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The Silly Ideas of the South

Over the past few weeks, some silly ideas have circulated on the impact of the financial crisis on Latin America. The most dangerous was that Latin America would be largely impervious to a debacle that was, as Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

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Overthrowing Pinochet

Chileans have a lot on their minds these days. Last week they recalled, regretted or celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Sept. 11 military coup that overthrew their democratically elected Socialist president, Salvador Allende. Later this year, the citi

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United Nations: A Bitter Defeat for Chávez

Three things are clear regarding Venezuela’s campaign to land a seat on the United Nations Security Council. First and foremost, flamboyant President Hugo Chávez has lost: after dropping 34 out of 35 votes in a head-to-head match against Guatemala (only t

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Russian Moves in the Americas

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s surprising announcement in early August that his country would seek to “re-establish” ties with the Soviet Union’s old allies in Havana stirred up excitement in many foreign newsrooms, and raised eyebrows in a few f

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Between Hanoi And Havana

At a recent meeting in Hanoi of a new global outfit called the Emerging Markets Forum, a group that is positioning itself as an emerging-economy, though business-oriented, alternative to Davos, participants were exposed to a fascinating perspective on the

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A Bunch Of Crooks On The Run

Early in 1964, a group active during La Violencia—a period of extreme violence and turmoil that wracked Colombia during the 1950s—launched a peasant uprising in what became known as the “Republic of Marquetalia,” a rough-and-tumble backwater of western Co

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Ending The Cuban Exception

The resignation of Fidel Castro from two of his three jobs in Cuba, together with the appointment of his brother as his successor, marks the end of an era—sort of. Raúl Castro replaced the elder Castro as president of the Councils of Ministers and of Stat

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A ‘Cinnamon-Skinned’ President

The news about Hillary Clinton’s collapse in the U.S. Democratic Party primaries was premature, to put it mildly. And Barack Obama’s apparent coronation will also have to wait a while, a few weeks or even a few years. But the Illinois senator’s impressive

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Attempted Theft

Most of Latin America’s leaders breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week, after Venezuelan voters rejected President Hugo Chávez’s constitutional amendment referendum.

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President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela is not exactly on a roll. Yes, oil prices remain close to $100 per barrel, and there are worse things that can happen than receiving tax-free revenues of up to $300 million every day. But on the eve of a Dec. 2 referendu

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TLC: ¿ya mero?

Hoy en #Amarres escribo “TLC: ¿ya mero?”; vía EL FINANCIERO👇

Jorge G. Castañeda opina que, en la negociación del TLCAN, la parte mexicana ha procurado siempre mostrar tramposamente la mejor cara para proteger el tipo de cambio.

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