Dilma’s Impeachment: Not a Coup

Alex Weisman, JHU: On Sunday evening, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on charges of manipulating the national budget. The motion to impeach was adopted by 367 of the 513 deputies. Although the charges only cover Dilma’s alleged cooking of the books, the move is indicative of the country’s […]

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The 2016 Brazil Corruption Games: A Snapshot of the Tense Brazilian Political Climate

Alex Sadler, JHU: A former president investigated. Another former president charged. The biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history. Implicating wire-taps. Protests gathering more than a million people. To call the last few weeks contemptuous would be an understatement. While it’s near impossible to cover everything that’s happened in Brazil this month, a good place to […]

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The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Hidden Grasp on American Politics

Will Anderson, JHU: Driving through my hometown, I often see a bustling Citgo gas station full of customers. Citgo, with the slogan “Fueling good,” has created multiple ad campaigns featuring smiling, healthy Americans and extolling the virtues of locally-owned, community-focused Citgo gas stations. In other ads former U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy (D-MA), who runs a […]

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The End of the Kirchner Dynasty in Argentina Could Not Come Soon Enough

Keely Herring, JHU:   For Argentina, outlandish and detrimental political leadership along with economic crises seem to be the typical “rinse and repeat.” The all too familiar unreliability and corruption in Argentine political leadership has only continued, and arguably come to a head with President Cristina Kirchner and recent events involving the murder of Alberto […]

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Mexico, Impunity, and the Untold Plight of 43 Missing Students

Author: Andrew Karns, Johns Hopkin University ___________________________________________________________________________________ Over the last few weeks, Mexicans everywhere have been awash with a bittersweet sensation of closure. The languishing hope that the 43 missing university students from Iguala would be found alive was all but laid to rest. Yet looming ominously over this profound popular mourning is the unimaginable […]

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Leftist Latin America: Destined for dysfunction?

Author: Liam Murphy, Johns Hopkins University _________________________________________________________________________________________ Is the pink tide ebbing? Less than a decade ago, Latin America was home to numerous vibrant leftist political movements, with popular leaders such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Brazil’s Lula da Silva leading the charge for socialist reform and a rebuke of capitalist intervention in the region. […]

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The Subjective Bias Towards Mexico’s President: Peña Nieto’s Reputation Domestic and Abroad

Author: Keely Herring, Johns Hopkins University ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In late September of this year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto won the Global Citizen Award from a think-tank called the Atlantic Council. In late October, he has become the target of a twitter campaign demanding his resignation. Why the discrepancy in opinion? Rather than delving into an […]

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Facing a runoff, Brazil’s Rousseff Must Look to Uruguay for Answers

Author: Liam Murphy, Johns Hopkins ______________________________________________________________ In May, Forbes magazine listed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as the fourth most powerful woman in the world, second among world leaders to Germany’s Angela Merkel. At the time, such praise seemed appropriate. After all, Rousseff presided over Latin America’s biggest economy and was preparing her country to host […]

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