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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…


The UN declares August 30th the International Day of the Disappeared, but Latin America has been no foreigner to forced disappearances on any day.

INTERNATIONAL DAY of the DISAPPEARED: Latin America Past and Present

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 65/209 declares August 30th the International Day of the Disappeared. Yet for the past century, Latin America has been no foreigner to forced disappearances…




"Knowledge is power" is becoming more tangible by the day.

ECONOMY: Globalization and Developing Regions Power War in the Information Age

Current trends of globalization – particularly in developing regions such as Lat Am – are provoking renown economists as Joseph Stiglitz to question whether our so-called “knowledge/information based economy” is…



The shared space of the Caribbean develops this culture that surpasses artificial borders and results in a unique pan-Caribbean aesthetic that pushes against reality as a sort of realism.

CULTURE OP-ED: Heightened and Marvelous Reality: The Shared Aesthetic of Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of This World and Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective              

Guest article by Sofia Papa and coordinated by Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Georgia College Brantley Nicholson of the  (see…


South American football chiefs have put pressure on UEFA to hold a one-of match between the winners of the Copa America Centenario, Chile, and Portugal – winners of Euro 2016. Photo (c) Getty Images 2016

SPORTS: Copa America Winners Chile to Play Portugal in New Proposal

South American football chiefs have put pressure on UEFA to hold a one-of match between the winners of the Copa America Centenario, Chile, and Portugal – winners of Euro 2016….


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SECURITY: Old Drug War vs. New Counter-Strategies

The modern geopolitics of Latin America’s on-going Drug War highlights the impact of different strategies on combating – and surviving – a war against all odds. The illegal drug trade…


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SECURITY: Hezbollah’s Narcotrafficking Strategy in Latin America

Hezbollah maintains concurrent connections with powerful stakeholders in  Latin America. These characters are linked to money laundering and weapons, principally drug trafficking. According to a study by the US Naval War College, most Hezbollah…




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COLOMBIA: Obama Pledges Continuing Plan Colombia After FARC Peace Agreement

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has pledged U$S450 million toward joint-military and diplomatic initiative Plan Colombia’s new phase – a post-civil war Colombia. The decision was announced while celebrating  the…


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Film Review: Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land nominated for best feature documentary at the 2016 Academy Awards; Film explores the role of civilian militas in the fight against Mexican drug cartels As the Oscar season…


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US Government Issues Zika Disease Travel Warning

The Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention (CDC) have issued a warning to travelers – particularly pregnant women – to avoid 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and…