Category Archives: Politics

Riots, Scandals and Algal Blooms: A difficult 2016 so far for Chile.

For a country that, since its return to democracy in 1990, has been comparatively used to stability, the first half of 2016 has been a rocky one for Chile.  An upsurge of popular discontent with the pace of promised reforms … Continue reading

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The Weight of Political Baggage: Elections in Peru

Yesterday marked the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s presidential second round run-off in Peru. The contest pits the Popular Force (FP) candidate Keiko Fujimori – daughter of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori – against Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and … Continue reading

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Rebels without a cause: the FARC’s demise & Colombia’s slow-moving peace process

In the Cuban capital, Havana, we are witnessing the death throes of a conflict that has spanned over half a century. It is symbolically appropriate that the Castro regime, a government that so often nourished and supported the Marxist insurrection in Colombia, play … Continue reading

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Venezuela: a failing state and a dying breed

When the stability of a government is directly proportional to the loyalty of the military, it is reasonable to assume that something has gone wrong.  This is the situation in which crisis-gripped Venezuela finds itself, with the Bolivarian Armed Forces … Continue reading

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Adeus Dilma: Brazil has a new acting-president.

Following months of political hokey-cokey in Brazil, a decision may have finally been reached. After weeks that saw a congressional vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff annulled by the interim speaker – before being rapidly reinstated – Wednesday’s marathon session … Continue reading

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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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