Society and Politics

In my first term teaching political anthropology to first year political science undergraduates at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, I decided to give the students the chance to design their own essay topic. The results were astounding, revealing profound and moving dimensions of...
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How does a country like Mexico, with perhaps close to half its inhabitants - some 50 million people- living in poverty, come to produce someone who is by some reckonings the richest man in the world? That is the question the Mexican journalist Diego Enrique Osorno attempts to answer in his recently...
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Migration has changed everything. Before, we grew up with one cultural identity, now many people have two or three. Even our political leaders and cultural icons are part of the new bi-cultural trend. Sofia Sims asks members of two such families, the Corbyns - where grandad Jeremy is the new Labour...
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As the situation in Syria and the Middle East gets ever more complex and violent, Colombia is finally finding its way out of a 50 year conflict that has ravaged the country, giving us hope in a chaotic world, argues Kristian Herbolzheimer of Conciliation Resources, who has been intimately involved...
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Some of the most beautiful melodies and inspiring music ever to come out of Latin America were part of the Canción Social movement of the 1970s and 1980s. As democratic and revolutionary movements were being ruthlessly crushed, artists felt moved to sing songs in support of people ‘disappearing’ at...
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Good dancers? Latin Lovers? Revolutionary guerrillas? You might have watched too many soap-operas or just followed rumours but if you want to check your prejudices about Latin America and the Latinos, here are 10 common misconceptions:
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There are many magnificent female figures around the world who have fought for equality and justice, not just for fellow women, but for all those who are deprived of basic human rights. He we salute ten Latinas who have defied macho society and the most mysoginist power structures to affect change.
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Although celebrated around the same time as Halloween, Día de los Muertos is very different from the festivity made popular by Americans. It is all about getting the family together and celebrate loved ones who passed away. The holiday has specific characteristics, including the ever-so-famous...
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Starbucks's most recent expansion plan has taken them to Bogota, Colombia. How has the arrival of the coffee giant affected the market?
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As Brazilian elections continue to dominate the Latin American press, another presidential race is taking place over the border in Uruguay. With Jose Mujica unable to run for this term, he leaves behind a political landscape unearthed by his landmark reforms.
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Aécio Neves is the presidential candidate for PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) but from the start never showed much promise to beat the current president Dilma, who is hoping for re-election. Despite his success in politics in his home state of Minas Gerais, why hasn't his campaign been...
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The Chavez legacy is omnipresent in Venezuelan society. The Bolivarian revolutionary re-drafted the education system and even built a new city in the northern state of Vargas. However, the administration of Nicolas Maduro is under huge pressure to rejuvenate a withering visionary project and...
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Since the tragic death of Brazil’s opposition candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash on the 13th August, his ex- running partner and replacement Marina Silva has shocked the world by taking Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) from Third position to become the front-runner in the nation's...
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