Category: Latin America/Caribbean

Is Democracy Healthy in Latin America?

     

As Peruvians prepare for presidential elections, Brazilians contemplate presidential impeachment, Haitians face continued electoral postponements, and Venezuela considers a recall referendum on Nicolás Maduro, among other challenges, our expert panel… Read more »

Venezuela’s opposition ‘hits wall’ of institutional Chavismo

     

Venezuela’s opposition moved quickly on its electoral promise to press for sweeping change after its legislative election victory, but quickly hit a wall, Bloomberg reports: That wall was built with… Read more »

Latin America’s digital media aid entrepreneurship

     

Entrepreneurs tend to take for granted how easy it is to start media companies in the U.S., notes Ricardo Bilton. The abundance of capital and potential ad revenue and lack… Read more »

Cubans getting bolder in acts against government

     

More than a month after ordinary Cubans jubilantly welcomed President Barack Obama to Havana, the Communist government is finding it hard to dampen the afterglow, AP reports: But few people… Read more »

Latin America’s democratic moment?

     

When street protests forced Guatemala’s president to step down last fall amid a corruption scandal (left), it seemed a rare break in a long and lucrative tradition of impunity in… Read more »

Non-state actors aggravate government crackdowns on civil society

     

Armed non-state actors, criminal elements and violent extremists—not just governments—are responsible for the increasing crackdown on civil society, notes Shannon N. Green, director and senior fellow of the Human Rights… Read more »

Political aftershocks hit Ecuador

     

Ecuador is still reeling from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck last week, killing 654 people, injuring 16,600, and leaving 25,000 homeless, Vice News reports: Last Wednesday, President Rafael… Read more »