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    The crisis narrative of Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno has obscured the real winners and losers of recent economic policy

The crisis narrative of Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno has obscured the real winners and losers of recent economic policy

The discourse of crisis promoted in the first two years of the Moreno government (2017-18) was a political strategy designed to create distance from the administration of his predecessor Rafael Correa. But its overemphasis on the fiscal deficit was inconsistent with the reality of the macroeconomic situation, and the economic policy stemming from it sidelined important concerns over productive capacity […]

This isn’t the first time fires have ravaged the Amazon

By looking back to the Amazon fires of 1989 we can see what has since been done – and undone – in terms of protecting the world’s largest rainforest, writes Kathryn Hochstetler (LSE International Development).

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    Can floods of international money put out the fires in the Brazilian Amazon?

Can floods of international money put out the fires in the Brazilian Amazon?

The G-7 has pledged millions to fight this year’s unusually numerous fires in the Brazilian Amazon. But in Brazil the real challenge is stopping fires from being set in the first place, and the Bolsonaro government has made it clear that economic development trumps environmental protection, not least by cutting ever deeper into the budgets of environmental agencies with a […]

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    Raising wages in Cuba’s budgeted state sector is risky but necessary

Raising wages in Cuba’s budgeted state sector is risky but necessary

Raising the salaries or pensions of 2.75 million Cubans comes with the possibility of higher inflation and widening budget deficits. As with Cuba’s broader economic reforms, the accompanying intensification of market mechanisms presents risks for the country’s socialist planned economy, but these are necessary concessions given renewed US aggression and deteriorating international conditions, writes Helen Yaffe (University of Glasgow).

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    Opaque and fragmented data on mass graves in Mexico represent a double disappearance for victims

Opaque and fragmented data on mass graves in Mexico represent a double disappearance for victims

Freedom of information requests have allowed researchers and activists in Mexico to gain access to official data on clandestine mass graves. But this process also revealed major discrepancies between datasets covering the same periods but provided at different times and to different institutions. Uncertainty around such crucial numbers not only undermines political demands for accountability amidst Mexico’s crisis of violence, […]

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    Empreendedores de favelas usam mídia social e temporalidade para estimular o turismo e combater percepções negativas

Empreendedores de favelas usam mídia social e temporalidade para estimular o turismo e combater percepções negativas

O descontentamento de moradores locais com o turismo adotado em favelas, sob um modelo de “safari”, está criando um mercado novo e vibrante de caminhadas guiadas, como na Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. As mídias sociais têm lhes permitido alcançar diretamente potenciais consumidores, ao mesmo tempo em que alianças locais circunstanciais sinalizam que eles podem proporcionar um “produto” ao mesmo tempo […]

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    Standardisation of femicide data requires a complex, participatory process, but key lessons are already emerging

Standardisation of femicide data requires a complex, participatory process, but key lessons are already emerging

The increased visibility of femicide in Latin America has not led to improved systems for recording cases, even though this would facilitate evidence-based policymaking. Yet the participatory process required to move towards proper standardisation of femicide data has already produced a number of important lessons, writes Silvana Fumega (Latin American Initiative for Open Data).

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    The El Paso shooting must be seen in a broader context of racial violence at the US-Mexico border

The El Paso shooting must be seen in a broader context of racial violence at the US-Mexico border

The recent shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso has been depicted as a tragedy for local people, reigniting well-practiced debates about gun control, video games, mental health, and “lone wolf” extremism. But this framing not only underplays the impacts on connected communities like Ciudad Juárez across the border, it also fails to acknowledge this massacre’s place in a […]

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    Argentina’s Operation Condor trial opens up new paths to accountability for past atrocities in South America and beyond

Argentina’s Operation Condor trial opens up new paths to accountability for past atrocities in South America and beyond

Following a trial that lasted over three years, in May 2016 a federal criminal court in Buenos Aires convicted fifteen defendants for crimes against more than 100 victims of the infamous Operation Condor. For the first time, a court of law had recognised the existence of this transnational terror network, which was used to hunt down political opponents in South […]

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    The ‘border effect’ is allowing Venezuela’s crisis to fuel political violence in Colombia

The ‘border effect’ is allowing Venezuela’s crisis to fuel political violence in Colombia

The Colombian-Venezuelan borderlands are enabling crucial but largely unacknowledged interactions between Venezuela’s devastating crisis and ongoing political violence in Colombia. Key characteristics of these areas have facilitated violence, undermined trust relationships, attracted multiple violent non-state groups, and obscured the nuanced realities of particular conflicts. Failure to tackle these issues could have serious long-term implications for stability, potentially even derailing Colombia’s peace deal. […]