Why Protest Gas Prices in Mexico?

After a long period of regulation, Mexico’s government has let fuel prices float. That means Mexicans recently woke up to a 20 percent hike in the cost of gasoline,…

Mexico, Protectionism, and the Automotive Industry – Brazil edition

The news of Ford’s recent announcement that it would withdraw investment in a $1.6 billion factory in San Luis Potosi and would invest $700 million in a factory…

Media in Latin America: ¿Cómo se dice “Cord-Cutters”?

It’s good to be a big media network in Latin America. The big ones are really big relative to their competition, and there are usually only a few….

To write or not to write? Freedom of speech under drug traffickers in Mexico

Violence and drug trafficking in Mexico is perhaps one of the few topics that every academic and journalist has heard about. Every week, if not every day, the…

The Nicaragua Canal Conundrum

Earlier last year one of the most iconic civil engineering projects in modern history, the Panama Canal, celebrated its centennial. Observers have lauded the US-built megastructure’s role, now…

Venezuela’s newest exchange rate and condom shortages

Reading the newspaper last week, I came across an article that begged for further attention: “Condones, afectados por escasez en Venezuela: se venden en más de 11 mil…

Rock and Roll and Brazil’s silent revolution

There is an unnoticed reason among the many why Dilma Roussef managed to re-elect herself. Despite the discontent with her government, there is still an almost hidden soft…

Wasted Media Buy, Mexico Edition

I was watching CNN in English on my TV in Mexico City recently. The interview was with Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who has made headlines for his…

What content matters most in Latin America?

If, like the authors of this blog, the above question has kept you up at night, we are in luck. Tina Coll of Outbrain, a NYC-based ad tech…

Are journalists in danger in Latin America?

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Local radio networks can be instrumental in attracting drought relief in Brazil

A new study of drought relief in Brazil highlights the role of local media in political accountability São Paulo is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts it…

A View From Within: Salvadorans in America

How first generation Salvadoran-Americans see themselves and why it matters to the rest of the country   I was born and raised in Los Angeles to a Mexican…

Se murió Chávez

I was playing tejo when I heard. “Se murió Chávez,” uttered a short woman somewhere in her fifties, looking expressionless at the handful of people who had stopped…

The future of science in Colombia

Can Colombia attract top scientists and spur innovation? On a continent where Brazil, Chile and Argentina are home to distinguished research institutes and robust science budgets, Colombia is…

Mexico Dodges a Bullet

The news could have been a lot worse. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake (downgraded from a 7.9 from earlier today) struck a rural part of Mexico near the border…

misLEDEing

Hopefully  The Daily Show or Colbert Report will pick up on this one. I took a picture of this headline during Sunday afternoon cable news network programming: The…

Colombia on the International Stage

Today, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos travels to Havana to meet with Cuban officials and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, currently convalescing in a Havana hospital. This hastily planned…

The FARC’s announcement to halt kidnapping: why?

The FARC’s announcement last Sunday that the organization will no longer kidnap civilians was a surprise to most observes and experts of the region. The mainstream media has…

Why Guatemala’s Pérez Molina Is Considering Legalizing Drugs

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has been acting strange lately. Just one month after his inauguration, he is already ruffling U.S. feathers, and making waves in the politics…

Stealing the Revolution from the Revolutionaries? Henrique Capriles Radonski’s Challenge to Chávez in Venezuela

To win an election against an incumbent who plays fast and loose with the rules but who also commands significant popular support, is it better to campaign through…