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
Apr 28, 2020

Brazil Is Heading Into a Perfect Storm

Uruguay Turns Its Leftist Page

Uruguay Turns Its Leftist Page

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Be a Wake-Up Call for Honduras’ Political Class?

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Be a Wake-Up Call for Honduras’ Political Class?

Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

As the global COVID-19 pandemic engulfs the world, the grand strategy of revisionist powers will either falter or accelerate. At the dawn of the post-coronavirus world — whenever it might come — the Chinese Communist Party will push forward with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will...

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

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

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

Feb 17, 2020

After Iowa and New Hampshire, two states known for the homogeneity of their white populations, the Democratic primaries move west and south. The next venue is Nevada, a state with a significant Mexican minority. The pundits see this as the first test of the capacity of Democratic candidates to...

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

Last October, Ecuador witnessed some of the largest mass protests in its modern history. Concentrated mainly in the capital city of Quito and, less intensely, in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Portoviejo, the protests ignited on October 3, when President Lenin Moreno’s government announced the...

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Jan 30, 2020

In Havana, Cuba, the effects of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration have seeped their way into daily life: the long lines of cars outside gas stations, the dwindling stock on store shelves, the increasingly common apagones, or power outages. In early September 2019, Cuba’s President...

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...

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