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About Federico
Federico Larsen is a journalist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
-Giornalista bilingue italiano-spagnolo, specializzato in politica internazionale e membro dell'Istituto di Relazioni Internazionali dell'Università Nazionale di La Plata. Lunga esperienza in radio, giornali e riviste.
-Periodista bilingüe italiano-español especializado en política internacional y miembro del Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. De larga experiencia en radio, diarios y revistas.
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Milei’s devastating austerity plans are already hitting road blocks

08 Jan 2024  |  qoshe.com
Representatives of the International Monetary Fund and Argentina's far-right government, led by Javier Milei, met to renegotiate the terms of a $45 billion debt. Milei's administration has approved a stringent economic plan to eliminate the deficit, including cuts to public sector wages and pensions, elimination of energy subsidies, and deregulation of the currency market. These measures have led to significant price increases and public protests. The General Confederation of Labor achieved a legal victory against labor reforms, and Milei's legislative efforts are facing resistance. The IMF is concerned about the lack of popular support for these austerity measures.

Argentina on the Brink, from Posters with Maradona to the Madres de Plaza de Mayo: In Buenos Aires, It's a Last-Minute Vote Challenge

19 Nov 2023  |  laprovinciapavese.gelocal.it
In Buenos Aires, the electoral campaign leading up to the runoff is highly charged, with extreme right-wing candidate Javier Milei facing off against current Economy Minister Sergio Massa. Milei, known for his radical economic proposals and controversial statements, has garnered significant attention and support, particularly among the youth. The country is grappling with severe economic issues, including high inflation and poverty, which have fueled political polarization. The election is expected to be extremely close, with a significant portion of the electorate still undecided. The campaign has seen strong reactions from various groups, including the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, who oppose Milei's candidacy.

The World This Week

07 Oct 2023  |  Limes
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi Arabia marks a significant step in strengthening bilateral relations, with strategic agreements and partnerships being formed. The ongoing war in Ukraine sees continued Russian attacks on critical infrastructure, leading to severe energy crises. In Peru, President Pedro Castillo is deposed following a failed self-coup, highlighting the country's political instability. West African leaders agree to establish a regional peacekeeping force to combat jihadism and restore constitutional order, reflecting the region's ongoing security challenges.

The 5 Most Interesting Geopolitical News of Today

05 Oct 2023  |  Limes
The article covers five significant geopolitical events: the inauguration of Alberto Fernández as President of Argentina, the U.S. Army's investment in rare earth processing plants, the birthday message from Chechen President Ramazan Kadirov to former Armenian security chief Artur Vanetsyan, Japan's record defense budget request, and new U.S. sanctions on Myanmar's military leaders. Key points include Argentina's economic challenges and international relations, the U.S. response to China's rare earth monopoly, the complex political dynamics in Armenia and Chechnya, Japan's strategic defense moves, and the international legal actions against Myanmar for the Rohingya crisis.

The World This Week

01 Oct 2023  |  Limes
The article provides an overview of recent global events, focusing on the strategic goals of the United States in relation to China and Russia, maritime security in the Indo-Pacific, political developments in Nicaragua, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the end of France's military operation Barkhane in the Sahel. Key points include the US's efforts to strengthen alliances, the condemnation of Nicaragua's government by the Organization of American States, Israel's military response to Hamas, and France's strategic military adjustments in Africa.

The World This Week

01 Oct 2023  |  Limes
The article covers various global issues, including inflation concerns driven by fixed-income earners' spending post-lockdown, geopolitical factors like OPEC's oil production cuts, and the economic decoupling of China and the U.S. It also discusses Sudan's decision to review a military agreement with Russia, the relocation of the Copa America to Brazil amid social unrest in Colombia and Argentina, and China's new three-child policy aimed at countering its aging population. Additionally, it highlights the formation of a new Israeli government coalition and the NSA's use of a Danish base for spying on European leaders.

The World This Week

01 Oct 2023  |  Limes
The article discusses the European Union's failed attempt to re-engage in dialogue with Russia, highlighting the opposition from Eastern European countries and the strategic implications for Germany and France. It also covers the escalating crisis in Nicaragua, with international condemnation of the Ortega government's actions and the geopolitical ramifications. Additionally, it touches on the recent pardon of Catalan leaders by the Spanish government and the controversial election of Ebrahim Raisi as Iran's president, noting the low voter turnout and his contentious past.

