The Democratic Party platform mentions Trump more than it mentions Latin America beyond a few nice sounding phrases and curious omissions.
Yes, I get the comparison in terms of their rhetorical styles. But the caricature of Chávez as just an uncouth blowhard is downright insulting to Venezuelans who now live with his toxic legacy.
Despite relatively better human rights records and environmental protection policies, Latin America and the Caribbean lead the world in murders of environmental activists. Why?
In Venezuela, Honduras, Egypt, and—most recently—Turkey, the armed forces have pointed to violations of the constitution by sitting, elected presidents as the justification for a coup. But are coups ever constitutional?
The newly released Republican platform twists itself in pretzels attempting to accommodate Trump’s positions, its own historical positions and its need to oppose the current administration’s position wherever possible.
Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the BRICs) were first grouped together in 2001 as the countries most likely to produce rapid economic growth (South Africa joined in 2010). Today another phenomenon binds the BRICS together: corruption scandals that have hit state-funded infrastructure companies and the projects they’ve overseen.
This week Latin Pulse includes a wide-ranging discussion of the various crises affecting Venezuela, including the political and economic situations as well as a discussion on the peace process in Colombia and accusations of human rights abuses by the military in Honduras.
While limited to only 140 characters, Twitter has helped many to realize just how thin-skinned Donald Trump truly is, and how fast he is to lash out when he feels slighted. For someone who has proclaimed that his best advisor is himself, the idea of Trump having access to nuclear weapons only a phone call away should give everyone pause.
Civil society organizations thrive in healthy democracies, but their role as watchdogs of governments and "gap-fillers" providing where the government is absent, tends to make those in power uncomfortable. In the following piece, we explore how Latin America fares compared to other countries in terms of barriers to civil society.
President Nicolás Maduro shocked Venezuela this week when he announced he was giving exceptional powers to his Defense Minister, General Vladimir Padrino López. Was this a palace-coup by the military against a rudderless, discredited Maduro government?
The Rio Olympics set for this summer in Brazil and their various problems provide the central themes this week. The program analyzes a variety of challenges for these games including security, crime, transportation, infrastructure, health, and environmental and economic impacts of the games.
In Argentina this week a judge froze Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s (CFK) assets. The step was taken as a prosecutor investigates charges concerning the mishandling of U.S. […]
In this post, we summarize the recent book La Argentina y el mundo: claves para una integración exitosa, an effort to re-conceptualize Argentina’s national interest and its place in the world.
The Zika virus has raised the issue of abortion in Latin America, where a number of countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua and Chile restrict the right to terminate a pregnancy in all cases. Will Zika change the debate and policies on a woman’s right to choose in the Americas?
Two weeks ago, the Nicaraguan government kicked out three U.S. citizens under trumped up charges (soon, I fear, Trumped Up will become formal adjective to be capitalized). So, why has the State Department been so quiet about it?
The Nicaraguan government’s expulsion of U.S. citizens—linked loosely to the military—found fertile ground in the country’s popular opinion. Surveys by LAPOP demonstrate high levels of distrust in Nicaragua toward the U.S. military—especially among those who support Ortega.
When Venezuelans elected Hugo Chavez president in 1998 they wanted a revolution. Instead, what they got was the 1970s and all its social, economic and political ills all over again, but this time on steroids.
Dentro de poco, comenzaremos a escuchar a candidatos que prometen pensiones de calidad sin que los chilenos tengan que hacer un esfuerzo personal para ahorrar más para financiar sus propias pensiones y meterse la mano al bolsillo para mejorar las pensiones de los que hoy están jubilados.
Mercosur desde hace años dista mucho de cumplir con su objetivo fundacional de ser una proyecto de integración económica que contribuya con el desarrollo de […]
El uso de encuestas para dirimir candidatos de una coalición es un camino seguro para la eternización de los mismos de siempre en la política.
Con Cristina, Argentina se aisló del mundo. Con Macri cambiamos: volvimos a Occidente y peleamos por la Secretaría General de las Naciones Unidas. Aislarse es malo, someterse también. ¿Puede Argentina equilibrar su política exterior?