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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Concerns with the Brazil Narrative

Thank you to Rio Gringa and Andrew Downie for calling out international coverage of the recent collapse of several buildings in Rio de Janeiro. Numerous English-language media outlets…

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Ríos Montt’s Incriminating Self-Defense

Barring any last minute appeals, General (ret) Efraín Ríos Montt will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity during his tenure as de facto President of Guatemala in the early…

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New oil discovery reignites dispute over Falkland Islands, reins in U.S.

A recently-discovered offshore oil deposit that could contain more than 500 million barrels has reignited the dispute over the Falkland Islands’ sovereignty. Las Malvinas, as they are known…

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On Extraditions and Colombian-Panamanian Ties

Much has been made about Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ success at mending relations with his neighbors to the east and south. Rightly so. Given the difficult situation…

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2012, the year of land-related protests in Latin America?

As the new year begins, members of the media, researchers, academics and politicians are all trying to guess what will happen in 2012 (recently I was interviewed about…

Why is Guatemala’s Ex-President Worried about his Genocide Trial? Ríos Montt’s Visit to the Attorney General’s Office

Note: This post originally appeared on The Council on Foreign Relations Latin America’s Moment blog. Read the original here. Last Thursday, former de facto President of Guatemala during…

Carlos the Jackal: Thoughts on the Original Terrorist

Mentioning Ilich Ramirez Sanchez’ famous nickname brings up memories of the original terrorist’s most impressive feats, like the 1975 raid of an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. After…

US households becoming more Latin American?

A major narrative in the US media (CNN, NYT, MSNBC, WaPo, just to name a few) these days is that of the ‘Lost Generation’, i.e. those recent college…