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What to Do and What to Expect After the Dictatorship

The formation of a Blue and White National Unity movement (Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco) with representation from the majority of the social and political sectors that actively oppose the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship, is a great historic event due to its broad political agreement without...

Spain recognizes Costa Rica as a strategic ally in the region in democracy and sustainable development

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, received on Friday Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, at Casa Presidencial as part of his official tour of Latin America, where Costa Rica stands out as the only country in Central America and the Caribbean. Sánchez arrived in our country...

Nicaragua,Venezuela: One Enemy, One Fight For Democracy

By Tortilla Con Sal – Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are all targets of the U.S. government because they challenge control of Latin America and the Caribbean by Western corporate elites and their local allies. People in Nicaragua won’t get fooled again. | Photo: Reuters By...

Carlos Alvarado: ‘I Swear To Be The Best Version Of Myself To Take The Reins of the Country’

Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica's new president, in his first presidential speech following the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning, vowed to turn Costa Rica into a global example of how to abolish fossil fuels. "We have before us the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use...

Costa Rica’s Democracy On Display To The World

The stage is set. Since the early hour, people have started arriving, picking a spot, to be witness to the inauguration of the new president. The local television stations camped out the residence in Santa Ana, waiting for the president-elect to come out, headed...

Venezuelan Parliament approves trial against Nicolás Maduro: What’s Next?

The Venezuelan National Assembly approved preliminary impeachment proceedings against Nicolás Maduro with 105 votes in favor (and 2 against), citing enough evidence linking him to acts of corruption regarding the Odebrecht scandal. Although this is a step forward in the struggle against the dictatorship, there...

Raúl Castro: From Dictator to Puppet Master of Cuba’s Next Government

Less than a month before Raúl Castro officially leaves power in Cuba his successor is still unknown. Which raises the question: will the power change merely serve as an instrument to perpetuate the tenure of Raúl, heir of the Castro dynasty? Raul Castro is planning...

Costa Rica’s Election Offers Fiscal Faith Test

(Bloomberg) With its open doors to tourists, no standing army since 1948, and proud claims as Central America’s oldest democracy, Costa Rica is not the place you’d look for a religious uprising. Yet this country of 4.9 million may be poised next month to...

Automated Digital Tools Threaten Political Campaigns in Latin America

(IPS) - The use of technological tools in political campaigns has become widespread in Latin America, accompanied by practices that raise concern among academics and social organisations, especially in a year with multiple elections throughout the region. The use of automated programmes – known as...

Moralist Upsurge in Brazil Revives Censorship of the Arts

RIO DE JANEIRO (IPS) - It is not yet an official policy because censorship is not openly accepted by the current authorities, but de facto vetoes on artistic expressions are increasing due to moralistic pressures in Brazil.   The offensive affects the artistic world in general,...

How Latin America bucked the trend of rising inequality

Income inequality is gaining attention. The good news is that we know how to tackle it: tax global wealth, provide a universal basic income, broaden access to quality education and promote decent work. The bad news is that many governments are not interested – and neither...

Honduras’s election crisis is likely to end in violence

The violent election crisis in Honduras, where both incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández and challenger Salvador Nasralla are claiming victory in the country’s Nov. 29 presidential race, has now entered its second chaotic week. Official results from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal ultimately gave Hernández a...

Dissatisfaction with Democracy in Latin America: Only 25 Percent Trust Justice System

The political landscape in Latin America will experience great changes over the next year. The electoral season is approaching for many countries, including Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Honduras. Leading up to these consecutive election dates, let’s take a look at...

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts for many of the 17.1 million unsafe abortions performed globally each year, according to a new report in The Lancet,...

Argentine mothers still seek justice for missing children

(Q24N) As Argentina reverses a decision to release torturers from its era of dictatorship from prison, mothers of missing persons are still looking for answers 40 years on. Argentina has been a democracy since 1983. But one group of women, all over 80, still protest...

Move Aside Castro, Cubans Want Capitalism

Sixty years after the communist revolution it is obvious that Cubans do not abhor, but desire a more capitalist and free society. (Interbusca) TODAY CUBA (By Maximilian Wirth0 Cuba is sometimes idealized as a successful alternative to capitalism. This month, however, the University of Chicago’s NORC released...

Ecuador’s populist electoral victory for Moreno shows erosion of democracy

(Q24N) After 10 years in power, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will step down. However, political power isn’t falling far from the tree. Correa’s hand-picked successor and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, has declared victory against liberal banker Guillermo Lasso. The election has calmed fears...

Venezuelans Want To Live In A Democracy

Venezuelans Want To Live In A Democracy From the Laht.com – Authoritarianism in Venezuela has moved forward by leaps and bounds with the rulings of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), giving extraordinary powers to Nicolás Maduro so he can do whatever he wants. It...

The Disaster That Is Venezuela

A demonstrator holds a sign with the face of President Nicolás Maduro that reads “No Dictatorship, Out” during a second day of protests as the Supreme Court reverses its decision to seize the powers of the opposition-led Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 1....

Oscar Arias: “To Kill A Person Is Homicide, To Kill All In A Town Of Hunger Is Called Chavismo”

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica's Former President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Oscar Arias had strong words for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and his administration. “To kill a person is homicide, to kill en entire town from hunger is called chavismo,” he said. In an...

[BLOG] A Proclamation Of Emancipation For Costa Rica’s Less Empowered Social Members

QBLOG - Many, if not most counties in the world, like to involve the word “Democratic” in their description of government. Even the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), the brutal North Korean Dictatorship of Kim Jong Un, uses the term, when even the...

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