BRICS: A Better World Order in the Making

Published on: Vol.18, 2015
BRICS: A Better World Order in the Making

Acronyms can change the world as you see it today. Not because of the letters, but the countries that form them and their increasing impact on world economy and politics.

Prelude to a Lengthy Struggle

Published on: Vol.18, 2015
Prelude to a Lengthy Struggle

Bolivia won the first round at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, but this is just the start of a battle with neither a victory nor an end in sight, partly because there are many with robust opinions on which side is right.

New Migratory Agreement

Published on: Vol.17, 2015
New Migratory Agreement

Cuba and Panama signed a new migratory agreement aimed at relaxing the visa application process between the two countries. The signing was made during the recent visit made to Havana by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela.

Guatemalan Elections in Times of Crisis

Published on: Vol.17, 2015
Guatemalan Elections in Times of Crisis

Everything seems to indicate that the presidential candidates in elections on October 25 will be Jimmy Morales of the National Convergence Front and Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope.

Venezuela Works for Better Border Relations with Colombia

Published on: Vol.17, 2015
Venezuela Works for Better Border Relations with Colombia

Faced with growing threats to the country’s national security and economic stability, Venezuela initiated actions in August 2015 to interrupt paramilitary gang activity, narcotrafficking and the smuggling of goods into Colombia from its territory.

Migratory Crisis: Europe Under Pressure

Published on: Vol.16, 2015
Migratory Crisis: Europe Under Pressure

A few days ago it was the French city of Calais, now it is the Greek islands, Macedonia or Hungary and tomorrow the migratory crisis can detonate in any other place in Europe, a continent which seems to be overflowing with the mass arrival of undocumented immigrants.

Haitian Elections Marred By Apathy and Violence

Published on: Vol.15, 2015
Haitian Elections Marred By Apathy and Violence

In what was to have been a demonstration of political stability, the first round of elections in Haiti, already delayed by four years, were marked by popular apathy and violence between rival parties.

Historical Treasures of the Panama Canal

Published on: Vol.15, 2015
Historical Treasures of the Panama Canal

Floating symbols and archaeological treasures unearthed during the extension of the Panama Canal, are today attested to a century of history created by the hands of African, Chinese and Caribbean immigrants.

U.N Body States Blockade Stunts Cuban Economic Growth

Published on: Vol.15, 2015
U.N Body States Blockade Stunts Cuban Economic Growth

Alicia Bárcena, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) executive secretary, is a straight-talking woman, and when she outlines the regional panorama, attention is inevitably drawn to Cuban related issues.

Mercosur: A Body For True Economic Integration

Published on: Vol.14, 2015
Mercosur: A Body For True Economic Integration

The XLVIII Summit of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR- the Spanish acronym), with the participation of Bolivia among its members, ratified the member nation‘s and associated State‘s commitment to the strengthening of commercial ties, based on a model for democratic economic integration.

The Popes Message of Love and Peace in South America

Published on: Vol.14, 2015
The Popes Message of Love and Peace in South America

Charismatic, spontaneous and simple: the Pope Francis during his recent visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay gave a many messages to the world which were loaded with life and human dignity, aiming to achieve unity of the people in order for peace to reign.

Uruguayan Women on UN Peace Missions

Published on: Vol.14, 2015
Uruguayan Women on UN Peace Missions

Uruguay, with a population of only 3,400,000, has for many years had thousands of Blue Helmets deployed around the globe, not of all of whom are men.

Cuba and US Reestablish Relations: First Step in a Difficult Process

Published on: Vol.14, 2015
Cuba and US Reestablish Relations: First Step in a Difficult Process

Since Monday July 20, 2015, the Interests Sections of Cuba and the US in Washington and Havana have become embassies, and their chiefs have been promoted to the roles of Charge d’ Affairs, in what is deemed a significant historical development.

Colombian Oil Dilemmas

Published on: Vol.13, 2015
Colombian Oil Dilemmas

The global oil price crisis has opened an era of profound reflection on projections for the sector in Colombia, in light of the fact that depleting hydrocarbon reserves form part of the present scenario.

Hunger and Soil

Published on: Vol.13, 2015
Hunger and Soil

Experts concur that progressive global soil degradation poses a threat to food security, especially in developing countries where most of the world‘s population is concentrated.

