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Argentina’s “Dead Cow” Bounce

Argentina’s “Dead Cow” Bounce

Argentina’s economy is on pace for five percent growth in 2013, and the country’s stock market is trading near all-time highs. What happened to the economic basket case that is inching toward sovereign default? It’s still there, but as I argue in a recent piece for Nearshore Americas, …

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Cartes prepares Paraguay potential

Cartes prepares Paraguay potential


Paraguay has long been one of the poorest, least developed and most isolated countries in Latin America, dating back from when the country gained independence from Spain in 1811.
The landlocked nation is expected to grow by 10 percent this year – due in large part to …

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Brazil’s Vulnerable Public Security Strategy

Brazil’s Vulnerable Public Security Strategy

By Karina Junqueira de Almeida
Over the past week, several incidents have brought to light the vulnerabilities of Brazil’s security system. Pope Francis’s arrival showed the world the contrast between the heavily armed state military force that surrounded Palacio da Guanabara, the government’s administrative building where all authorities were waiting for …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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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 man who almost single-handedly …

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Argentina Set to Implode in 2013

Argentina Set to Implode in 2013

Last week, a U.N. tribunal ordered the release of an Argentine frigate docked in Ghana since October, when a group of hedge funds succeeded in getting a local court to hold the ship as collateral until the Argentine government made good on a $20 million bond. The bond, …

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The Socialist Origins of Technocratic Chile

The Socialist Origins of Technocratic Chile

In 1971 Stafford Beer, a renowned British academic, proposed to make Chile the world’s first cybernetic country. In essence, this meant that Chile’s entire economy would be run by a centralized computer network; real time data from hundreds of public utilities, banks, and industrial manufacturers would be rendered into optimal …

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As Candidates Praise Free Trade, Colombian Unions Turn to the International Criminal Court

As Candidates Praise Free Trade, Colombian Unions Turn to the International Criminal Court

 

In an otherwise contentious race for the U.S. presidency, free trade has been a surprising point of convergence for President Obama and Governor Romney. Specifically, Obama has emphasized the success of the free trade deals (FTAs) passed last year with Colombia, Korea and Panama, saying these¨…are …

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Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

 
As Colombia prepares for peace talks with the nation’s oldest guerrilla group, the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) set to begin next week, a new report sheds light on the immense challenges to land restitution in Colombia, where conflict has displaced nearly five million people.
¨Still a Dream: …

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One Year Outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá

One Year Outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá

Today marks one year that The Association of Sick and Fired Workers of General Motors Colombia (ASOTRECOL) members have been camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia in an act of protest.
ASOTRECOL is an association of Colmotores, or General Motors Colombia, employees who assert they were injured while performing their …

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Report puts Killings in Latin America over Land and Forests into Global Perspective

Report puts Killings in Latin America over Land and Forests into Global Perspective

The organization Global Witness recently released a briefing entitled “A Hidden Crisis? Increase in killings as tensions rise over land and forests.”
The briefing shows that 711 activists defending rights related to land and forests have been assassinated in the last decade (2002-2011), word-wide. The report shows that …

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