Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

May 5, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – There is a certain irony in recent news that Venezuela donated a half-million dollars to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration through Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company. Venezuela, of course, is a serial defaulter, having done so more times than almost any other country...

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

May 3, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Marcelo Colussi* GUATEMALA CITY (IDN) – More than three months have passed since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the world’s leading capitalist power: the United States of America. Nothing has changed. If someone had thought that something could change with...

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

May 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Daniela Pastrana This article forms part of IPS’ coverage of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3 MEXICO CITY, Apr 29 2017 (IPS) – Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Brito covered drug trafficking issues in a region of the southern state of Guerrero where criminal groups are extremely...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

Latin America’s Barriers to Growth

Latin America’s Barriers to Growth

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adriana Arreaza CARACAS – Latin America is expected to emerge from recession this year. But the region should not be overly optimistic. While economic growth is rebounding, it remains below 2%, on average. And in a global environment plagued by uncertainty, the balance of risks is not tilted in Latin America’s favor. The...

Venezuela’s silenced voices

Venezuela’s silenced voices

Mar 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The harsh treatment of political opposition in society, and the forms of torture that await them in the country’s overcrowded prisons, is a worrying sign for the year ahead in Venezuela. By Cecile Rossi 2016 was an eventful year for Maduro’s presidency and his opposition. In January, the Democratic Unity Table (MUD),...

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Brazil Takes Another Step Towards its Deconstruction of the Rule of Law

Mar 12, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Aline Piva, Research Fellow, Head of the Brazil Unit at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs “The Rule of Law is a multi-faceted ideal, but most conceptions give central place to a requirement that people in positions of authority should exercise their power within a constraining framework of public norms rather than on the basis...

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Feb 25, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging against the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega has become so well-known that people are calling for her security and her rights from the political heart of Europe. Who is she and why...

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

Feb 21, 2017

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to much speculation...

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Chileans mobilize to replace a constitution written by a military dictatorship

Feb 17, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Monse Sepulveda After decades of organizing, pro-democracy activists in Chile are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with the release of a historical document that sets in motion the legislative process to redraft the constitution. Since 1980, when the country’s former military dictatorship...

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