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Business as Usual

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 08:00

Donald Trump is but one of many individuals in the American continent that went from being a businessman to a political leader. They managed businesses, amassed fortunes and then one day, they entered the political arena. Before Donald Trump, there was Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, who joined the political club about a year ago. There are two others currently in presidential positions: the Paraguayan Horacio Cartes and the Panamanian Juan Carlos Varela.

A "Democratic" Country

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 08:00

As the vote recount is impatiently awaited by many, president-elect Donald Trump has continued to raise questions of voter fraud, most recently tweeting, “In addition to winning the electoral debate in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” (Keyes 2016).  Nobody has been able to find evidence of a single illegal immigrant casting a vote -let alone millions slipping into the system- that would support this claim.

Nicaraguan Democracy: Successes & Challenges

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 08:00

Nicaragua held its presidential elections last week, and current president Daniel Ortega was elected unanimously for the fourth time, garnering 72% of votes with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his running mate (Wroughton & Pretel, 2016). The next closest competitor, center-right candidate Maximino Rodriguez, only managed to amass 14.2% of the vote (BBC, 2016). This was no surprise, as in previous months, the courts blocked the main opposition coalition from participating in the election. Mr.

What Happened to the Latin@ Vote?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 18:15

Preceding the 2016 presidential election in the United States pollsters worldwide comfortably sat back after declaring that the country, without a doubt, would be seeing its first Madame President.  Much of the strength in these predictions came from a firm belief that (now) President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric would motivate Latino voters, especially in the important swing-state of Florida, to mobilize behind the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton.

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