David Rieff

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2019 Getty Images A homeless man sleeping under posters of newly elected President Alberto Fernández and his running mate, Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Buenos Aires, October 28, 2019

There is an old Argentine wisecrack that says: a person who leaves Argentina for six months, and then returns, finds the country completely transformed, but someone who returns after an absence of ten years finds that things are more or less as he or she left them. It is a joke but one whose accuracy would seem to be borne out by the results of the October 27 general election that repudiated the neoliberal government of Mauricio Macri and his Cambiemos (“Let’s Change”) party that had been in power since 2015, and instead made Alberto Fernández president and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner the new vice-president.…  Seguir leyendo »

Bullet holes and flowers at Le Carillon, a bar in Paris where 12 people were killed in November 2015. Credit Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos

In the wake of the mass casualty attacks in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Orlando, Fla., and Nice, France — as well as numerous smaller ones by so-called lone wolves — it is simply a fact that no public space anywhere in the world can be considered safe. To the contrary, the tempo of these attacks is rising. President Obama may have been right when he said in February 2015 that terrorism did not pose an “existential threat to the United States or the world order.” But this is cold comfort. People are afraid, and they have every reason to be. At the same time, this legitimate fear seems to be poisoning our politics both in the United States and in Europe, feeding the demagogues and shaking our institutions.…  Seguir leyendo »

If the word crisis is vastly overused, to speak of a global food crisis is, if anything, an understatement.

The first signs of trouble appeared in 2000, when global grain stocks declined for the first time in several decades, but it was not until the spring of 2007 that the full gravity of what was occurring became clear. During that year, the prices of the principal food staples — rice, corn, soybeans and wheat — effectively doubled throughout the world. This was an unprecedented rise, and it reversed more than 50 years of declining prices. Grain prices dropped by 75 percent between 1950 and the end of the 1980s and then remained low into the first years of the new century.…  Seguir leyendo »

Tras cuatro décadas, Francia ha vuelto a formar parte del mando unificado de la OTAN. El presidente Nicolas Sarkozy abandonó de golpe uno de los pilares de la política francesa y del legado de Charles de Gaulle, fundador del partido político al que pertenece. La decisión va en línea con su forma de gobernar desde su elección en 2007. Ya se trate de intentar reformar el sistema judicial francés, replantear su mapa administrativo, proponer una nueva alianza de países mediterráneos o poner fin a la ambigua política exterior francesa de estar alineados y, al mismo tiempo, no alineados con Estados Unidos, Sarkozy no peca de ser poco ambicioso.…  Seguir leyendo »