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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:00

The Barbie Doll, possibly the most commonly criticized, iconic American toy is currently being kept at a historically and artificially low price by the anti-capitalist government in Venezuela, just in time for holiday shopping. What cost mothers and grandmothers up to three weeks minimum wage pay last Christmas (3500 bolivars) is now only about 250 bolivars or USD $3 using the...

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 08:00

As a result of the elections this November the legalization of marijuana has increased to four states in the U.S. as well as the nation’s capital. More than 17 million people can now use the drug recreationally, not factoring the 19 other states that have passed medicinal cannabis legislation. Reform advocates saw the election as a win and momentum for the legalization in more states...

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 08:00

Peru is home to one of the most geographically and biologically diverse landscapes in South America. Coastal beaches, desert, mountains, and rainforest can all be found within this country’s borders. Due to this rich diversity, however, the different regions of Peru are slightly isolated from one another. These divisions have lead to various problems in the past, and continue to be...


Law and Policy

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 08:00

Hundreds of women sit behind bars in El Salvador punished for defying the ban on abortion. Many, such as María Teresa Rivera are pleading they are wrongly jailed for having suffered miscarriages or stillbirths. Three years ago Rivera miscarried and awoke handcuffed to her hospital bed surrounded by seven policemen who proceeded to charge her with murder.1 After an eight-...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 08:00

La Convención de las Naciones Unidas contra la Corrupción (CNUCC) suele tomarse como punto de partida para la acción coordinada en materia de prevención y lucha contra la corrupción en el mundo globalizado1. Dada la complejidad del fenómeno de la corrupción y de los procesos de políticas que buscan mitigarla la coordinación entre distintos niveles de gobierno y...


Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:00

Between the months of July and August of this year, in some parts of Latin America, there was no rainfall for 45 continuous days. While reservoirs and water systems are in place in most large cities across Central and South America, agriculture during those months suffered greatly. Across Central America, some of the poorest countries are being hit the hardest: 236,000 families in...



Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 08:00

This October Dilma Rousseff was re-elected as Brazil’s president by the slimmest of margins.  With approximately 51.4 percent of the vote she beat competitor Aécio Neves of the Social Democracy party (PSDB) who received about 48.5 percent.1 The election reveals Brazil’s...


Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:00

The latest attempt to relocate prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center has, as previous attempts before it, been stalled.  The government of Uruguay had recently accepted the relocation of six prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:00

Cada dos de octubre se conmemora en México el Movimiento Estudiantil de 1968. En sintonía con el famoso movimiento estudiantil ocurrido en mayo de ese año en Francia, en 1968 en México se desarrolló un movimiento que aglutinó a estudiantes de la Universidad Nacional de México (UNAM),...

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