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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Another north-south divide

yesterdayNews : 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

yesterdayNews : 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

yesterdayNews : 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

yesterdayNews : 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

yesterdayNews : 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

3 days 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

Charter fights

4 days agoNews : America's View

THE ruling Conservatives in Canada never much liked the charter of rights and freedoms embedded in the constitution by a Liberal government in 1982. In opposition they feared that making the charter part of the constitution would undermine...Show More Summary

The echoes of 1994

last weekNews : America's View

IN THE early 1990s the Brazilian economy was a mess. It had shrunk in three out of the previous six years. Inflation had not dipped below 100% a year since 1982; it peaked at a whopping 2,477% in 1993. Shopkeepers would adjust price tags each morning, then again in the afternoon. Show More Summary

Brazil gets real

last weekNews : America's View

But that's a currency, not a state of hard-headedness Twenty years ago today, on July 1st 1994, Brazil adopted a new currency. The introduction of the real proved to be a turning-point in the fight against inflation. This is the leader...Show More Summary

The wrong way

last weekNews : America's View

IT SHOULD be no surprise that Latin America’s years of plenty are over, along with the commodity boom that fuelled them. Even so, 2014 has been disappointing. Brazil putters along unimpressively; the promise of public spending has yet...Show More Summary

Shrinking

last weekNews : America's View

AMID the adulation of Lionel Messi and the angst over the country’s ongoing battle with its holdout creditors, it was easy to miss another piece of news from Argentina this week. On June 23rd the country’s statistics agency announced...Show More Summary

The grass on the other side

last weekNews : America's View

BRITISH COLUMBIA (BC) has a reputation among cognoscenti for producing potent cannabis. Vancouver’s easygoing attitude to pot has earned it the nickname Vansterdam. On the back of these attributes, the Canadian province has built a thriving...Show More Summary

All eyes on the pitch

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

A FEW months back Brasília looked like it was never going to be ready for the World Cup. When your correspondent last visited Brazil’s capital the airport was a mess, the motorway linking it to the city was an obstacle course of road works, and the only way to pass was in a pricey cab. Show More Summary

Maid in Brazil

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

TO UNDERSTAND how maids are regarded by many in Brazil you only have to look at @AMinhaEmpregada (“my maid”), a Twitter feed that retweets the unpleasant, aggressive and sometimes racist things that some employers say about their staff. Show More Summary

Expectations exceeded

2 weeks agoNews : America's View

BRAZILIAN flags flutter on passing cars. Favelas (shantytowns) coruscate with the national colours of green and yellow. Fancy condos are wrapped in the national colours, too. Every other person seems to be wearing a football jersey. Salvador, capital of Bahia, is the most overtly World Cup-crazy host city on your correspondent's tour so far. Show More Summary

Supporters everywhere

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

A PROPER warm-up, any sportsman will tell you, is critical. Mindful of this, authorities in Recife, capital of Pernambuco and Brazil's fourth-biggest city, bent over backwards to finish Arena Pernambucana, its new stadium, in April 2013. Show More Summary

Shots, goals, potholes

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

THE football has been immaculate. Not since 1958 have so many goals been scored per game in the first week of a World Cup. Even the goalless draw between Brazil and Mexico on June 17th offered a fine display of skill, especially by Mexico's goalkeeper. Show More Summary

Déjà vu

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

THE Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) won Antigua’s general election on June 12th, taking 56% of the votes on an impressive 90% voter turnout. Before 2004 the party had an almost unbroken half-century in power, under the leadership first of the formidable Vere Bird Senior, and then of his son Lester, now in poor health but still in parliament. Show More Summary

The B.C. bolthole

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

PROPERTY speculation in Vancouver has a new meaning these days: wondering what exactly is driving up prices in the least affordable housing market in North America (see chart). The average sale price of a single-family detached home is now around C$1m ($920,000). Show More Summary

Crunch time approaches

3 weeks agoNews : America's View

ARGENTINA has tried hard in the past few months to show it is ready to make its peace with international capital markets. It has belatedly recognised several decisions by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes...Show More Summary

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