Category: Mexico

The Return of Populism, Latin America Style

     

After receding for the past 10 years, populism is making a comeback in Latin America. On June 17, Colombians elected a president from a right-wing populist party. On July 1,… Read more »

Mexico’s maverick populist may “corrode democracy from within”?

     

Sick of corruption and violence will Mexico’s voters embrace the maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador (left), popularly known as AMLO? Jon Lee Anderson asks in the New Yorker. Historian… Read more »

Potemkin elections an ill omen for global democracy

     

This week’s tsumani-sized election shock in Malaysia does not necessarily augur well for forthcoming electoral contests elsewhere, observers suggest. In less than two weeks, Venezuela will conduct the latest in… Read more »

Russia employing sharp power in Mexico’s elections

     

Russian meddling has recently become a fixture in Mexican politics too, analyst Maxim Trudolyubov writes for Newsweek. “They [Russians] are trying to create a world in which the electorates are… 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 »

Latin America innovates for democratic renewal

     

If democratic renewal entails innovation, Latin America may have something to offer, research suggests. Preliminary results of the LATINNO Project show that since the 1990’s and especially since the 2000’s… Read more »

‘A sickness beyond borders’ – understanding and combatting media capture

     

Recent developments in South Africa have highlighted how state capture has emerged as an increasingly dangerous threat to democratic governance and to prospects for democratic transition. According to a definition… Read more »

‘Reckless Exploit’ – Mexican journalists, activists targeted by spyware

     

Mexican journalists, lawyers and activists were targeted by spyware that is sold exclusively to governments, according to an internet watchdog group’s investigation published Monday, AP reports: Titled “Reckless Exploit,” the… Read more »

Autocrats more trusted than democrats?

     

Authoritarian leaders are seen as far more trustworthy than politicians in more openly democratic countries across the emerging world, according to data compiled by the World Economic Forum, The Financial… Read more »