Don't be fooled by the recent resignation of three members of the military in Brazil – the country is heading down an increasingly militarised path.
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Benjamin Netanyahu wasn't ousted just for typical political reasons, such as other politicians' ambitions or grievances. He was thrown out because he was seen as a threat to democracy.
The pandemic's not over yet, but these world leaders have already cemented their place in history for failing to effectively combat the deadly coronavirus. Some of them didn't even really try.
The Brazilian president has engineered the conditions for the virus to run rampant through the country while he pursues his own agenda.
The new US administration has talked about setting up an alliance of democracies. For the time being, the project seems vague. Yet such an alliance is necessary.
'Prozac leaders' believe their own rhetoric that "everything is going well". But this wishful thinking can quickly contaminate organisations, and has been disastrous during the pandemic.
How did the British prime minister and Brazilian president's brush with COVID-19 affect them politically?
A new study shows how economic shocks caused by cuts to import tariff cuts in the 1990s is linked to the rise of populism in Brazil.
Most populists are only against the system, they aren’t for anything in particular, as Donald Trump’s presidency and Brexit proves. A progressive wave will soon be upon us in response.
The Bolsonaro government cannot simply allow Brazil's out-of-control coronavirus pandemic to decimate its Indigenous population, Brazil's Supreme Court says.
He once called it a 'little flu' – now Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The absence of trust in a nation's leader and government jeopardizes an effective response to a health crisis. It also creates a political crisis, a loss of faith in democracy.
The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren't doing the country any favors.
Indigenous communities were already suffering badly under Bolsonaro. Now, COVID-19 threatens their very survival.
Jair Bolsonaro's government has put forward laws that could put Indigenous land into the hands of mining, agricultural and timber businesses.
Germany, New Zealand and Taiwan share a common trait beyond having women in the top job.
Inequality, confused responses and a disbelieving leader have all contributed to a crisis that's showing no signs of slowing down.
It is no accident that those leaders who have responded worst to this crisis have also been the main sources of countless conspiracy theories and misinformation.
A repeat of 2019's disastrous fire season is possible in 2020, and it would have dire consequences.