The UN Faces a Crisis

October 01, 2021

Jair Bolsonaro gave a speech at the UN General Assembly last month. It was full of the usual misstatements and exaggerations for which the Brazilian leader has become notorious. But the most noteworthy part of the speech had nothing to do with its contents. It was Bolsonaro’s refusal to take a...

Questions on Which No One Agrees: Infrastructure, Cuba and Jobs
August 18, 2021

Questions on Which No One Agrees: Infrastructure, Cuba and Jobs

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle
August 12, 2021

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans
July 31, 2021

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans

After Recent Protests, Cuba Will Not Be the Same

After Recent Protests, Cuba Will Not Be the Same

July 19, 2021

The wave of protests that engulfed Cuba on July 11 has become a milestone in the island's recent struggle for a free society. Limited at first, like so many protests across Latin America over the last few years, they soon spread out to most of the country, including small towns. It began in San...

Biden’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Biden’s Pirates of the Caribbean

July 19, 2021

On July 12, following an outburst of protest by Cubans responding to a raft of ills that plague the island, the White House issued US President Joe Biden’s message of apparent solidarity. “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the...

A Contentious Election Deepens Peru’s Crisis

A Contentious Election Deepens Peru’s Crisis

July 16, 2021

Peruvians went to the polls on June 6 to elect a new president. Pedro Castillo is leading Keiko Fujimori by 44,000 votes in an election in which 17.6 million cast their ballots. The result is yet to be confirmed by the election authorities. A newly-edited book by one of the greatest Peruvian...

Haiti’s Whodunnit Raises Serious Historical Questions

Haiti’s Whodunnit Raises Serious Historical Questions

July 12, 2021

Not since the former slave Toussaint L’Ouverture successfully revolted against the island’s colonial masters has Haiti’s politics inspired anyone’s admiration. Toussaint’s quixotic adventure predictably ended badly for himself and perhaps even worse for his nation, whose political...

Chile Has an Opportunity to Write a New Chapter

Chile Has an Opportunity to Write a New Chapter

Chile is going through political change. In May, Chileans voted to elect an assembly that will write a new constitution. Those elected to redraw the country’s magna carta feature a large contingent of independents. Left-wing parties are most favorably positioned among institutional actors, but...

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

June 25, 2021

Anitta is turning her back on Brazil — and for a good reason. One of the most successful Brazilian singers of the 21st century, she alone gathered over 370,000 people in just one carnival block in Rio early last year. But now she wants millions more, and from all over the world. In late...

The US Must Commit to Protecting Central Americans

The US Must Commit to Protecting Central Americans

June 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

Joe Biden Faces Many Challenges in Latin America

June 17, 2021

Donald Trump, the 45th US president, broke with decades of a relatively bipartisan foreign policy consensus by wreaking havoc on US bilateral relations with China and the European Union. Latin America was an exception to the Trump playbook. It is true that US relations with Mexico were...

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

June 04, 2021

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian dictator, snatches a dissident from midair. Military strongman Assimi Goita launches another coup in Mali. Benjamin Netanyahu escalates a military conflict to save his own political skin in Israel. In the United States, the Republican Party launches a...

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

June 02, 2021

Guacamole, or so BBC has claimed, is “undoubtedly one of Mexico’s most popular dishes,” dating back to the times of the Aztecs. Thanks to Pancho Villa and Old El Paso’s spice mix, guacamole has conquered European lunch and dinner tables from Norway to France, from Switzerland to Spain....

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