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Continued Challenges for Venezuela

Continued Challenges for Venezuela

Here is an update on the situation in Venezuela: from oil corruption, to government layoffs, to a border rush into Colombia.

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Venezuela Shortages: Past, Present, and Uncertain Future

Venezuela Shortages: Past, Present, and Uncertain Future

Venezuelans have been suffering from many hardships in recent months, including a plummeting economy, food shortages, and electricity rationing.

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The Receding of the Pink Tide in Latin America

The Receding of the Pink Tide in Latin America

Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador. The populist left-wing parties are rapidly losing ground in Latin America, but is it good news?

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Mauricio Macri: A Reformer in the Making

Mauricio Macri: A Reformer in the Making

Macri’s willingness to implement necessary economic reforms will allow him to reposition Argentina more competitively in the global economy.

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Challenging Brazil’s Democratic System May Make It Stronger

Challenging Brazil’s Democratic System May Make It Stronger

Rousseff's possible success in the Senate trial will only prolong the inevitable: a loss in the next presidential elections and the implosion of the PT.

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The Collapse of Chavez’s Venezuela

The Collapse of Chavez’s Venezuela

Problems for Venezuela and its president Nicolas Maduro continue to mount as the country heads inexorably towards its collapse.

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First Tango in Buenos Aires: Mending U.S.-Argentinian Relations

First Tango in Buenos Aires: Mending U.S.-Argentinian Relations

Obama has set out to improve economic and political ties with the country since the election of Mauricio Macri, a centrist pro-market president that vowed to break from the Kirchner legacy.

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Dilma’s Impeachment: Fear and Loathing in Brasília

Dilma’s Impeachment: Fear and Loathing in Brasília

Writing on Brazil has become an exercise in futility. With the ever-accelerating tempo of political developments, predictions seem anachronistic within a week’s time.

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Obama’s Visit to Cuba & the Lifting of Travel Restrictions

Obama’s Visit to Cuba & the Lifting of Travel Restrictions

On March 15, President Obama announced that certain travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba would be reduced in preparation for his visit to the small island country.

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How to Avoid Millions of Citizens Demanding your Impeachment

How to Avoid Millions of Citizens Demanding your Impeachment

One of the most basic forms of democratic engagement besides voting comes from mass peaceful protests. Indeed, it is difficult to ignore millions of people demanding the end of your political career.

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Is Rio Ready for the Olympics?

Is Rio Ready for the Olympics?

The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on August 5. But will Rio de Janeiro be prepared amidst an economic recession, a looming public health crisis, delayed infrastructure developments, increasing crime rates, and numerous other problems that have rapidly developed over the past three years?

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How the Left was Won and Lost

How the Left was Won and Lost

If there is no single truth, lies can become powerful tools in an election.

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A Challenging August for Dilma

A Challenging August for Dilma

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's approval rating has hit a new low, and with it, a growing sense of instability.

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Mangoes Fly in Venezuela, But Economic Improvements Remain Unlikely for 2015

Mangoes Fly in Venezuela, But Economic Improvements Remain Unlikely for 2015

What does a mango thrown at the head of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tell us about Venezuela’s economic future? Not much.

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Will the Calls for Impeachment Grow in Brazil?

Will the Calls for Impeachment Grow in Brazil?

The calls for the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff may not be fading away anytime soon, after allegations by a convicted currency dealer recently surfaced as part of a congressional commission.

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