Alvaro Vargas Llosa: January 2008 Archives

It's the Local Politicians, Stupid

The catastrophe that has befallen Kenya since the riggedelection of Dec. 27 -- killings and displacements, curtailed freedoms, apromising economy on the verge of being wrecked -- confirms for theumpteenth time that local politicians, not the remnants of imperialism Read More

How the World Views Obama

Foreign leaders and journalists often joke that the whole world should get to vote in U.S. elections since the outcome affects the entire planet. His recent setback in New Hampshire notwithstanding, an intense scrutiny of Barack Obama is taking place... Read More

Put the Fear of Gold in Ya'

Some assets rise because people feel there will be no end to their good fortune. That kind of "irrational exuberance" partly explains the dot-com bubble of the 1990s and the real estate bubble of the new millennium -- to use... Read More

On the Need for Matrimonial Cruelty

Cristina Fernandez recently took office as Argentina's president. Until a few weeks ago, she was the country's first lady. The big difference, of course, does not reside so much in the fact that her former status was ceremonial and dependent... Read More

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