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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:00

In the midst of what may be called the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil of all time, how are Brazilian government agencies poised to deal with the outcomes of the Petrobras case and investigate other wrongdoings? Pretty well, as long as they are able to work together and share information.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:00

In Brazil, March 15th marks the end of the dictatorial era of Brazil, but this past March 15th marked a different and equally as important date in history; this year millions of protesters took to the streets throughout Brazil to protest the current president, Dilma Rousseff. Dilma, and her Worker’s Party colleagues, have been in the midst of a national scandal since the end of 2014...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:00

At times a model of peaceful dispute resolution, on other occasions an eruption of violence, regional and local governance conflict (RLGC) has been a regular occurrence in Peru since the democratic transition of 2001.1 The events, which are part of a broader trend of dramatically increased social conflict, range from closure of a municipality in an attempt to remove an...


News and Politics

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:00

Over the last decade, there has been an outbreak of research dedicated to account for the emergence and change of leftist parties in Latin America (see Levitsky and Roberts 2011; Weyland et al. 2010). This literature is an important starting point for those interested in political parties in Latin America and particularly those concerned with the rise of the left over the course of...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:00

Todavía no hay nada claro. Aunque el ex presidente de Guatemala Alfonso Portillo (2000- 2004) ya adelantó que no apoyará a ningún partido político en las próximas elecciones generales del país, dejó entrever que buscará formar un frente para reformar el Estado. La pregunta es: ¿El ex funcionario participará con esta propuesta en el proceso electoral que está por iniciar o esperará...

People and Society

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 02:00

In the Chilean city of Osorno, a group of Palestinian immigrants formed the Club Deportivo Palestino on the 20th of August 1920. For 32 years, the soccer club played in amateur leagues. In 1952, the governing body of professional soccer in Chile, La Asociación Central de Fútbol, permitted Palestino to compete in its first professional season in the Second Division, which the club won...



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...

Central America

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 09:00

In Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the government is in the midst of launching a radical neoliberal economic experiment. Aside from being highly unlikely to reduce poverty or inequality, or spur a kind of development that benefits the poor, such...

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