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This Happened—November 13: The Worst Terrorist Attack France Had Ever Seen

In the deadliest attack on France since World War II, 131 people were killed in a series of shootings and suicide bombings across Paris by Islamist terrorists.

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Who was responsible for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris?

Nine members of the Islamic State (ISIS), based mostly in Brussels, carried out the coordinated attacks at the Stade de France football stadium, the Bataclan theater music venue, and a number of cafes in eastern Paris.

Seven of the attackers were shot or detonated suicide vests during the attacks, while the remaining two were killed in a police raid a few days later.

Why did they carry out the Bataclan attacks?

François Hollande, France’s president at the time, said ISIS organized the attacks with coordination in the Middle East, and help from inside France. Singling out Paris as a capital of “abomination and perversion”, as well as retaliation for French airstrikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, were cited as contributing motives in the attack.

What happened after the 2015 Paris attacks?

Following the attacks, a state of emergency was declared in France. Once civil rights were suspended, police raided almost 3,600 houses and made over 400 arrests, while the state of emergency remained until November of 2017, almost two full years later.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

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Carlos Ruckauf*

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BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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