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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm / in Fall 2013, Latin America, World

Corrupting the Cup

…g the applied pressure of the many “gifts” sent from both sides. After instating the rotation policy, Africa and South America were selected as the next host continents, all but guaranteeing the selection of South Africa for the 2010 event. But when the time came to vote for South America’s host, Brazil was the only country in the running for final six months of the process after the other two bids desisted. Not surprisingly, the system was dropp…

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by / on October 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Rethinking the Past

by Here’s the thing about dictators: as sticky as they are when they’re in power, it’s even harder to deal with them once they’re gone. It’s an issue that is still being grappled with in Latin America. How do we create democratic institutions from scratch? How do we view the dictatorial era itself? Is political and economic stability worth a suspension of human rights? Perhaps one of the most difficult and pertinent questions for moder…

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by / on March 24, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Umm… lo siento, no entender. No hablar español!

by Standing on the beach in Brazil, a Portuguese speaking country, my friends and I roll our eyes and strain to stifle our laughter as the family of American tourists behind us attempts to brush away a persistent beach peddler. How bad were they? Frankly, typing a tilde over the “n” in their pronunciation of español would be quite generous. As the joke goes, “What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you cal…

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by / on September 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Glow Sticks and AK-47s

by I am a ten minute walk from arguably the most famous, certainly the most expensive, beach in the world, but you would never know it from first glance. Young men, barely teenagers, tote assault rifles festooned with glow sticks as they dot around the crowd. And no one bats an eye. Whenever I am asked about Brazil, my mind immediately jumps to those glow sticks and AK-47s.  In the middle of a crowded party and a capirinha-induced haze…

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by / on April 20, 2012 at 8:00 am / in Opinion, World

Contradicting Colombia?

by The somewhat grandiosely titled the “Summit of the Americas” (SoA) concluded this week in sunny Cartagena, Colombia. The regional meeting included 44 of the Western Hemisphere’s heads of state – with the awkward and controversial exception of Cuba. As we have learned to expect from these large-scale, feel-good summits, little was accomplished. The meeting ended without a formal joint declaration – which is not to say that it was ber…

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by / on March 18, 2010 at 6:28 am / in Humor, Issue

Sporcle Exposed

by It’s on roughly a third of all laptops in any given lecture hall, and one of your suitemates is, I guarantee, playing it right now. A Columbia student recently featured on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire website revealed to the Spec his study habits: “I just did a lot of Sporcle and hoped for the best.” Welcome to the world that Sporcle has created. The website contains hundreds of quizzes on topics ranging from movies to history—…

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by / on February 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion, World

2012 Latin American Political Playbook

by 2012, by all accounts, will be a year for the history books. Power transitions will occur in the world’s two largest economies. London will host the Olympics. The steady shift in the distribution of world influence away from traditional Western-heavy institutions and toward new multilateral groupings will continue, while the rankings of the world’s largest economies remain in a constant state of flux (due to the failure of the Euro…

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by / on August 9, 2012 at 10:24 am / in Opinion, World

President Mujica Hopes to Manage Marijuana

by photo from Wikimedia Commons Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s notoriously rebellious president, has recently proposed what some may call a radical bill, legalizing and monitoring marijuana sales, with the government becoming the sole legal seller. For President Mujica, this bill, far from being outrageous or amoral, is simply an “anti-crime” measure: Monitoring marijuana production and sale would greatly reduce the criminality surrounding th…

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by / on July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm / in Opinion, World

Paraguayan Coup: Saying “Hasta Lugo”

by for CPR On June 21, the Paraguayan Chamber of Deputies, by a vote of 76 to one, impeached President Fernando Lugo, in what was the climax to a long period of tension between Mr. Lugo and Paraguay’s legislative body. The events of June 15, when police clashed with farmers leading to the death of 11 peasants and six policemen saw Lugo’s chief legislative support, the Liberal Party, turn against his government and join the impeachment…

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