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Articles by Richard Swift
The Kissinger myth
The former US Secretary of State died peacefully, writes
, but with the blood of thousands on his hands.
Is it too late to stop climate collapse?
The theory of ‘deep adaptation’ is rapidly gaining support.
assesses how far, if anywhere, it will take us and what better paths we could go down.
Ukraine, the peace movement and the rush to pick sides
explores why the Cold War's old certainties can no longer hold.
Introducing...Iris Xiomara Castro Sarmiento
Could social reformer
Iris Xiomara Castro
overturn Honduras’ reputation for authoritarian governance and corruption?
weighs up the possibilities.
Introducing...Jonas Gahr Støre
Norway’s new left-leaning prime minister is a product of Europe’s neoliberal discontent, argues
on why we need to stop chasing the dream of full employment and focus on what really matters instead.
on the Taliban leadership that now governs over 40 million Afghans.
paints a mixed picture of Peru’s unlikely choice for president.
Introducing...Samia Suluhu Hassan
on East Africa’s first woman president, a Zanzibar-based organizer promising to protect Tanzanian workers and their basic freedoms.
shares highlights from the 2021 international documentary festival in Toronto.
Dreams of magic bullets
warns against vaccine fantasy and kneejerk technophilia.
Introducing...Luis Arce Catacora
After months of unconstitutional rule since Jeanine Áñez’s military-backed coup,
gives a rundown of the
low-profile socialist recently elected to Bolivia’s highest office.
Embedding the economy – with care
examines the deep roots of the market economy’s failures. Time for a radical rethink.
on the theologian-president promising to stamp out nepotism and corruption in Malawian politics.
Introducing...Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
on the ambiguous figure managing the WHO’s pandemic response.
The trouble with normal is it always gets worse
A clamour to return to the status quo after Covid-19 would be bad news for people and the planet, argues
. We may never get a better chance for a new normal.
What if…a socialist became president of the USA?
ponders a pipedream – or a possibility.
This year in protest
Over a dozen countries saw millions take to the streets this year
. Richard Swift
asks if these mass revolts have anything in common.
Who is Matteo Salvini?
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s ‘refugee drowner-in-chief’, is put under the spotlight.
Who is Imran Khan?
For our rising new world leader segment,
profiles the Oxford-educated former playboy cricketer, and now, Prime Minister of Pakistan
Introducing... Abiy Ahmed
on Ethiopia's new reforming PM.
Post-election violence in Honduras
The Hondurans who took to the streets following the election were met by a hailstorm of teargas and sometimes live gunfire, writes
Worldbeater: Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Arabia’s King-in-waiting – and his aggressive foreign policy – is put under the spotlight.
Introducing... Emmerson Mnangagwa
The record of Zimbabwe's new President is not re-assuring for Zimbabweans interested in human rights discovers
Introducing… Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Iceland's charismatic new Left-Green prime minister has big plans, but will the Left-Green's radical programme survive political wrangling with other coalition partners asks
Gone with the wind in Dominica
Hurricane Maria swept through Dominica, destroying 62 per cent of all dwellings and killing 57,
Introducing Jacinda Ardern
profiles New Zealand/Aotearoa’s new 37-year-old Prime Minister.
Whose streets? The clampdown on popular rights
Across the world political space is shrinking.
explains how and why.
Introducing Emmanuel Macron
Macron won more than twice as many votes as expected, writes
Introducing Ecuador's Lenin Moreno
Ecuadorians have replaced one Leftist president with another, writes
The populist moment
Don’t just think of it as a dirty word, says
; a genuine populism of the Left is long overdue.
Introducing... Freddy Lim
Who would have imagined that a tattooed heavy-metal musician would break the stale stand-off in Taiwanese politics?
Meles Zenawi - where did it all go wrong?
A profile of the former guerilla leader turned tyrant, Ethiopian Prime Minister Zenawi, who died today after 21 years in power.
Facts, figures and ratings in our latest country profile.
Looking ahead in Stalin's own country: a miner waits for his shift in a coalmine in the town of Tqibuli, near Kutaisi.<
The country, once one of Italy’s few colonial possessions, covers an 800-kilometre strip along Africa’s Red Sea coast, stretching from Sudan in the north to Djibouti in the south.