The Brain Death of NATO, the Climate Agreement, Cyprus: The World This Week

01 Oct 2023  |  Limes
The article covers several geopolitical and economic topics, including Emmanuel Macron's comments on NATO's 'brain death' and Angela Merkel's response, the European Union's military strategy, and Germany's commitment to NATO. It also discusses the centralized control of European banks, the limited drilling activities of Eni and Total in Cyprus due to Turkish presence, the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, and the potential impact on global climate negotiations. Additionally, it highlights the visit of Argentina's president-elect Alberto Fernández to Mexico, signaling a shift in Latin American alliances.

In Search of a Policy for Latin America

01 Oct 2023  |  Limes
The IX Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles highlighted the Biden administration's shortcomings in hemispheric policy. Latin American countries challenge Washington's hegemonic aspirations but lack an alternative plan. Established in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton, the Summit has historically served to strengthen US policy in the continent and gauge Latin American support for US initiatives. Until 2001, the summits reinforced the alignment of southern governments with the US strategy of 'Engagement and Enlargement,' aimed at promoting liberal values and free trade in the post-Cold War international system.

The Neo-Fascist Right Prepares to Govern Italy

29 Jul 2023  |  ALAI
The article discusses the rise of the neo-fascist right in Italy, focusing on the Fratelli d’Italia party led by Giorgia Meloni. It highlights recent racially charged incidents and the controversial history of the party, tracing its roots back to the Movimento Sociale Italiano and the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. The article criticizes the party's racist and fascist expressions and discusses the broader political landscape, including the roles of Forza Italia, Lega, and other right-wing coalitions. It also touches on the failures of left-wing parties and the political instability in Italy, which has contributed to the rise of the far-right.

The Tunisia of Others, Turbulence on the Kurils, and Other Interesting News

27 Jul 2023  |  Limes
The Tunisian armed forces and police currently support President Kaïs Saïed, reflecting the population's dissatisfaction with the recently ousted government. The exclusion of the Islamist party Ennahda is seen as a defeat for the Turkey-Qatar axis, benefiting rivals like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and potentially Russia. Italy supports Tunisia's political and economic stability, while France and the US have not condemned Saied's actions, aiming to maintain influence and competition in the region.

The Military Initiative of Ukraine

12 May 2023  |  Limes
The Russian Ministry of Defense claims to have repelled a significant Ukrainian counterattack in the Donbas region, particularly around the devastated city of Bakhmut. Ukrainian forces have conducted multiple attacks, engaging Russian regular and affiliated forces. The head of the Wagner Group, Evgenij Prigožin, acknowledged the extent of the Ukrainian offensive, which has forced a retreat. With the arrival of new Western military equipment, Ukrainian forces may intensify their efforts to reclaim lost territories. The delivery of UK-supplied Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine poses a new threat to Russian bases and infrastructure, including the Kerch Bridge.

The World This Week

05 May 2023  |  Limes
Evgenij Prigožin, head of the private military company Wagner, has publicly criticized Russian military leaders for their incompetence in logistics and planning, particularly in the battle for Bakhmut in the Donbas region. A diplomatic crisis has erupted between Italy and France over migrant issues, with French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin accusing Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of lying to the public, leading to the cancellation of a visit by Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani to Paris. In Paraguay, Santiago Peña of the Colorado Party won the presidential election, maintaining the party's long-standing governance. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Africa with the aim of countering Chinese and Russian influence and expanding economic relations. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit to Ethiopia and Kenya highlighted the challenges Germany faces in Africa, with economic initiatives falling short of African partners' immediate needs for liquidity.

History and Geopolitical Importance of Paraguay

28 Apr 2023  |  Limes
Paraguay has recently gained attention as a key player in illicit trafficking in South America, the last stronghold of Taiwan's diplomacy in the subcontinent, and a country suspected of hosting international terrorist groups. These issues were central to the presidential elections on April 30, won by Santiago Peña Palacios of the ruling Partido Colorado against opposition leader Efraín Alegre. Geopolitically, Paraguay is strategically located in the heart of South America, serving as a passage for major navigable rivers and situated on the Guaraní aquifer.

