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LatAm in Focus: Las elecciones legislativas y el escenario político de Argentina

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:10

LatAm in Focus: Las elecciones legislativas y el escenario político de Argentina

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, August 8, 2017

Escuche: Con las elecciones primarias el 13 de agosto, el Gobernador de Córdoba Juan Schiaretti comparte su perspectiva sobre el panorama político y el rol internacional de Argentina.

Update: What to Know about Venezuela's Escalating Turmoil

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:00

Update: What to Know about Venezuela's Escalating Turmoil

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, August 2, 2017

On the morning of Tuesday, August 1, a rare thing happened: “Venezuelan” trended on Twitter in New York City, with the top tweet being about the midnight arrests of two opposition leaders. That news from Caracas should rise above the din of a tumultuous week in Washington is notable but not surprising as the country slips into political turmoil, with the very real possibility of dueling state apparatuses in coming weeks.

All eyes are on August 3, when the newly elected Constituent Assembly moves into the opposition-held National Assembly’s headquarters.

Weekly Chart: Human Trafficking in the Americas

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:33

Weekly Chart: Human Trafficking in the Americas

InfographicsMeg HealyWednesday, August 2, 2017

In late July—a few days before the World Day against Trafficking in Persons international observance day—ten immigrants died in an unventilated trailer in San Antonio, Texas. That tragedy renewed a conversation on human smuggling networks and the inherent risks faced by the immigrants they exploit.

The majority of persons trafficked in Central America are underage girls.

El peligro de defraudar a los jóvenes

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:34

El peligro de defraudar a los jóvenes

Articles & Op-EdsJuliana BarbassaTuesday, August 1, 2017

Lo que Maynor realmente quiere es ser una estrella del fútbol. Si no puede conseguirlo, entonces le gustaría ser un diseñador gráfico. O un mecánico de automóviles –dice- consciente de su realidad de estudiante de secundaria de 19 años en las afueras de San Salvador, al que todavía le faltan tres años para graduarse.

Frustrar las expectativas de los jóvenes en Latinoamérica puede salir más caro que invertir en cumplirlas, escribe la editora gerente de Americas Quarterly Juliana Barbassa para El Comercio.

Q&A: Rodrigo Janot's Dissenting Opinion on Lava Jato

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:46

Q&A: Rodrigo Janot's Dissenting Opinion on Lava Jato

Exclusive InterviewsLuisa LemeThursday, July 27, 2017

Leia a entrevista original em português.

The fix to Brazil’s political crisis will have to come from within politics—and not the judiciary—says the country’s top prosecutor.

LatAm in Focus: Rodrigo Janot e o como o Brasil está exportando a luta contra a corrupção

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:41

LatAm in Focus: Rodrigo Janot e o como o Brasil está exportando a luta contra a corrupção

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, July 27, 2017

Procurador Geral da República diz que as ações da Lava Jato são irreversíveis, mas deixa a resposta para a crise política brasileira para o Congresso e as eleições de 2018. Ouça a entrevista para o podcast do Conselho das Américas.

Podcast: Procurador Geral da República diz que as ações da Lava Jato são irreversíveis, mas deixa a resposta para a crise política brasileira para o Congresso e as eleições de 2018.

Weekly Chart: Latin America's Top Oil Producers

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:25

Weekly Chart: Latin America's Top Oil Producers

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, July 26, 2017

Russia—a longtime buyer of Venezuelan oil—as of this month is looking to swap out its holdings in one of Caracas’ crown jewels, Citgo, as the threat of U.S.

Though Venezuela’s reserves are 23 times bigger, Brazil is now producing 26 percent more oil than its neighbor.

LatAm in Focus: Six Weeks to Fix Venezuela's Health Crisis

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:24

LatAm in Focus: Six Weeks to Fix Venezuela's Health Crisis

PodcastsGuillermo ZubillagaFriday, July 21, 2017

Venezuela's government could solve its malnutrition crisis—if it wanted to. Caritas Venezuela's Susana Raffalli explains how.

Gustavo Dudamel Speaks Out on Conflict in Venezuela

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:51

Gustavo Dudamel Speaks Out on Conflict in Venezuela

Articles & Op-EdsWednesday, July 19, 2017

The Americas Society 2016 Cultural Achievement Award winner and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel states his position on the ongoing conflict in his native country of Venezuela in this New York Times op-ed.

"Nothing justifies the bloodshed of my fellow citizens," writes the Americas Society 2016 Cultural Achievement Award winner and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a New York Times op-ed.

Weekly Chart: Latin America's Books by the Numbers

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:22

Weekly Chart: Latin America's Books by the Numbers

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, July 19, 2017

Does your summer reading list include a Latin American novel? From Gabriela Mistral to Gabriel García Márquez, Latin America has a rich literary history, celebrating six Nobel Prize winners in literature.

The region's literary depth goes well beyond magical realism.

