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Moscow refuses to rule out Latin America military deployments (Al Jazeera)

Moscow has again refused to rule out deploying military units to Cuba and Venezuela as tensions with the West over Ukraine simmer, saying it is “exploring options” to ensure Russia’s security. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said last week that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” the possibility of Russia sending missiles or other assets to Latin America. […]

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Latin America: Alarming Reversal of Basic Freedoms (Human Rights Watch)

Latin America is facing some of its gravest human rights challenges in decades, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2022. “Latin America is experiencing such an alarming reversal of basic freedoms that we now have to defend democratic spaces that we once took for granted,” said Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Americas acting director at […]

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Economic cooperation between China, Latin America ‘pragmatic:’ Costa Rican diplomat (Liu Yang and Li Xuanmin, Global Times)

China’s economic cooperation with Latin America is pragmatic, and Chinese coronavirus vaccine has played a key role in their strategies to combat the epidemic, Jimena Jaen Baltodano, charge d’ affaires of the Costa Rican Embassy in China, told the Global Times, against the backdrop of China’s growing mutually beneficial economic ties with the region. Economic […]

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Latin America’s New Lost Decade (José Antonio Ocampo, Project-Syndicate)

The region’s economies, taken together, will be the worst-performing of the developing world as they emerge from the pandemic. Paradoxically, the best way to overcome Latin America’s ongoing lost decade may be to focus on issues that go beyond economic growth. Latin America’s New Lost Decade by José Antonio Ocampo – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Democracy in Latin America is under threat. These two summits are a chance to fix it (Eguiar Lizundia and Antonio Garrastazu, Atlantic Council)

From authoritarian entrenchment and persistent corruption to widespread human-rights abuses, the democratic ecosystem throughout Latin America is fragile. In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele has taken a defiant stance by concentrating power in the executive branch with the legislative chamber’s active collaboration. Meanwhile, Brazil’s Senate has backed criminal charges against President Jair Bolsonaro for his mishandling of COVID-19, irregular use of public funds, and violation of sanitary […]

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IISS analysts: Fiscal constraints drive the state of South America’s defense (Amanda Lapo, Juan Pablo Bickel, Defense News)

In 2021, South American militaries remained focused on domestic security threats, with power projection ambitions often limited by significant equipment-availability challenges and funding shortfalls. As highlighted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ “Armed Conflict Survey 2021,” organized crime continues to greatly fuel violence and instability in the region, conditioning defense spending on domestic security. Brazil is […]

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Informal Workers Need More than Legal Recognition (Mariana Prandini Assis, Project-Syndicate)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin American governments took the unprecedented step of including informal workers in emergency relief legislation. Informal workers comprise a significant share of Latin American countries’ economically active population, ranging from 23.9% in Uruguay to 82.6% in Honduras, and they have been among those hardest hit by the pandemic. Their inclusion in the […]

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Closure for Colombia, New Scrutiny for Venezuela: ICC Investigations in Latin America (Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Just Security)

The new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) recently made his first official trip to Colombia and Venezuela. During the visit to Bogotá, he announced he was moving to reduce the number of cases in the preliminary stage by closing the long-running preliminary examination in Colombia. A few days later, in Caracas, he […]

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Latin America’s Monster Movie (Andrés Velasco, Project-Syndicate)

Latin Americans have many talents. One is a remarkable ability to misgovern ourselves, as the pandemic has made clear. Six of the 20 countries with the most COVID-19 deaths per capita in the world are in Latin America. Peru tops the list. Brazil is eighth. Latin America’s Monster Movie by Andrés Velasco – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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The Latin American element in China’s CPTPP bid (Juan J Palacios, East Asia Forum)

China’s bid for membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a multifaceted move. An overlooked aspect of it is the fact that the CPTPP is the first major free trade agreement established on a trans-Pacific scale and that three of its four members on the eastern side of the Pacific […]

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Latin America. What Is Being Done About Water Stress in Latin America? (The Dialogue)

Shortages of water have worsened this year in locations including Mexico. // File Photo: Mexican Government. Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Rebecca Keller, Thomas Rideg, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto Some 70 percent of Mexico was affected by the country’s long-term drought as of July, up from about 50 percent in December, according to Mexico’s federal water commission, or CONAGUA. […]

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Latin America. What Initiatives Will Help Lower Youth Unemployment? (The Dialogue)

Alicia Bárcena, Mariana Costa, Richard Delgado, Diogo Brunacci Argentina’s government on Aug. 9 launched the second phase of its “Argentina Programs” plan, which aims to provide training in computer programming to 60,000 youths by the end of this year. The program follows another initiative that the government launched in July to add 50,000 people between the ages […]