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Latin America’s Economy Projected to Grow 3.5% in 2013

Latin America’s Economy Projected to Grow 3.5% in 2013

Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published its growth forecasts for Latin America’s economies in 2013. With a few exceptions, the news is disappointing. The 3.5 percent projected growth for Latin America’s economy is slightly above last year’s rate, but well below the 5 percent clip ...

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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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Theories on the Rise of Diabetes in Mexico

Theories on the Rise of Diabetes in Mexico

One fact that is often presented in the classroom of fresh MBA students is that out of all the markets for carbonated beverages in the world, Mexicans stand as the number one consumers of sodas. So much is the love of those sugary drinks that it placed the former head ...

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Haiti: Summing all Fears about Haiti’s Humanitarian Assistance

Haiti: Summing all Fears about Haiti’s Humanitarian Assistance

“Of course, there is a lot of resistance to change, especially when some of the largest recipients of contracts in Haiti are the for-profit development companies that hired a lobbyist to push back on these reforms,” declared Research Associate Jake Johnston, who co-authored “Breaking Open the Black Box: Increasing ...

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Venezuela: Chavez protege wins, or did he?

Venezuela: Chavez protege wins, or did he?

The latest twist in the drama that is Venezuelan presidential politics concerns the highly contentious election of last Sunday, April 14. In an election called for by the constitution following the death of sitting President Hugo Chavez, the country faced a choice between Chavez’s hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro and opposition ...

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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, however, may sway the vote ...

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Cuba and the power of resolver

Cuba and the power of resolver

I returned recently from several weeks in Cuba spent at a fascinating time. The Cuban government is in the middle of a gradual series of economic reforms that amount to an overhaul of the inefficient, troubled Cuban economy. The current centrally managed system is becoming one that allows for more ...

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NO: The Rest of the Story

NO: The Rest of the Story

If you have not seen it, you ought to check out the new Chilean movie NO. A fictionalized account of the campaign to remove Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet through a plebiscite, it was one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign ...

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Cuba’s Little Bird Flies Free

Cuba’s Little Bird Flies Free

Freedom is fundamentally the possibility of standing on a street corner and shouting “There is no freedom here!” — Yoani Sanchez Cuban dissident Yoani Sanchez is fond of comparing Cubans to little birds in a cage – captives who are given free education, food, and water but who are still ...

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Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part two of three) – Haiti

Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part two of three) – Haiti

Please read part one here first: Censoring Speech  While not the first head of state to politicize Haitian carnival, President Michel Martelly made history with his deliberate attack on civil liberties last February, forbidding Port-au-Prince residents to peacefully assemble and organize their carnival — a decision that not only ...

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Speaking Freely Volume 5: Hugo Chávez (2008)

Speaking Freely Volume 5: Hugo Chávez (2008)

Now that one of Latin America’s most controversial figures has died, it is interesting to look back at his actions, actions that will reverberate in the western hemisphere for some time to come. This is a short piece (about 52 minutes) that is clearly a love letter from the maker, Cinema ...

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Finish line in sight for post-Castro Cuba

Finish line in sight for post-Castro Cuba

After 54 years of leadership by one Castro brother or the other, current Cuban President Raúl Castro announced on Sunday that his current five-year term would be his last — thus providing a firm date for the end of Castro rule in Cuba while holding himself ...

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The Devil’s Miner (2005)

The Devil’s Miner (2005)

“The mountain that eats men.” That is what Cerro Rico (“rich mountain”) is called. The mountain in Potosi, Bolivia has yielded a tremendous amount of silver since the Spanish empire began mining it hundreds of years ago. This documentary follows the daily life of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas, who works long shifts in ...

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Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part one) – Haiti

Censoring Speech in Haiti’s Most Celebrated Agora (part one) – Haiti

  During a live interview aired on Radio Scoop FM  (107.7) 48 hours before Haiti’s carnival festivities, President Michel Martelly dispelled all rumors surrounding band selections for Cap-Haitien’s 2013 Carnival possession. “It was I, who personally decided to exclude bands from the carnival parade,” declared the president. “The decision to ...

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