U.S. Politics resembles third world countries ‘ones

When Donald Trump surprised pollsters and analysts by winning the 2016 election, South African comedian Trevor Noah said the United States finally had an African president and I would add a Latin American one too. Trump has said that if he loses it will be by fraud and has not committed to accepting the election results.

The return of MAS (and Evo Morales)

The short summer of the anti-MAS bloc in Bolivia lasted almost a year, as the newly elected president, Luis Arce Catacora (MAS), will have to be sworn in the next months. The possible return of Evo Morales generates joy to some and discomfort to others, but the triumph of his candidate shows a developed political sense.

Let’s Tear Down All Statues!

Statues of different characters from the colonial era have been vandalized in different cities in Latin America and the U.S.. In the case of Ecuador, some indigenous protesters and others calling themselves “Hispanists” found in the statue of Isabel the Catholic the space to express their positions about the Spanish presence in America.

Argentina: Peronisms of all colors

So much has been written and said about October 17, 1945 in Argentina as a founding myth, a historical hinge and watershed, an iconic date that is identified with the birth of Peronism. A living component of the historical-political narrative that began 75 years ago and endures to this day.

Constitution and pandemic times in Chile

On October 25, Chile will face its most important election since 1988, when a plebiscite began the transition to democracy. After the 2019 crisis, in 2020 the citizens will again be able to decide whether to initiate a process to replace the constitution inherited from the Pinochet regime and the type of convention that will have to draft it.

Fake News and Pandemic

Co-author Fernanda Veggetti
The 2020’s pandemic is not the first one that humanity has experienced, nor will it be the last one. At least, that’s what experts say. What is new is that this plague coincides with the greatest period of interconnectivity that we have experienced as a species.

Economy

Mercosur-EU Agreement: for a binding environmental clause

What has changed since the agreement in 2019 to make voices of rejection emerge in the EU? The key factor is the environmental crisis caused by the Bolsonaro government and its support for Brazilian agriculture, its denial of climate change, its threats to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and its alignment with the US.

Bioceanic Corridor: road from Mato Grosso to the Pacific

After almost a century, it seems that the antagonism between the Atlantic and the Pacific is beginning to be overcome by road corridors in underdeveloped regions. The bioceanic road corridor is a physical integration project that will connect Porto Murtinho (Mato Grosso do Sul) with the ports of northern Chile.

Society

Social protest as an inseparable feature of democracy

One of the backbones of democracy is conflict. Humans are conflictive by nature, not violent, and democracy, through political parties, institutions and a whole regulatory cast of freedoms, guarantees, rights and duties, channels conflicts and resolves them in an institutionalized manner. However, in Colombia this does not happen.

The pandemic and the arguments for Uruguay’s success

America is the pandemic’s world epicenter but there is one exception: Uruguay. However, the arguments presented in this and other articles, as well as by the government and the opposition do not explain the reality of the country. The fundamental causes of the miracle may have little to do with Charrúa merit.

Politics

Elections in pandemic time

Since the beginning of the pandemic, twelve elections and one plebiscite have been postponed in Latin America to preserve the health of citizens and the guarantees of the processes. The region has not been the only one to postpone elections, more than 70 countries and sub-national jurisdictions have decided to postpone elections.

Lessons from Latin American Politics for the 2020 US Election

President Trump is taking lessons from some of Latin America’s most notorious leaders. But those leaders commanded Latin American nations as authoritarians during the 20th Century. Latin America has democratized, placed a greater emphasis on the rule of law, and –in many nations– sought to diminish economic inequality.

Trump and scandals go hand in hand

Trump and scandals go hand in hand, but will the latter be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for such an inept and corrupt leader? Although many in the United States think so, the history of authoritarianism and fascism shows us that it is doubtful.