Trump and the rise of populism
From Donald Trump in the U.S. to Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, Jonathan Freedland writes about the growing appeal of populist figures on both ends on the political spectrum for The Guardian. He explains how economic woes and political dissent have given rise to this trend across the globe, and the dangerous consequences it reaps on democracy.
In this first person account, Globe and Mail correspondent Mark MacKinnon tells the story of Vlad, an outspoken, pro-Ukrainian patriot who becomes a friend, not just a source. When Vlad goes missing, MacKinnon embarks on a dangerous journey through Donetsk and other formerly burgeoning cities that have become casualties of the war with Russia, in an attempt to find him.
Peace, but at what cost?
Despite a missed deadline back in March, Colombia's president has announced that a peace deal between his government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is near. But, Kyla Sankey asks in Jacobin, what is peace without justice? This latest deal "does not seriously challenge Colombia’s property structures or economic growth model," she writes, and will mean little for the country's rural poor.
A collapsing Venezuela
What is happening in Venezuela, when an entrepreneur can't find enough toilet paper in the country to keep his restrooms up to code? From Moises Naim and Francisco Toro, this piece in The Atlantic uses vignettes to depict the social effects of Venezuela's implosion, one at odds with the country's wealth and seeming modernity.