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  • Bolsonaro: A menace in the making?

    10/29/18
    Let's get something clear. President-elect and former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is a potential threat to Brazil's democracy with his glorifying of the military (he has openly declared his support for torture,...

  • Brazil toggles between extremes

    10/2/18
    Brazil goes to the polls on Sunday, October 7, in the most contentious election since the country returned to democracy in 1985. Uber-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad will likely go to a second round on...

  • Troubled democracies

    9/6/16
    Across the globe, almost every country claims to be a democracy, but this doesn't mean that all nations are run in the best interests of their citizens. Moreover, especially in Latin America, it is rare that an elected head of ...

  • LatAm terror alert

    7/21/16
    It's tempting to think that Latin America, being far from the zones where Islamist terrorists have been active, is safe from attacks. That, however, could be a grave mistake. While no Daesh (or Islamic State, or ISIL) attacks...

  • A travesty in the making

    4/18/16
    The decision by Brazil's lower house of congress to proceed with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff is a setback for democracy. In a presidential system of government, impeachment is a perfectly legitimate procedure ...

  • The secret of true happiness

    3/21/16
    Are the people of Nicaragua really so much happier today than they were eight or so years ago? And if so, how come? And what about the people of Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay and Peru? All five Latin American nations appear in the top 11...