Three Ladies in Distress

Spring arrived on a dark note for three politically relevant ladies: Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Dilma Rousseff.

Anticipating the Collapse of Venezuela

The question for businessmen and governments with a stake in the deteriorating situation in Venezuela is no longer if the regime of Nicholas Maduro will come to a premature end, but under what circumstances.

Poverty in Latam: Where do we come from, where are we going?

Advances in poverty reduction in Latam over the last decade and a half have been remarkable. With a $4 a day poverty line, the region’s population living in poverty fell from 45 to 25 percent between 2000 and 2014

Latam's anticorruption feeling: Stop stealing

Corruption has long been endemic in Latin America. Voters have tolerated politicians who “steal but get things done” (an epithet first applied to a populist governor of São Paulo in the 1940s)

Bogotá is not prepared for it role as a megacity

Bogotá is on the road to turning into a megacity (a city with more than 10 million inhabitants) but it will not be able to answer to the demands posed by urban services.

Colombia Leads, US Lags, In Global Drug Policy Reform

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos is a world leader in trying to reform global drug policy. But when he spoke at the recent United Nations drug summit and tallied his supporters, the US delegation was nowhere to be seen.

We ignore Venezuela’s imminent implosion at our peril

The regime that fostered this nightmare, headed by Hugo Chávez until his death in 2013, is on the way out: It cannot survive the economic crisis and mass discontent it has created.

Latinos will save America from Trump

A whopping 87 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, who hopes that a record turnout of angry white voters will make up for his shortage of Latino supporters. But his math won’t work, because Latinos will vote in record numbers, fearing a Trump presidency

Brazil, a Modern Day Tragedy or Comedy?

We have yet to see where Brazil’s story will lead, but who can stop watching?

Tainted leaders under fire by Latam’s empowered citizens

From Guatemala to Brazil and Argentina, citizens are taking on their corrupt leaders. This could bring, on the long run, the end of a long and lucrative tradition of impunity in Latin America

Media ethics in the Panama Papers

It is understandable that the idea of media being a fourth power has given journalists the distorted thought of being judges and prosecutors; but it`s time to go back to our real function

What lies behind turmoil in Brazil

A president faces impeachment, a signs of voters fed up with corruption and looking for blame. The ultimate answer, however, lies in choosing and voting for moral candidates.

What the FARC's elusive finances mean for peace

New estimates that the FARC guerrilla organization is worth billions of dollars draw attention to a highly contested issue that is critical to the peace talks between Colombia and its largest rebel group.

The toothless democracy clauses UNASUR/CELAC

The net effect of these new bodies and their toothless, plagiarized democracy clauses has been to create parallel forums more favorable to the interests of autocrats.

Are most Latin American elections rigged?

International political hacker Andres Sepúlveda says he hacked nine recent elections in Latin America. He says that he hacked opposition offices and planted disinformation in social media to help candidates win elections

No easy outcomes in Brazil’s political crisis

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would appear to be, as she herself recently said, “a card out of the deck” of those in power, after the crushing defeat she suffered Sunday Apr. 17 in the lower house of Congress, which voted to impeach her.

The populist syndrome in Latin America

What do we mean when we describe a politician or a government as populist? How is it possible to put Donald Trump and Nicolás Maduro into the same bag?

Here's why conservation efforts may fail

According to a Mongabay analysis lack of funding, not clearly stated goals and ignoring the history of the region are some of the reasons why conservation efforts tend to fail.

When a “coup” is not a coup

How should presidential systems deal with political breakdown?

The healthy roots of corruption anger in Latin America

Corruption scandals have exploded across Latin America in recent years. Has corruption, or the perception of corruption, suddenly spiked?  - The answer is no.

Next president must continue Obama’s progress on clean energy

So much of America’s future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let’s focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners becomes president.

Mosquito vs. mosquito over the Zika virus

Genetically modified mosquitoes are in the news for good reason: They may be our best hope for controlling the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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