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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:00

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games are making history in a number of ways. They will be the first Olympic Games hosted on the South American continent. Second, they have shown the worst preparation for the games in Olympic history. This chaos has played a large factor in neglecting the Legacy Projects that were promised as part of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 08:00

Since 1980, the poverty rate in Latin America has fallen 30%, a third of the decline due to progressive shifts in the income distribution.1 In 2000, a quarter of the region (25 in every 100 Latin Americans) lived on less than $2.50 a day. Today, fewer than 14 in every 100 do.2 Since roughly 2002, falling income inequality is visible in the entirety of the heterogeneous region: among...

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 08:00

Ser conductor o ayudante de autobús es una de las profesiones con mayor riesgo de muerte en esta metrópolis. Ellos son ejecutados por mareros para presionar el cobro de la extorsión: sumando el 2013 y 2014 han sido asesinados 180 choferes y 87 ayudantes del transporte público a nivel nacional (PDH, 2015: 5). Sus mujeres, hijos y familiares se ven golpeados por el...


People and Society

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 08:00

In her first presidential speech in 2005, Michelle Bachelet remarked, “Who would have said…15 years ago that a woman would be elected president?”1 Yet many countries, such as the United States, have not been able to celebrate the election of a woman as head-of-state. Worldwide, representation of women in politics remains low: as of January 2015, only 22 percent of all...


Monday, July 13, 2015 - 08:00

Depois de duas décadas de atuação de uma missão francesa no exército brasileiro, nos anos 1940 o Brasil empreendeu um segundo ciclo de modernização militar, agora junto aos Estados Unidos. Os laços estabelecidos entre os exércitos dos dois países atendiam às demandas de Washington de projetar a sua influência sobre todo o continente, erguendo um sistema defensivo primeiro contra o...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 08:00

Mexico is a country with a rich constitutional history.[1] The first constitution enacted in Mexican territory -when it was still called New Spain- was the 1812 Spanish Constitution. In 1814, insurgent rebels published their own rival constitution in Apatzingán (in the present day state of Michoacán). Once Mexico achieved independence in 1821, political debate assumed that the first...


Northern South America

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 08:00

The Bogotá River is a major source of water for Colombians in the province of Cundinamarca, which surrounds the country’s capital. It flows from the northeastern border of the area, skirts around Bogotá, and drops 515 feet at the magnificent Tequendama Falls. The Bogotá ends in...

Andean Region

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 08:00

El proceso de cambio en Bolivia ha impulsado una política de desarrollo alternativo y resistente al capitalismo que funciona en el mercado mundial. Sin embargo, la implementación de este modelo económico, a casi diez años de su inicio, está generando un crecimiento significativo de una...

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 08:00

Each year it seems a new superfood enters the market, the majority of which originate in South America. Among these include kiwicha, pichuberry, sacha inchi, maca, cacao, acai, chia, and arguably the most famous of them all, quinoa. Health-conscious consumers covet these nutrient-dense...

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