Author Archives: LatAmLowdown

Just keep scrubbing.

In Brazil, the Car Wash carries on scrubbing.  Yesterday, final hearings took place to wrap up plea bargains made by no fewer than 77 former executives of infrastructure and construction conglomerate Odebrecht; proceedings even featured a special guest appearance from … Continue reading

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Mexican Machinations

This week saw the return of Luis Videgaray to the frontline of Mexican politics. On the international scene, Mr Videgaray made a name for himself back in August as the Finance Minister who lobbied for then presidential candidate Donald Trump … Continue reading

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A taste of your own medicine: ¡Viva el Generalissimo Trump! & meddling in elections

Earlier in the week the Electoral College ratified the result of the U.S. general election. It’s official; Trumptime begins in January. Sadly, this is certain to have far-reaching consequences for Latin America. The United States is a significant trading partner … Continue reading

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Farewell Fidel

With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a statesman and a political icon of the 20th Century. Whether his 47 years of rule in Cuba – in particular, a memorable fortnight in October 1962 – are remembered … Continue reading

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Take it or leave it: elections in Nicaragua

Nicaraguans going to the polls today will find a familiar name on the ballot: Daniel Ortega, ruler of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990 and again from 2007 onwards is seeking re-election. Moreover,  armed with a decision not invite foreign observers … Continue reading

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Recalling Mr Maduro

Until reasonably recently, it could at least be argued that Nicolás Maduro had democracy on his side.  After all, following a bad-tempered campaign and opposition calls for a full audit of votes cast, Hugo Chávez’s appointed successor had seen off … Continue reading

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FARC Peace Accords: Back to the drawing board.

There was to be no “Neville Chamberlain moment” for Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos yesterday as his proposed peace process with the FARC guerrilla movement was rejected by voters by a paper-thin majority of 50.2% to 49.8%. No matter how … Continue reading

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