Experts and pundits have decided that education is the magic bullet to cure most of Latin America’s ills. Problem is: it’s a long term bet, with no known solutions and too many people working on the edges.
On the eve of the October 25 second-round presidential elections in Guatemala and a month before the Seattle International Foundation’s Donors’ Summit, LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org’s Chris Sabatini sat down to talk to Manfredo Marroquín to discuss the events of the past months, the need for a new political class, and the challenges for civil society and donors.
In resolving a 40-year debt, Peruvians and, in particular, Peru’s international business class need to understand what is at stake here: not just the integrity and effectiveness of the judicial system but international opinion on how the government and the judicial system treats property and legal obligations.
Corruption scandals and slowing economic growth have forced President Michelle Bachelet to backtrack on her campaign promises. Now facing the lowest levels of popular approval for any elected president since the 1990 transition, can Bachelet re-focus her government’s policy drift in time for the 2016 local elections?
Brazil’s president is facing protests from both the left and the right, with an approval rating of only 8 percent. The protests are calling for impeachment based on charges of rampant corruption, but politically that isn’t likely to happen. Why? Impeachment requires a two-thirds majority vote from both Houses: unlikely to happen when politicians from all of the major parties are facing corruption charges themselves.
21 años después del ataque contra la AMIA, nueve años después de las acusaciones contra Hezbollah y miembros del gobierno Irani, y mas de seis meses después de la muerte del fiscal Alberto Nisman, por fin esta semana habrá un juicio. Lamentablemente es solo por el encubrimiento del caso. Sin embargo, es un paso adelante.
July 18th will mark the 21st anniversary of the 1994 AMIA bombing. Sadly, that case remains unsolved. On August 6th a new trial will start to investigate high-ranking public officials of covering up one of the worst terror attacks in the Americas. Unfortunately, that trial still won’t bring to justice those who committed the act, nor get to the bottom of the death of Alberto Nisman the prosecutor who had led the investigation and died this past January under mysterious circumstances.