Bolsonaro and the Rainforest

by Paul R. Pillar Newly inaugurated Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro lives up to the label “Trump of the tropics” in many ways, including his misogynistic comments and a racist streak that surfaces in his disparaging treatment of minorities. But the… Continue Reading  

A Letter to Brazil, from a Friend Living Under Duterte

by Walden Bello Dear friends: I’m writing to you on the eve of your going to the polls to determine the future of your wonderful country. I think it’s no exaggeration to say that the fate of Brazil hangs in… Continue Reading  

The Anti-Corruption Revolution

by John Feffer During rush week, aspiring frat boys endure all manner of indignities. They all want to join the exclusive club, and they’re willing to pay the steep initiation fee of risk and embarrassment. One day, they too will… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s IPO Challenge

by Theodore Karasik and Emmaline Ivy Johnson In recent weeks Saudi Arabia’s plan to grow the kingdom’s private sector has garnered much attention in the international press. Determined to save Saudi Arabia from its “addiction” to oil, Deputy Crown Prince… Continue Reading  

The Uses of Torture

by Peter Costantini “Enhanced interrogation”: the George W. Bush administration bureaucrats who coined the term had perfect pitch. The apparatchiks of Kafka’s Castle would have admired the grayness of the euphemism. But although it sounds like some new kind of… Continue Reading