Humala: Chavez Clone or Washington Partner?

Humala: Chavez Clone or Washington Partner?

As per tradition in Latin American politics, election season means vicious personal attacks against individuals running for office. In Peru, the 2011 campaign season saw Ollanta Humala of the Peruvian Nationalist Party attacked for his friendship with Venezuelan...
Democratic Speed Bumps in Latin America

Democratic Speed Bumps in Latin America

After a decade of growing popularity, democracy has hit a slump in Latin America. A recent Latinobarómetro poll cited by The Economist in late October underscores this point. In all but three Latin American countries, fewer people than last year believe that...
China and the End of the Monroe Doctrine

China and the End of the Monroe Doctrine

The British firm Rockhopper Exploration was the first company to obtain oil off the coast of the Falkland Islands in 2010. Since then, these oil deposits have raised the stakes of the historical territorial dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina over these...
Columbus Day Questions

Columbus Day Questions

Many of us will never forget that famous elementary school rhyme: “In fourteen hundred ninety-two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” At the time, it’s not likely that we would have sensed any looming controversy behind those grade school lessons....
The Drug War Spreads the Bloodbath South

The Drug War Spreads the Bloodbath South

In the grotesque wars that pit Mexican armed forces and drug cartels against each other and civilians who get in their way, the Zetas cartel plays a fearsome role. Born of U.S.-trained Mexican special forces who began working as muscle for the Gulf drug cartel, the...

Shadow Warriors: Movin’ On Up

For decades the U.S. military has waged clandestine war on virtually every continent on the globe, but for the first time, high-ranking Special Operations Forces (SOF) officers are moving out of the shadows and into the command mainstream. Their emergence suggests the...

The Citizens’ Pact for a Mexico in Peace

I. Reasons for Urgency In the face of a national emergency, today more than ever, drastic measures are needed to end this war end its escalating violence, and reweave the social and communal fabric. This perilous and profoundly violent moment is the result of economic...
Chinese Take-Over of South America?

Chinese Take-Over of South America?

In the wake of Obama’s recent tour of Latin America, media reports and commentators claimed that China has been economically outmuscling the United States in the region. The reality, however, is that Beijing’s economic presence has not come at the expense...
Obama in Latin America: Another Missed Opportunity

Obama in Latin America: Another Missed Opportunity

U.S. President Barack Obama’s most audacious phrase during his trip to Latin America that ended this week was “We are all Americans. Todos somos Americanos.” The phrase seemed designed to provoke rants from the right wing in the United States. But in...

Free Trade’s Winners and Losers in Latin America

Cross-posted from Other Words. President Barack Obama is traveling to Latin America, seeking refuge from budget battles at home by promoting increased trade with countries across the region. During his trip to Chile, Brazil, and El Salvador, he’s expected to...

Women Lead Latin America’s Growing Anti-Militarization Movements

The National Security Doctrine of unilateral attacks, the invasion of Iraq under the false pretext of weapons of mass destruction, and the abandonment of multilateral forums had opened up a new phase of U.S. aggression. Despite the focus on the Middle East, the...
12 Years Of People’s Democracy In Venezuela

12 Years Of People’s Democracy In Venezuela

February 2nd marks the 12th year anniversary of the inauguration of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and the beginning of the counties’ Bolivarian Revolution. Some of Venezuela’s most impressive achievements include: A reduction in poverty by 44%...
Review: Dancing With Dynamite

Review: Dancing With Dynamite

Dynamite is dangerous stuff. Drop it and you visit the clouds. Misuse it and you might just blow up the neighborhood. This is why Benjamin Dangl’s title for his book on Latin America’s leftish surge is so apt. Social movements can be explosive. In Dancing...