Tag: Latin America

Photos of Young Venezuelans Protesting in Caracas

A version of this article originally appeared on VICE France. This February marks the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian Revolution that brought Hugo Chávez to power, but no one is celebrating in Venezuela. The country is embroiled in a political crisis: Sitting President Nicolas Maduro, who replaced Chávez in office after his death in 2013, […]

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Felipe González: We Must Not Fail the Venezuelan People

MADRID — Venezuela has been part of my life, both politically and personally, for over four decades. I was a friend of Rómulo Betancourt, the founding father of Venezuelan democracy; of Carlos Andrés Pérez, who governed Venezuela during two terms; and of all the country’s democratically elected presidents. My bond to the country was so […]

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Marco Rubio, Trump’s Shadow Secretary of State

It was not so long ago that Donald Trump and Marco Rubio were bitter enemies. During the 2016 primary, Rubio called Trump a “con man” and suggested that he had wet his pants during a debate. In return, Trump dubbed the Florida senator “Liddle Marco,” questioned the Cuban-American’s citizenship, and mocked his 2013 response to […]

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Don’t sleep on Latin America, game publishers

When mobile app developers consider the next markets, Latin America isn’t often top of mind. After all, if you look at top countries by game revenue, Mexico and Brazil come at 12th and 13th, well behind China, the U.S. and Japan — regions that receive the lion’s share of big developers’ focus. But numbers are […]

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The Interpreter: #MeToo Paradox: Movement Topples the Powerful, Not the Ordinary

When multiple women stepped forward last week to accuse the former Costa Rican president, Óscar Arias Sánchez, of sexual misconduct, it highlighted a mystery about #MeToo’s impact in Latin America. How can the movement have become powerful enough to ensnare an ex-president and Nobel laureate, yet have otherwise found so little purchase in a region […]

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MoMA to Close, Then Open Doors to More Expansive View of Art

As the Museum of Modern Art begins the final stage of its $400 million overhaul, it will close for four months this summer and autumn to reconfigure its galleries, rehang the entire collection and rethink the way that the story of modern and contemporary art is presented to the public. The Picassos and van Goghs […]

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Who Supports Which Leader in Venezuela? Why Is This Important?

CARACAS, Venezuela — The world is increasingly taking sides on who should be the rightful leader of Venezuela. On one side is President Nicolás Maduro, whose socialist government is seen as increasingly corrupt, inept and repressive. On the other is the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old National Assembly leader who declared himself interim […]

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Acquihiring in Latin America: An untapped opportunity

Acquihiring is a common practice in Silicon Valley as a way for large tech companies to hire talented teams with a proven track record. Unlike an acquisition, where the purpose is to purchase a company for its product or service, an acquihire is about gaining talent. Facebook and Google made them popular in the early 2010s, […]

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The Crisis in Venezuela Was Years in the Making. Here’s How It Happened.

In 24 hours, a 35-year-old Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself the country’s president, the United States recognized him as the legitimate head of state, and President Nicolás Maduro ordered American diplomats out of the country. The crisis is years in the making, and our reporters have covered it throughout (despite, in one case, being kicked […]

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Early adopters show blockchain’s big potential for Latin America

There’s a reason Venezuela’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, hasn’t been heralded by most experts as the solution to the country’s rampant inflation and political crisis. The Petro, by most accounts, isn’t backed by oil reserves – in actuality it’s backed only by a discredited government’s promise, launched in a region that has an unfortunate history […]

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Venezuela Is in Crisis. So How Did Maduro Secure a Second Term?

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela is set to be inaugurated on Thursday for the second time, extending his term in office to 2025, after winning an election last year that had been rejected by nations across the region as illegitimate. He and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, presided over the free-fall of what […]

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Bolsonaro vs. Maduro: The Next Clash in Latin America?

MEXICO CITY — Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in last week as Brazil’s new president. Nicolás Maduro, having taken over from the deceased Hugo Chávez in 2013, will be sworn for a second six-year term as Venezuela’s president on Thursday. These inaugurations illustrate the threats facing Latin America’s democracy, international alignments and unity. Mr. Bolsonaro is […]

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Jair Bolsonaro Is Not the New Trump. He’s Worse.

Scarcely a week into Jair Bolsonaro’s tenure as president of Brazil, protections for the environment and indigenous and LGBTQ populations have been removed, and both the neoliberal economic policies closely associated in Latin America with the thirteen-year Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and the language of Brazil’s military junta, which ruled from 1964 to 1985, […]

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Hollywood’s Obsession With Cartels

They keep coming. Armed with replica automatic weapons firing blanks, gallons of stage blood and mangled Mexican accents, the cartels are streaming across our undefended border, and into our multiplexes and our video streams. These onscreen villains torture their enemies, they kill good Americans and they might turn up anywhere. Last year, in “Sicario: Day […]

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Envoys Denounce Venezuela’s Maduro and Urge Him to Cede Power

Thirteen nations announced on Friday that they would not recognize the legitimacy of the new presidential term of Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who is set to be inaugurated for a second time next week. Diplomats from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and St. Lucia issued a joint […]

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The Left’s Delusions About Mexico’s New President

The story has never failed to entrance a foreign audience: An outspoken leftist committed to social justice wins a landslide presidential victory in Latin America. Headlines last July for 65-year-old Andrés Manuel López Obrador proclaimed the familiar tale. Mexico’s poor, marginalized, and forgotten had elected a man who would truly represent them: a plain-talking, frugally […]

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The Familiar Flaws of Mexico’s New President

The story has never failed to entrance a foreign audience: An outspoken leftist committed to social justice wins a landslide presidential victory in Latin America. Headlines last July for 65-year-old Andrés Manuel López Obrador proclaimed the familiar tale. Mexico’s poor, marginalized, and forgotten had elected a man who would truly represent them: a plain-talking, frugally […]

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Why Electric Vehicles Are Gathering Speed in Latin America

In November, 100 brand-new electric buses rolled off a cargo ship from China at the port of San Antonio on the Chilean coast. Their impressive convoy from the coast to the capital, Santiago, where they will be incorporated into the city’s public fleet, was shared widely on Twitter as evidence of where public transportation is […]

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Lens: Creating a Community of Latin American Women Photographers

Verónica Sanchis Bencomo never knew what she would encounter when she worked helping to archive photo books and other items at the library of the International Center of Photography. The experience was an education in itself for Ms. Sanchis Bencomo, a Venezuelan photographer, but not in the way you might imagine. “Where are the contemporary […]

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Killings of Journalists Show the Bloody Fingerprints of Organized Crime

In Mexico, journalists have been killed by arson, gunned down at a cafe and shot execution-style while out at a bar. In Malta, one was killed by a bomb hidden in her car. In Ecuador, two were kidnapped and killed by a drug cartel, and in India, one was killed after exposing a “sand mafia” […]

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