Latam between the eagle and the dragon

Is China striving for political influence in Latin America or just trading? The answer is essential to deciphering the intentions behind the historic expansion of the Middle Kingdom’s economic relations with Latin America

What to expect from Chile’s local elections

Since Chile doesn’t have congressional mid-term elections, local elections—held almost three years after the presidential contest—serve to measure the popularity of the ruling coalition.

Brazil’s Rural Culture Diminished

It is a shame that "vaquejadas" have been banished rather than regulated.

President Santos resorted to scare tactics that ultimately failed to convince Colombians

President Juan Manuel Santos and his team of negotiators raised several red flags intended to alarm the population into voting in favor of it. Here are a few of them.

Colombia and ‘Brexit’ Show Why a Referendum Can Be Dangerous

The voters of the world have had quite a year: They rejected Colombia’s peace deal; split Britain from the European Union; endorsed a Thai Constitution that curtails democracy; and, in Hungary, backed the government’s plan to restrict refugbreees

Politics: A discredited profession

Young Latin Americans are political, but are not becoming politicians. The discredit of politics and the alienation of the young are common to democracies around the world.

Want to make ethical purchases? Stop buying illegal drugs

In Mexico, the official death toll from the past decade’s drug trade stands at over 185,000, with many of the dead innocent bystanders.

Finally, South America puts pressure on Venezuela

The decision by key South American countries to send an ultimatum to Venezuela’s authoritarian regime demanding that it respect democratic rules went almost unnoticed in the U.S. media

How Bolivia Fights the Drug Scourge

The yearly condemnation of Bolivia has been futile. So far, that country’s experience with its drug strategy is showing more promise than Washington’s forced-eradication model.

Latin American populist leaders love to play the victim

How many leaders have accepted their blame? A few, yes. But when the absence of self-criticism comes from the left, socialism and communism, which self-proclaim as defenders of the poor, corruption hurts three times as much.

Venezuela’s hapless leader Chávez without the charm

After this days events Nicolás Maduro’s bumbling brings a messy end to his presidency closer. The Chavista movement is now outnumbered by the opposition and mr Maduro seems unable to accept that

Colombia peace deal won’t solve country’s key problem — an outdated economy

A recent study by the Inter-American Development Bank says 83 percent of Colombia’s exports are raw materials, and only 17 percent are manufactured goods.

Lessons from the September 1 Protest Rally in Venezuela

The reality of Venezuela demanded a recall referendum as the path to be followed, since a constitutional amendment was blocked by the judges of the Government making up the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Did Dilma Rousseff's 'arrogance' precede her fall?

It remains to be seen whether Brazilians will come to believe that the former president was on the rights side of history.

How is media representing human suffering?

Media is profiting from making already shocking events newsworthy.

The unspeakable and the inexplicable

Why did Enrique Peña Nieto invite Donald Trump to visit Mexico? that is the question, was it a mistake or a well thought move?

The TPP and Chile’s foreign policy options

The TPP is far more than a trade deal. Indeed, economic matters, as Messrs. Loong and Furche pointed out, aren’t even that important.

Chileans reject president Bachelet but her legaciy will live on

The “popular” Michelle Bachelet administration, the one that called itself the voice of the people and bragged about its progressive reforms, has suffered a painful setback.

Colombia’s Remarkable Peace Process

This It is an opportunity Colombians should embrace. They have given a younger generation of Colombians a clear way to start relegating this war to the history books.

What ‘Made in Latin America’ should mean

Made in Latin America should go beyond manufacturing, it should mean the transformation of a region’s economic system into a new era.

Has the Venezuelan state created the hunger games?

The Venezuelan government has become one of the world’s cruelest teasers. It has created unspeakable hardships for the populace and, at the same time, is taking advantage of those hardships to introduce new forms of political control.

‘Dynasty,’ the Nicaragua Version

The course of Mr. Ortega’s own political history should serve as reminder that overthrowing a government can be the citizens’ response when all other avenues for dissent are shut.

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