In the rhetoric heavy topic of trade negotiations there is always talk of how expanding trade deals between countries will do both of them a great amount of good. Deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (or NAFTA) tout their ability to expand the economies of all countries involved, somehow giving them an upper hand over nations that aren't able to participate in the deal. But does this rhetoric live up to the reality of the situation?
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The porous 2,219 km land border between Colombia and Venezuela was closed in August of 2015, by order of the Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, as part of a campaign against smuggling and alleged paramilitaries operating in the area. Since then, hundreds of Colombian citizens living on the Venezuelan side of the border have been expelled and several thousand returned on their own with fear of deportation.
The cold, mosquito-filled storm drains of Kingston, Jamaica are no place that any human would want to visit, let alone inhabit. Yet, these storm drains are home to over 25 young LGBTI Jamaicans who have been kicked out of their homes and excluded from Jamaican society. These young and vibrant Jamaicans that go by names such as Batman, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Pebbles, have built a community in the storm drains in order to escape the risk of being openly gay[i]. They are the gully queens.
Durante los últimos 30 años la ciencia política ha tenido un crecimiento sostenido en la región. Esto se evidencia en el incremento de las instituciones de enseñanza tanto de grado y posgrado, junto a centros especializados de investigación. Por otra parte la cantidad de profesores con dedicaciones especiales, de investigadores reconocidos y de becarios se orientan en el mismo sentido. Se han ido consolidando y creando nuevas revistas científicas especializadas las que fueron adoptando criterios más rigurosos de selección de sus artículos.
Hasta ahora lo habitual ha sido afirmar que las legislaturas son incapaces de asumir la tarea de elaborar leyes de alcance nacional porque en sus cámaras suelen dominar los intereses locales. Por lo tanto, el modo de evitar la dispersión de propósitos es dotar al gobierno con amplias atribuciones a fin de enfrentar esa situación.
The Bolivian government has passed legislation that will allow children as young as 10 to seek employment. While such a movement is obviously controversial, and has been met with plenty of negative feedback, the purpose of such a law is reportedly an attempt to lower the existing level of child labor within the country. Primarily due to the economic conditions in Bolivia for the past few decades, child labor has been illegally practiced in jobs that a reasonable person would not consider to be suitable for children (Worstall).