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  • Ortega vs. Somoza

    8/8/18
    Is it fair, as several commentators and protesters in Nicaragua have done, to put the government of Daniel Ortega on a par with the Somoza dynasty overthrown by the Sandinista revolution in 1979? There may be certain similarities,...

  • Music to Maduro's ears

    7/9/18
    A White House official may have denied the US wants to invade Venezuela, merely stating that all options are on the table, but Donald Trump has clearly entertained the prospect on numerous occasions and could still be flirting with...

  • Who is Mexico's likely next president?

    6/27/18
    On July 1, Mexico votes for a president to serve a six-year term, bringing the scandal-plagued Enrique Peña Nieto era to a close. A major poll with just a week to go shows leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO as many call ...

  • There's no going back on peace

    6/22/18
    Colombia's president-elect Iván Duque is unlikely to completely tear up the peace agreement that incumbent Juan Manuel Santos reached with the FARC leftist guerrilla group, ending more than 50 years of conflict. And if he...

  • Corruption brings down once-revered PPK

    3/22/18
    Corruption shot down Peru's president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), but the crime committed has just as much to do with political maneuvering as with construction firm Odebrecht. PPK, who resigned on March 21 just before a...

  • The World Bank's serious error

    1/15/18
    The news that the World Bank made repeated methodology modifications over the past four years to its Doing Business rankings - changes that penalized Chile more than any other nation - is worrisome because it places into question the...

  • Here we go again

    1/3/18
    First off, happy New Year to our readers, may 2018 bring you joy and prosperity. As is tradition, here is my list of the individuals who I felt shaped Latin America last year: Ricardo Gareca: Peru's football coach and the...

  • What to expect in Chile on Sunday

    11/15/17
    Chile votes for a new president this Sunday (Nov 19), in a race that hasn't really produced much energy. Ex-president Sebastián Piñera is in a commanding position, but, at about 45% in most polls, looks a little short of an...