The World This Week: Blinken in the Middle East, Ukraine War, China-Australia Relations, 100 Days of Milei

22 Mar 2023  |  Limes
Antony Blinken's visit to the Middle East aims to mediate a ceasefire in Gaza and address the Israeli-Hamas conflict, though significant obstacles remain. The U.S. is concerned about the potential negative impact of an Israeli military operation in Rafah on ongoing negotiations and regional stability. In Ukraine, Russia has launched its largest missile attack since the war began, targeting critical infrastructure and causing significant damage. Meanwhile, China and Australia are working to improve their strained relations, focusing on economic cooperation and removing trade barriers. The bilateral relationship has seen improvement under Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, with both countries recognizing their mutual economic dependencies.

Arrest Warrant for Putin

17 Mar 2023  |  Limes
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his commissioner for children's rights, Marija L'vova-Belova, for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children. The warrant follows a UN report that, while not classifying Russian actions as genocide, confirms war crimes by Russian forces. Moscow dismisses the ICC's decision, citing its non-recognition of the court's jurisdiction. The Ukrainian government welcomes the warrant, which complicates Putin's international travel and underscores the diplomatic rift between the West and Russia. The U.S. has shown reluctance to share evidence of Russian war crimes with the ICC, aiming to avoid setting a precedent that could implicate America in the future.

Former Mexican Security Minister Convicted in the USA: He Was an Accomplice of the Narcos for Years. The Mexican President: 'They Had the Government Under Control'

02 Mar 2023  |  www.lastampa.it
Former Mexican Security Minister has been convicted in the USA for his long-term complicity with narcos, including taking bribes to protect the interests of 'Chapo'. The Mexican President has stated that the narcos had significant control over the government.

Argentina, the story of Russian women's 'birth tourism'

02 Mar 2023  |  www.lastampa.it
Argentine authorities have been monitoring an unusual influx of pregnant Russian women, with 10,500 cases recorded in 2022. Post-birth, 7,000 have left Argentina after obtaining residency, a precursor to an Argentine passport. An internal investigation by the Argentine Migration Directorate revealed agencies in Russia offering 'birth tourism' packages. RuArgentina, for example, provides services including Spanish courses and postpartum assistance. The Argentine passport, ranking 20th on the Henley Passport Index, offers visa-free travel to 171 destinations, in contrast to the Russian passport's 51st place with 118 visa-free destinations. An investigation has been launched after the denial of entry to six women and the seizure of over $60,000 and documents from Elena Kuklina of ArgentinaFamily, suggesting public document falsification. Local authorities are under scrutiny for potential collusion, and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations is examining possible terrorism links.

The World This Week

15 Dec 2022  |  Limes
Vladimir Putin's recent speech focused on Russia's internal affairs, avoiding detailed discussion of the Ukraine war. The U.S. and EU are increasing military and financial support to Ukraine, including the potential deployment of Patriot missiles and enhanced training for Ukrainian troops. The Qatargate scandal has implicated several European Parliament members, primarily Italians, in corruption linked to Qatar. In Peru, the political crisis following President Pedro Castillo's ousting has led to regional tensions, with left-leaning Latin American leaders expressing support for Castillo and criticizing the legitimacy of his successor, Dina Boluarte.

The World This Week

21 Nov 2022  |  Limes
The article covers several global issues, including the European energy crisis exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the inconclusive outcomes of the COP-27 climate conference, and a significant long-term gas supply agreement between Qatar and China. It also discusses the ongoing tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, highlighting recent political maneuvers and international mediation efforts. Additionally, it reports on the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla group, emphasizing the regional and international implications of these talks.

Brazil, Lula and Bolsonaro insult each other hours before the runoff

29 Oct 2022  |  www.lastampa.it
In the final hours before Brazil's runoff election, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and current president Jair Bolsonaro engaged in a heated debate, exchanging insults and accusations. Lula criticized Bolsonaro's governance, citing increased poverty and violence, while Bolsonaro accused Lula of corruption. The debate highlighted the polarized nature of the election, with both candidates attempting to sway undecided voters. The article also touched on the broader issues of political violence and gun control in Brazil, noting the significant number of firearms in civilian hands and the associated rise in violence.

The right-wing coalition won the general elections on September 25 and will be able to form a government

25 Sep 2022  |  podcasts.apple.com
The right-wing coalition won the general elections on September 25, enabling Giorgia Meloni to become the first female head of government in Italy, marking the most right-leaning government since the fall of fascism. The article explores how a post-fascist party achieved such a result, featuring insights from historian Steven Forti, journalist Franco Delle Donne, and journalist Andrea Cegna. Additionally, it highlights the historical significance of Giuseppe Garibaldi and upcoming referendums in Italy, with a focus on the Italian diaspora in Latin America.

