Category Archives: Latin American Economic Relations

Thoughts on Brazil Forgiving African Debt

With all of the recent events coming out of the Brazilian demonstrations recently, other important stories have fallen to the wayside. One of those stories, which took place before the demonstrations, was Brazil forgiving US$900 million of debt to a … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Economics in the Americas, International Relations, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations

Post-Election Paraguay – Is a Return to Mercosur Next?

After the institutional coup against Fernando Lugo last June, politico-economic trade bloc Mercosur suspended Paraguay’s membership. The response was swift, and Horacio Cartes, who at the time was a potential candidate for president, called on Paraguay to maintain faith in … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, International Relations, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela

Early Thoughts on Paraguay’s Elections

Yesterday, Paraguay held its first presidential elections since the ouster of democratically elected Fernando Lugo last year, and as expected, Horacio Cartes won with over a million votes (45.8%), defeating runner-up Liberal Party candidate Efrain Alegre, who finished with over … Continue reading

Posted in Corruption, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Inequalities in the Americas, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Politics, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay

Lula on the Future of the Left(s) in Latin America

I’ve been remiss in not getting to this sooner, but, after the death of Hugo Chávez, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva published an editorial in the New York Times addressing not just the legacy of Chávez, but the future of politics … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin America, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American Politics, The "Left" in Latin America, Venezuela

On This Date in Latin America – January 1, 1994: NAFTA Goes into Effect/The EZLN Emerges in Mexico

Nineteen years ago today, the neoliberal North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, and in response, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional  (Zapatista National Liberation Army; EZLN), a group of rural indigenous peoples and leftist intellectuals, rose up, using the internet … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, Economics in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Economies, Latin American History, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Mexico, Neoliberalism, North America, On This Date in Latin America, United States

Around Latin America

-In a potential step towards addressing human rights, Mexico has announced it will move to prosecute military officials accused of human rights violations in civil courts, rather than in secretive military tribunals. Traditionally, military officials who are involved in the drug … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Colombia’s FARC has announced a cease-fire as peace talks to end a nearly-50 year civil war take place between one of the largest guerrilla forces and the Colombian government. -In an ironic twist of history, Spain has asked Latin American … Continue reading

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Brazil and Africa Continuing to Forge Ties

In part of what is now a years-long effort to improve Brazilian-African ties and strengthen Brazil’s position in the international community beyond Europe and the US (and increasingly, China), Brazilian and African researchers are collaborating on ways to increase cotton … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Latin American Economic Relations

Around Latin America

-In Chile, protests erupted as the country commemorated the 39th anniversary of the military coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende. The protests turned violent, however, leaving one officer dead and at least 255 people under arrest. -After conflicting reports of … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-The fallout of Paraguay’s suspension from Mercosur continues to create political ripples. This week, Paraguayan Defense Minister Maria Liz Garcia said the country “need[s] to prepare for war to live in peace.” In clear reference to Paraguay’s position in the War of the … Continue reading

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