By Mariana Belisario-Blaksley, The Bubble: Government policies have destroyed the economy, sovereignty, and security of our once rich nation. They led to preposterous exchange controls, persecution, expropriation in the private sector, and impunity regarding corruption. Reading the media has turned into masochism....
Entries in Latin America (48)
By Danny O'Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Mexican website 1dmx.org, set up in the wake of the protests against the inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, included a campaign against proposed laws to criminalize protest – until it was taken down by GoDaddy, a US company, at the request of the US Embassy.
With over 6,400 stores in 26 countries outside the US, Walmart International has smacked into the same problems Walmart has encountered in the US: it’s tough out there.
By Don Quijones: The new trade agreements have little to do with promoting free trade. They’re about extending the power and control of the world’s largest corporations.
By Danny O'Brien: Venezuela is caught up in widespread protests against the Maduro administration, which responded by cracking down on the social media. As unrest escalated, censorship widened, hitting TV stations and now Internet service providers. The heat is on.
By Don Quijones: When a consortium, led by the Spanish company Sacyr, bid to expand the Panama Canal for $2 billion under budget, it was an offer Panama couldn’t refuse. What the government didn’t know at the time was how Spanish construction firms operate.
By Maria Camila Morales, Translated by Don Quijones: For a while it seemed the government’s unique mathematics had miraculously enabled Argentina to overcome insurmountable economic challenges. Now reality caught up with it.
Paul Krugman Flip-Flops And Finally Agrees with Stilettos-On-The-Ground Economist Bianca Fernet on Argentina
By Bianca Fernet, Argentina: Paul Krugman, undisputed celebrity of the scintillating world of economics, shocked with an article accusing Argentina of “macroeconomic populism” – for following the very policies he’d advocated for years, now that there's an economic meltdown.
It’s not like Europe is out of the woods, after years of recession, lurching from bank bailout to country bailout, and sweeping remaining fetid matters under the rug. But its banks are now sinking deeper into an even greater morass: the emerging-markets fiasco.
Argentina's Drunken Devaluation Just A Hiccup Before Throwing Up, Passing Out, Waking Up On Floor To Face Reality
By Bianca Fernet, Argentina: Historically speaking, Argentina is really only unquestionably the best at one thing: creating and then surviving economic crises.
Executive Report with Southern Pulse: A pipeline explosion in Tezoyuca, Mexico, injured seven and forced the evacuation of 800 families. It was caused by a tap to steal liquefied petroleum gas. Mayor Arturo Ahumada Cruz affirmed that the pipeline is perpetually tapped.
By Adrian Bono, Argentina, The Bubble: The last time President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was seen in public was December 10th – dancing at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy, while a wave of looting tore through many provinces that left ten people dead and frayed the very fabric of society.
By Rory Johnston, OilPrice.com: Brazil has been touted as Latin America’s oil powerhouse, projected to account for one-third of global supply growth by 2035. But poor policies and bad luck are throwing cold water on these projections.
By Nick Cunningham, OilPrice.com: Hidden in the budget deal hammered out by Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray are provisions that will have a big impact on North American energy security.
By Adrian Bono, The Bubble, Argentina: In the last 24 hours, the province of Córdoba spiraled out of control, the very fabric of society torn apart. A sudden absence of law and order sent people into a looting frenzy. Residents and store owners boarded up windows, grabbed shotguns, and climbed to their roofs, waiting for the encounter with the enemy.
By Bianca Fernet, Argentina, The Bubble: In 2012, Argentina introduced a 15% tax on credit card purchases made in foreign currency. Which turned into 20%. And now, after promising not to raise it again, the government raised it to 35% and closed the last legal window to acquire dollars at the official rate.
By Bianca Fernet, Argentina, The Bubble: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner returned to her post this week, shuffling her cabinet and shaking up financial markets. Balding men marked the occasion by holding their heads in their hands in front of computer screens.
By Rory Johnston, OilPrice.com: While American and Canadian crude production has jumped over 30% in the last decade, Mexican production has fallen by over a quarter. Now the Mexican government might finally act.
By Bianca Fernet, Argentina, The Bubble: In many circles, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is pinned up as the cause of Argentina’s cyclical and seemingly inescapable economic demise. But she is nothing more than the current face of Peronism, a political and economic model that limits her alternatives.
By Dave Forest, of Oil & Energy Insider: Sometimes geography works. To the north: America, natural gas superpower with a glut that killed prices. To the south: Mexico, where oil production is down, and politicians are desperate to move away from oil-fired electricity generation. Solution to both problems: gas pipelines south. But it’s not that easy.