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    Venezuela elections 2018: evaluating electoral conditions in an authoritarian regime

Venezuela elections 2018: evaluating electoral conditions in an authoritarian regime

Participating in elections under authoritarian regimes can reap rewards, but electoral conditions in Venezuela have degenerated so drastically that a Maduro victory in 2018 could not be considered democratic, write Griselda Colina (Observatorio Global de Comunicación y Democracia) and Jennifer McCoy (Georgia State University).

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    Engineering growth: innovative capacity and development in the Americas

Engineering growth: innovative capacity and development in the Americas

The generation and diffusion of scientific knowledge and technology are assumed to be drivers of modern economic growth, but there is a lack of firm empirical evidence of this. Drawing on their contribution to the 2nd Annual LSE-Stanford-Universidad de los Andes Conference on Long-Run Development in Latin America (16-17 May, 2018), William F. Maloney (World Bank) and Felipe Valencia Caicedo (Bonn University) discuss how they use the first […]

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    Pope Francis’ visit to Chile shows how the legitimacy of the Catholic Church is being eroded by its sexual politics

Pope Francis’ visit to Chile shows how the legitimacy of the Catholic Church is being eroded by its sexual politics

Pope Francis’ attempts to move the Catholic Church beyond the conservative sexual agenda of his predecessors have been undermined by abusive sexual practices within the Church itself, writes José Manuel Morán (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, CONICET).

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    US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

The Trump administration’s “America First” policy and sanctions on Russia and Venezuela have significant unintended consequences in the Caribbean, especially for the bauxite industries of Jamaica and Guyana, writes David Jessop (Caribbean Council).

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    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank comes knocking on Latin America’s door: is anyone home?

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank comes knocking on Latin America’s door: is anyone home?

Although Latin America provides a third of the AIIB’s prospective members and co-financing is desperately needed, the region has been slow to respond to the bank’s repeated overtures, writes Álvaro Méndez (LSE Global South Unit).

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    Religion, the state, and the states explain why Mexico has stronger LGBT rights than the US

Religion, the state, and the states explain why Mexico has stronger LGBT rights than the US

New research reveals the puzzling finding that Mexico has offered greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer period of time than the United States. This can be explained by the wider separation of church and state in Mexican politics and the strong importance of human rights in new democracies. At the subnational level, states with more LGBT organisations […]

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    Fifty years after the controversial May ’67 trial, France continues to criminalise activists in Guadeloupe

Fifty years after the controversial May ’67 trial, France continues to criminalise activists in Guadeloupe

Recent attempts to criminalise trade unionists involved in the 2009 French Caribbean general strike recall the trial of independence activists following the May ’67 Pointe-à-Pitre massacre in Guadeloupe, writes Grace Carrington (LSE Department of International History).

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    The six sources of Piñera’s success in Chile’s 2017 elections will also shape his second term

The six sources of Piñera’s success in Chile’s 2017 elections will also shape his second term

Piñera’s campaign won out thanks to fears of “Chilezuela”, the non-committal stance of Frente Amplio supporters, the divided Christian Democrats, Obama-style campaigning, a”low-energy” opponent, and a little help from friends in the media, all of which will influence the new president’s second term in office, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw), Miguel Zlosilo (Artool, Chile), and Corinna Saeger (EURAC Research).

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    Banking on a ‘shithole’: US-led racial capitalism in Haiti began long before Trump

Banking on a ‘shithole’: US-led racial capitalism in Haiti began long before Trump

City Bank’s history in Haiti shows how racial ideology and economic policy have long coalesced to justify colonisation in Latin America and the Caribbean, writes Peter James Hudson (University of California, Los Angeles).

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    The implications of a divisive Summit of the Americas in Lima

The implications of a divisive Summit of the Americas in Lima

The 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, will be divisive, potentially leaving Latin America and the Caribbean in leaderless disarray just when changing international relationships require unity and a common identity, writes David Jessop (Caribbean Council).