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Past articles by Jon:

Who Can Save the Amazon?

Brazil’s President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, promises to keep miners and loggers from destroying the rain forest. On the ground, the fight is complicated. → Read More

How Do Ukrainians Think About Russians Now?

Jon Lee Anderson writes about the Lviv BookForum, which this year sought to showcase that Ukrainians are as indomitable culturally as they are militarily. → Read More

The Future of the Amazon, and Maybe the Planet, Depends on Brazil’s President-Elect Lula

Jon Lee Anderson speaks with Brazil’s President-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will talk about the Amazon at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. → Read More

Richard Leakey’s Life in the Wild

Jon Lee Anderson writes about how the Kenyan paleoanthropologist and wildlife conservationist Richard Leakey, who died on January 2nd, combined an uncompromising sense of purpose and a keen instinct for publicity. → Read More

Why Spain Was Long in Denial About Franco—and Still Stands By Columbus

When President Biden proclaimed that Columbus Day would also be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the right reacted as if the country’s national identity were at stake. → Read More

Is the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan the End of the American Empire?

Only time will tell whether the old adage about Afghanistan’s being the graveyard of empires proves as true for the United States as it did for the Soviet Union. → Read More

The Return of the Taliban

Their comeback has taken twenty years, but it is a classic example of a successful guerrilla war of attrition. → Read More

Is Cuba’s Communist Party Finally Losing Its Hold on the Country?

Historic protests across the island cast doubt on the regime’s staying power. → Read More

Protests in Colombia, Elections in Peru, and Other Chaos in the Andes

Jon Lee Anderson writes about the reëmergence of social unrest sparked before the coronavirus pandemic by unattended social, political, and economic maladies in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Bolivia. → Read More

Cuba After the Castros

Sixty years after the Bay of Pigs, the Castro brothers are gone from the main stage, and Cuba is a threadbare place facing an uncertain future. → Read More

Brazil’s COVID-19 Crisis and Jair Bolsonaro’s Presidential Chaos

Is the President’s do-nothing approach to the pandemic finally becoming a threat to his political future? → Read More

Juan Carlos’s Fall from Grace in Spain and the Precarious Future of the World’s Monarchies

Whether from the onward march of Western-style secularism and global consumer culture or from public revulsion to the kinds of corruption that social media helps reveal, monarchy seems under increasing threat of extinction. → Read More

Why Andrés Manuel López Obrador Went to Dinner with Donald Trump

Jon Lee Anderson on why the Mexican President, Andres Manuel López Obrador, visited the White House to celebrate the U.S.M.C.A. and have dinner with Donald Trump, in the midst of the U.S. Presidential campaign. → Read More

In Venezuela, Americans Attempt to Stage a “Bay of Piglets”

History repeats itself as farce, but the inescapably farcical aspects of Operation Gideon make neither the lives lost in it nor Venezuela’s slow-motion collapse any less tragic. → Read More

In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Trump’s Close Ally, Dangerously Downplays the Coronavirus Risk

Bolsonaro has not only refused to take national action to prevent widespread contagion but launched an official campaign, #BrazilCannotStop, encouraging Brazilians to carry on with their normal lives. → Read More

Can the Wildlife of East Africa Be Saved? A Visit with Richard Leakey

When asked for his thoughts about the future of Kenya’s wildlife, Leakey was uncompromisingly bleak, predicting that most of the animals are unlikely to survive far beyond the middle of the century. → Read More

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Wants to Stay in the Game

The country is consumed by a debate over whether President Morales was ousted in a coup, as he and his loyalists allege, or in a democratic uprising against his misrule. → Read More

What Do Lula’s Release and Morales’s Ouster Signal for Latin America?

Jon Lee Anderson writes about the ouster of Bolivia’s long-serving President Evo Morales, the release from prison of Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the possibility of a leftist resurgence at a time of deepening political polarization across Latin America. → Read More

Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest

Indigenous people and illegal miners are engaged in a fight that may help decide the future of the planet. → Read More

As Protests Again Sweep Haiti, How Can the Nation Move Forward?

Severe energy shortages and harsh levels of inflation have ignited public anger over suspected official corruption, and led to widespread demonstrations calling for the resignation of the President. → Read More