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Moreno surprises international markets but will his reforms revive Ecuador’s economy?

By William Bonds In April 2016, to the dismay of international markets, Ecuador elected socialist Lenin Moreno, Rafael Correa’s heir and former vice-president, as the country’s new head of state. Global markets were hoping for a surprise win from Guillermo Lasso, a former banker, which the international community was confident would put Ecuador on a […]

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History is rewritten on Twitter and social media, often by propagandists or idiots

By Jason Steinhauer Those distracted by our recent political theater may have missed an extraordinary international incident at the end of May: Russia and Ukraine got into a Twitter war about history. A brief recap of what occurred: Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in France. During the […]

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Amazon is killing the malls and big box stores in the U.S.; Are grocery stores next?

By Chris Isidore Amazon has turned malls upside down in the U.S., but had left grocery stores unscathed. That changed on Friday. Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods means the supermarket, and retailing overall, will never be the same. Grocers will now have to contend with the incredibly rich and powerful competitor whose impact […]

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Islamic terrorist threat grows in Latin America and is a potential threat to the U.S.

By Emanuele Ottolenghi The convergence of Iran-sponsored radical Islam with transnational organized crime in Latin America is a serious threat to the national security of the United States, especially in the tri-border area, or TBA, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. In this area, Hezbollah supporters and operatives engage in illicit activities that generate tens […]

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Latin America’s ongoing constitutional crisis: Government by Etch-A-Sketch

By Mac Margolis There are many ways Brazilians could be rid of their much reviled president, Michel Temer, who was recently caught on audio tape allegedly consorting with a bent business man in the basement of the palace residence. Congress could impeach him, or send him to trial in the Supreme Court. Or, more likely, […]

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Waiting for Lenin Moreno: Will he be allowed to make changes he promised

By the staff of the Economist In a burst of hyperbole and historical confusion, Rafael Correa compared the run-off election in Ecuador last month to “the battle of Stalingrad” in which his left-wing government was “fighting against the global right wing”. Yet the outcome was far from the rout achieved on the Russian steppes: rather, […]

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As China builds relationships in Latin America, the U.S. is remarkably complacent

By José R. Cárdenas U.S. President Donald Trump’s opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership have led some critics to claim that the United States is turning its back to regional trading partners, and that Trump is thus freeing up China to make inroads into Latin America. […]

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Venezuela appears headed for catastrophe as Maduro’s desperation grows

By the Washington Post Editorial Board For a month, Venezuela has been rocked by massive popular demonstrations against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, which has led the country into a dystopia of economic dysfunction and criminality while blatantly violating democratic and constitutional norms. The demands of the opposition have been echoed by the majority of […]

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New U.S. administration continues policy of indifference toward Latin America

By Danilo Arbilla For many years now, Latin America has not figured on the U.S. State Department’s agenda. If the continent did appear, it was at the bottom of the government’s list. This indifference has only grown starker since Donald J. Trump moved into the White House. This state of affairs is neither good nor […]

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As Venezuela descends into chaos, what should other Latin American countries do?

By José Miguel Vivanco and Tamara Taraciuk Broner Tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have reached a breaking point over the country’s humanitarian and political crisis poured into the streets all over the country on Wednesday. They demanded that the government let aid enter Venezuela to help the many people who are desperate for food […]

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