Category: Argentina

How the oldest hatred is corrupting democracy

     

On July 18, 1994, unknown attackers bombed the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (whose Spanish acronym is AMIA), a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. This still-unresolved terrorist attack killed 87… Read more »

‘Revolution in Ruins’: Venezuela ‘on brink of lasting change’

     

In less than a month, Juan Guaido has gone from a virtual unknown in Venezuelan politics to the country’s most-watched figure, assuming the presidency of the opposition-controlled congress and briefly… Read more »

Latin America’s Difficult Road to Transparency

     

The establishment of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2011 ushered in a period of optimism among transparency campaigners. Launched with only eight participating governments, the Partnership has since developed… Read more »

Corruption sapping faith in Latin American democracy

     

Guatemala is experiencing a major crisis triggered by scandals of corruption; Honduras is debating the re-election of its President, in open contradiction to its Constitution while facing indications of corruption… Read more »

The problem with plebiscites

     

The unanticipated and widely debated results in Colombia and Great Britain – indeed, the very decision to use the mechanism of popular consultation to identify the citizenry’s will – obliges… Read more »

Latin America’s state institutions co-opted to bolster those in power

     

Nicaragua moved closer to one-party rule late last month, when the country’s Supreme Electoral Council unseated 28 opposition lawmakers and substitute lawmakers in the National Assembly, effectively handing full control… Read more »

Latin American Populism: Exception to the Global Trend

     

The populist advance might seem ubiquitous. But it is not, argues Pierpaolo Barbieri, the executive director of Greenmantle, a political and macroeconomic research firm, and the author of Hitler’s Shadow Empire:… Read more »

Reversing democracy’s retreat? Reasons to be hopeful

     

Democracy is being challenged today as never before since the end of the Cold War, notes Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy. Freedom House has recorded ten consecutive years… Read more »

Fact-checking in a post-fact world

     

Do you care whether all the facts in a newspaper article are true? If so — what could convince you that they are or are not? A friend? A neutral… Read more »