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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 17:20

“There's just so many ways that we need to go about it. I know that it's often said that teen pregnancy is a cause of poverty. But I'm thinking this is something that exists before the pregnancy in many cases. And so that's something that we need to go to the root of. It's not...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 08:00

Last March, after reading several online articles about the expected increase in prostitution and human trafficking in relation to the World Cup in Brazil, I decided to research the issue of child prostitution. Although I expected this to be a complex issue, I did not realize how many challenges and myths I would encounter while researching the topic.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 08:00

We recently published an article about this topic in the Journal of Politics in Latin America1 as we found the literature in English on civil – military relations and national defense in Brazil to be very dated or polemical. While Alfred Stepan and Wendy Hunter made major contributions to the study of civil-military relations in Brazil during the democratic...


People and Society

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:00

As the fifth anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude Haitian earthquake passed on January 12th, one would hope to see substantial recovery with new infrastructure, improved health conditions and more efficient governance. As a country of only 10 million, nearly 1.5 million or 15% of Haitians were displaced and homeless after the rubble settled five years ago.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 08:00

Having only been in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for one week, I cannot tell you very much about life here except for what I’ve observed in my short amount of time. If there’s one thing that is clear, it’s that the people of Rio want you to know that favelas aren’t dangerous. Favelas, which can only best be described as shantytowns built on the hills and mountains of the city, are also...

News and Politics

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 08:00

Argentina adopted the world’s first gender quota law in 1991, mandating that political parties nominate women for 30 percent of the electable positions on their candidate lists.


Southern Cone

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:00

As the specter of economic crisis continues to haunt Europe and the global north, a deepening and simultaneous crisis of representative democracy looks set to bring anti-system parties to power in Spain (Podemos) and Greece (Syriza) in the coming months.

Northern South America

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 14:17

For Venezuela, a country whose economy desperately depends on its oil industry, the fall in the price of oil continues to wreak economic havoc.  Oil exports constitute 96% of the country’s export earnings[1], and according to the Venezuelan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, the...


Friday, December 12, 2014 - 08:00

On December 3rd 2009, Cuban authorities arrested USAID subcontractor Alan Gross. After entering the country with a tourist visa, the Cuban government discovered he was covertly distributing laptops and mobile phones.1 In 2010, NPR reported; “He was in the country to do a job...

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