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Despite Haiti facing yet another acute political, economic, and social crisis, the United Nations decided to end its 15-year-long Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), replacing the peacekeeping efforts with a smaller police force to be downsized after two years.  More than...

PowerOct 18, 2019

Brazil’s trial of the year: what you need to know

On Thursday, Brazil’s Supreme Court kicked off what has...

PowerOct 17, 2019

Economic measures hope to plant Bolsonaro’s flag in the Northeast

When Brazil’s new ultra-reformist, ultra-liberal Economy Ministry took charge...

PowerOct 16, 2019

Maduro makes Bolsonaro look palatable to UN Human Rights Council

After the world looked on open-mouthed as President Jair...

Power Oct 16, 2019

Efforts to eradicate wildcat gold mines stir up tensions in Central Brazil

One year ago, news spread that there were gold nuggets “sprouting out of the ground” in Serra do Expedito, 25 kilometers from the city...

Power Oct 15, 2019

Why President Bolsonaro is warring with his own party

Until 2018, few people, if any, had ever heard of the Social Liberal Party (PSL). Between 1998—the year of its foundation—and 2014, the party...

Power Oct 09, 2019

Elections 2020: with 12 months to go, campaigns heating up around Brazil

In a little under 12 months, Brazil’s voters will go to the polls once again to elect mayors and local councilors of the country’s...

Power Oct 05, 2019

The involvement of Bolsonaro’s party in Paraguay dam scandal

“Itaipu-gate” is how experts have dubbed the political scandal that almost brought down the Paraguayan government earlier this year. At the core of the...

Power Oct 04, 2019

Latest Marielle arrests bring new links to Bolsonaro family

Over a year and a half later, law enforcement is gradually getting closer to finding out who ordered the assassination of left-wing Rio de...

Power Oct 03, 2019

At long last, major Brazilian banks set to go through the Car Wash

Among the recurring criticisms of Operation Car Wash—Brazil’s sweeping corruption investigation which for the last five years has caused untold damage to the country’s...

Power Oct 01, 2019

How the Odebrecht scandal imploded Peruvian politics

Just four years ago, the Odebrecht construction group was an international behemoth, with a presence in 28 countries, principally in Latin America. The company...

Power Sep 30, 2019

How transparent will Brazil’s 2020 elections be?

Back in 2017, Brazilian lawmakers approved the end of private campaign financing. After dozens of scandals involving major corporations supporting candidates in a quid...

Power Sep 29, 2019

Wilson Witzel believes letting cops kill will lead him to Brazil’s presidency

The story of 8-year-old Ágatha Félix has moved Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole. Last week, while sitting in the back...

Power Sep 25, 2019

New Car Wash testimony involves three South American leaders

Operation Car Wash, the biggest corruption investigation in Brazil’s history, has long since spilled over the country’s borders. Construction firm Odebrecht—the central focus of...

Power Sep 24, 2019

Bolsonaro at UNGA: disappointed but not surprised

As is tradition, Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro opened the debates of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday morning. Those hoping for a...

Power Sep 24, 2019

Why congressional investigation committees are important again

For years, parliamentary investigation committees (CPI) were political instruments feared by governments. In the early 1990s, the Fernando Collor administration began to crumble once...

Power Sep 23, 2019

Why does Brazil speak first at the UN General Assembly?

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro will give the opening speech at the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow morning, in what is his most important...

Power Sep 23, 2019

What does Bolsonaro’s new anti-bureaucracy legislation entail?

On September 20, President Jair Bolsonaro signed into law a new set of regulations for business which—despite potentially being his administration’s most consequential move...

Power Sep 22, 2019

Femicide hits all-time high in Brazil

While latest crime statistics from Brazil have shown an encouraging reduction in murder rates, trends of violence against women are very worrying indeed. Violent...