownership of the franchise. Darren Hauck/Reuters

Green Bay Packers fans love that their team doesn’t have an owner – just don’t call it ‘communism’

Many Americans seem to like seeing communist ideas in action, but have a visceral reaction to the word ‘communism.’ Might it be time to refresh an old ideology with a new set of terms?
The socialist traffic symbol Ampelmann, seen here in Berlin, constitutes an international brand empire. In the age of mass consumerism, what’s behind a nostalgia for socialist symbols and the sugarcoating of socialist regimes? (Shutterstock)

The nostalgia for socialism in the age of consumerism

In the age of rampant consumerism, there is nonetheless an odd nostalgia for socialist regimes and symbols. What does it mean?
Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz, in eastern Germany. AP Photo/Jens Meyer

Should we celebrate Karl Marx on his 200th birthday?

A scholar of literary radicalism asks whether Marx's writings are at all relevant to the world's struggles with inequality today and why he's no longer being relegated to the dustbin of history.
Bill Shorten is the longest-serving Labor leader since Kim Beazley in his first stint in office. AAP/Lukas Coch

Mis-red: why Bill Shorten is not a socialist

The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
The roots of organic farming in the United Kingdom can be traced to the fascism movement that began after the First World War. Rick Barrett/ambitious creative co

The roots of organic farming lie in fascism

Organic farming has roots in 20th century fascism, challenging the assumption that environmentalism and progressive politics are symbiotic.

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