Democracy and Society

Bolsonaro’s Attempt to Remake Brazilian Culture Bogged Down By Scandals

Escrito por  |  15 / March / 2020

Just a few months into the year and the Bolsonaro government is up to it neck in scandals that have stymied its ambitious plans to reshape Brazil’s culture and impose a new conservative ideology based on nationalism, religious fundamentalism and militarism.

How the OAS Revived the Cold War in the Americas

Escrito por  |  3 / March / 2020

An in-depth analysis of the actions of the Organization of American States reveals a disturbing political bias, a willingness to manipulate events and data for political purposes, and a pattern of double standards under the leadership of Secretary General Luis Almagro. In favoring rightwing governments and forces, while attacking or attempting to eliminate the left in power, Almagro has marked a course that has eroded the regional organization’s legitimacy in two critical areas of OAS operations: election observation and human rights monitoring

What the CICIG Taught Guatemala

Escrito por  |  9 / January / 2020

On August 31, 2018, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, a comedian by profession, accompanied by his cabinet and the high command of the army, convened a press conference where he unilaterally announced that he would not renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The CICIG no longer functions, but it has left a powerful legacy.

The Dramatic Fall of Chile as Latin America’s Neoliberal Role Model

Escrito por  |  1 / January / 2020

After the outbreak of the most intense and massive social protests ever recorded in the history of Chile, on November 16 the government and most political parties signed an agreement to restore peace and public order and initiate a process to draft a new constitution.

Citizen Protests in Colombia Reveal Deep Discontent

Escrito por  |  1 / January / 2020

On November 21 nationwide demonstrations began that drew hundreds of thousands of Colombians into the streets to protest against the Duque government. Just three years after signing the peace accords, more than 23,000 people have been killed in Colombia. Forty-three percent of the victims are under 25.

The Planned Coup in Bolivia

Escrito por  |  31 / December / 2019

Evo Morales arrived on Tuesday, thanking Mexico for “saving his life” after the coup d’etat that has left Bolivia without a legitimate president and plunged the nation into chaos and violence.

AMLO’s State of the Union Address: Rhetoric Meets Reality

Escrito por  |  12 / September / 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivered his first state of the union address on September 1 from a position of strength, in spite of the fact that the first nine months in office have failed to produce results in several key areas.