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El Fenómeno de los Liderazgos Anti-políticos en Brasil

October 13, 2016

Entendemos como anti-política todo relato ideológico y herramienta interpretativa que apunta a argumentar por una parte la prescindibilidad de estructuras tales como los partidos políticos, parlamento e instancias de la vida política como las elecciones y las campañas electorales y, por otra, la centralidad de la racionalidad técnica en detrimento de la racionalidad política, tanto desde el punto de vista simbólico como también desde las prácticas de gestión pública.1

Petrobras and the Brazilian Presidential Election

October 13, 2016

These past couple of months have been tumultuous for the presidential candidates in Brazil. First, there was the sudden death of Eduardo Campos, the presidential candidate representing the Brazilian Socialist Party. This was followed by the meteoric rise of Marina Silva, a socialist candidate from the rural state of Acre, who has proven to be a worthy candidate against the reigning president, Dilma Rousseff.

Ex presidente José Sarney habla de un “tsunami político” en marcha en Brasil

October 13, 2016

En una reciente columna publicada en el diario “El País” de España, el ex presidente brasileño José Sarney (1985-1990) destaca la incertidumbre existente ante las próximas elecciones presidenciales producto de la irrupción de la candidata del Partido Socialista Brasileño (PSB) Marina Silva. Según diversos sondeos, Marina Silva podría ganar las elecciones del próximo 5 de octubre si pasa a una segunda vuelta con su máxima contendora, la Presidente Dilma Rousseff.

The New Wave of Poverty and Crime in Buenos Aires

October 13, 2016

Ever since the economic collapse in 2001, Argentina and the capital city of Buenos Aires have been experiencing a resurgence in poverty that hasn’t been seen since the first wave of migrant urban workers in the 1930’s. In the southern region of Buenos Aires shanty towns are expanding and engulfing private and unused land. These shanty towns are known as “villas miserias,” which directly translates into villages of misery, and share characteristics of slums all around the world.

John Jairo Velásquez, Assassin for Pablo Escobar, is Released

October 13, 2016

Twenty-two years in a maximum-security prison was deemed sufficient punishment for the favored hitman of former drug kingpin of Colombia, Pablo Escobar, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. John Jairo Velásquez, also known by his nickname, “Popeye,” was released early from a prison located 100 miles north of Bogotá, Colombia, a place where he had confessed to atrocities far more numerous than the one murder for which he had spent his time serving.

House Bill Aims to Deport Despite Majority U.S. Opinion

October 13, 2016

Early last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed two measures to tackle illegal immigration. The legislation has been lauded by Republicans including the Tea Party, and lambasted by Democrats. The proposal includes $694 million to bolster federal agencies dealing with the surge of immigrants. This number is significantly less than the $3.7 billion President Obama had previously requested (1).

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