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Published Apr. 11, 2016 05:23 PM

While the problems pile up in neighboring countries, and the pink tide is said to come to an end in Latin America, Peru might jump on the wave for the first time, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Manifest tidsskrift 30 March 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 31, 2016 11:33 AM

Seen from within, the changes in Cuba emerge as slower than what might be the impression from the outside. Most people do not measure change in the number of new tourist hotels - or for that matter, the number of democratic elections, writes Ståle Wig, University of Oslo in an article on NRK Ytring 21 March 2016  (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 17, 2016 03:27 PM

Although the United States has less influence in the region now than 20 years ago, the November elections have great significance for future development, and for Latin America there is really only one bright spot among the remaining candidates, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 15 March 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 15, 2016 12:58 AM

In Tumeremo south east in Venezuela 28 miners are reported missing. The details bear many similarities with the abduction and massacre of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in Mexico in 2014, but unlike the Ayotzinapa tragedy, the disappearances in Tumeremo have received little international attention, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo in an article in Klassekampen12 March 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 1, 2016 10:37 AM

For the first time in world history a case of sexual slavery during a civil war is brought to a court. The indigenous women's struggle for justice could have global repercussions, writes Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article on Radikal Portal 26 February 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 15, 2016 07:22 PM

The expectations were many before the visit of Pope Francis, well-known for being outspoken, to a Mexico marked by deep divions both in society and inside the Catholic Church. See the three articles by Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in Dagen on 13 February18 February and 24 February 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 15, 2016 07:20 PM

Over the past month Mexico has witnessed something resembling the reality version of the Netflix series Narcos, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 9 February 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 18, 2016 04:08 PM

When Brazilian President Lula wanted to give people more control, a history book by Norwegian historian and politician Berge Furre played a key role, writes Vegard Bye, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 18 January 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 11, 2016 02:08 PM

In 2016 we might see more pragmatic political changes in Latin America, but in general there will be no change from red to blue, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 January 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 14, 2015 01:01 PM

Venezuela is in a deep crisis, but how the parties are thinking to resolve the problems is not clear, write Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, and Audun Solli in an article in Dagsavisen 9 December 2015 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 8, 2015 10:16 AM

The upcoming call will be related to the oil industry. See the Research Council of Norway’s web site (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 8, 2015 09:49 AM

The Venezuelan government is likely to lose the upcoming parliamentary elections on 6 December as it is no longer able to use the country's oil wealth to improve the lives of the ordinary man and woman. The regime's legitimacy has been founded on a promise to create an inclusive government that puts an end to poverty. Fewer and fewer believe in this promise, write Audun Solli and Leiv Marsteintredet in an article in Morgenbladet 4 December 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 8, 2015 09:46 AM

Major changes are taking place in Latin America. What happened to the conservative Catholic stronghold, asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 1 December 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 23, 2015 04:22 PM

Human evil is central to Roberto Bolaño,s novel 2666, one of the most important books in Norwegian this year. Bolaño's translator, Kristina Solum, University of Oslo, explains  how in an article in Vårt Land 22 November 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 16, 2015 07:24 PM

Brazil is by far the largest recipient of Norwegian development aid, but at the same time  Brazil donates humanitarian and development aid to poorer countries. This paradox explains much about a changing world and Brazil's desire for world power status, write Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 16 November 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 16, 2015 06:53 PM

Despite pessimism and the impression that there are only villains everywhere, there are also positive news to take back from Brazil these days. Heroes exist. They are named institutions, write Yuri Kasahara, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, and  Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 16 November 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 30, 2015 11:48 AM

Since 2010, there are more migrants travelling from Europe to Latin America than in the opposite direction, and more money is sent home from European migrant workers in Latin America than vice versa. It's time to start thinking about Latin America as part of the solution to the world's migration challenges, and not the problem, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 27 October 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 12, 2015 07:12 PM

The Rafto Prize to Padre Melo can draw greater international attention to the defense of freedom of expression and democracy in Honduras, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, Universities of Oslo and Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 24 September 2015.

Published Oct. 5, 2015 08:28 PM

Padre Melo is a shining example of a person who fearlessly fight for human rights. But he is also a living testimony that religious belief can provide unsuspected strength and courage in the fight for human dignity, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article (pdf, in Norwegian) in Dagen 5 October 2015.

Published Oct. 2, 2015 04:30 PM

With an economic growth forecast of measly 0.5 per cent for Latin America next year, the discussion now rages about who is to blame for the economic recession and investment drought. In many countries we see a crisis in varieties of social democratic experiments that sought to support the poor through cash transfers, jobs and increased minimum wages, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 22 September 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 8, 2015 11:21 AM

According to plans, on Sunday 6 September the Guatemalans will go to the polls. It happens in the middle of the country's biggest political crisis in over 20 years. Since April, hundreds of thousands have participated in weekly demonstrations in reaction to a series of revelations of high-level corruption. writes Benedicte Bull and Mariel Aguilar-Støen, both University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 4 September 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 24, 2015 02:25 PM

Investment agreements are meant to attract foreign investors to a country. However, experience shows that they often bring more harm than good, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 18 August 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published July 22, 2015 02:42 PM

The past decade parts of Latin America have been marked by a bloody peace. The level of violence in El Salvador is now higher than in most war zones in the world, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 15 July 2015 (in Norwegian).

Published June 22, 2015 11:47 PM

The last two months have been marked by massive protests against corruption in several countries in Central America. The vice president of Guatemala has resigned, and in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua there are mobilizations in the streets, writes Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article on Radikal Portal 21 June (in Norwegian).

Published June 22, 2015 11:46 PM

Latin American heads of state raise their glasses for increased independence from the United States, but are they better off  in China's enclosed courtyard (siheyuan)? asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 16 June 2015 (in Norwegian).