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External Investigatory Commissions Get Results in Central America

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 15:45

On September 3, 2015, the president of Guatemala resigned after being charged with fraud, illicit association and corruption.1 Less than a week later, in Mexico, the government account of what happened to 43 missing students was discredited, calling into question the integrity of everyone from Mexico’s military to the president himself.2 Neither of these things could have happened without a key element of the investigations: two external investigatory commissions, organized by the UN and the OAS respectively, which turned out reports negating the validity of

Latinos at the Polls

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 12:30

The race for the president of the United States is nearing the finish line and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton have been pushing harder than ever to win the votes of the American people.  Most recently, this week CNN aired what was the most-watched presidential debate in the history of the United States.  While both candidates muddled through their respective weaknesses, one story that was exposed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has since dealt a serious blow to entrepreneur Donald Trump’s campaign.

Cinco consideraciones sobre la pregunta del plebiscito de mañana en Colombia

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 08:00

En estas líneas me detengo en la pregunta que mañana la ciudadanía de Colombia deberá responder en las urnas. Esta pregunta constituye un eslabón fundamental de todo un ciclo político cuya potencialidad es inconmensurable para el país (y, consecuentemente, para toda América Latina).  Mi afán aquí no es ni criticar al gobierno, ni debilitar el proceso plebiscitario, sino que, muy por el contrario, mi punto es simplemente contextualizar y señalar algunos errores de procedimiento que se podrían haber evitado.

NAFTA's Sucesses, Failures, and Future Potential

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 00:45

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?

The Color of Hunger

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 17:45

     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.

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