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‘I want to produce such an impression of utter weariness and ennui that my readers will imagine the book could only have been written by a cretin,’ Flaubert wrote. Photo by Nadar / ullstein bild via Getty Images

We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned

Is a 19th-century French author’s cosmic joke turning into a real-life global nightmare?
The late Robert Mugabe, a few months before he was removed from office in a coup. Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

From Zimbabwe to Bolivia: what makes a military coup?

When the military intervened against Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2017, it wasn't widely called a military coup. New research shows that's exactly what it was.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at his swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Venezuelans reject Maduro presidency — but most would oppose foreign military operation to oust him

Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 10, has rigged elections, jailed rivals and plunged Venezuela into crisis. But Trump's proposed 'military option' to remove him remains unpopular.
Turkish people in Ankara attempting to stop a military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 16, 2016. AP Photo

No coups occurred in 2018. Will next year be so stable?

2018 is on track to become only the second coup-free year in a century. Coup risk is way down worldwide, thanks to growing political stability in Latin America. Africa has the highest risk of coup.
Unpopular authoritarian leaders like Nicolás Maduro depend on military backing to stay in power. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Is Venezuela’s president afraid of a coup d'etat?

Venezuela has freed 79 political prisoners in recent months, to global plaudits. But the hard-line regime has also charged 100 military officials with conspiracy. Does President Maduro fear overthrow?
Women carry goods across a makeshift bridge in the Ilaje slum in Lagos. Widening inequality is fuelling tensions across Nigeria. Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Economic inequality lies behind growing calls for secession in Nigeria

Protests are raising tensions in Africa's most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?

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