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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.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 08:00

On July 31st 2014 the clock ran out on the deadline for Argentina’s government to make a $539 million interest payment to the 93 percent of its bondholders which had agreed to debt restructuring in the years since the country’s 2001/2 economic and political crisis. At that time Argentina had been forced to declare the largest sovereign default in world history, but with the latest...

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.

People and Society

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 08:00

Al morir en 1989 en La Habana, a la edad de 87 años, Nicolás Guillén ya era considerado como el poeta nacional.1 A este hombre se le conocía como el “poeta del son”, que es el tradicional ritmo y baile de Cuba.

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 08:00

Hace un par de días mi amiga Cordelia Rizzo compartió en su muro de Facebook un artículo de Robert Fisk sobre la relación entre la Guerra de Argelia y el crimen cometido por los hermanos Kouachi –ambos argelinos- en París...


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...


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...

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