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The Defensoria del Pueblo and Human Rights Protections in the Americas

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:00

Democracies across the Americas have seen the proliferation and expansion of democratic institutions for decades.  Along with anti-corruption offices and new courts, at least sixteen states across the Americas have adopted Human Rights Ombudsman agencies since 1985.  While they go by a variety of names (e.g.

DACA – a Future of Uncertainty

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 08:00

 

There is no doubt that President Trump’s actions in the past week have shaken up the immigrant community.  After all, much of his campaign promises to undo Obama’s immigration legacies are coming to life.  On January 27, 2017, Trump placed a “Muslim” ban on travelers— including those with green cards and dual nationalities—entering the United States. The executive order affected many individuals who live and study in the U.S. and were returning from vacation.

No More Wet Foot, Dry Foot: Implications for the Future

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 08:00

As one of his final acts as president, and as part of his effort to thaw relations with Cuba, Barack Obama officially ended America’s Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy. This 22-year old mandate granted asylum to Cubans who landed on US soil, allowing them to become legal permanent residents after one year. Cubans intercepted in the ocean coming to the US were apprehended and returned to Cuba. Although beneficial to Cubans fleeing their homeland, this policy was seen as a way to subvert the Cuban government.

O Contínuo Problema de Corrupção no Governo Brasileiro

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 08:00

Todo mundo conhece o escândalo no Brasil o verão passado de “Lava Jato”, onde muitos deputados foram acusados e alguns condenados de utilizar fundos públicos para compras pessoais da empresa de petróleo nacional, PETROBRAS. Há muitos que dizem que o escândalo foi clave em precipitar o impeachment de Dilma Rousseff. Entretanto, mais alegações de corrupção e legislação para proteger a corrupção têm aparecidos nas semanas passadas.

Outsider Politics in a Troubled Nation: Haiti

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 08:00

The United States isn’t the only country experiencing shifts of power with a businessman at the helm. On Tuesday, January 3rd, Haiti held elections and experienced businessman, Jovenel Moise won. He defeated 26 other candidates in a rerun of a 2016 election that was  judged a “disaster” by an independent commission appointed by interim president Privert. It was then repeatedly postponed, especially by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 (Charles, 2017). Moise will take office on February 7th.

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