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    Militarising Mexico’s southern border will only increase violence against migrants

Militarising Mexico’s southern border will only increase violence against migrants

Militarisation of Mexico’s southern border has been increasing for decades, but the recent decision of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government to continue and even reinforce this trend will only intensify the violence and vulnerability that transit migrants already face, writes Alejandra Díaz de Leon (LSE Sociology).

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    Brazil’s favela entrepreneurs use social media and temporality to boost tourism and combat negative perceptions

Brazil’s favela entrepreneurs use social media and temporality to boost tourism and combat negative perceptions

Local residents unhappy with the established “safari” model of favela tourism are creating a novel and vibrant market for walking tours in neighbourhoods like Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro. Social media have allowed them to reach potential customers directly, whereas temporary local alliances mean they can provide a “product” that is both safe and seductive at the same time. Aside […]

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    ¿Cómo inciden los pactos criminales en la seguridad pública brasileña?

¿Cómo inciden los pactos criminales en la seguridad pública brasileña?

La violencia ejercida por organizaciones criminales como Primeiro Comando da Capital y el Comando Vermelho en Brasil se considera normalmente una forma de demostrar poder o inspirar miedo. La regulación de esta violencia a menudo ocurre a través de pactos criminales que pueden establecerse entre estos actores o también involucrar al Estado. Estos pactos no necesariamente sirven para eliminar la […]

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    The Iron Lady of the Caribbean at LSE: remembering Dominica’s Eugenia Charles 100 years after her birth

The Iron Lady of the Caribbean at LSE: remembering Dominica’s Eugenia Charles 100 years after her birth

One hundred years on from her birth in May 1919, Sonia Gomes (LSE Library) looks back at the life of Dominica’s first female prime minister Eugenia Charles, from her time studying law at LSE in post-war London to her return to the Caribbean, the beginnings of her legal practice, and her ultimate rise to national and international prominence.

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    Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

There is nothing new about Trump’s linkage of trade and non-trade issues, but subjecting trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement to the whims of the US president undermines a key benefit of such arrangements: greater stability. Without this stability dividend, potential partners could begin to question whether the costs of forging complex agreements with the US outweigh the benefits, writes Ken […]

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    ¿Es el socialismo culpable de la crisis interminable de Venezuela?

¿Es el socialismo culpable de la crisis interminable de Venezuela?

Si bien el socialismo del siglo XXI está vinculado al colapso de Venezuela, también lo están muchas características del contexto, el capitalismo y la cultura del país, escribe Asa Cusack (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre). • Also available in English • traducción de un artículo de Al Jazeera • licencia CC no aplica

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    Desemprego pode se tornar o calcanhar de Aquiles de Bolsonaro no Brasil

Desemprego pode se tornar o calcanhar de Aquiles de Bolsonaro no Brasil

O presidente Bolsonaro alcançou o sucesso eleitoral culpando o Partido dos Trabalhadores e o establishment político pelo naufrágio do país. No entanto, se o presidente brasileiro não conseguir combater o desemprego em breve, as eleições municipais de 2020 poderão se tornar um referendo nacional sobre o estado da economia e a aprovação presidencial, argumentam Mark S. Langevin (George Mason University) e Elisa Antunes (BrazilWorks).

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    Del prejuicio al Orgullo: ¿qué tiene que celebrar Cuba en el Día Internacional contra la Homofobia?

Del prejuicio al Orgullo: ¿qué tiene que celebrar Cuba en el Día Internacional contra la Homofobia?

Cuba ha pasado de ser un país particularmente homofóbico y discriminatorio a ser alabado en el ámbito internacional por abordar los derechos relacionados con la diversidad sexual a partir de un enfoque basado en la salud – pero aún queda trabajo por hacer, argumenta Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University).

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    The election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador shows how wartime polarities have dissolved into pragmatism

The election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador shows how wartime polarities have dissolved into pragmatism

Widespread corruption and an inability to tackle grave social and economic problems left Salvadorans deeply disappointed with the post-war governments of both the conservative ARENA party and the left-wing FMLN. Through a combination of necessity and invention, Nayib Bukele was able to channel this discontent into a stunning election victory that ends the two-party alternation in place throughout the postwar […]

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    The case of Chile’s Mapuche shows how micro-level data can detect shifts in the nature of self-determination conflicts

The case of Chile’s Mapuche shows how micro-level data can detect shifts in the nature of self-determination conflicts

Chile’s Mapuche-state conflict dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, but there have been repeated shifts in its nature and intensity over time. Understandings of these shifts have tended to be qualitative and irregular, but a new micro-level dataset covering the post-authoritarian period shows how quantitative micro-data can provide powerful new insights into conflict dynamics in Latin America and beyond, write Pedro […]