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...

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete
Nov 26, 2020

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

Mexico’s Cuts to Services Put Women at Risk
Nov 16, 2020

Mexico’s Cuts to Services Put Women at Risk

The Bolsonaro Family’s Downward Spiral of Corruption
Nov 11, 2020

The Bolsonaro Family’s Downward Spiral of Corruption

What Will a Post-Trump America Look Like?

What Will a Post-Trump America Look Like?

Nov 05, 2020

Americans are still anxiously waiting to find out who will be the 46th president of the United States. But while the results of the 2020 race may still be murky, what this election has made clear is that whoever succeeds President Donald Trump — whether in 2021 or 2025 — will face an uphill...

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

Oct 30, 2020

Despite all the obstacles, Americans are voting in huge numbers prior to Election Day. With a week to go, nearly 70 million voters have sent in their ballots or stood on line for early voting. The pandemic hasn’t prevented them from exercising their constitutional right. Nor have...

Femicide Continues to Plague Mexico

Femicide Continues to Plague Mexico

Oct 19, 2020

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) won the 2018 election on a campaign of combating the underlying causes of the social ailments impacting Mexican society. He vowed to fight violence and narcotics trafficking by eliminating its root cause, poverty. His plan was summarized by his tagline,...

A Ballot That Could Redefine the Rules of Chile’s Democracy

A Ballot That Could Redefine the Rules of Chile’s Democracy

Oct 09, 2020

One recurring theme in Latin American politics is how regularly the rules of the constitutional game change. On average, Latin American countries rewrite their constitutions every 20 years. Until recently, Chile was an exception. The country’s transition to democracy in 1990 was based on rules...

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Sep 11, 2020

The country with the highest per capita infection rate of COVID-19 is in South America — but it isn’t Brazil. Chile, despite its high incomes and access to resources, has struggled to keep the pandemic under control and suffers from infection rates higher than the United States, which...

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?

Sep 03, 2020

On Tuesday, August 4, via a short and unassuming tweet, the former president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe Velez, informed the world that he was placed under house arrest. The news sent shockwaves throughout South America’s political circles and sparked protests across Colombia. Uribe’s house...

The NY Times and Elon Musk Deal With Bolivia

The NY Times and Elon Musk Deal With Bolivia

Aug 10, 2020

Maria Silvia Trigo and Anatoly Kurmanaev have penned an article for The New York Times that describes the dramatic protests in Bolivia against the interim government. As so often in NYT articles, the content reveals more about the newspaper itself than about the topic it analyzes. Treating the...

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

Aug 07, 2020

It is hard to think of impending natural hazard-related disasters in the middle of a global pandemic. But it is absolutely essential that policymakers do so. This year, due in part to climate change, scientists predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. In fact, nine...

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again

Jul 29, 2020

When Luis Fonsi launched his ninth album, “Vida,” in January 2017, he probably didn’t imagine that its main song, “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee, would become an international sensation. The track broke seven Guinness records, among which were the most weeks at the top of...

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Led to the Birth of Racism

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Led to the Birth of Racism

Jul 23, 2020

The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade still lives on. It began in the 15th century and only ended in the 19th. Even today, the descendants of slaves deal with horrific racism. This led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Nothing in human history compares with the slave...

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