Tour of Babel

Tour of Babel

Tour of Babel is a regular Popula column, in which we translate the world’s words that can’t be translated, the phrases and expressions that don’t travel (but that also, it turns out, do).
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America is a Caliphate

All is not well in the realm, however.

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Une Fronde

The idea that a nation is congenitally disposed to rebellion or freedom can easily provide cover for servility and subjugation.

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In Search of the Verandah Boys

The capital WE of the hungry and disenfranchised

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The Requirement to Integrate

A few years ago, these words were openly reviled in Sweden as racist dog-whistling

“Libtard” in the Chinese style

Activists in China concerned with social justice issues are derided for their "baizuo" mentality.

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Our Own Private Cacique

I will cross my arms and Comala will starve.

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The Argentine Piquete

Rather than a strategic inconvenience, a more unsettling attack on the Order of Things itself.   

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The Untranslatable Caudillo

Talk about caudillos is always, in reality, a discussion of their followers.

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Two-SIM

If given a chance, might she alter the political landscape?