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?
Sep 03, 2020

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?

The NY Times and Elon Musk Deal With Bolivia
Aug 10, 2020

The NY Times and Elon Musk Deal With Bolivia

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide
Aug 07, 2020

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

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...

Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

Jul 16, 2020

On June 20, we celebrated World Refugee Day. This was an opportune time for us all to pay attention to the challenge of forced displacement today. Strikingly, the world is facing the largest forced displacement crisis since World War II, with nearly 80 million people having fled their countries...

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Jul 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare a global crisis of gender inequality. While women have achieved considerable success in their fight for equality, they continue to face violence, discrimination and exclusion globally. Women are now disproportionately bearing the costs of the pandemic, surfacing...

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Paraguay’s current president, Mario Abdo Benitez, was elected in April 2018. When he was sworn into office in August that year, it represented a second consecutive five-year term in power for the conservative Colorado Party, following the right-wing presidency of Horacio Cartes. At 48, Abdo...

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery

Jun 30, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has been sweeping advanced liberal democracies, from the United States to Western Europe, impacting even those countries, such as Switzerland, comparatively marginally involved in the slave trade. Black Lives Matter confronts all of these societies with their...

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

Jun 18, 2020

The term soft power was coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s as a country's ability to influence others without the use of force. Soft power is established in culture and grounded in history, unlike hard power, which is based on coercion and the use of military and economic means. Soft power and...

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

Jun 16, 2020

The late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a prominent figure in the 20th-century critical pedagogy movement and the celebrated author of the ground-breaking 1968 text, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” Freire’s seminal work proposes a dialogical method of teaching literacy that...

Can a Happiness Index Bring Back the World’s Smile?

Can a Happiness Index Bring Back the World’s Smile?

May 25, 2020

In the midst of the unhappiness of the coronavirus pandemic, what better response to the gloom than to focus on happiness? Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president of Mexico, has found an appropriate answer to the anguish and fear that have accompanied the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused...

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