It’s award season, and one of the most talked about movies of the year is La La Land. The Washington, DC version of the movie stars Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway.
Let’s face it, for better or worse policymakers and politicians say and do a lot of funny things in and about the Americas. The region seems to lend itself to the tragic-comic events like former Congressman and then-chair of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee Dan Burton saying in a Congressional hearing that the U.S. ”should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.” (If you don’t get the joke, look at a map.) Or there’s Venezuelan President Maduro’s use of “de-mangos” as a tool of citizen participation. In short there’s a lot to laugh at in the Americas, or at least that’s what we have to do or we’d just get depressed. LatinAmericaGoesGlobal will keep track of the more ridiculous things policymakers and politicians say and do—and those that are poking fun at them—and post them here.
This is obviously not the actual official commemorative coin for Trump’s inauguration, but we just couldn’t help getting our own two cents in here.
Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company, has become synonymous with corruption, not just in Brazil but now—with revelations of kickbacks in Peru and Venezuela—throughout the company’s global dealings.
Ford announced this week that it was pulling out of its commitment to build a new factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and, instead, would be adding 700 jobs to a factory in Michigan. Was the decision based on business or politics?
Will there really be a need to build the wall on the Mexican border?
Revile him or revere him, Fidel Castro was one of the most significant political leaders of the 20th century. So strong was the pull of his hero image that most Latin American governments ignored the obvious human rights violations, the lack of democracy in Cuba and his refusal to yield power for 46 years.
Everyone thought she would win. Even the morning of the election, The Upshot from The New York Times gave Donald Trump a slim 15 percent chance of beating the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. So why did most pollsters get it so wrong?
This long and exhausting election cycle in the U.S. has come to an end, and now we have a new president-elect. What next?
Yes, it’s true. There is another election happening in the Americas besides the U.S. election
Last week, the chavista electoral council (CNE) indefinitely suspended the recall referendum process and postponed regional elections that were supposed to take place in December. Venezuela is now a time bomb.