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Chavez Was The Left’s Fullback

11 Mar

Chavez and Mr. DangerAs American attention shifts for a brief media second to Venezuela, it’s Latin America’s time to take a bow on the world stage.

Firstly, there’s the intersection of growth and social equity that is so different than the austerity that characterizes Europe’s and America’s response to the 2008 banking crisis.

Secondly, Latin American grievances against North American arrogance are deep, and the interests that are derived from those resentments are not merely rhetorical, even if problematic. Then there’s this embarrassing fact for American foreign policy about “benign neglect”..

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Liberate Me From My Smartphone!

16 Jan

In another boon for lazy people who exist in the delusion that they can control their own lives, Brazil has now made it possible for workers to ask for overtime for fielding emails after the end of a workday.

Workers who find themselves answering work emails on their smartphones after the end of their shifts in Brazil can now qualify for overtime under a new law.

The new legislation was approved by President Dilma Rousseff last month.

It says company emails to workers are equivalent to orders given directly to the employee.
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Tortilla Crisis

20 Aug

Khatchik Der Ghougassian thinks free trade can provide food security in South America.

The paradox of Latin America’s food crisis is that, although the region is a major food producer, it sometimes needs to rely on imports to prevent sporadic shortages. According to the World Bank, Latin America and the Caribbean exported $55 billion of foodstuffs in 2006; yet the continent’s poorest families spend 50% of their budgets on food, and this at a time when Latin America has been experiencing its best economic performance since the 1970’s.

Food prices, which have shot up 83%, are not likely to start falling until after 2009. For Latin America, this is more than a challenge; it is an opportunity. The central challenge is political: correcting state policies formulated when resources, including oil, natural gas and food commodities, were not considered a driving force in the global economy. The key here is to avoid the trap of protectionism and international isolation.

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