The World Watches as Brazil’s Presidential Election Goes to a Second Round

By Gustavo Maranges and Bill Hackwell on October 2, 2022

The  results of the first round of the presidential election in Brazil are coming and without a doubt  it is the most anticipated news in Brazil, Latin America and the world too for that matter.  Eleven candidates ran, but as everyone knew it was really a battle between the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the current president Jair Bolsonaro. (more…)

Brazil: A Presidential Election that will Mark the Immediate Future of Latin America

By Gustavo A Maranges on September 29, 2022

Lula verses Bolsonaro

Interview with Latin American political scientist and film maker Micaela Ovelar on the current scenario in the South American country and other defining issues ahead of the presidential election (more…)

What are the Summits of the Americas Remembered For?

By Gustavo Maranges on June 2, 2022

Chavez gives Obama, a book to read about imperialism in Latin America at the V Summit

The IX Summit of the Americas is about to start. The event will be held between June 8th and 10th in Los Angeles, California. This gathering been deemed a space to discuss matters of regional concern, but its historical results are very poor and forever tilted towards the developed Northern part of the hemisphere. (more…)

Latin America: the Region Most Affected by the Current Food Crisis

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 31, 2023

photo: Bill Hackwell

Today, the high and growing food prices are one of the most worrying issues in the world from families to nations. If 10 years ago, hunger and malnutrition were issues of concern to the international community, today, they are way more urgent than ever before since. They have grown to the point that they are no longer limited to underdeveloped countries, but have also spread to the first world. (more…)

For the Welfare of the People of US and Cuba – Cooperation in Health Treatments Must Accelerate

By Gustavo A Maranges and Bill Hackwell on January 26, 2023

During the last months, there has been an upward trend in bilateral exchanges between Cuba and the United States. Several delegations of government officials, congressmen, senators, and businessmen have visited the island, something not seen since the Obama administration. It is a positive sign that matches most people’s desires in both nations, so there is no logical justification for not moving forward quickly. (more…)

Changes in Brazilian Security Forces: Tactic or Strategy?

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 23, 2023


Several changes in the leadership of the Brazilian security forces’ were confirmed this weekend arousing great interest around not just Brazil but internationally as well. The strong shakeup in 18 different departments by the recently elected government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is meant to be enormous. (more…)

Cuba Assumes the Head of the G-77 at a Critical Time

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 15, 2023

Cuba, photo: Bill Hackwell

On January 12, Cuba took the presidency of the G77+China for the first time in history after being elected in September 2022 during the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Caribbean state got this relevant position at a transcendental moment not only for the island but for developing countries in general. It should be remembered that the G-77 began in 1964 by seventy seven developing nations who banded together to articulate and promote their collective interests while enhancing their joint negotiating capacity. (more…)

The North American Leaders’ Summit: Real Change or Just Talk

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 12, 2023

Biden, AMLO, Trudeau photo: China Daily

The North American Leaders’ Summit recently ended in Mexico City with several analysts giving it a positive spin. The meeting took place in harmony, which not only speaks of the diplomatic efforts to avoid including the thorniest issues on the agenda but also of the respect, although begrudgingly, that the United States and Canada must have towards the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). (more…)

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