Gustavo Petro's Colombia and the Search for Balance

08 Aug 2022  |  Limes
Gustavo Petro's presidency in Colombia marks a significant shift, aiming to address historical divides and reshape international relations. His administration seeks to balance domestic and international forces, with initiatives including thawing relations with Venezuela and Cuba, negotiating with the Esercito di liberazione nazionale, revising ties with the United States, and fostering a new leftist, ecologist, feminist, and multiethnic movement in Latin America. China is poised to expand its influence in the region under Petro's leadership.

The new Constitution can change the geopolitics of Chile

01 Aug 2022  |  www.limesonline.com
Chile's Constituent Convention has presented President Gabriel Boric with a draft of the new Constitution, set to replace the 1980 version from Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. A referendum scheduled for September 4 will determine its approval. Current polls suggest potential rejection of the left-supported draft, and despite acknowledging its unpopularity, Boric has assured that his government will seek alternative ways to amend the current Constitution. The outcome will also affect Santiago's international projection, which is currently closely aligned with the Washington Consensus and shows limited interest in relations with the rest of Latin America.

Johnson's Resignation and Other Interesting News

07 Jul 2022  |  Limes
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation, remaining in office until a new Conservative Party leader is chosen. The article explores the implications of his resignation on UK politics, including the country's relationship with the US, the ongoing support for Ukraine, and internal challenges such as the Northern Ireland Protocol and Scottish independence. The UK's economic struggles and the potential shifts in political dynamics within the Conservative Party are also discussed.

Interview with Roberto Savio

01 Jul 2022  |  Pressenza
Roberto Savio, director of the OtherNews agency, discusses the media's handling of Russia's relations with the EU and the US, particularly in light of the Ukraine conflict. He critiques the media's alignment with power, the loss of horizontality on the internet, and the polarizing effects of social media. Savio notes the European press's bias towards NATO and against Russia, and the absence of negative news about Ukrainians in war coverage. He describes OtherNews as a reader-owned non-profit news service. Savio also comments on the illusion of a world divided into liberal and illiberal blocs, the impact of US domestic politics on international relations, and the need for Latin America to adopt a policy of active non-alignment. He expresses concern over Latin America's political fragmentation and the lack of a strong regional identity in the press.

The Fund is the abyss, majority split in Argentina

21 Mar 2022  |  ilmanifesto.it
Argentina has accepted a debt restructuring plan with the IMF for a $45 billion debt incurred by Mauricio Macri's government in 2018. The plan was approved by a large majority in parliament, revealing a split within the governing coalition. President Alberto Fernandez's supporters negotiated with the right-wing opposition to pass the plan and avoid another default, while the left-wing faction, linked to Vice President Cristina Kirchner, boycotted the vote. The Central Bank accused Macri's officials of using loan funds for capital flight, but no judicial action followed. The IMF admitted to a flawed loan program in 2018. The restructuring includes austerity measures, which the left-wing faction opposes, emphasizing the need for inclusive policies to address the needs of over 5 million Argentinians in extreme poverty.

The war in Ukraine brings Latin America closer to decision time

03 Mar 2022  |  limesonline.com
The Russian invasion and Western sanctions will have economic repercussions not only on Moscow's allies like Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. By the Summit of the Americas in July, the USA will call on the countries of the region to make a choice of side: the options are not many. Latin America's reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought few but interesting surprises. Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, already subject to European and/or US sanctions, immediately sided with Moscow, attributing all responsibility for the escalation in the region to NATO. Colombia, the only 'global partner' of the Atlantic Alliance in Latin America, immediately joined the Western measures against Vladimir Putin's government and Russian financial entities.

With Bitcoin, El Salvador Sends a Message to the US

07 Sep 2021  |  limesonline.com
On September 7, 2021, El Salvador became the first country in the world to legalize Bitcoin as legal tender. Businesses and commercial activities are required to accept payments made with the cryptocurrency, which will coexist with the US dollar as the official currency of the Central American state. This bold move is another in a series of unorthodox decisions by President Nayib Bukele, leaving El Salvador with two official currencies, neither of which it can control.

