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    Uber the top? The complexities of regulating peer-to-peer transport apps in Peru

Uber the top? The complexities of regulating peer-to-peer transport apps in Peru

When anyone can be a taxi driver at any time and in any vehicle, apps like Uber, Taxi Beat, and Cabify provide a sense of transparency and accountability, as well as a degree of efficiency and formality for drivers. Any legislation should identify real problems and propose solutions for the wider industry, as well as for Peruvian public transport more broadly, writes Alonso Morán de Romaña.

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    Los peligros económicos de la victoria de Iván Duque en Colombia

Los peligros económicos de la victoria de Iván Duque en Colombia

El programa de Iván Duque podría resultar en una mayor concentración del poder tanto político como económico. Su énfasis en las industrias extractivas no responde a desafíos claves como la baja productividad, los bajos salarios y la desigualdad extrema, escribe Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes).

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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).

Colombia’s unsung heroes

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó shows that victims of armed conflict are also producers and creators whose knowledge could contribute to a future-oriented understanding of peace-building that would benefit all Colombians, writes Gwen Burnyeat (University College London).

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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 […]