The Conversation

Mexico Transformed? Challenges, Changes After a Year of Leftist Government

Despite economic woes and enduring violence, López Obrador’s government has made considerable progress dismantling a system that almost solely benefits the political and economic elite and keeps more than 50 million Mexicans in poverty.

  • Dec 13, 2019
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Haitian Migrants Face Deportation and Stigma in Hurricane-Ravaged Bahamas

At least 340 Haitian migrant workers have been deported since Hurricane Dorian hit the island.

  • Dec 12, 2019
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2019 Was a Year of Global Unrest, Spurred by Anger at Rising Inequality, and 2020 Is Likely to Be Worse

This is not helped by an administration in Washington that has yielded ground to authoritarian dictatorships at a time of global unrest in which stable Western leadership has hardly been more necessary.

  • Dec 11, 2019
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Currency Manipulation and Why Trump Is Picking on Brazil and Argentina

Ultimately, labeling other countries as currency manipulators is more about politics and geopolitical relations than policy.

  • Dec 6, 2019
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Bolivia After Morales: An ‘Ungovernable Country’ With a Power Vacuum

Throughout Bolivian history, protests have been an important way indigenous people and rural peasants, long excluded from the halls of power, have made their voices heard.

  • Dec 5, 2019
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Trump’s Border Wall Threatens an Arizona Oasis With a Long, Diverse History

Quitobaquito’s history is worth preserving. It reveals an American past populated by people who do not fit into current rhetorical boxes.

  • Dec 4, 2019
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Colombia: Being an Environmental Activist in Some Countries Is Much More Dangerous Than in Others

Here in the heavy industry heartland of Colombia, environmentalism has old roots and has endured through decades of violence and intimidation.

  • Dec 2, 2019
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Now Evo Morales Is Out, Bolivia’s Celebrated ‘Plurinational Revolution’ Has an Uncertain Future

Over the past few decades, Bolivia has transformed in a way that many considered irreversible.

  • Nov 26, 2019
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Chile Protests: President’s Speeches Early in Crisis Missed the Mark, AI Study Reveals

On balance, Piñera’s four speeches were more positive than negative—a perhaps surprising finding, given what is now clear about the depth of Chile’s crisis.

  • Nov 25, 2019
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Mormons in Mexico: A Brief History of Polygamy, Cartel Violence and Faith

Like other northern Mexicans, the LeBarons are a thoroughly cross-border community.

  • Nov 21, 2019
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Old Religious Tensions Resurge in Bolivia After Ouster of Longtime Indigenous President

Invoking a Christian god as the source of political power, while commonplace in many countries, is a departure in Bolivia after Evo Morales’ 14-year tenure.

  • Nov 20, 2019
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Chile’s Political Crisis Is Another Brutal Legacy of Long-Dead Dictator Pinochet

Chile is one of the world’s most unequal countries, with less equitable income distribution than neighboring Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

  • Nov 19, 2019
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Haiti Protests Summon Spirit of the Haitian Revolution to Condemn a President Tainted by Scandal

By summoning Dessalines, Haitian protesters implicitly contrast the achievements of that revolution —freedom, universal citizenship and racial equality— with the disappointments of the Moïse government.

  • Nov 18, 2019
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Proposed Asylum Fees Are Part of a Bid to Make Immigrants to the US Fund Their Own Red Tape

In addition to introducing an asylum application fee, the government wants to hike the cost of other immigration petitions and applications by as much as 532%.

  • Nov 18, 2019
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DACA Heads to the Supreme Court: 6 Essential Reads

On November 12, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Trump administration’s decision to end the program.

  • Nov 12, 2019
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Evangelicals in Brazil See Abuse of God’s Earth as a Sin, But Will They Fight to Save the Amazon?

This faith-based distress at humanity’s poor stewardship of God’s creation has some powerful and outspoken proponents in Brazil.

  • Nov 6, 2019
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In Paraguay, Rural Communities Facing Deforestation See Power and Profit in a Beloved Drink

Yerba mate is a wildly popular leaf that is dried, steeped like tea and drunk hot or cold across Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

  • Nov 4, 2019
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Peru’s Ancient Water Systems Can Help Protect Communities From Shortages Caused by Climate Change

An ancient dam in the Cordillera Negra. (Photo by Kevin Lane/Author provided)

  • Oct 31, 2019
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What Trump’s Travel Ban Really Looks Like, Almost Two Years In

Policymakers, political scientists like myself and all Americans can start to understand the ban’s effects.

  • Oct 31, 2019
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Day of the Dead: From Aztec Goddess Worship to Modern Mexican Celebration

Day of the Dead can be traced back to the native peoples of central and southern Mexico, the regions where I conduct my archaeological research.

  • Oct 28, 2019
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Cities With More Black Residents Rely More on Traffic Tickets and Fines for Revenue

My recent research —and that of others— shows that communities with more residents of color are more likely to rely on revenue coming from traffic tickets and other minor fines.

  • Oct 21, 2019
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