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Sistema Mundo, Orientalismo y Decolonialidad: La Crisis Europea Vista por Re-Emigrantes Latinoamericanos en Bruselas

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 08:00

A pesar de que se suele recurrir a la noción de crisis para describir la situación mundial actual, el sentido de este concepto no es unívoco1. Las palabras se mueven a través del tiempo y del espacio ganando nuevos significados que dependen del contexto. Este texto aborda lo que la noción de crisis significa hoy para migrantes latinoamericanos que han re-emigrado a Bruselas después de trabajar algunos años en España.

Barriers to Maya Mobilization in Guatemala

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 18:15

Indigenous movements have become key actors in promoting the political empowerment of historically marginalized groups in Latin America (Vogt Forthcoming). In Bolivia they contributed to the election of the first president of the country’s indigenous majority after more than 180 years of independence. In Ecuador the forces around the Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE) propelled major social and constitutional changes.

The Forgotten State: USAID and Plan Mérida’s Effectiveness in Guerrero, Mexico

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 17:45

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Nestora Salgado landed in the Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, Washington, after being released from prison in Mexico.1 Salgado, who led a militia group, normally referred to as “community police,” was arrested without a proper warrant for allegedly kidnapping three teenage girls who were detained by community police for dealing drugs on behalf of their boyfriends in August 2013.2 A US-Mexican dual citizen, Salgado spent the following 31 months isolated in El Rincon, a federal high-security detention center in Tepic, Narayit, Mexico

Politics and Aid in Nicaragua

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 17:30

As the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and with 42.5% of its population below the poverty line (Central Intelligence Agency), Nicaragua is in dire need of economic assistance. Yet in the past decade, US aid to the Central American country has greatly decreased. As shown in the graph below, in 2006 the US provided just under $250 million in aid, however by 2014 that amount dropped to $56.4 million (USAID), and according to the US Foreign Assistance website the planned spending for Nicaragua this year is even lower, a mere $18.15 million.

Tackling Brazil’s Political and Economic Downfall

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 17:15

During the first years of the new century, the Brazilian economy experienced an economic growth spurt, and its society became more equal than before. It was included among the most important developing economies worldwide (the "BRICS") and was often regarded as an example to be followed. Recently, however, it seems as if it has lost its way. As its economy slows down and the country starts facing a fearsome recession, its policies are increasingly criticized at the international level (e.g. by The Economist), as well as internally (e.g.

Re-Securitizing Gang Policies in El Salvador

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 18:15

The recent arrest warrant for 21 persons in El Salvador, accused of involvement in the brokering and/or implementation of the gang truce of February 2012, shows how sensitive and politically contested the truce initiative was.1 The Salvadoran truce had initially been brokered with the support of the Salvadoran government, while in the following years the government supported several initiatives – both frontstage and backstage – related to the implementation of the truce.

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