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Rafael Nadal Gets His Game Face Back

The Spaniard is coming off a 2011 that saw him served as a whipping boy for Serbian sensation Novak Djokovic in a series of tournament finals. He insists that his game -- and his will -- are back in full stride.

Nadal says the passion is back (globalite)
Nadal says the passion is back (globalite)
Isabelle Musy

MELBOURNE - It is the curse of illustrious champions: any failure is seen as catastrophic, any weakness as fatal, and it all stubbornly sticks to their reputation. Rafael Nadal should know. His doubts, setbacks and injuries in recent months have been debated and ultimately forced him to remind us of his physical and mental integrity as the 2012 Australian Open begins.

"Yes, I'm fine. Yes, I'm motivated," he said just before the tournament began. "It is true there were a few matches at the end of the 2011 season that I played with a bit less enthusiasm than usual. Things happen when you're tired, but I'm here, in 2012, full of passion. I'm happy, the training is going well and I'm ready."

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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