FROM Nicholas Cheeseman
Africa Sees First White President in 20 Years As the ceremonial vice president of Zambia, Guy Scott, who’s a white man, said he often felt like a mascot at meetings of African leaders. Now, with the death of that country's elected president and as dictated by the constitution, Michael Sata, has become the interim president. But that’s only until the next election — which is called for in the next 90 days. Nicholas Chesseman, Associate Professor of African Politics at Oxford University, considers Scott's political future in a country with a booming economy.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.