From The Ashes Of Tragedy: Opportunity For Institutional Change In Mexico

In the wake of the oil explosion tragedy in Hidalgo, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces the first major crisis that may outline the course of his administration’s plans to tackle fuel theft and corruption in both the state-owned oil company Pemex and the federal government itself. On January

A Young Rebel Of Ortega’s Dictatorship: “We Feel The Repression To Our Bones”

Daniel Ortega, president of Nicaragua, once stood at the frontline of his country’s leftist revolution, fighting for the emancipation from forty two years of dictatorship. Almost forty years later, as Ortega is serving his third consecutive term, large-scale protests against his presidency have resulted in hundreds of deaths and the

Argentina’s “Green Wave”: A Women’s Rights Struggle In Latin America

On June 13, 2018 the lower house of the Argentinian Congress voted in favor of a bill to decriminalize abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy. Less than two months later, the upper house voted against the bill so abortion in Argentina remains penalized except in the case of

How Fidel Castro Inspired The Left In Latin America

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz passed away in November 2016 and his death sparked varied reactions across the globe. Hated and admired by so many, Castro is a legend not only in Cuba, but throughout all of Latin America  and the world. He was also an inspiration to well-known Latin American

Blood on the leaves: menstruation and the masculinity of humanitarian aid

Your home is in ruins, your possessions scattered, and your livelihood is destroyed. You are on the move now, forced to move away from everything you know. Then you get your period. Most humanitarian aid is gender-blind. In practice this means that factors of everyday life that impact both women

No Place for Moral Vacuums – the Crisis of Humanitarian Aid

Those who follow international news would have found it hard to miss the recent scandal faced by one of Britain’s biggest aid agencies, Oxfam. An investigation by The Times claimed that the charity covered up misconduct by senior aid workers in Haiti, including the then-country director Roland van Hauwermeiren. The