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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A conversation with President José Mujica

last weekNews : America's View

The Economist recently interviewed José Mujica, Uruguay’s president, at his farmhouse outside Montevideo (see article). Here is an edited transcript of the conversation. The Economist: You are reaching the final stretch of your five years as president. Show More Summary

The local loop

last weekNews : America's View

IF YOU can’t beat them, change the battlefield. Argentina has been mulling a plan to replace some of its foreign bonds with locally issued ones ever since a New York court ruled in 2012 that it could not pay creditors who accepted its debt swaps of 2005 and 2010 without fully compensating “holdouts” who jibbed at the deal. Show More Summary

A popular president

last weekNews : America's View

FOR a politician who is two years into his term of office, President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic is enviably popular. His approval ratings are sky-high; they reached around 90% in one poll, a level usually associated with dictators rather than democrats. Show More Summary

A fight without a hero

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THE stand-off between Argentina and its holdout creditors is like watching a movie in which The Joker battles Lex Luthor: neither side arouses much sympathy. Having defaulted for the eighth time on July 30th, Argentina is a less than model debtor. Show More Summary

A man down

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

AUGUST is a tragic month in Brazilian presidential politics. Sixty years ago Getúlio Vargas, a populist dictator turned democrat, committed suicide while in office. In 1976 Jucelino Kubitschek, who had built Brasília, the country’s Utopian capital, was killed in a car crash. Show More Summary

Blank canvas

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

THE average pedestrian meandering through the colonial-era streets of Bogotá could be forgiven for missing it. But the six deranged-looking fish, spray-painted on to a garage door by the Spanish graffiti artist “Pez”, is worth a small fortune. Show More Summary

On the road again

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

AS THE election campaign kicks off in Brazil, our correspondent says people have lost faith in politicians but social media may be the key to bringing voters back on board

Who wants to be a millionaire?

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

CANADA'S long and troubled history with its First Nations (native Indians) hit a new bump this month with a fight over whether First Nations' chiefs and councils should make public their salaries and expenses. A transparency law passed last year required Canada's 634 First Nations communities to publish these details online by August 1st. Show More Summary

Over a barrel of slops

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

WHEN Ricardo Aldana, a politician representing Mexico’s embattled oil-workers’ union, harangued the lower house of Congress in the early hours of Saturday August 2nd, it wasn’t the heckling cries of “drunkard” from his opponents that should have bothered him. Show More Summary

'Vultures' versus patriots

4 weeks agoNews : America's View

OUR correspondents discuss the causes and consequences of the default - the country's second in just over twelve years

The evidence mounts

4 weeks agoNews : America's View

UNTIL recently, British Columbians consumed as much fuel per head as their fellow Canadians. Nothing remarkable distinguished their use of fossil fuel until, in 2008, they began paying a carbon tax. Six years on the province remains the only jurisdiction in North American jurisdiction to levy a charge on fossil-fuel consumption. Show More Summary

The Duffy disaster

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SENATOR Mike Duffy has been living in a political twilight zone ever since questions were raised about his housing and travel expenses. First he was railroaded out of the Conservative party’s caucus; late last year he was suspended from the Senate altogether. Show More Summary

Tick tock

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ARGENTINA'S impressive run in the World Cup meant that, for the past few weeks, the country has existed in a state of football-fuelled bliss. Restaurants were strewn with blue and white streamers; bars extended happy hours; and stores offered discounts. Show More Summary

Day without a daft idea

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IN THE 1980s it was said that breathing the air in Mexico City was like smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. In children’s drawings, the skies were a dirty brown, not blue. Since then, a raft of measures has made the air cleaner despite many more cars on the road. Show More Summary

Another north-south divide

2 months agoNews : America's View

IN THE past decade Brazil has grown richer and less unequal. Around 36m people were pulled out of extreme poverty; more children go to school and stay there for longer. It may seem odd, then, that violent crime is also on the rise. Between 2005 and 2012 murders have gone up, from 22.5 to 24.3 per 100,000 people. Show More Summary

Policing for profit

2 months agoNews : America's View

IN MAY the Guardsman private-security group opened a new command centre in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. Snipping the ribbon was the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Looking on were her long-serving predecessor, PJ Patterson; the opposition security spokesman; and Jamaica’s then police commissioner. Show More Summary

Guns and money

2 months agoNews : America's View

THE use of firearms to commit crime is a particular problem in the Americas. In its 2013 report on global homicides the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that two-thirds of murders in North and South America are committed with firearms, compared with a global average of 40% and a European figure of just 13% (see chart). Show More Summary

Stop-start sleuthing

2 months agoNews : America's View

PERU is far from being the most violent country in what is the world’s most violent continent. But even more than other Latin Americans, Peruvians feel unsafe, according to polls by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), based at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Show More Summary

The beat police

2 months agoNews : America's View

ARGENTINE children rarely aspire to be police officers. The profession is more often associated with corruption and incompetence than heroism. In 2008 Maurico Macri, the mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, formed a metropolitan police force in order to increase public confidence in law enforcement. Show More Summary

The meaning of Lionel Messi

2 months agoNews : America's View

DURING World Cup games, Argentina shuts down. Highways and streets are eerily silent. Stores are shuttered, subways are empty and taxis are nowhere to be found. The only noise outside is the muted din of millions of televisions, all tuned to Canal 7, the state-run channel on which the games are broadcast. Show More Summary

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