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Mexican wave

MAHIR ALI, Jul 05 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landslide in Mexico’s presidential election this week was fuelled in large part by deep-seated disenchantment with the status quo.
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By the time the centenary of Karl Marx’s death was marked 35 years ago, devotees of his ideas were struggling to promote their continued relevance.
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Until a few months ago, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un appeared to be deriving considerable pleasure from exchanging taunts and playground insults. Threats of fire and brimstone were hurled in both directions. The risk of hostilities loomed large.
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It may have been purely coincidental that Donald Trump picked the week of the 15th anniversary of the US-led aggression against Iraq to name one of the most reckless and unrepentant advocates of that war as his next national security adviser.
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Last Sunday’s Russian presidential election was not preceded by much of a guessing game. The identity of the winner was never in any doubt. There were nonetheless plenty of questions surrounding it.
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Could the enigmatic smiles and general bonhomie witnessed at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang presage an extended period of relative harmony and goodwill on the Korean peninsula?
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