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Mexico Adopts Some Nasty US Habits

Mexico Adopts Some Nasty US Habits

Within one week, Mexico has demonstrated its ability to adopt some characteristics previously credited solely to its northern neighbour: obesity and workplace violence.
Last week the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced that Mexico has a 32.8 percent adult obesity rate, …

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Venezuela Election Wrap-Up

Venezuela Election Wrap-Up

 
The new president will be puppeteered out of office quicker than he was put in 
The election played out as many opposition supporters of Henrique Capriles supporters feared.
Government candidate Nicolas Maduro won by a close margin — closer than expected actually. Capriles denounced the results, pointed out cases of fraud and …

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Venezuela Results- Recount or Political Theatre?

Venezuela Results- Recount or Political Theatre?

The results of the April 14 presidential election in Venezuela were polemic but not surprising. The real test comes in the days ahead and the degree to which the opposition demands a recount.
Despite mental preparation for an electoral battle, the news of defeat was still met with despair by …

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Unexpectedly Close – Venezuela’s Presidential Election

Unexpectedly Close – Venezuela’s Presidential Election


A Surge in Energy – and Poll Points – for the Capriles’ Campaign.
When the presidential campaign of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles began two weeks ago there were legitimate doubts about stamina, both his and that of his staff. They must be tired. One factor, …

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El Papa Porteño

El Papa Porteño

Porteños (Argentines from the capital city Buenos Aires) will get quite a self-esteem boost today, March 19 when the Vatican inaugurates Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
There has been no news in Buenos Aires for the last five days that has not …

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Death Defying Chavez

Death Defying Chavez

At a high-level executive meeting in Mexico City on Feb. 13, the conversation turned, as it often does in Latin American circles, into a guessing game on Chavez´ health. Several participants insisted ¨Chavez is dead, we haven´t heard from him or seen him in weeks.¨ My response? The man is …

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Brazil on Fire

Brazil on Fire

On January 28, a band playing in the popular Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil decided to add some flare to their show — literally. Gurizada Fandangueira, a country music band lit an outdoor use flare, the cheapest available, which in turn ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the ceiling. The …

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ARGENZUELA

ARGENZUELA

Argenzuela — an invented word that has been on the minds and lips of Argentines for the past year; the jokes that Argentina is following an eerily similar path to that of Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela are no longer funny.
The fact that the …

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Southern Cone Voting

Southern Cone Voting

In recent weeks, two southern cone neighbors, Argentina and Chile, have demonstrated radically different youth voting tendencies. Culturally, economically and politically, Chile and Argentina’s approaches toward just about everything are famously different; to say the two countries have a rivalry would be an understatement. Yet, …

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Venezuelan Prisons and the Power of Pranes

Venezuelan Prisons and the Power of Pranes

 
At this point, the plight of Venezuelan prisons is internationally known. Jails are severely overcrowded, conditions are horrendous and members of armed gangs kill each other with such frequency that the government actually created a new Prison Ministry to oversee the rights of prisoners. But the most perplexing aspect of …

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Hugo Chavez Wins Re-election

Hugo Chavez Wins Re-election



Polls closed in Caracas, Venezuela at 1800 October 7. Months of anticipation came down to the following four hours as the National Electoral Commission (CNE) counted ballots. Current president Hugo Chavez won the election with over 7.4 million votes, some 54 percent of …

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About the Author

Marie Metz
Marie Metz

Marie Metz is a Latin America Security Analyst based in Mexico City, Mexico with frequent travel throughout Latin America. She covered the 2012 and 2013 Venezuelan presidential elections from Caracas, and has lived in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds an M.A. in International Security from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Miami.

You can follow her on Twitter: @gueritametz or read her individual blog: www.mariemetz.com

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