A peasant president shakes Peru, but will not change it

29 Jul 2021  |  limesonline.com
After thirty years, Peru breaks with Fujimorism. However, it will remain committed to the rules of the international market and the United States. Comparisons with Venezuela do not hold up. Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher from the Andean region of Cajamarca, unionist, and leader of the far-left party Perú Libre, has won the runoff elections. On July 28, the bicentennial anniversary of independence, he was sworn in as the president of Peru. His victory as a provincial outsider who identifies as a Marxist-Leninist may seem epochal for a country dominated for thirty years by an economic and social model imposed by the elites of Lima.

China Against Its Big Tech, Turks in Kabul and Other Interesting News

08 Jul 2021  |  Limes
China has ordered the suspension of Didi Chuxing's app from app stores due to unspecified regulatory violations related to data management, signaling the Chinese Communist Party's intent to control strategic sectors like technology. Turkey commits to securing Kabul's international airport after the U.S. withdrawal, reflecting improved Turkish-American relations and Turkey's long-term strategic interests in Afghanistan. Lithuania plans to build a barrier on the Belarusian border to stop increasing migrant flows, a move seen as a response to Belarusian tactics to pressure Lithuania. The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse raises concerns among international organizations and highlights Haiti's dependence on foreign aid and cooperation. Lastly, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met with Hezbollah's Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut to discuss their common fight against Israel, amidst regional geopolitical shifts.

Menem and that Argentina that wanted to enter the first world

16 Feb 2021  |  Limes
During the decade in power of the recently deceased president Menem, Argentina was under the illusion of taking off while laying the foundations for its collapse. The article discusses the 'peripheral realism' and 'carnal relationship' with the United States, highlighting that the prosperity was limited to a few.

Japan arms Vietnam, Scottish independence, and other interesting news

23 Oct 2020  |  Limes
Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has agreed with Vietnam's Nguyen Xuan Phuc to export Japanese military technology to Vietnam, including radar and reconnaissance aircraft, to monitor Chinese provocations in the South China Sea. The US is directly intervening in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set to meet separately with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia. In the UK, a document is circulating within the British government on how to counter Scottish independence if the Scottish National Party wins the next election. In Bolivia, Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism has won the presidential election, closing a tumultuous period following the ousting of Evo Morales. In Belarus, protests continue with reduced violence as President Aljaksandr Lukašenka prepares for a constitutional reform deadline.

The World This Week

03 Jul 2020  |  limesonline.com
India has banned 59 Chinese apps, signaling a strategic shift towards the US and away from its neutral stance. Hong Kong's new national security law significantly reduces its autonomy, undermining the 'one country, two systems' principle. Israel's annexation of the West Bank is delayed, reflecting internal divisions and strategic hesitations. The USMCA trade agreement has come into effect, marking a victory for Trump and impacting Mexico's domestic reforms and international positioning. Germany begins its EU Council presidency, with a focus on economic recovery, Brexit negotiations, and a tougher stance on China without fully antagonizing it.

The World This Week

22 May 2020  |  limesonline.com
The week began with a positive note for Italy as France and Germany proposed a €500 billion plan that aligns with Rome's request for common debt issuance to fund economic recovery without resorting to loans. However, the amount is not seen as sufficient to offset the economic downturn in Europe. The Franco-German plan is not a revolutionary moment for the EU, as it aligns with Germany's geopolitical strategy to maintain favorable conditions for its manufacturing surplus. The Turkish-supported Government of National Accord's capture of the al-Watiya base in Libya marks a new phase in the conflict, strengthening Ankara's hold on Tripolitania. The UK government's announcement of a maritime border with Northern Ireland post-Brexit represents a significant shift, introducing bureaucratic division for the first time since the 17th century. Argentina has technically entered default on a $503 million payment to international creditors, but negotiations on restructuring the $66 billion debt continue, with both sides appearing to move closer to an agreement. Hong Kong faces potential protests as China plans to introduce a national security law, which could exacerbate instability and affect relations with Taiwan and the US. The US's planned exit from the Open Skies Treaty is seen as a move against Russia and China, potentially leading to the end of the New START Treaty.