Update: Five Fast Numbers on Venezuela's July 16 Referendum

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 17:27

Update: Five Fast Numbers on Venezuela's July 16 Referendum

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, July 17, 2017

On July 16, Venezuelans held a referendum on President Nicolás Maduro’s plan to rewrite the Constitution. But the vote wasn’t sanctioned by the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE), which has shut down every opposition-led project and even nullified electoral wins over the last few years. Sunday’s vote, on the other hand, was completely voluntary.

More Venezuelans voted in South Florida than did the country’s entire expat community in the 2013 presidential election.

Weekly Chart: Argentina's New Inflation Numbers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:03

Weekly Chart: Argentina's New Inflation Numbers 

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, July 13, 2017

On July 11, Argentina registered a feat: the first publication of unadulterated inflation numbers since 2006. Mauricio Macri, who took office in late 2015, has focused on turning around the country’s economy via measures that include refurbishing the country’s national statistics agency, Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INDEC).

On July 11, Argentina published its first undoctored inflation figures since 2007. 

Update: A Tale of Two Venezuelan Votes in July

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:49
Voices from Venezuela: Understanding the Crisis

Update: A Tale of Two Venezuelan Votes in July

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, July 13, 2017

One vote will set in motion the process to rewrite the Constitution. The other is a symbolic protest.

One vote will set in motion the process to rewrite the Constitution. The other is a symbolic protest.

LatAm in Focus: Why the Paris Agreement Spells Wins for Latin America

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 18:12

LatAm in Focus: Why the Paris Agreement Spells Wins for Latin America

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, July 6, 2017

With or without the United States in the Paris accord, Latin America can reap benefits from battling climate change, says Brown University’s Guy Edwards.

With or without the United States in the Paris accord, Latin America can reap benefits from battling climate change, says Brown University’s Guy Edwards.

Weekly Chart: Venezuela's Crisis by the Numbers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 17:09

Weekly Chart: Venezuela's Crisis by the Numbers

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, July 6, 2017

On July 5, members of the National Guard stood by as armed civilian bands of government supporters, known as colectivos, stormed the Venezuelan National Assembly—the one branch of power controlled by the opposition—and held almost 300 legislators and their staff under siege for close to seven hours. The images of congressmen with blood streaming from their heads dominated social media and news media in short succession.

We look at everything from detentions to deaths to debt as protests between armed forces and opposition supporters enter their fourth month.

Update: Brazil's Sweeping Land Reform

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 16:57

Update: Brazil's Sweeping Land Reform

Hemispheric UpdatesMeg HealyWednesday, July 5, 2017

Brazilian President Michel Temer suffered a political blow last week when the attorney general formally charged him with corruption on June 26.

Brazilian President Michel Temer scored a political victory amid a crisis of confidence as a key land reform bill passes Congress. 

Weekly Chart: Powerful Passports and Visa-free Travel in the Americas

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:53

Weekly Chart: Powerful Passports and Visa-free Travel in the Americas

InfographicsCarin ZissisThursday, June 29, 2017

Ready to plan a vacation? Make sure to check visa requirements before you pack your bags. While the 10 most powerful passports in the Americas allow holders access to at least 120 countries with either no visa or visa on arrival, those same 10 nations might well ask you to apply for a visa before you get there. In fact, only Chile and Costa Rica make the top-10 lists for the Americas for both strong passports and welcoming countries, per Arton Capital’s Passport Index

Find out which passports are most likely to let you sail through immigration, and which countries tend to open their doors to visitors without visas. 

LatAm in Focus: Brazil's Economic Gains amid Political Crisis

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:41
Brazil Briefing: An Update on Reforms and the Investment Environment

LatAm in Focus: Brazil's Economic Gains amid Political Crisis

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, June 29, 2017

Listen: Prospectiva Consulting’s Ricardo Sennes explains how the country’s economy is moving forward and what a presidential candidate will need to do to win the 2018 election.

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:05

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, June 28, 2017

On June 23, former Presidents of Colombia Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana announced that their parties, the Democratic Center and the Conservative Party, were joining forces to form a “great coalition,” just as campaigning for 2018 elections revs up.

The race to replace outgoing Presidential Juan Manuel Santos is on, with candidates from across the spectrum.

The Coming Venezuela Reckoning for China and the United States

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:35

The Coming Venezuela Reckoning for China and the United States

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, June 26, 2017

Washington is hardening its approach to the crisis enveloping Venezuela. With strong Congressional support on a bipartisan basis, the Trump Administration has declared the Venezuelan Vice President to be a narcotics trafficking kingpin, sanctioned members of the Supreme Court, and met in solidarity with leading opposition figures.  Further steps may well be under consideration, particularly if the regime of Nicolas Maduro continues to deny basic civil liberties to its people.  Speaking in Miami at a June 15, 2017 conference on Central America, U.S.

Beijing should join a growing international consensus that’s working to forge a more sustainable path for Venezuela, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for China-US Focus.

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