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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:00

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Obama Administration announced that it would loosen trade agreements between the US and Cuba.1 While the embargo between the two countries is still in place, and not likely to be overturned by congress anytime soon, restrictions on exports and shipping have been eased. The new trade agreements will take effect on February 3, 2016 and will...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 08:00

Peruvian presidential, vice-presidential, congressional, and Andean Parliament elections will be held on April 10, 2016.1 Similar to the previous 2011 election, it is predicted that this election will go into a runoff election in early June because none of the candidates will win a majority of the vote. To win in the first round, a candidate will have to win 50 percent of...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 08:00

The term “development” is highly contested and means very different things to different people.  Despite the ambiguity surrounding the concept, scholars of development have identified patterns in the way people imagine, talk about, and pursue development goals.  Among the most common definitions of development in use today are those associated with a perspective known as “...



Monday, February 8, 2016 - 00:58

On Monday, January 29, the World Health Organization  issued an alert declaring the Zika virus a...

People and Society

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 08:00

WhatsApp, the the wildly popular messaging app, named for it’s play on the phrase “what’s up,” has recently released a statement saying that they would be returning their service to the whopping price of FREE. This is good news for WhatsApp’s over 990 million active users, double what it was just two years ago. If you signed up prior to 2013 (the app launched in 2009) you were grandfathered...

Law and Policy

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 00:00

Slightly over 25 years old, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program was introduced in 1990 as part of Nationality and Immigration Act. With the introduction of TPS, as it is best known for, Congress intended to provide a temporary safe haven for individuals who were unable to return safely to their homes due to an emergency, such as war or natural disaster1. As a...


Southern Cone

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 08:23

On October 25, 2015 Mauricio Macri, a centre-rightist won the election and replaced Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Mr. Macri’s victory is notable, to say the least, because he stepped into the Casa Rosada presidential palace putting an end to the Kirchner era of 12 years. His first...


Monday, January 18, 2016 - 08:39

Recently, Brazil’s cooking show, MasterChef Junior has stirred up a lot of controversy over sexual remarks directed at...

Central America

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 08:00

En el libro “La Travesía de Enrique: la arriesgada odisea de un niño en busca de su madre”, la autora Sonia Nazario habla en el prólogo de la mayor oleada de inmigración en la historia de los Estados Unidos, en la cual unos 700.000 inmigrantes entran ilegalmente cada año. En décadas...

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