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
Nov 15, 2019

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

The Me Too Movement: Changing the Rules of the Game
Nov 15, 2019

The Me Too Movement: Changing the Rules of the Game

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?
Nov 13, 2019

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

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...

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

May 30, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Robert Patman, professor of international relations at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Venezuela is in the midst of a severe socio-economic and political crisis. President Nicolás Maduro faces growing pressure, both domestically and...

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil's Universities

May 21, 2019

On January 1, former army captain and until then unsuccessful far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, has assumed Brazil’s presidency, having won the most polarized election in the country’s recent history. One of his main promises was to fight corruption and crime — a big issue in a country...

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

May 13, 2019

Instead of attempting to undermine China’s Latin America plan, the United States needs to construct one of its own. On April 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kickstarted a week of travel to several Latin American countries, where he did not fail to warn of the dangers of a close...

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

May 10, 2019

Many analysts agreed that once the military withdrew support for the flailing regime in Caracas, the fall of Bolivarian socialism would be unavoidable, perhaps a matter of days or weeks. Political analysts have been expecting Nicolás Maduro’s imminent downfall for quite some time now....

Affordable Childcare Is a Public Need

Affordable Childcare Is a Public Need

Apr 29, 2019

Raising children is not what it used to be.  Women and men on track to becoming parents must face the prospect of increasing costs of quality childcare. This is true for developed nations, but no less predictable in low-income countries as well. Raising children is not what it used to...

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