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Latin America Politics

Cuba’s Reforms Pick Up Pace

Cuba is once again in the international spotlight with news that Edward Snowden, the former U.S. NSA contractor, was potentially seeking to fly there. This is not too surprising given

Economics Latin America

Brazil protests signify economic slowdown

Protests have continued throughout Brazil in recent weeks, which may have important implications for the future of South Americas largest country. Primarily urban in nature, the protests have erupted throughout

Latin America Technology and infrastructure

Developing Haiti’s Domestic Solar Industries

Last week, as I rode down the congested streets of Port-au-Prince on the back of a motorcycle, I noticed that the streets were lined with empty bottles, brightly colored shops,

Economics Latin America

Bill breaks Mexico’s telecom monopoly

Mexico’s Carlos Slim is no longer the world’s richest man. For the last four years, the billionaire and telecommunications mogul held claim to the distinction only to lose it in

Economics Latin America

Can Startups Solve Brazil’s Protectionist Problem?

Can promoting startups in Brazil rejuvenate the country’s economic image and kick start the growth that Brasilia is looking for? Brazil’s eagerness to join the international governance club is no

Latin America Politics

Evo Morales’ Third Term Diminishes Hope for Democracy

As Evo Morales increasing works against his own constitutional amendments, democratic prospects in Bolivia are shrinking. Evo Morales came to power in 2006 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president. During his

Latin America Politics

Will Venezuela’s crisis become Brazil’s opportunity?

Will the crisis in Venezuela act as an opportunity for Brazil to re-assert regional leadership and work to assuage fears about Venezuela’s direction? The situation in Venezuela following the election

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Brazil explores pre-salt oil extraction

Energy independence has moved up on many country’s agenda recently, and Brazil is no exception. Brazil is looking beyond the coastline to its underwater oil reserves and preparing for pre-salt

Latin America Politics

Pacific trade reignites Bolivia-Chile land dispute

As Bolivia notes the TPP’s trade potential, La Paz has raised a 132 year old dispute with Chile; one that could give Bolivia access to the Pacific. In March, Bolivian

Latin America Politics

Reasons for optimism in Venezuela

With Hugo Chavez’s death, there are hopes that the excesses of Chavismo will be rolled back, as Venezuela needs to tackle its systemic economic problems. It is easy to get