The US Must Commit to Protecting Central Americans

Jun 21, 2021

Recent comments by US Vice-President Kamala Harris over migration from Guatemala are part of an unfortunate pattern. Like Harris, other members of the Biden administration have been telling Central American migrants — many of whom are forced to leave home — “do not come” to the United...

Joe Biden Faces Many Challenges in Latin America
Jun 17, 2021

Joe Biden Faces Many Challenges in Latin America

Democracy Is Down but Not Out
Jun 04, 2021

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado
Jun 02, 2021

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

May 14, 2021

On April 28, 2011, an economic integration initiative involving Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru was announced following a forum held in Lima to discuss deeper regional integration. The Declaration of Lima saw the four countries commit themselves to deepening ties, with particular emphasis on...

Violence Against Women in Mexico Rises

Violence Against Women in Mexico Rises

Mar 09, 2021

Home is not a safe space for many women around the world and coronavirus-era quarantines and lockdowns have increased the risk of gender-based violence. In Mexico, statistics reflect this reality and women additionally face the rising risk of becoming targets amid violent drug crime and the...

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?

Mar 05, 2021

The deadly impact of COVID-19 has been felt in every corner of the globe. On February 22, the United States reached a tragic landmark of 500,000 deaths. Across the Atlantic, nine of the top 10 nations in deaths per million are in Europe, with tiny enclaves of Gibraltar and San Marino topping the...

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

Feb 22, 2021

Humanity can be divided into two groups: those who know about and understand an influential American family known as the Kardashian-Jenner clan and those who may have heard their names mentioned but have no idea why. The author of this column belongs to the second group.  Of the five...

What Should Business Expect From Bolivia’s New President?

What Should Business Expect From Bolivia’s New President?

Dec 21, 2020

On October 18, the Bolivian public went to the polls and elected Luis Arce Catacora as the country’s 67th president in a surprise result that returned the socialist party of former President Evo Morales to power. Morales had previously ruled Bolivia as the leader of the Movement Toward...

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Dec 18, 2020

Since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, non-English films from all over the world used to compete for a nomination in one single category, best foreign film, as all the other Oscars traditionally went to American and, sometimes, British productions. But in 2019, Netflix’s...

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

Dec 16, 2020

Joe Biden’s victory in the US election is distressing news for Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's right-wing populist president who admires Donald Trump. Five days after the American media called the race in Biden’s favor, Bolsonaro was yet to congratulate the Democrat. Since Brazil became a democracy...

Brazil Rejects Bolsonaro’s Anti-Politics

Brazil Rejects Bolsonaro’s Anti-Politics

Dec 09, 2020

Municipal elections in Brazil were rarely the subject of international media attention before 2016. That year, growing political unrest culminated in President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in August, and the October elections brought in a wave of far-right politicians aligned to the rising power...

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Dec 07, 2020

The remains of Pinar Gültekin were found in the woodlands in Turkey’s Mugla province on July 21. The 27-year-old economics student was strangled to death in a fit of rage by her ex-boyfriend, who then burned her body. One of many tragic and preventable deaths, Gültekin’s murder sparked...

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Nov 30, 2020

Cartagena’s city center is a vibrant and colorful area full of international visitors. However, the outskirts paint a different story. Here, the invasiones, the shanty towns that surround the main city, are ridden with poverty. The effects of inequality stem beyond economic concerns as...

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