Another Breakthrough in Cuba’s Health System

Published on: Vol.13, 2015
Another Breakthrough in Cuba’s Health System

United Nations experts have called for the principles of equity, universality and popular participation that characterize the Cuban public health system to be implemented globally.

CUBA-US The Stumbling Block in Normal Relations

Published on: Vol.13, 2015
CUBA-US The Stumbling Block in Normal Relations

It is obvious to many in both Cuba and the U.S. that, even following a reestablishment of diplomatic relations, the process of normalizing bilateral ties will be a long and difficult road.

Lessons Learnt from Ebola, Crucial for Future Emergencies

Published on: Vol.11, 2015
Lessons Learnt from Ebola, Crucial for Future Emergencies

In addition to the high human and economic cost that have resulted from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the epidemic – which is still pounding Guinea and Sierra Leone – has provided important lessons to the international community for potential future health emergencies.

Bullying: A Hard Blow for Latin America

Published on: Vol.11, 2015
Bullying: A Hard Blow for Latin America

Bullying is a phenomenon that, over the past decades, has had a heavy impact on children and adolescents, and reflects endemic social inequality in Latin America.

War On Drugs: A New Approach Demanded

Published on: Vol.11, 2015
War On Drugs: A New Approach Demanded

A final victory in the global war on drugs still seems far off; a scenario that has led to an increasing number of calls in the U.N. for new preventionand humane-focused responses to the scourge.

Still a Long Way To Go

Published on: Vol.11, 2015
Still a Long Way To Go

Those who thought that the road to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and the moves towards the normalization of bilateral ties might be smooth should review both the obstacles that have been overcome in recent months and those that still remain.

Ecuador Aims to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Published on: Vol.10, 2015
Ecuador Aims to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Ecuador is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest decline in poverty. If the goals of the Citizens´ Revolution are met, poverty will have been reduced to 3 percent by 2017.

The Teenage Mothers of Paraguay

Published on: Vol.10, 2015
The Teenage Mothers of Paraguay

Surveys, analyses and concern have continued to increase in Paraguay over the rising number of girls and adolescents who get pregnant at a very early age and end up becoming mothers while still being children themselves.

Murdered Women: Femicide or Genocide?

Published on: Vol.10, 2015
Murdered Women: Femicide or Genocide?

Central America is one of the regions with the highest rate of murdered women, generally attributed to a predominant patriarchal mindset, but also related to increased degrees of organized crime activity.

Ferry Services to Havana...and the Blockade?

Published on: Vol.10, 2015
Ferry Services to Havana...and the Blockade?

For the first time in more than 50 years, four U.S. companies have been granted permission by the Federal Government to open ferry services between the United States and Cuba.

All-women Crew on Paraguayan Flight

Published on: Vol.7, 2015
All-women Crew on Paraguayan Flight

Letizia Ruiz is an example that serves commercial aviation in Paraguay and Latin America as she is the first female Paraguayan commercial pilot with 22 years of experience in aviation and 4 years as a pilot.

Panama Summit: The Possible Scenarios

Published on: Vol.7, 2015
Panama Summit: The Possible Scenarios

The atmosphere that will prevail at the seventh Summit of the Americas remains undefined as it could either be the ideal venue for the unification of the continent, as the Panamanian hosts and others hope, or the stage for a new confrontation with the United States.

Super Telescope to be Built in South Africa

Published on: Vol.7, 2015
Super Telescope to be Built in South Africa

South Africa is involved in a far reaching mega-project which will result in the creation of the world’s largest telescope.

New Steps Towards Peace in Colombia

Published on: Vol.6, 2015
New Steps Towards Peace in Colombia

With more than two months having passed since the FARC-EP guerillas declared a ceasefire, the monthlong suspension of army bombardments towards the insurgent group`s base camps marks an important step towards peace in Colombia.

Three Female Latin American Presidents in a Book

Published on: Vol.6, 2015
Three Female Latin American Presidents in a Book

The intimate memoirs of presidents Michelle (the doctor), Cristina (the lawyer) and Dilma (the economist) have been made public in the book Presidentas ABC (ABC Women Presidents).

Every Effort Needed to Eradicate Ebola

Published on: Vol.6, 2015
Every Effort Needed to Eradicate Ebola

“The Ebola epidemic is not yet over and every effort must be made to ensure that we eradicate this disease once and for all.”

