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    Elecciones Colombia 2018: dos mujeres vicepresidentas, dos visiones de país

Elecciones Colombia 2018: dos mujeres vicepresidentas, dos visiones de país

El hecho de que ambas candidatas a la vicepresidencia sean mujeres representa un avance, pero las trayectorias y agendas disímiles de Marta Lucía Ramírez y Ángela Robledo pueden tener impactos muy distintos para el futuro de Colombia, escribe Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

Los héroes invisibles de Colombia

La experiencia de la Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó demuestra que las víctimas de los conflictos armados son también productores y creadores, cuyo conocimiento podría contribuir a una comprensión de construcción de paz con orientación hacia el futuro que beneficiaría a todos los colombianos, escribe Gwen Burnyeat (University College London).

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    Despite reform, Mexico’s 2018 election is business as usual

Despite reform, Mexico’s 2018 election is business as usual

On paper the 2018 Mexican presidential election should benefit from recent reforms that sought to improve electoral conditions. But the reality of campaigns awash with dark money, widespread vote buying, toothless electoral institutions, weak democratic processes within parties, and independents that aren’t very independent suggests that little has really changed, writes Rodrigo Aguilera.

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    Is socialism to blame for Venezuela’s never-ending crisis?

Is socialism to blame for Venezuela’s never-ending crisis?

Though ’21st-century socialism’ is implicated in Venezuela’s collapse, so too are many characteristics of the country’s context, capitalism, and culture, writes Asa Cusack (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre). • n.b. republished courtesy of Al Jazeera; Creative Commons licence does not apply

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    ‘Development’ versus human rights: the Saamaka Maroons’ fight for the rainforests of Suriname

‘Development’ versus human rights: the Saamaka Maroons’ fight for the rainforests of Suriname

Though Suriname’s Saamaka people have already achieved a remarkable victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees their right to their territory and the rainforests within it, the state’s continued push towards extractive development means their fight is far from over, writes Richard Price.

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    Colombia elections 2018: candidates and their chances in times of hope and fear

Colombia elections 2018: candidates and their chances in times of hope and fear

Colombia’s pathbreaking presidential election of 2018 will most likely be won by Álvaro Uribe’s protege Iván Duque, which could endanger the peace process and signal a return to a dark past of violence and exclusion. But support for leftist and centrist candidates Gustavo Petro and Sergio Fajardo, as well as the unpredictable role of Germán Vargas Lleras, mean that this is far from […]

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    Colombia elections 2018: safeguarding progress towards implementation of the peace agreement

Colombia elections 2018: safeguarding progress towards implementation of the peace agreement

The future of the peace agreement faces many significant risks. Since implementation is a game of confidence building, and compliance and noncompliance alike create snowball effects, mitigation of these risks must be a critical priority for any incoming administration, argues Nelson Camilo Sánchez (National University of Colombia).

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    Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

The Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of 25 young plaintiffs seeking protection of their rights to life, health, food, and a healthy environment obliges the government to design an inter-generational pact to reduce deforestation and gas emissions. This highlights the connection between protection of the environment and intergenerational solidarity, as well as underlining personal and social responsibility for the impact […]

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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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    From prejudice to Pride: what does Cuba have to celebrate on the International Day Against Homophobia?

From prejudice to Pride: what does Cuba have to celebrate on the International Day Against Homophobia?

Cuba has gone from being notably homophobic and discriminatory to being lauded internationally for its unique Health-Based Approach to sexual-diversity rights — but there is still work to be done, argues Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University).