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...

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado
June 02, 2021

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons
May 14, 2021

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?
March 05, 2021

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?

What Should Business Expect From Bolivia’s New President?

What Should Business Expect From Bolivia’s New President?

December 21, 2020

On October 18, the Bolivian public went to the polls and elected Luis Arce Catacora as the country’s 67th president in a surprise result that returned the socialist party of former President Evo Morales to power. Morales had previously ruled Bolivia as the leader of the Movement Toward...

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

December 16, 2020

Joe Biden’s victory in the US election is distressing news for Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's right-wing populist president who admires Donald Trump. Five days after the American media called the race in Biden’s favor, Bolsonaro was yet to congratulate the Democrat. Since Brazil became a democracy...

Brazil Rejects Bolsonaro’s Anti-Politics

Brazil Rejects Bolsonaro’s Anti-Politics

December 09, 2020

Municipal elections in Brazil were rarely the subject of international media attention before 2016. That year, growing political unrest culminated in President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in August, and the October elections brought in a wave of far-right politicians aligned to the rising power...

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

December 07, 2020

The remains of Pinar Gültekin were found in the woodlands in Turkey’s Mugla province on July 21. The 27-year-old economics student was strangled to death in a fit of rage by her ex-boyfriend, who then burned her body. One of many tragic and preventable deaths, Gültekin’s murder sparked...

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

November 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...

The Bolsonaro Family’s Downward Spiral of Corruption

The Bolsonaro Family’s Downward Spiral of Corruption

November 11, 2020

The Bolsonaro family suffered a severe blow in the first week of November. It was not Donald Trump’s loss in the US election, given that the businessman is the benchmark by which Jair Bolsonaro tries to model his presidency in Brazil. On November 3, the public prosecutor of Rio de Janeiro has...

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

September 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?

September 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...

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again

July 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...

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...

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