The quest for the white gold: Bolivia’s long road towards its ‘lithium dream’

The quest for the white gold: Bolivia’s long road towards its ‘lithium dream’ Due to the ongoing climate crisis, the world is currently forced to embark on the challenging mission of globally transiting from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels. Expanding renewable energy is crucial, but its underlying technologies

The Race to Vaccinate the World – A Global Power Play in Latin America

Victor Idrogo / Banco Mundial, Flickr For centuries, Latin America and the Caribbean have been the site of geopolitical power plays. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the region once again the stage for  competition over the world’s leadership position – this time between China and the United States. This past

‘The future we want’ – The Escazú Agreement and environmental democracy in Latin America

More than eight years after the Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, the first legally binding agreement emerging from it will enter into force in April: the Escazú Agreement. It is praised as a unique treaty breathing new life into the fight for environmental democracy and justice in Latin America and

Is there a new Pink Tide on Latin America’s horizon?

Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) In the early 2000s, a wave of left-wing politics swept through Latin America, the so-called Pink Tide. In the mid-2010s, it was countered by a conservative, right-wing political wave. However, in the last few years, we have witnessed reactions to the conservative movement,

“Don’t cry for me Argentina” – Returning from Economic Disaster

This spring, the south American country named after silver once more defaulted on its debts. This is the ninth time since Argentina’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1816 that the country defaulted. While in the early twentieth century the country was among the world’s richest, a tumultuous century later

The death of Feminism in Mexico? Cry for women´s human rights in Latin America

Femicide- a sex-based hate crime, broadly defined as “the intentional killing of females because they are females”, is, sadly a daily occurrence in Mexico. Just as one of thousands of cases. In February 9th, 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla was found brutally murdered, skinned and disemboweled by her 46-year-old domestic partner. To make matters

Closing The Door To Peace: The Colombian Government’s Effort To Spoil Peace

Since Iván Duque’s new administration took power in Colombia, its ultra-right political party “Democratic Center” has been trying to spoil peace. This article describes their efforts and briefly elaborates on why their actions pose a serious threat to long-lasting peace and reconciliation. The peace accord signed in 2016 by Colombia’s

An End to Corruption: Jair Bolsonaro And Brazil’s Expanding Militia

A councilor executed in the streets, the leading presidential candidate jailed before the election, and a controversial politician rising to fame from previous anonymity. In the world’s fifth largest country with potentially the largest oil reserves in the world, corruption has been running rampant with paramilitaries increasingly spreading their influence.