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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:20

October 13th is nationally recognized as Columbus day, marking the day Christopher Columbus discovered the new world in 1492. This encounter, as students learn as early as elementary school, changed the course of American and Latin American history. This year, many cities across the US have protested this holiday demanding that instead of lauding Columbus, we use this day to...

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:00

Lo mejor de un banco central independiente es que maximiza las chances de que la política monetaria logre estabilidad, no sólo en la inflación, sino también en el crecimiento. Es un rol a primera vista poco sexy, pero uno de los más genuinamente progresistas al que puede aspirar la política pública.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:00

El día que el ex presidente salvadoreño Francisco Flores se entregó a la justicia para ser procesado por corrupción, el 5 de septiembre de 2014, una decena de manifestantes se apostaron en la entrada principal de los juzgados para lanzarle bolsas con agua y gritarle, megáfono en mano: “corrupto, a la cárcel”.

Visto desde lejos, la reacción de indignación de algunos salvadoreños se...


People and Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 08:00

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the former dictator of Haiti, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, died of an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Port-au-Prince at the age of 63. The former Haitian “President-for-life” had returned to his native land three years prior to his death after spending 25 years in self-exile in France.1 The exile was initiated by an uprising in...

News and Politics

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 08:00

The peace negotiations currently underway in Colombia between the Juan Manuel Santos government and the guerilla group known as theFARC are setting the conditions for the eventual electoral participation of FARC excombatants,including the opportunity for them to run for office. This Insights reportexamines the attitudes of Colombians towards the FARC’s formal participation in thecountry’s...

Law and Policy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 08:00

On September 26th, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law a new environmental tax on carbon emissions, making Chile the first South American country to enact such legislation. The tax is targeting the country’s power sector, which is dominated by nearly 80 percent by fossil fuels.1 It is aimed at thermal plants with installed capacities of 50 megawatts or more...



Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 08:00

The second Panoramas Roundtable discussion of the 2014-2015 school year took place on October 2, with contributors Ana Lúcia Gomes, Bruno Hoepers and Barry Ames. The topic of discussion was the upcoming presidential election’s top three candidates: incumbent Dilma Rousseff, Marina...

Andean Region

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:00

Venezuela has initiated a nationwide disarmament as part of their fight against violent crimes in the country. This disarmament comes as an extension of the existing gun ban, which was put into effect in 2013 by the current President, Nicolás Maduro, and ordered by the late President,...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 08:00

Ever since May 1st, 2006, Bolivia has been profiting from the nationalization of the gas industry. Before 2006, the gas industry was controlled by the private companies drilling in Bolivia, and they were receiving 71% of the profit which amounted to USD 832 million.

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