Trump, Putin and the Strategic Use of April 25th

27 Apr 2020  |  www.limesonline.com
Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement on the 75th anniversary of the Elbe Day, reflecting a rare event of cooperation. The strategic context today differs, with Russia aligning more with China against American offensives. Speculations suggest a potential Russian-American rapprochement could be significant for this century, overcoming internal U.S. opposition and the complex Russian-Chinese ties. The article also discusses the diverging interests of Russia and Iran in Syria, U.S. strategic moves in Greenland, the crisis within Mercosur due to Argentina's withdrawal from trade negotiations, and the appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after speculations about his health.

Italian soldiers in Iraq and other news of today

11 Nov 2019  |  limesonline.com
Five Italian special forces soldiers were wounded in Iraq, highlighting the challenges faced by Italian institutions in justifying the use of force to a public skeptical of war. Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned after the military and police urged him to do so amid opposition protests and allegations of election irregularities. Spain's repeat elections increased parliamentary fragmentation without resolving the political deadlock, with the Socialist Party losing seats and the far-right Vox party gaining. In Hong Kong, protests escalated with serious injuries and a death, while the government received backing from Beijing. Iran announced a new oil field discovery, potentially increasing its reserves by a third, amid tensions with Saudi Arabia and offers of nuclear cooperation with Gulf countries.

Al-Baghdadi, Argentina, frictions in Syria: the world this week

28 Oct 2019  |  Limes
The article covers several key global developments: the geopolitical friction between Turkey and Russia in Syria, the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its limited impact on the organization, Russia's energy strategy in Europe with projects like Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream, and the political landscape in Argentina with the upcoming presidency of Alberto Fernández. It also touches on the UK's political situation with the upcoming general election and the potential implications of allowing Huawei to participate in the 5G network development.

La via argentina al populismo Non hanno il sostegno che ha Bolsonaro in Brasile, né il carisma dei leader populisti dell’estrema destra europea, eppure i candidati conservatori iscrittisi alle elezioni generali argentine del 27 ottobre prossimo non hanno nulla da invidiare ai propri pari altre oceano. Una storia diversa magari, ma che non impedisce alla destra di Buenos Aires di prendere a modello quella europea, Salvini primo fra tutti.

Carolina Cosse: 'In Uruguay today you can live as you want thanks to the Broad Front'

29 Jun 2019  |  il manifesto
Uruguay faces a pivotal moment in its primary elections to determine presidential candidates for the October 27th election. The Broad Front, the ruling left-wing party since 2005, may lose power for the first time as internal competition intensifies among four candidates. Despite the country's economic success and the lowest poverty rate in Latin America, the Broad Front must navigate a political landscape where right-wing parties like the Partido Nacional and Partido Colorado are gaining ground. Carolina Cosse, representing the wing of change within the Broad Front, discusses the party's legacy, Uruguay's international stance, and the need to further civil rights, including addressing gender violence.

In Argentina, the opposition pins hopes on the Fernandez-Kirchner ticket

24 Jun 2019  |  il manifesto
Argentina's political parties finalized their candidate lists for the presidential elections on October 27, with potentially eight president/vice-president tickets in the running. President Mauricio Macri's coalition, Frente Justos por el Cambio, includes Miguel Ángel Pichetto as vice-president. The opposition, Frente de Todos, is led by former President Kirchner's chief of staff, Alberto Fernandez, with Cristina Kirchner as vice-presidential candidate. The country faces a deep economic crisis with a debt of $156 billion, a third owed to the IMF, and Macri is positioning himself as the guarantor of fiscal responsibility. The opposition proposes prioritizing social recovery over debt obligations. Argentina's economic indicators show high unemployment, poverty, inflation, currency devaluation, and interest rates.

The Irreducible Antagonism Between Caracas and Bogotá

17 Apr 2019  |  Limes
The Venezuelan crisis has highlighted the challenging relationship between Bogotá and Caracas, with Colombia being a primary destination for Venezuelan migrants crossing the border. The regional instability triggered by the crisis poses significant challenges for Colombia's new president Iván Duque, who is supported by major conservative governments in the hemisphere.

Soy and Large Estates Against Paraguayan Peasantry

02 Sep 2014  |  www.telesurtv.net
Between 1989 and 2013, 115 Paraguayan peasants were killed by security forces and hitmen, linked to agribusiness and state complicity. The Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos del Paraguay (Codehupy) report highlights the high concentration of land ownership, fraudulent land allocations, and the violent repression of peasant movements. The article criticizes the Paraguayan government's policies favoring large agribusinesses, particularly soy cultivation, and calls for land reform and improved living conditions for peasant communities.

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