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Monday, May 25, 2015 - 08:00

The arrival of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers' Party, PT) at the helm of the Brazilian federal government in 2003 represented the culmination of a slow and deep-rooted process of party transformation. The article ‘An Amphibian Party? Organisational Change and Adaptation in the Brazilian Workers' Party’ (Journal of Latin American Studies, 46(1),...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 08:00

American foreign policy toward Latin America has had an overwhelmingly development based focus; building democratic institutions, promoting economic opportunity and encouraging social equity. With this strategy, American policymakers have hoped that both political and economic liberalization will lead to the submission of Latin American governments to the American interest. This has...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 08:00

 “Each of my two visits to Cuba was a pilgrimage and an adventure”1. This phrase of Jonathan Kozol make it clear that political pilgrimage entails more than a revolutionary impetus; the pilgrimage to Cuba entails a kind of impossible travel. For more than 50 years, the Cuban Revolution has become the Mecca of revolutionarism for left...


News and Politics

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 08:00

During 2011 and 2012 the largest demonstrations within a twenty-year period occurred in Chile, exchanging a previously subdued and rather stable political scenario for one of large-scale and constant protests, riots and violent demonstrations. In parallel, there was a sharp decline in government’s approval, in the trust afforded to institutions, and in participation in politics,...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 08:00

La renuncia de la ahora ex Vicepresidenta de Guatemala Roxana Baldetti, ocho meses antes de concluir su mandato, es una muestra de los efectos del poder ciudadano y de las redes sociales. Un hecho histórico y que deja precedentes para la clase política que competirá en las elecciones el próximo 6 de septiembre.

Art and Culture

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 08:00

“Reality is so bereft of humanity, so barbaric, that we cannot grasp it without the delicacy of art. Through art we can feel the loss, and we can understand it without falling prey to sensationalism,” explained filmmaker Lourdes Portillo when I interviewed to her in 2009. My whole life has been shaped by art and literature, and it is no coincidence that one documentary – Lorudes...



Monday, April 27, 2015 - 08:18

If you walk down the Calle 1 in Havana, Cuba, you will come across a wrought-iron gate fixed with the Star of David in the center. Beyond the gates is a geometric 1950s-era building whose front doors are marked with gold menorahs. Since 1953, the Synagogue Bet Shalom (also known as El...


Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 14:00

After more than one year since that unforgettable June 2013, the songs sung by the crowd that walked the streets of São Paulo still echo in my memory. I had already participated in other protests, but it was the first time I joined a demonstration so enormous.

Southern Cone

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 09:00

In a recent article I discussed how the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has fomented mass protests and suspicion throughout Argentina that the government might be complicit in his...

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