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Latin America And Europe, Reversal Of Revolutions

Latin American-style populism is gaining traction in Europe, just when states like Cuba and Venezuela may be heading toward moderation and sensible economics.

A protest in Barcelona in April against recent global trade pacts.
A protest in Barcelona in April against recent global trade pacts.
Carlos Granés

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BOGOTA — The Latin American student traveling to European or North American universities is often surprised when faced with the fascination certain lecturers have for Third World revolutions. Indeed, some university departments are fond of organizing student trips to certain cherished socialist countries: call it "revolutionary tourism."

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Sergey Lavrov, Putin’s Decoy-In-Chief

The Russian Foreign Minister, among the country’s most recognizable figures, embodies both the corruption and confusion of the Putin regime. Not everything is what it seems — and that’s the point.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a diplomatic reception for heads of African diplomatic missions

Anna Akage

From the outside, one might have the impression that the Russian Federation is run through a highly complex and well-coordinated apparatus that ensures that any single cog in Vladimir Putin’s system is by definition both in synch with the other cogs — and utterly replaceable. The Kremlin appears to us through this lens as an impregnable citadel with long arms and peering eyes that are literally everywhere.

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And yet, this is a completely false picture — and there’s no greater proof than in looking more closely at one of Russia's most prominent figures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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