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Venezuela: The Brutal Truth About Maduro’s Election Victory

By any measure, Sunday’s gubernatorial elections in Venezuela did not go well for the opposition. The regime of President Nicolás Maduro took 17 of a possible 23 seats, with, as of this writing, another still up for grabs. Marred by predictable irregularities and government manipulation, the MUD opposition coalition’s decision to participate failed to pay … Read more Venezuela: The Brutal Truth About Maduro’s Election Victory

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Why Argentina’s Kirchner Is Poised for a Comeback – Despite Corruption Charges

If Cristina Fernández de Kirchner wins a senate seat in Sunday’s mid-term elections, as she is poised to do, her comeback would be significant: The former president is under investigation in at least eight separate corruption cases. Part of the explanation for why these investigations have not sunk Fernández’s senate bid may lie with Argentina’s … Read more Why Argentina’s Kirchner Is Poised for a Comeback – Despite Corruption Charges

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A Kirchner Comeback in Argentina?

If you thought Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was finished with national politics, think again. Less than two years after relinquishing Argentina’s presidency, the 64-year-old Fernández has been meeting with foreign dignitaries, giving primetime interviews, even tweeting out campaign-style videos – in other words, behaving like a candidate for Congress in October’s midterm elections in all but … Read more A Kirchner Comeback in Argentina?

 

Growing Pains: Former Student Leaders Step into Electoral Politics Amid Continuing Mobilization in Chile

In 2011, a nationwide reform movement swept Chile, with teachers, students and their families filling the streets to demand free, quality public education. As student marches and police crackdowns continue into 2013, some former leaders of the movement are transitioning to electoral politics, looking to win seats in parliament come November. View an exclusive slideshow … Read more Growing Pains: Former Student Leaders Step into Electoral Politics Amid Continuing Mobilization in Chile

 

Trade This Election

Headline writers called it the “Battle for Latin America’s Soul.” With a record 12 presidential elections and nine congressional contests scheduled in Latin America for late November 2005 to December 2006, the phrase captured the widespread perception that double-digit unemployment and a rising wave of dissatisfaction would propel nationalist, anti-establishment candidates into office, and effectively … Read more Trade This Election

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