Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Economy and Crime

On May 31, the Venezuelan Central Bank announced that Venezuela’s economy grew by .07 percent in the first quarter of the year. This news illustrates the grim economic reality of the country, an enormous challenge for President Nicolas Maduro. The … Continue reading

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Looking Back: Anti-US Sentiments in Latin America on the 60th Anniversary of Castro’s Movement

On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro led an assault on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba.  While the attack failed, that date became the namesake of Castro’s revolutionary movement – M 26-7, or Movimiento 26 Julio – and marked … Continue reading

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The Nicaraguan Canal

On June 13, 2013, the President of Nicaragua, President Ortega, and the chairman of HKND Group, Wang Jing, signed an agreement given HKND Group the exclusive rights to construct and manage the Nicaraguan canal and associated projects for 50 years.

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Colombia’s Biodiversity Conservation

Though the second country with greatest biodiversity in the world, Colombia ranks 27 among the 40 most highly unfunded countries for biodiversity conservation. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) failed to reduce the rates of biodiversity loss by 2010. To improve … Continue reading

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Nomination of Openly Gay US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

The social and political turmoil underlying the riots in Brazil represents just one challenge facing an era of change in Latin America.  Not only are economic conditions being called into question, but social conditions have also faced recent attention.  In … Continue reading

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