Last week, David Gacs at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas wrote about the important advances Mexico, Colombia, Peru and … Continue reading Go West! A Latin Pacific Alliance Emerges
The New York Times today ran a well-written vignette on the state of glasnost in Cuba. I’ve been hearing for … Continue reading Handcuffed Capitalism in Cuba
Michael Shifter, the venerable director of the Inter-American Dialogue, thinks that now is the moment Obama will direct his energies towards … Continue reading 15 Minutes of Fame
Argentina lost in international courts yet again, this time to holdouts that insisted that their debt claim was more legitimate … Continue reading Headline: Argentina Loses Again, Sky Still Blue
The majesty of spanning two seas, vertiginous mountains and endless plains, sultry swamp and punishing desert, lots of Wal-Marts. Mexico is as American as pie de manzana and what a spectacular place it is.
Outgoing President Calderon, however, is seeking to remove the country’s more overt connection to its northern neighbor, forever ensconced in its constitutional name and identity. We might all know it as Mexico, but the country’s real name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or “United Mexican States”. Calderon, in a last ditch attempt to do something with the final days of his presidency before the country’s Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) claws back its power from the opposition, wants to sever these ties and just call the country by its nickname, boring old Mexico.
Universia@Wharton puts out a solid biweekly newsletter with in-depth pieces on Latin America (all translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese). This week’s edition features a re-examination of renewed interest in the Latin American extractive economy. I’ve written about how Chinese demand was driving up prices and sustaining growth in the region until, well, it wasn’t. Continue reading “Black Gold, Copper Gold and Gold Gold”