Nothing but the Truth

Brazil's Truth Commission Looks Back

Kathryn Sikkink and Bridget Marchesi
Brazillian President Dilma Rousseff receiving a copy of the truth commission report in Brasilia, December 2014.
Brazillian President Dilma Rousseff receiving a copy of the truth commission report in Brasilia, December 2014. (Joedson Alves / Courtesy Reuters)
In December 2014, Brazil’s National Truth Commission completed what may be Latin America’s last major investigation into human rights abuses during the twentieth century. The report names names and calls for prosecutions, but whether its findings will lead to justice for the victims remains an open question.
Letter From

Lesotho's Day of Truth

Will McGrath
Earlier this month, embattled Prime Minister Thabane addressed a raucous crowd of supporters in Mokhotlong. The trip was one of many in the final campaign push before the country’s upcoming special election, which was previously slated for 2017 and is now scheduled for February 28.

Bitcoin for the Unbanked

Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
Cryptocurrencies could enable the often neglected developing world to tap into crucial banking services.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Huck Finn's America

Walter Russell Mead

Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1884—a time not unlike the present, Levy argues, when authorities in the United States sought to strictly regulate the behavior of young people at the same time as they were dismantling racially progressive policies and laws.

Ali Wyne

The strategy behind the U.S. pivot to Asia has a missing link: a stronger role in Latin America.

A Ukraine marine officer in September 2014.

We poll experts on whether they think the United States should arm Ukraine.

Rolf Mützenich

Despite being misdefined by proponents and detractors alike, a new détente with Russia offers a way out of a political and military stalemate in the Ukraine crisis.

Ira Trivedi

India’s environmental crisis is not just endangering human lives, but is also holding back the country’s economy. For Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, this story isn’t new.

Reza Marashi

To avoid another failed round of nuclear negotiations with Tehran, Washington must understand why Iran is at the negotiating table.

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a response from Chinese President Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Stephen Hadley and Paul Haenle

U.S. leaders should not dismiss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposal to build a “new type of major-country relations” out of hand if Xi is willing to remove the proposition's references to core interests.