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The Crackdown on Corruption: All Bark but No Bite?

After a long absence due to teaching commitments, I now resume my blogging. During my time offline, the Venezuelan crisis continued to worsen, anti-government protests rocked Nicaragua, Donald Trump ordered Mexico and Canada to renegotiate NAFTA with the US, and Lula … Continue reading

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Random Thought

Just like the US had the Indian Wars, Argentina had at that same time something that became known as the “Conquest of the Desert”, which involved the seizure of the Patagonia and the pacification (through overwhelming military force, of course) … Continue reading

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Götterdämerung to the Tune of a Bossa Nova (part 2): “Lula” Returns to the Slammer

Luis Inacio “Lula” Da Silva attending the inauguration of the new leadership of the Brazilian Workers’ Party on July 5, 2017. Dilma Rousseff sits next to him. Photo credit: Associated Press. Source: MSN The Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) anti-corruption probe … Continue reading

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“La moral empieza en casa”

(Translation: “Morality starts at home”) Delcy Rodríguez, Venezuelan foreign minister. Photo Credit: Israel Leal/AP. Source: Miami Herald As the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) met in the Mexican resort town of Cancún and discussed and … Continue reading

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Electo Silva: An Eulogy

Electo Silva Gaínza (1928-2017). Source: EcuRed I once talked about something I like quite a lot: the Cuban cartoon Elpidio Valdés. I basically presented it as a way to say that not everything coming out of Cuba is bad. It … Continue reading

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The [Organization of American States] has won a more relevant space in the hemispheric community. The Inter-American Democratic Charter reflects several shared democratic values; establishes a clear symbiosis between democracy and human rights. […] Venezuela requests responsibly that the Inter-American Democratic … Continue reading

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Götterdämmerung to the Tune of a Bossa Nova

Demonstration demanding Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, March 2016. Photo credit: Miguel Schincariol/AFP. Source: Dilma Rousseff got kicked out of office and will be impeached. Her best efforts at denouncing the move as “a coup” against her were all … Continue reading

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