Despite totaling more than 45 million people in Latin America, indigenous people’s and their leaders are woefully underrepresented in national legislatures. How has this affected attitudes of indigenous toward their political systems and their governments?
Populism, a resilient phenomenon in Latin America, has enabled and relied on the inclusion of politically alienated masses to legitimize the weakening of institutions. How is court empowerment and independence possible in the face of such a powerful anti-institutional force? This research argues that the answer may be found in the same mechanisms that enable populism: popularity and legitimacy.
This week, Latin Pulse delves into a new report on atrocities in Mexico that have some calling for action by the ICC. The program also discusses moves toward justice in Guatemala for the indigenous Maya, including analysis of the genocide case against former dictator Efrain Rios Montt.
There are a number of things pending in the full implementation of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of them is the harmonization of degree programs, and it’s hurting the labor pool and the children of NAFTA.
The program analyzes a controversial proposal before the U.S. Congress to help Puerto Rico survive its debt crisis and also includes a wide ranging discussion of corruption, politics and diplomacy with Mexico.
The program discusses the findings by independent investigators for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the Mexican government actively harassed their workers and thwarted the inquiry into the case of 43 missing university students.
War and peace in Colombia and Mexico provide the key themes on Latin Pulse this week. The program updates the status of the long-running peace talks in the 51-year-old civil war in Colombia. This discussion includes fears that different rebel groups will supplant the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the FARC). The program also analyzes the problems of human rights and corruption in Mexico as that country tries to successfully prosecute its part in the Drug War.