El Salvador’s Young President Turns Up the Pressure on the Political Establishment

Elected in 2019 as a political outsider to El Salvador’s two main parties, Nayib Bukele assumed the country’s presidency with the promise of ending gang violence and enforcing the rule of law in an institutionally weak nation. However, Bukele’s recent actions as president seeking to pressure...

Presidential Candidates Reveal a Wall of Ignorance When It Comes to Mexico
Feb 17, 2020

Presidential Candidates Reveal a Wall of Ignorance When It Comes to Mexico

For Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s Economy Is a Key to Staying in Power

For Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s Economy Is a Key to Staying in Power

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions
Jan 30, 2020

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Will Colombia See a #MeToo Revolution?

Will Colombia See a #MeToo Revolution?

Over the last several weeks, Colombia has been making international headlines as social protest engulfed the country. On November 25 — the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women — hundreds of Colombian women went out into the streets to claim their rights and shine a...

Meet the New IMF, Same as the Old IMF

Meet the New IMF, Same as the Old IMF

Dec 04, 2019

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has changed. Gone are the days when it would use its lending powers to strong-arm countries into adopting a slate of “free market” reforms that put the interests of investors before those of the people — or so it claims. The IMF truly has progressed...

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

Nov 15, 2019

In 2006, long before hashtags, Tarana Burke began a grassroots “me too” movement to try and reach women and girl survivors of sexual assault, particularly women of color in low wealth communities. In 2017, actor Alyssa Milano used “me too” as a hashtag, and it went viral. While much has...

The Me Too Movement: Changing the Rules of the Game

The Me Too Movement: Changing the Rules of the Game

Nov 15, 2019

We have come a long way from the times when women were classified as militants and arrested for demanding voting rights, stepping in front of galloping horses to garner attention. In just over two years, the #MeToo movement has made us question the notion of sexual engagement, our understanding of...

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

Nov 13, 2019

The first thing to bear in mind when looking at the recent violent demonstrations that have occurred in Latin American countries like Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia is to resist the spell of common myths about the region. Latin America is a vast territory composed of 20 countries, from Mexico...

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

Just as it seemed that the leftist “pink tide” had finally receded across Latin America, a wave of social movements are shaking market-friendly governments in the region. While certainly a reflection of the polarized political climate on a global scale, the recent convulsions across the...

Protests Continue Across Bolivia After Evo Morales’ Controversial Reelection

Protests Continue Across Bolivia After Evo Morales' Controversial Reelection

Just as right-wing incumbents in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina are experiencing a substantial pushback following the implementation of neoliberal economic reforms, left-wing and populist leaders in Latin America are also feeling the heat of popular discontent. In Bolivia, people have taken to the...

The Cultural Marxism Conspiracy Thrives in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

The Cultural Marxism Conspiracy Thrives in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Oct 16, 2019

“Cultural Marxism” is a right-wing conspiracy theory that accuses the Frankfurt School — comprised of thinkers like Theodor Adorno, Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse — of emigrating to the United States of America in the 1930s to implant the “Marxist” ideologies of political...

The New Age of Protest

The New Age of Protest

Oct 04, 2019

Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protesters chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the Environmental...

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

Jun 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

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