ECUADOR’S ELECTION: ANOTHER LATIN TURN TO THE RIGHT?

“A runoff vote appears likely in Ecuador’s presidential election with Lenín Moreno appearing to fall just short of the 40% required for outright victory over his rightwing rival Guillermo Lasso.”

BRAZIL’S PATH TO AUSTERITY HELL

“Unemployment is approaching 12%. Youth unemployment is double. Temer’s approval rating is as bad as Dilma’s, who was indicted by the Senate for breaking fiscal responsibility laws”.

PEÑA NIETO’s NIGHTMARE: TRUMP + GASOLINAZO

“Peña Nieto Adds Fuel to The Fire in Mexico”   “Mexico’s Populist AMLO Capitalises on Economic Woes” “Donald Trump’s Presidency is About to Hit Mexico”     “Peña Nieto Will Dance to Trump’s Tune”

VENEZUELA’S SURREAL CURRENCY CRISIS

“Venezuela’s Currency Madness” (Editorial, The New York Times, 20 December 2016) “The Unrest and violence in Venezuela are entirely the doing of the Maduro government, which has spent years suppressing the opposition and imposing arbitrary…

FIDEL CASTRO’S LEGACY: LIGHTS AND SHADOWS

“The One Who Left Ashes” (Miriam Leiva, Cubanet, 29 November 2016) “It is impossible to excuse him from the present precarious condition of Cuba, because for 47 years he decided and prohibited everything” “Castro Spirit…

THE TRUMP EFFECT: WHAT’S IN STORE FOR LATIN AMERICA?

“A Trump Attempt to Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policies Could Be Complicated and Costly” (Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald, 10 November 2016) “President-elect Donald Trump said ‘concessions’ the Obama administration made to Cuba can easily be reversed…

WHAT FUTURE FOR A POST-CASTRO CUBA?

“Cuba and the Future: A Great Debate Has Just Begun” (Nelson Valdes, Counterpunch, 25 April 2016) “The Cuban political system is beginning to go through its most significant transition as the seasoned old revolutionaries step…