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Chile has been undergoing several changes recently. Between the Covid rollercoaster and a new referendum on their constitution, it’s been quite the year to be a Chilean. Just this past week, Chilean citizens headed to the polls to nominate those who will be drafting their new constitution. There was a depressed turnout for this vote, as...
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Two weeks ago, an overpass carrying a subway train in Mexico City collapsed, killing at least 26 people and injuring 79 others. The train was traveling down the so called “Golden Line,” the newest part of the railway system, when the overpass gave way onto traffic below. The Golden Line section was built to connect poorer...
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Over a week of violent protests have left a mounting number dead, injured, or missing in Colombia. What began as a protest against new tax hikes meant to reignite the economy has morphed into violent displays of anger and discontent across a country that has been riddled with increasing poverty and corruption. President Duque has since...
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Peru is set to have a divisive presidential run-off this coming June after the April general elections failed to yield a clear winner. The winner of this run-off will be Peru’s 5th president in 5 years.On one side stands Pedro Castillo, a socialist elementary school teacher from the Andes who has been compared to Hugo Chavez...
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The conservative businessman Guillermo Lasso won the presidential elections that took place in Ecuador on April 11th! This was a surprise victory because his opponent, Andrés Arauz, led in all the polls leading up to the elections and was heavily favored to win.Andrés Arauz was running on a socialistic, leftist platform and was part of the...
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This past Friday, Chile registered over 9,000 new COVID cases in one day. It’s a grim record in a country that has been lauded for being 4th in the world in vaccination rates, and 1st in Latin America. Chile has given at least one dose of the vaccine to almost 40% of its population, but has seen...
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In many western countries, a trend is unfolding that is pushing paper money by the wayside: digital currency. Sweden is a leader in this new economy, with only 3% of all transactions taking place in cash. An evolving mindset concerning currency, as well as new payment technologies, have paved the way for many countries to...
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In the subtropical Yungas valleys, about 60 miles northeast of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, you will find a small kingdom of Afro-Bolivians. This little kingdom has a population of about 2,000 people and is mostly made up of farmers that grow coca, citrus, and coffee. The city of Mururata is the center of this kingdom,...
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The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, was recently arrested by the new socialist government that was voted in this past October. The Movement for Socialism (MAS) arrested Añez for throwing a coup against former president Evo Morales. Añez was apprehended along with several other government administrators. Bolivians have once again taken the matter...
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Russian authorities are strongly considering banning Twitter due to it’s refusal to remove banned content. Russian authorities allege that the site contains illegal posts that have not been removed by the social media giant. The illegal content includes not only 2,500 posts encouraging child suicide, but also child pornography and drug information. In the past...
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