Articles by: Simon schmitz

Venezuela: An Electoral Defeat of the Revolution?

Venezuela: An Electoral Defeat of the Revolution?

July 13, 2015 at 2:04 PM

After centuries of external subordination during colonialism and decades of military repression during the 20th century, today, elections are fairly free and transparent in most democracies of Latin America. In Venezuela, however, it takes a hunger strike by an incarcerated leader of the political opposition to pressure Nicolás Maduro to set a date for parliamentary elections.

Banco del Sur and the “Caracas Consensus”

Banco del Sur and the “Caracas Consensus”

July 1, 2015 at 6:37 AM

  Even though published more than a quarter century ago, Eduardo Galeano’s book The Open Veins of Latin America still exerts a tremendous influence on today’s politics in South America. Various policy makers in the region have quoted excerpts of the book in their speeches in order to remind theRead More

Gewehre, everywhere- German weapons in Latin America

Gewehre, everywhere- German weapons in Latin America

February 26, 2015 at 8:21 AM

Reading Latin American newspapers does not make for the most uplifting start of a day. Gang wars, missing or supposedly killed students, or the perpetual battle over market shares by drug cartels dominate the mostly-sensationalist news coverage on the region. Christmas, however, came early on December 17 last year forRead More

Penal Envy: Latin America’s Prisons

Penal Envy: Latin America’s Prisons

November 10, 2014 at 9:46 PM

América Latina: birthplace of Salsa, Bachata and Reggeaton and wild parties. Some of the finest clubs in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro or Cali ensure their exclusivity by restricting access to their rumbas to the rich and beautiful only. Nevertheless, to be granted access to some of the best parties,Read More

Source: The Guardian

Beyond Conflict Zones : Violence in Latin America

September 25, 2014 at 4:43 AM

Turmoil in el barrio- With violence in Latin America proving to be a domestic issue worth global concern, InPRA  tells you why you must care. “Syria, Iraq (the soon to be Islamic State?), Mali or South Sudan” would be the answer by many people when asked about the most violentRead More

Source: Costa Rican Times

The Nicaragua Canal: Another blow for the United States?

July 14, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Russia and China in the backyard of the United States? When in the beginnings of the 19th century the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt drafted his maps of the Central American isthmus, he contemplated about a connection between the Pacific and the Atlantic. About one hundred years later, the UnitedRead More

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The System of ‘control social’ in Bolivia- an Effective Alternative to the War on Drugs?

June 23, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Unquestionably, José Mujica is one of the most unorthodox presidents currently in power. The political leader of the small South American country of Uruguay donates about 90% of his income and lives on a farm outside the capital Montevideo. More importantly, his country recently legalized the consumption and cultivation ofRead More