Venezuela: A Threat To US National Security?

Published on: Vol.6, 2015
Venezuela: A Threat To US National Security?

Considered by most to defy belief, president Barack Obama´s decision to declare that Venezuela is an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy has brought Latin America even closer together.

Colombian Flowers, Romanticism and Market

Published on: Vol.5, 2015
Colombian Flowers, Romanticism and Market

Agricultural experts agree that this might not be the best year for Colombian flower exports, due to the effects of El Niño climate phenomenon and the negative impact of the global economic crisis, which is still felt today.

Latin America: Migration Keeps Rising

Published on: Vol.5, 2015
Latin America: Migration Keeps Rising

Economic crisis, political instability and personal insecurity are among the factors that drive people to migrate in the hope that a change of place, nation or region will improve their social and economic prospects and quality of life.

Cuba-USA A Changed Scenario

Published on: Vol.5, 2015
Cuba-USA A Changed Scenario

Following years of hostility and distance, the new atmosphere between the United States and Cuba is characterized by talks described as constructive and respectful by both sides, various expert exchanges, and steps towards the normalization of bilateral relations.

Female Genital Mutilation, Time to Stop it

Published on: Vol.5, 2015
Female Genital Mutilation, Time to Stop it

Amid an international panorama marked by inequalities and gender violence, 130 million women face an additional horror: genital mutilation.

Chinese Delegation to Visit Cuba for Air Route

Published on: Vol.4, 2015
Chinese Delegation to Visit Cuba for Air Route

Zhang Xin, a senior Air China executive, said that a company delegation will travel to Cuba for talks about the establishment of the first ever direct flight between Beijing and Havana.

Ecuadorian Government Reduces Poverty By Almost 15%

Published on: Vol.4, 2015
Ecuadorian Government Reduces Poverty By Almost 15%

The government of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has reduced the income based poverty index by almost 15 percentage points since 2007.

Vietnamese Company Plans to Build Factories in Cuba

Published on: Vol.4, 2015
Vietnamese Company Plans to Build Factories in Cuba

The Vietnamese Thai Binh Investment Trading Corporation is promoting a project to construct detergent and diaper factories within the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM for its Spanish initials) in the western Cuban province of Artemisa.

Caribbean Carnival Network Gains Support

Published on: Vol.3, 2015
Caribbean Carnival Network Gains Support

Colombian intellectual Alfonso Múnera, a member of the jury for the 56th Casa de las Américas Prize, is one of the champions of a project for the creation of a network of Caribbean carnivals.

Iberia Madrid-Havana Route Promises High Returns

Published on: Vol.3, 2015
Iberia Madrid-Havana Route Promises High Returns

Iberia airlines is confident that Madrid-Havana flights will yield high profits once the route reopens on June 1, the company’s Communications and Public Relations director, Juan Cierco, has said.

Unemployment Continues to Plague the Young

Published on: Vol.3, 2015
Unemployment Continues to Plague the Young

The United Nations Organization warned late last year that 60 percent of young people all over the world were not engaged in either work or study; one the most alarming statistics regarding the labor market.

European Reparation for Slavery, A Fair Demand

Published on: Vol.1, 2015
European Reparation for Slavery, A Fair Demand

More than 15 million human beings were victims of the transatlantic slave trade for four centuries, a phenomenon that still has its impact on Afro-descendants around the world.

Ecuadorians Benefit from Digital Currency

Published on: Vol.1, 2015
Ecuadorians Benefit from Digital Currency

Ecuador has introduced a digital currency system that allows its citizens to perform countless monetary transactions from their cell phones, in an initiative likely to become a major tool for social inclusion, according to Ecuadorian authorities.

More Political Will than Promises Needed

Published on: Vol.1, 2015
More Political Will than Promises Needed

In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, countries at the epicenter of the worst ever Ebola outbreak, more than half a million people are on the brink of starvation; a number that could double by March if the supply of food does not improve.

Cuba’s Tourism Steadily Rising

Published on: Vol.1, 2015
Cuba’s Tourism Steadily Rising

With the announcement late in 2014 that Cuba welcomed three million foreign visitors -5.3 percent more than in 2013-, this Caribbean tourist destination is bound to continue increasing development in the tourism sector.