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Voting Against the Law of Corruption

Voting Against the Law of Corruption

While difficult to measure a few months before elections are to take place, major national and regional changes are coming to the Americas, with votes likely determining the future economic and security focus of the region. When considering NAFTA, it could be that the waves created by Trumps bargaining approach may ...

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Fleeing Crisis, Venezuelans Seek Refuge in Neighboring Countries

Fleeing Crisis, Venezuelans Seek Refuge in Neighboring Countries

Multilateral organizations, including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UNICEF, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Global Fund, have expressed strong concern about the deteriorating health situation in Venezuela. The OHCHR states that there are widespread shortages of ...

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Voce Abusou: Corruption as a Permanent Impairment to Society

Voce Abusou: Corruption as a Permanent Impairment to Society

A well known song from Antonio Carlos e Jocafi could easily run though someone’s mind when reading about corruption in their native Brazil. Voce abusou, or You abuse me is how many citizens feel when members from political parties or elite members of a society take advantage of the public ...

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Venezuela is on the Road to a One Party State

Venezuela is on the Road to a One Party State

On the road of corruption, there must often be a legal shield in order to protect past crimes committed by a government with its hands in the public purse.

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Judicial Activism and the Fight Against Institutionalized Corruption

Judicial Activism and the Fight Against Institutionalized Corruption

The divide between Dilma Rousseff's supporters and her opponents lead to some of the largest political demonstrations in the Brazil's history.

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Impeachment Should be Legitimized by an Election in Brazil

Impeachment Should be Legitimized by an Election in Brazil

Michel Temer, the current President, was not democratically elected. The lack of elections will give rise to more divisiveness in Brazil when a strong government is needed.

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Making the Olympics Less of an Elite Event

Making the Olympics Less of an Elite Event

No country should host the Olympics unless there is a guaranteed positive economic return from the Games. Unfortunately, this is not the case of Rio 2016.

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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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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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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 Populism Bad for the Economy?

Is Populism Bad for the Economy?

While Latin America is slowly turning its back away from populist policies, it looks like North America might give it a shot.

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Slavery and Forced Labor in Brazil

Slavery and Forced Labor in Brazil

Brazil is estimated to have around 155,000 people being exploited in slave-like conditions.

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The Five Oil Exporters Most Affected by Currency Devaluation

The Five Oil Exporters Most Affected by Currency Devaluation

Devaluation is the word of the day in oil exporting countries. Whether it is the Nigerian naira, the Venezuelan bolívar, or the Russian rouble, low oil prices are wreaking havoc in oil exporting economies and on their national currencies.

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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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Meeting International Obligations at All Costs: Rio 2016

Meeting International Obligations at All Costs: Rio 2016

The FIFA World Cup highlighted the rift between internationally oriented elites and average Brazilians.

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