Alia Trabucco Zerán:  lyricism and eye for detail shine on the page.

“Democracy carries within its breast the seed of its own destruction.” In an interview with Time magazine in 1973, Chile’s military dictator Augusto P(...)

‘If you can pay for an education, you can get one. If you can pay for a hospital visit, you will be cured.’

Es por la dictadura might as well be the national motto of modern Chile. Here, I have reverted to my three-year-old self, interminably asking why thin(...)

'If anyone had proposed in the run-up to June 2016 what Theresa May’s White Paper proposed this week, there would have been howls of derision from all sides.' Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The one thing standing between the British people and a way out of the shambles in which they find themselves is a misunderstanding of democracy. The (...)

Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera smiles at supporters during his final election campaign rally in Santiago, on Thursday. Photograph: Pablo Vera/AFP/Getty Images

The final round in the most competitive election in Chile’s recent history hinges on turnout in a country where many voters are disillusioned with tra(...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in August. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

At one end of the main street in Vrede, a dust-blown farming town in South Africa’s Free State province, stands a stone Dutch Reformed Church. At the (...)

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón has criticised the terrorism charges brought against a group of young people accused of involvement in the attack of two civil guards last year in a bar in northern Spain. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

A court case against a group of young people accused of involvement in the beating up of two civil guards last year in a bar in northern Spain has bro(...)

An office building containing the London HQ  of Bell Pottinger: the disgraced firm is now fighting for survival amid a mass exodus of clients and staff. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Bank of Ireland has become the latest corporate client, and the first big Irish name, to sever ties with embattled UK public relations firm Bell Potti(...)

“You can’t separate art from politics,” says Gael García Bernal. “Art doesn’t happen in isolation. Every movie or piece of art takes a political stanc(...)

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn speaks at Paston Farm Centre, in Paston near Peterborough, Britain, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Opposition parties matter only inasmuch as they stake a claim to office. The weather is made by those who wield power or those with a reasonable expec(...)

 President Michael D Higgins arrives for a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Lima, Peru  on Friday. Photograph: AFP

President Michael D Higgins said he hoped a shared celebration of Roger Casement’s contribution to human rights would become a basis for renewed relat(...)

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