Monthly Archives: August 2013

Argentina-Chile airline strife?

The Americas Quarterly has a nifty article up at the moment on Argentine efforts to push the local LATAM subsidiary out of the Buenos Aires domestic airport. The front end has some useful information for folk planning on travels to and within Argentina. But it is the back half of the article that is particularly penetrating, pointing to some interesting issues about political control of the Argentine economy, competing visions of globalization and the fundaments for potentially growing regional trade spats. Worth a read.

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Thought-provoking comparison of events in Egypt and Latin America’s dirty war

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The New York times has published an interesting article that reflects on the history of military dictatorships in Latin America and finds some parallels with contemporary events in Egypt. Whether you agree or not, it’s certainly an interesting read that gives some worthwhile comparative insights. The article provides analysis on the coups in Chile and Argentina, the current anti-US sentiment in Latin America, and the role of the military in Egypt, all of this against a backdrop of some degree of US complicity.

An interesting read. Find the article here.

Here is a quote:

“The no-holds-barred military terror in Egypt, and the language the military is employing to justify it, is reminiscent of the worst of human legacies. These are the sort of statements made not by ordinary armies but by armies that have embraced ideological convictions that make it easy to shoot down people in the streets, even civilians, if you believe that they are with the terrorists—or whatever it is you decide to call them.”

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PEÑA NIETO’S CHALLENGE: CRIMINAL CARTEL AND RULE OF LAW IN MEXICO

International Crisis Group (ICG) recently published a report on criminal cartels activity in Mexico and the government’s strategy against them. The document presents an analysis of the situation and revises the strategies implemented by previous PAN government and the challenges and opportunities to the current administration.

crimenThe report highlights the participation of the three main political parties in the Pacto por Mexico proposed by Peña Nieto’s administration. The pact allowed the government to pass several major reforms, but in this particular case, the three parties backed up the security plan launched by Peña Nieto. ICG notes that the former PAN administration implemented a strategy to “fight a war” but if Peña Nieto wishes to finish with the violence in Mexico, his government needs to include additional actions, such as institutional capacity building, reinforcing police and justice systems and improving social inclusion programs.

The violent situation in Mexico is not only a challenge for the country, but also for Mexico’s Northern neighbour. The report indicates that the violence escalated after the US legislative ban in assault weapons ended in 2004. Mexico is confronted to domestic pressure to finish with criminal activity and externally to stop the flow of narcotics. Furthermore, Mexico’s situation seems relevant for other countries around the globe facing similar circumstances.

To download full report click here.

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