Category Archives: Latin American Economies

Chile-Peru Maritime Dispute Settled(?)

  Today, the World Court settled the issue of the maritime border of Chile and Peru, an issue going all the way back to the War of the Pacific in the late-19th century. Peru wanted the border extended, while Chile … Continue reading

Posted in Border Issues, Chile, Latin American Economies, Peru

Around Latin America

-Peru has launched its biggest exhumation ever, as it tries to find victims from the violence between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state between 1980 and 2000. -Peru is not the only country exhuming victims of violence. In an … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Border Issues, Brazil, Corruption, Costa Rica, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, El Salvador, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Honduras, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Economies, Latin American Politics, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oil in the Americas, Peru, Peru's Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), Protests in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, The "Disappeared", United States

Brazilian Retailers and the Importation of the Worst Elements of US Consumerism

Since Thanksgiving evening and through today, millions of people in the US are descending on retailers to try to take advantage of deals offered only one day, simultaneously trying to take advantage of the worst excesses of materialism in the … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Economics in the Americas, Latin American Economies | 1 Comment

10 Days that Shook Brazil – A Look Back

I have a piece up that tries to summarize the causes, events, and outcomes of the last ten days of social mobilization in Brazil up at Lawyers, Guns & Money. …the protests expanded rapidly. On Monday night (the 17th), 230,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Citizenship, Democracy in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Latin American Politics, Paraguay, Police in the Americas, Police Violence, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements

More Thoughts on Protests in Brazil

Following the protests in São Paulo (and supporting demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro) last Thursday, the weekend saw protests spread throughout the country. On Saturday, as the Confederations Cup kicked off in Brasilia, protesters demonstrated against the costs of preparing … Continue reading

Posted in Brasília, Brazil, Class and Classism in the Americas, Democracy in the Americas, Development in Latin America, Economics in the Americas, Governance in Latin America, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo | 13 Comments

On Copper’s Importance to Chile

I’m a bit late in getting to this, but last week, JF String had a great piece that reveals just how vital to the Chilean economy copper continues to be. Among other data: The labor of every Chilean miner is … Continue reading

Posted in Chile, Economics in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Venezuela

On the Current Petrobras Challenge in Brazil

When I lived in Brazil six years ago, the country announced the discovery of a massive offshore deep-sea oil field, leading to high hopes within Brazil  for the future energy needs and economic growth. However, from one perspective, it would … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Latin American Economies, Oil in the Americas