Corruption in Latin America: getting past the myths

The importance of increasing public and private transparency

Posted by , 12th March 2009

siemens.jpgThe greater a society’s inequalities, the more easily perverse incentives for corruption are created. This has became more ingrained in Latin America during the last few decades. How to put up a fight.


Cuba: Raúl Castro tightens his grip

The president wants some economic reforms, but nothing to do with democracy

Posted by , 12th March 2009

perez_roque-carlos_lage.jpgRaúl Castro does not want discussions and debates, and even less, voices raised against him. He wants his government to be based on results. He needs absolutes.

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Organized crime unleashes a wave of violence in Mexico

5,200 people were murdered in 2008

Posted by , 5th March 2009

violenciamexico2.jpgWhy the war between the drug cartels themselves has broken out in Mexico. The opium coming from Afghanistan. The corruption of the police and the legal system. The lack of action by the United States. The express kidnappings. Felipe Calderón and his war against organized crime.


The middle class will define politics in Latin America

Why the political platforms are shifting towards the center

Posted by , 11th February 2009

voto.jpgSome 340 million people comprise what can be defined as Latin America’s middle class. And in their hands lies the power to tip the balance at the polls. Consequently, in view of the proximity of the upcoming elections, many parties in the region have begun to head towards the center.


How the crisis will impact the left in Latin America

A new round of elections in a region showing diminished growth

Posted by , 11th February 2009

bachetabare.jpgChile and Uruguay will kick off a new round of elections in Latin America at the end of the year. Will there be a shift towards the center or will the left reassert its dominance? How will the electoral results in these two countries influence the rest of the Latin American elections?


New realities in Venezuela

The political interpretation of the November 23rd elections

Posted by , 19th December 2008

venezuelaeleccionesregionales.jpgPolarization will remain the cornerstone of Venezuelan politics. But which of the country’s models will end up prevailing? The global crisis and the price of oil will influence the answer, says the author.


Venezuela on the verge of bankruptcy due to the drop in the price of oil

Corruption, insecurity, inflation, lack of freedoms and political assassinations overwhelm the country

Posted by , 11th December 2008

venezuelaquiebra.jpgThe drop in the price of oil is threatening Venezuela’s internal stability: for every ten dollars that it drops, Caracas will lose five billion dollars each year, which will bring the country to bankruptcy.


Mercosur finds its opportunity in Israel

How to soften the effects of the international economic crisis in Latin America

Posted by , 11th December 2008

acuerdoisraelmercosur.jpgThe crisis sweeping the financial markets, epicentered in Wall Street, is bringing both fear and opportunities to the countries of South America. The author states that the trade agreement between Mercosur and the State of Israel is a step forward. The challenge lies in creating policies that soften the effects of this global crisis.

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Chávez wins the elections that Venezuela has lost

The opposition consolidates its power in Caracas

Posted by , 4th December 2008

hugovota.jpgIs the pathology of democracy firmly established in Venezuela? The electoral triumph of the PSUV in the regional elections, and fundamentally in the rural government offices, is indisputable. But the problem persists, says the author. And this is it: Chávez is a problem, but Chávez is not the problem: the problem, before and after November 23, is called Venezuela.