Tony Karon

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‘Does Chile have lessons to teach US progressives?’ Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Chile always gave the lie to the cold war claim that the United States stood for democracy. When its voters in 1970 showed the temerity (“irresponsibility”, Henry Kissinger called it) to elect socialist Salvador Allende as president, Washington helped orchestrate the coup that toppled him, and backed the resulting dictatorship.

It seems those “irresponsible” Chilean voters are at it again – on Sunday, they elected leftist Gabriel Boric as president by a 12-point margin, on the back of a campaign for a new constitution. But if Chilean democracy seems on the road to recovery from its Washington-backed disfiguration, prospects for democracy in the United States look rather bleak.…  Seguir leyendo »

After the final match, members of the Croatian national team, with Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Emmanuel Macron of France.CreditMatthias Hangst/Getty Images

The 2018 World Cup revealed much about the state of our world, and not simply in the triumphal smile of President Vladimir Putin of Russia, the arch-nemesis of the liberal global order, as he presided over the final match, the planet’s largest spectacle, at a time when traditional centers of Western power such as NATO, the Group of 7 and the European Union face existential crises. But it did rain on Mr. Putin’s parade, not only literally (a downpour began minutes after the final ended) but also figuratively in that the match provided an estimated television audience of at least one billion for a pitch-invasion protest by the dissident performance artists Pussy Riot.…  Seguir leyendo »