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Calderon: “In my opinion, both Mexico and the rest of Latin America have to work to strengthen their democracy, the substantial reduction of poverty and the judicial system that allows more effective control of drug cartel operations and organized crime and that will increasingly respect the integrity of the population.” Photo (c) Retratos de una Busqueda 2017

MEXICO: A Journalist’s War on Narco-Trafficking & Human Rights Violations amid the Trump Era

By Joe Wallen, interviewing Alicia Calderon – Benito Juárez, President of Mexico between 1861-72, famously said: “Among individuals as among nations, the respect to other people’s rights is peace”. It…

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Barbaro: "These anti-liberal policies seemed to be the solution to underdevelopment in South America, but were the opposite." Photo (c) Centro Tampa 2017

OP-ED: POLITICS: Can Leftist Populism be Defeated in South America?

(Cross-posted article by Facundo Barbaro; Young Diplomats) – The latest elections and polls led the world to believe that the depleted and drifting leftist governments of the region were about to…



Colombian cartels should be regarded as major International corporations with strong governmental links. Photo (c) Young Diplomats 2016

SECURITY: How Does a Narco-State Work?

(By Rosario Hernandez; Young Diplomats): A Narco-State, by definition, is an area or government that is involved in drug trafficking directly or indirectly. It varies from having a figure as important…


PRD Secretary General  Pedro Miguel Gonzalez has tested US-Panamanian and inner party relations. What explains his continued rise?

PANAMA: Anti-US Politician Maintains Leading Political Role, Threatens US Bi-lateral Relations and Jeopardizes Upcoming Presidential Election

Two decades ago, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez assaulted an unprovoked US military vehicle during US occupancy of the Panama Canal Zone. The attack critically wounded one US serviceman and murdered another. Now, Gonzalez…


Many local and international entities are advocating for "peace" in Venezuela. But definitions of "peace" vary significantly. Photo (c) Globovision 2016

VENEZUELA Economic-Political Crisis: International Mediation Efforts amid Local Miscommunication and Distrust

Dialogue facilitators between the Venezuelan government and opposition have called to “stop the campaign of public disqualification” to advance the process that seeks to reverse its political and economic crisis. “We…




From former guerillas and journalists, to novela stars and models, Latin American first ladies come in all shapes, sizes and strategy emphasis, thus highlighting the multiple ways female presence and advisement have helped shaped government.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Soft Power: Latin American First Ladies in Presidential Strategy

From former guerillas and journalists, to novela stars and models, Latin American first ladies come in all shapes, sizes and strategy emphasis, thus highlighting the multiple ways female presence and…





As western media concentrates on the US firearms debate, Panama offers an also telling case study. Photo (c) Ailana Navarez ; Pulsamerica 2016 ft. ex-Deputy Yassir Purcait ; Balboa Gun Club

PANAMA: Plata, Plomo y la Politica: Fighting the War on Firearms and Corruption

Economic crisis brings history changing implications. Each country handles insecurity, political tensions, and corruption distinctly. Survival is of mutual interest. When it comes to survivalist crisis management, Panama is a…



How do telenovelas - idols of entertainment and popular culture - exist in the name of agendas they attempt to escape? - Photos (c) (left to right) La Reina del Sur, El Chavo del Ocho, Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso, Narcos, Muñeca Brava, Hasta Que Te Conocí, Yo Soy Betty la Fea

EDITOR’S NOTES: The Economic and Political Power of Telenovelas

How do telenovelas – idols of entertainment and popular culture – exist in the name of agendas they attempt to escape? As the popularity of Latin American telenovelas expand into…




What does the Venezuelan crisis and Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel's death have in common? Photos (c) Univsion 2016

EDITOR’S NOTES: How Mixed Accounts in Mass Media Influence Daily Life and Historic Policies

What does the Venezuelan crisis and Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel’s death have in common? Or one could approach the same big-picture question another way: Many cultured book worms enjoy when the same…