Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

Aug 20, 2019

Mexico’s economy has for at least a century functioned according to the mordida system, often described simply as “the way of getting things done.” The word “mordida” literally means “bite,” but as part of a functioning system, it simply means “bribe.” In some ways, it’s closer...

Mexican President AMLO’s Complex Fight Against Corruption
Jul 24, 2019

Mexican President AMLO’s Complex Fight Against Corruption

Can Small States Help Balance the UN Security Council?
Jul 16, 2019

Can Small States Help Balance the UN Security Council?

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba
Jun 13, 2019

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

Jun 07, 2019

For Donald Trump, tariffs are a substitute for diplomacy, just as harassment in his personal life is a substitute for normal human interaction.  Donald Trump has two tools at his disposal as president. The first is his mouth: the insults and threats that he issues verbally or by Twitter. The...

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

May 30, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Robert Patman, professor of international relations at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Venezuela is in the midst of a severe socio-economic and political crisis. President Nicolás Maduro faces growing pressure, both domestically and...

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil's Universities

May 21, 2019

On January 1, former army captain and until then unsuccessful far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, has assumed Brazil’s presidency, having won the most polarized election in the country’s recent history. One of his main promises was to fight corruption and crime — a big issue in a country...

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

May 13, 2019

Instead of attempting to undermine China’s Latin America plan, the United States needs to construct one of its own. On April 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kickstarted a week of travel to several Latin American countries, where he did not fail to warn of the dangers of a close...

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilians to Carry Weapons

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilians to Carry Weapons

May 13, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro thinks he and friends are good guys and that if they have the firepower to go after the bad guys, order in a lawless land will be restored.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro followed through with his promise to turn the entire nation into a movie set for a remake of The Wild...

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

May 10, 2019

Many analysts agreed that once the military withdrew support for the flailing regime in Caracas, the fall of Bolivarian socialism would be unavoidable, perhaps a matter of days or weeks. Political analysts have been expecting Nicolás Maduro’s imminent downfall for quite some time now....

Who’s the Liar: Ilhan Omar or Mike Pompeo?

Who’s the Liar: Ilhan Omar or Mike Pompeo?

May 06, 2019

Mike Pompeo wants Americans to understand two essential things: what he and John Bolton have to say about Venezuela is true and his skillset includes the art of lying, cheating and stealing. The US-supported coup attempt in Venezuela has failed. Even US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognizes...

“Remain in Mexico” Is a Travesty of Asylum Policy

“Remain in Mexico” Is a Travesty of Asylum Policy

Mar 27, 2019

As the number of Central Americans coming to the United States has risen since the policy was first announced in January 2019, MPP is not deterring migration so much as increasing hardship on the Mexican side of the border. In late January 2019, the Trump administration announced the “Remain...

Will Evo Morales Win Again in Bolivia?

Will Evo Morales Win Again in Bolivia?

Mar 21, 2019

Evo Morales' re-election bid will be a referendum on his current administration. Evo Morales, the president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is currently in his 13th year in office, with aspirations of remaining until 2025. He is the longest consecutively serving head of state in Latin...

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

Mar 12, 2019

No matter how bad the situation is in Venezuela, a US military response will only make matters worse for the Venezuelans. It may be foreign adventure time again for the good old USA. With troops being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan after successfully “vanquishing” the enemy and the...

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