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President Hugo Chávez was larger than life, stirring hope and controversy while helping to change the political trajectory of Venezuela and Latin America. His death raises pressing and difficult questions: what will become of his political project at home? What are the prospects for regional integration in his wake? How will the United States respond to a post-Chávez landscape?
The election of Pope Francis has brought many issues to the fore that represent not just the complexity of a person, but the complexity of the Catholic Church. This was especially true at the time the most controversial chapters in his history were being written.
The United States has long used the Vatican as an instrument of foreign policy in Latin America. As the first pope from the Americas, the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio could signal a new direction for the Catholic Church.
At the very least, we can hope that Obama, in his second term, will show greater tolerance for the debate on drug-policy alternatives that has blossomed across Latin America.
As Congress remains averse to compromise amidst fiscal cliffs and budget sequestration, we thought it is worth looking back at the 2012 election to see what the future holds for the Republican party.
With dual citizenship now a possibility, many Mexican Americans have taken an active interest in Mexican elections.
The general elections of November 6 in Puerto Rico presented a great challenge to the national liberation movement. Through the work of the political action committee ¡Boricua ahora Es! (Puerto Rico, Now!), we succeeded in uniting nearly all the political tendencies of the country with the goal of ending our colonial-territorial status with the United States.
There was no single message to be culled from the election results throughout Latin America last year. Elections held in five countries did, however, suggest the shapes of some alternative American futures. The voters have spoken. What now?
A staggering 54 countries have participated in various ways in the American torture system, hosting CIA “black site" prisons, allowing their airspace and airports to be used for secret flights, providing intelligence, kidnapping foreign nationals or their own citizens and handing them over to U.S. agents to be “rendered” to third-party countries. How did Latin America come to be territorio libre in this new dystopian world of black sites and midnight flights?
“Charter cities” have been promoted for years by Paul Romer, a University of Chicago–trained economist teaching at New York University. But the applicability of Romer’s radical vision in Honduras always depended on the enthusiasm of the authoritarian, post-coup government of Porfirio Lobo.