The defeat of U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a troubling sign of declining U.S. leverage and moral authority in the hemisphere, and not just on matters of human rights.
Ante un Estados Unidos cada vez mas retraído de América Latina, el liderazgo de China en el plano comercial es incuestionable. Pero ¿será suficiente para penetrar la arena política? Alemania tiene un as bajo la manga que ya empezó a hacerlo jugar.
The historical problem Brazil has been unable to solve is the need to build an inclusive economic model that can help alleviate poverty and reduce inequality. That will require cutting subsidies and benefits to interest groups that have long benefitted from fiscal spending. As the year comes to an end, Brazilians will be happy to forget a bad year in terms of politics and the economy. Unfortunately for them, 2017 might not be much better.