Barbara Belejack



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Todo Por Poder

All right, America. Listen up. This is a test. Who wrote the following passage: “Where is the man that has incontestable evidence of the truth of all that he holds,” asked the English philosopher John Locke in 1689, “or of … Read More

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Editorial

This is the time of year when we briefly close up shop. We skip an issue, which means that your next Observer will be dated September 10. We promise that it will be a full roster of politics, political satire, … Read More

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Vcyo Budet Klassno

Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana 416 pages, $13.95 As a 21-year-old exchange student in Russia, Stephanie Elizondo Griest found herself lost and bedazzled by the labyrinthine Moscow Metro one day and decided to approach an … Read More

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La Loteria Mas Grande

The battle for presidential succesion in Mexico is never easy. But it's getting weirder and weirder

What more do you want, Vicente? Don’t you see where your love for that woman has brought you? Don’t you see that it’s not just about your life, but the welfare of the country? . . . Please, Vicente. Reflect! … Read More

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Irrefutable Evidence

There’s never anything quite as sobering as having to see yourself the way the rest of the world sees you. You take your photographs to be developed and there they are: warts, wattles, and wrinkles. Irrefutable evidence that something is … Read More

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Based on a True Story

On June 12, 2000, a young man with a gun boarded a bus in a fairly prosperous district of Rio de Janeiro, not far from the Botanical Gardens, where massive palm trees, delicate orchids, and a solarium devoted to insect-eating … Read More

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Biting the Ankles of Power

Interview with William Greider

William Greider begins his latest book with a quote from poet, philosopher, and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry: “Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” That line from “The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” captures the spirit of both Greider … Read More

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The Worldly Philosopher

by Barbara Belejack

More and more I found myself speaking very uncomfortable truth to power,” writes Paul Krugman in the introduction to his new book, The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century. “Why me?” The Guardian of London has called … Read More

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Educating Mendy

by Barbara Belejack

Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in God? Where does God live? For one brief moment the two young protagonists of The Holy Land walk hand in hand, gamboling through Jerusalem and posing life’s big questions. If we … Read More

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