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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ideas, not money, will make Central America safer

Boz has a great point about the fresh funding headed to Central America: I think a lesson is that there is no amount of money that the US…

Patagonian hydroelectric dams approved

The multibillion-dollar HidroAysén project has been given the final green light to build five hydroelectric dams in an untouched area of Chilean Patagonia. HidroAysén proposes to dam up…

US-LatAm Relations

My apologies in advance: the last thing the world needs is another blog post on US-Latin American relations. With that out of the way, there really are some…

Central America, crime, and what the Americas are doing about it

On 3 March 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed titled “In Praise of Mexico’s War on Drugs”. Although it was written nearly two years ago, it…

Far-Reaching Demonstrations Against AZ Law

How divisive is Senate Bill 1070? There was a universal rejection of the law by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), as well as protests on both…

Revisiting an Old Flame: Bolivia adopts Revolutionary Slogan

Via presidential order, the Bolivian army’s new slogan is “Patria o muerte, venceremos!” (Fatherland or death, we shall overcome!), adopted from early revolutionary Cuba and the iconic Argentine…

The point(lessness) of defining the LA Left (and Right)

What need is there for defining concepts like Left and Right in a region dominated by the ongoing dual transition to markets and liberal democracy—pace the rise of…