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    US encouragement of a military coup in Venezuela is dangerous for both countries

US encouragement of a military coup in Venezuela is dangerous for both countries

Publicly condoning military action and using economic sanctions to provoke it will only exacerbate Venezuelan suffering and further damage the tattered reputation of the US on democracy and human-rights issues in the Western Hemisphere, writes Timothy M. Gill (University of North Carolina, Wilmington).

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    Quem está invadindo quem? A complexa batalha nos assentamentos informais do Rio em área federal

Quem está invadindo quem? A complexa batalha nos assentamentos informais do Rio em área federal

Representar os moradores de favela como invasores destruidores do meio ambiente serve para justificar despejos e prejudicar o patrimônio da comunidade em nome da criação de uma cidade “moderna” sem fortes sinais de pobreza e desigualdade, escreve Jennifer Chisholm (University of Cambridge).

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    Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico

Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico

Ciudad Juárez operates as a necropolis where femicide legislation coexists with reductionist and patriarchal approaches to gender violence. The victims of killings and disappearances are presented as prostitutes, and those who investigate are seen to be staining the city’s good name. Mexico’s lax justice system and the free-trade zones of the maquiladora industry provide the enabling context, writes María Encarnación López (London Metropolitan University).

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    Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

La Comisión de Esclarecimiento de la Verdad debe romper con el esquema dominante que busca un ritual de purificación para ‘pasar la página’. Requiere una vocación transformadora de la justicia transicional, de las Comisiones de la Verdad y de la memoria, además de un Gran Diálogo Nacional por la Verdad que supere la reglamentación de la Comisión y que involucre a la sociedad […]

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    Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: the two Alvarados, between deepening division and democratic dependability

Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: the two Alvarados, between deepening division and democratic dependability

The two contenders in Costa Rica’s presidential runoff on 1 April 2018, Fabricio Alvarado (PRN) and Carlos Alvarado (PAC), are diametric opposites on the issues that have dominated recent elections, and their supporters are also divided along geographic and socioeconomic lines. Thankfully, a healthy democratic context militates against the worst effects of polarisation, write Evelyn Villarreal Fernández (State of the Nation Programme) and Bruce M. Wilson (University of […]

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    A avaliação da pesquisa baseada em periódicos marginaliza regiões como a América Latina e seus problemas mais relevantes

A avaliação da pesquisa baseada em periódicos marginaliza regiões como a América Latina e seus problemas mais relevantes

Muitos sistemas de avaliação adotam uma abordagem limitada de excelência, ao julgar o valor de um trabalho pelo periódico em que é publicado. Pesquisas recentes de Diego Chavarro, Ismael Ràfols e outros colegas, mostram como esses sistemas subestimam e prejudicam a produção de importantes questões sociais, econômicas e ambientais. Esses sistemas também refletem os preconceitos das bases de dados de citações, […]

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    Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: corruption, morality politics, and voter alienation make uncertainty the only certainty

Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: corruption, morality politics, and voter alienation make uncertainty the only certainty

In a context of political dealignment and a fluid multiparty system, corruption scandals and a divisive international court ruling on sexual and reproductive rights have drastically altered the electoral landscape, write Evelyn Villarreal Fernández (State of the Nation Programme) and Bruce M. Wilson (University of Central Florida).

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    Full steam ahead: geothermal energy can fuel the future of the Eastern Caribbean

Full steam ahead: geothermal energy can fuel the future of the Eastern Caribbean

Though geothermal energy is a more involved and expensive undertaking than other renewables, its significant benefits make it an ideal way for the Eastern Caribbean to gain greater energy independence, reduce energy costs, and achieve sustainable development, writes Judith Ephraim (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States).

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    Productivity provides the key to Peru’s bid for OECD membership

Productivity provides the key to Peru’s bid for OECD membership

Only by investing in innovation, reducing business informality, and producing clearer statistical data will Peru be able to boost its poor productivity and step up to OECD membership, writes Alonso Morán de Romaña (Ministry of Production, Peru).

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    Digital inequalities policies in Latin America are mostly words and little accountability, just like in Europe

Digital inequalities policies in Latin America are mostly words and little accountability, just like in Europe

Digital inequalities policies must tailor their interventions to the problems, needs, and outcomes of specific vulnerable groups if they are to move beyond good intentions and achieve real socioeconomic change, writes Ellen Helsper (LSE Department of Media and Communications).