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USAID's Ecuadorian Exit

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 16:15

In a communiqué dated December 16th, officials at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that cooperation on development projects and development assistance to Ecuador will end by September of 2014, which will result in the loss of about USD $32 million annually.

The Best Intentions? Politicization in the Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 16:15

Venezuelans refer to their country’s slums and the individual improvised constructions as ranchos (ranches).  These feats of engineering are ubiquitous throughout the country; they spill down the hills and mountains surrounding the capital city of Caracas, down to the port of La Guaira north of the city and south into the Tuy valleys, and dominate the periphery of even more intermediate cities like Maracay, Ciudad Bolívar, and San Cristóbal.  Some Venezuelans claim that the rancho that has overtaken the colonial town of Petare

Populism in the West: Alive and Kickin'

It has been a while since a strikingly populist candidate has been a major contender in a  presidential election in the United States. Many think of William Jennings Bryan, the three-time nominee of the democratic party at the end of the 1800s, as one of the only other strongly populist presidential candidates in American history (Ramone, 2010). President Trump’s campaign can fairly be described as populist through his rhetoric against the elites on Capitol Hill, his appeal to working class voters, and most importantly his outsider status as a non-politician.

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