South America

Let the Games Begin… Somewhere Else

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Picture: Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons)

Seven years from now, the youth of the world will assemble for the games of the thirty-third Olympiad, at a venue to be decided in September of this year. But the bidding process for the 2024 games has played host to controversy from the start, as political wrangling and popular …

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Silencing Critics – The War on Media Freedom

(Picture: Flickr)

The future political direction of the United States seems to be one of the big discussion topics on everyone’s minds today. The superpower is currently undergoing major political changes under the rein of its new president, which have caused heated debates both within the US as well as internationally. One …

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Border Lake on the Border of Collapse – How Illegal Mining and Pollution Desecrated a Sacred Place

Lake Titicaca rests majestically on the border of Peru and Bolivia at an altitude of 3812 meters, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the beautiful Isla del Sol. Upon visiting the lake, it is not hard to understand why the Inca considered it sacred, proclaiming it the birthplace of the sun. …

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Rio’s Favelas – Where Beauty Meets Brutality

What does one think of when hearing the word favela? Those familiar with the term would likely connect it with crime, gangs, and violence in the forgotten cities within Rio de Janeiro where the so-called “people of the hill” live. The favelas largely represent a failure of the Brazilian government …

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Too soon to release the white dove? Colombia’s peace process

Juan Manuel Santos has been a public servant in Colombia for 21 years. He has definitely been a man of controversy from his early days in politics, from continuous attacks on the FARC guerilla in the past to receiving a Nobel prize for his progress in peace in the present …

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Politics of Public Space – the Transformation of Bogotá

During the first half of the 1990’s, the Colombian capital, Bogotá, had the reputation of being ‘the worst city in Latin America’. In the aftermath of the 1980’s fights between governments and drug cartels, the overall situation of the country was critical. The situation in Bogotá was a reflection of …

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A collapsing Venezuelan economy on its way into the abyss

Masses of people waiting outside of state-owned supermarkets have become a common sight in Venezuela in the past year. The shortage of basic foods make Venezuelans spend entire nights outside grocery stores in the hopes of getting hold of some rice, milk, canned food or whatever might be offered that …

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Even peace has enemies – Colombia’s peace process

In 2012, Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), formally launched a new round of peace talks to end the longstanding internal armed conflict. The proposed negotiations, hosted in Cuba, were celebrated internationally, however amongst Colombians the peace talks have been met with a degree of guarded …

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Is it Time for Peace with Colombia’s Newfound Optimism?

From the ‘La Uribe Agreements’ in 1982, to the empty chair at ‘El Caguán’ in 1999 and most recently the hand shake in Havana, there has been 30 years of fruitless peace talks in Colombia. But on September 24th Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos and FARC’s (Revolutionary Armed Forces of …

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Colombia peace talks: is an end in sight of the longstanding FARC conflict?

Since the mid-1960s, Colombia has been suffering from an ongoing conflict which has made a large impact on the civil community in the country. Different political ideologies separate Colombia and the way of implicating these ideologies has been through violence for many years. However, by the end of 2012, peace …

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