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
Jun 30, 2020

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?
Jun 26, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power
Jun 18, 2020

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

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...

Mexico’s President Shockingly Calls The NY Times Neoliberal

Mexico’s President Shockingly Calls The NY Times Neoliberal

May 14, 2020

After Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) accused The New York Times of a lack of ethics when it published an article claiming that his government was underreporting the number of coronavirus deaths, Mexico News Daily found a subtle way of defending The Times. It did...

Mike Pompeo’s Art of Indirect Involvement in Venezuela

Mike Pompeo’s Art of Indirect Involvement in Venezuela

May 11, 2020

Two American men have been detained by the Venezuelan military following “a botched beach landing in the fishing village of Chuao,” the Associated Press reports. They were reportedly attempting to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolas Maduro, apparently as a prelude to installing...

Brazil Struggles to Find a Unified Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brazil Struggles to Find a Unified Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brazil’s President Jair Messias Bolsonaro seems to be trying to go down a different route than the rest of the world when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis. While the “Trump of the Tropics” has been following US policy on many fronts, Donald Trump has stepped back from his earlier claims that...

Brazil Is Heading Into a Perfect Storm

Brazil Is Heading Into a Perfect Storm

Apr 28, 2020

April has been a hard month for the largest and most populous Latin American country. While the whole world is engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 200,000 globally to date and unleashed an unprecedented economic crisis, Brazil has also been going through political upheaval....

Why Maximum Pressure on Venezuela Is the Only Way Out

Why Maximum Pressure on Venezuela Is the Only Way Out

Apr 22, 2020

Venezuela’s dictatorship has proved to be highly resilient. It mutated from a lively democracy in the second half of the 20th century to a hybrid regime where unfree and unfair elections were held and repression reigned, giving way to the current dictatorial domination. In the process, it also...

As Always, Barack Obama Never Looks Back

As Always, Barack Obama Never Looks Back

Apr 22, 2020

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) reacted last week to the news that a corruption investigation into Mexico’s nationalized petroleum industry, Pemex, had moved on to target his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto. Though aware of the attorney general’s investigation into...

Uruguay Turns Its Leftist Page

Uruguay Turns Its Leftist Page

In November 2019, Luis Lacalle Pou was elected president of Uruguay after defeating the ruling party candidate and former Montevideo mayor, Daniel Martinez, in the second round. President Lacalle Pou’s inauguration in March marked the end of a decade and a half of executive leadership by members...

The Politics Behind the Coronavirus in Brazil

The Politics Behind the Coronavirus in Brazil

Apr 15, 2020

As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 sweeps across the globe, countries are shutting down. Yet Brazil’s ultra-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has emerged among world leaders as a voice of opposition against lockdowns. Trying to weaken the initiatives of the ministry of health and local...

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