Political Theatre

Pascale Harter introduces comment, analysis and personal impressions from correspondents and writers around the world. In this edition:

BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie reveals how the Chinese state has chosen to beautify (and pacify?) the city of Hangzhou as it hosts the G20 summit of world leaders;

Wyre Davies explains how former President Dilma Rousseff came to grief in Brazil's complex legal system, and why some Brazilians now argue her downfall proves the strength of democracy in the country;

Katerina Vitozzi visits a neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, where the trauma of the fighting and disorder of 2013 lingers on, yet one part of the story is rarely told: the aftermath of numerous sexual assaults;

and as France goes back to school for a new academic year, Joanna Robertson opens the covers of one of the glories, or terrors, of the French educational system: the poetry workbook, of approved works to be illustrated recited aloud in front of the class.

Photo: Attendants inside the media centre for the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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