Brazilian authorities have banned former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from running for reelection, owing to a corruption conviction. Unfortunately, this strict interpretation of a statute Lula himself signed could open the way for an election result that ultimately subverts the rule of law – and takes democracy down with it.
After two years of trials and investigations, the Lava Jato, or Car Wash, scandal continues to wreak havoc on Brazil’s politics.
From a peace agreement in Colombia to major cross-border anti-corruption efforts, 2017 was shaping up to be a banner year for Latin America. Then came Donald Trump, whose threats of military intervention in Venezuela, together with anti-trade and anti-immigration policies at home, sent shock waves throughout the region.
Just a few years ago, Latin America was on a roll
MEXICO CITY – Brazil has been in the global spotlight this year, and not always for the right reasons. Following the 2013 riots over the amount of money being spent on the 2014 soccer World Cup, protests continued up to, and even during, the tournament in
Brazilian football is one of Latin America’s most revered traditions. And yet, as the World Cup gets under way in the country, it is unclear whether the tournament will be a success, with the threat of protests hanging over the games. Meanwhile, in Colomb
On Wednesday, it could have said that again, but instead its big block letters read “Thank You.” Other newspaper headlines, and most Mexican fans, expressed the same sentiment because little else could really be said after the United States, in a twist as