Category: Americas

Modern Day Slavery in a Post-Slavery World

“Freedom, to me, means the ability to live my life without fear” The concepts of freedom and liberty are deeply enshrined in the fabric of this country, so much so that they have dominated and continue to dominate our political thought and inform  both our constitution and the international policies we implement today. America’s advocacy… Read more »

Seven Questions, Two Men, and the Future of Ecuadorian Democracy

When Ecuadorian voters take to the ballot boxes on Sunday they will have the chance to vote yes or no on seven fairly straightforward questions. Behind this consulta popular, however, lies a decade’s worth of political maneuvering, the split of the country’s ruling party, and two very different possibilities for the future of the nation…. Read more »

The Jones Act, Hurricane Maria, and the Politics of Disaster Relief

In the mid-seventeenth century, the English government began restricting colonial trade to England and mandating that English trade be carried out only in English vessels through the introduction of a law known as the Navigation Act of 1651. Less than one hundred years later, the Sons of Liberty destroyed an entire shipment of tea in… Read more »

The 86th Casualty

The 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires has just claimed another casualty, raising disturbing questions about a decades-old coverup.

Cartels, Canada Style

For Americans, the word “cartel” normally conjures unpleasant images, such as OPEC ministers manipulating the price of petroleum, or drug lords executing rivals. The words “global strategic reserve” make us nervous, too, and the combination of “cartels” and “global strategic reserve” in the same paragraph is likely to send us running for cover.  The alarming… Read more »

Mass Graves in Iguala: Why Corruption is Mexico’s Biggest Problem

On September 26th, a group of idealistic students from the leftist Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, Mexico, traveled to Iguala to protest discriminatory hiring practices. The group had commandeered buses and blocked a road, so they expected a police reaction, possibly beatings or detention. They did not expect an all-out assault from… Read more »

The Legacy of History: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Tulchin

In a world where technology has made travel much simpler, it is easy to live abroad and feel safe. Few Americans, however, have dared to reside in countries under military dictatorships. Fewer still have been in a state of siege even once, let alone five times. But Dr. Joseph Tulchin, a preeminent Latin Americanist, has:… Read more »

The Nearing Cliff

Little American media attention was drawn to the recent October Brazilian presidential elections. The debate at hand was whether or not to continue with the left-leaning policies of the majority party, the Workers’ Party (PT), or support the slightly more business-oriented and conservative policies of the leading minority party, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, a… Read more »