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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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    The only thing keeping Venezuela’s Maduro in power is the opposition

The only thing keeping Venezuela’s Maduro in power is the opposition

If Venezuela’s opposition really wants to remove Nicolas Maduro, it must unite behind renegade candidate Henri Falcon, 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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    From the favelas of Rio to the Kasbah of Algiers, community participation is the key to urban regeneration

From the favelas of Rio to the Kasbah of Algiers, community participation is the key to urban regeneration

The perceptions, behaviour, dreams, and aspirations of human communities need to be studied and recognised as a crucial source of urban expertise without which urban transformations remain partial and unsustainable, write Sandra Jovchelovitch (LSE) and Jacqueline Priego Hernández (University of Portsmouth).

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    Colombia elections 2018: the perils of polarisation for a precarious peace

Colombia elections 2018: the perils of polarisation for a precarious peace

As Colombia enters its most important electoral cycle in recent history, right-wing proposals for renewed militarisation are gaining ground on support for the peace process, while the left remains highly divided. In these extreme conditions, there exists a real danger that the peace process could be reversed, writes Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá).

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    When the mega-dam breaks: shaping the future of environmental licensing in Brazil

When the mega-dam breaks: shaping the future of environmental licensing in Brazil

If the problems and potential of environmental licensing are not taken seriously in this year’s policy debates and electoral campaigns, future development and economic recovery could trigger environmental degradation far more serious than any single mega-dam project, write Mark S. Langevin and Olivia Smith (both George Washington University).

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    Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia’s Truth Commission must break away from dominant ideas of ‘turning the page’ through a ritual of purification. It needs instead to adopt a transformative approach to transitional justice, truth commissions, and collective memory, as well as creating a broad-based ‘National Dialogue for Truth’ that goes beyond regulating the Commission and involves society as a whole, writes Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

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    ¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

En lugar de tratar a las mujeres como dependientes o inferiores, las reparaciones podrían reforzar la construcción de ciudadanía con perspectiva de género en el largo plazo. Hace falta cambiar su enfoque, escribe Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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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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    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 […]