Beyond Latin America’s Lost Decade

December 03, 2021

After the pink tide of progressive politics came a brown tidal wave of reaction. The last few years of governance in Latin America have reeked of corruption, repression, and environmental degradation. They will go down in history as the “Sewage Decade,” thanks to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Ivan...

How Blue Bonds Promise to Boost Latin America’s Economy
November 17, 2021

How Blue Bonds Promise to Boost Latin America's Economy

Will Brazil See Justice for the Mismanagement of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
November 04, 2021

Will Brazil See Justice for the Mismanagement of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The UN Faces a Crisis
October 01, 2021

The UN Faces a Crisis

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

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

August 18, 2021

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. Obama Hosts the Jet Set While Biden Plays the Propeller As Barack Obama held a lavish do at his Martha’s Vineyard manor, US President Joe Biden tweeted...

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

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

August 12, 2021

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. This week, before glancing at political division in the US, we look at what is shaping up to be a game-changing development in China. Bloomberg’s reporters...

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans

July 31, 2021

The Biden administration has made it clear that US engagement with the Western Hemisphere is a priority. Much of its early focus has been on Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, as forced displacement from these countries is such a pressing concern. But a worrying crackdown in...

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...

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