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Rebuilding Ecuador

Despite the rising death toll, and humanitarian crisis, Ecuador’s earthquake, which struck on 16th April, seems to have barely registered in the public conscience. The quake hit with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Tremors and subsequent quakes were … Continue reading

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Macri-economics: How will the Argentinian president’s figures stack up?

Argentina’s recent return to international capital markets has been enthusiastically greeted by investors and politicians alike. The $16.5bn bond issue – a mere fraction of the $70bn notional demand its announcement generated – represents the biggest ever sale from an … Continue reading

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Back in with the old in Cuba

The Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist Party concluded this week with the re-election of Raúl Castro, 84, as First Secretary. In another coup for the old guard, founding member of the CCP and ideological conservative José Ramón Machado Ventura, … Continue reading

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Panama: From the shadows, into the glare.

The deluge of papers emanating from the office of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has caused ructions across Latin America, spurring governments and supra-national bodies into action on shadowy financial practices. On Twitter, the firm has pledged to cooperate fully … Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like Correa?

To many in the Anglosphere, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is best known as the guardian of all things Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder currently spending day 1381 holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy. This protracted saga has highlighted a remarkable … Continue reading

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The Cold War thawing in the Caribbean sunshine

Having presumably gazed deeply into his crystal ball before a meeting with journalists in 1973, Fidel Castro acidly remarked that the United States would talk to Cuba when there was a black president in the White House and a Latin … Continue reading

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Holding out for a Hero – Venezuela’s failed political experiment and uncertain future.

It would be fair to suggest that Nicolás Maduro’s first three years of office haven’t gone quite to plan. Snap back to 2013. On the 5th of March, after receiving treatment in Cuba, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s most charismatic politician this … Continue reading

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“In Brazil, when a poor man steals, he goes to prison – when a rich man steals, he becomes a minister”

The words of Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva in 1988. And how prophetic they now seem on a day when the former president returns to government, set to serve in current premiere Dilma Rousseff’s cabinet as her new Chief-of-Staff. The … Continue reading

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Lula grelhada – will the Car Wash claim another victim?

More heads look set to roll in Brazil, as former president Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva was hauled over the coals yesterday on charges of money laundering and misrepresentation of assets. The allegations, brought by public prosecutors in the state … Continue reading

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The bolivianos have spoken. And the rEVOlution takes a tumble.

The democratic machine ground into action in Bolivia on 21st February as voters went to the polls to vote to amend the constitution to allow incumbent president Evo Morales to stand for a 4th term in 2019. The result? A narrow … Continue reading

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