Analysis and opinions - Page 8
It is not possible to fully understand the drug trafficking phenomen in Mexico without taking in to consideration the specific characteristcs of the political regime, Dr. Carlos Antonio Flores Pérez writes in this article. Flores Pérez was in Norway in April as NorLARNet's guest and he gave lectures in Oslo and Bergen. Read the article here (in Norwegian) and here (in Spanish).
History has come back to haunt Honduras. On Sunday 28 June the army took control of the Presidential Palace and sent president Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica. While the international community codemns the military coup, the Honduran Congress has appointed a new president. Elin Cecilie Ranum, program coordinator at the Norwegian NGO The Development Fund is presently in Tegucigalpa, and has written an article for NorLARNet. Here in Norwegian and here in English.
Previous financial crises have led to dramatically reduced economic growth and increased poverty in Latin America, and there is a great fear that this crisis may be even worse. But what distinguishes this crisis from previous ones is that the Latin-American governments themselves quickly have responded with measures to meet the crisis. Many things have happened since the Asia crisis in Latin-America. På norsk her. In English here.
After the assesination of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg on May 10th Guatemala has experienced one of the worst political crises in recent history. The day after the killing a video was made public, showing the lawyer accusing president Alvaro Colom of ordering his death. Read the article here (in Norwegian) or here (in Spanish).
Professor Anders Breidlid at Oslo University College criticizes the presentation in a recently published report of the conflict between Chilean mapuches and the Norwgian company SN Powers.
Researcher Henrik Wiig critizes the role played by the Norwegian Government and the Rainforest Foudation Norway in the conflict leading up to the killing of some 50 indians and police officers on 5th June.
Read the commentary in Dagens Næringsliv (26.06.09) here (in Norwegian).
The images from Honduras this week have sent chills down the spine of many who remember the brutal military dictatorships of the 70s and the 80s. The circumstances leading to the coup illustrate many of the challenges that Latin American democracies face, but the development of events might prove how far the Latin American countries have moved away from dictatorship, argues associate professor Benedicte Bull in this commentary in Aftenposten (03.07.09 - in Norwegian).
The international community has condemned the removal of president Manuel Zelaya in Honduras as a coup and demands that he is reinstalled as president. This reaction is based on a misunderstanding and can easily make things go from bad to worse in the country, claims Leiv Marsteintredet at the University of Bergen in this commentary in Bergens Tidende (04.07.09 - in Norwegian).
With the modernization of the party and the nomination of a popular and experienced TV journalist as presidential candidate, the former guerrilla movement FMLN is seriously challenging the the governing ARENA ahead of next year's elections in El Salvador.
The opinion polls in El Salvador show a moderate lead to the left wing party FMLN, closely followed by the conservative Arena.
Media images from Latin America distort our perceptions of the region, as we have seen with the release of Betancourt from FARC captivity in Colombia and recent documentary and news representations of Haiti.
Norwegian media covers to a very limited extent Latin America, and when something is reported from this part of the world, it is often negative and stereotypical: Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez is a dangerous dictator, and Mexico is little more than a drug war. Are the journalists pre-programmed to prioritize like this?
On January 18th people of El Salvador participated in a great civic event. Mayors and other local politicians, representatives to the National Assembly and to the Central American Parliament where elected. The Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) the highest electoral authority in the country, was in charge of organizing the elections. The official results where confirmed by the TSE on January 24th. Parties were quick in announcing the expected results early after the voting centres closed.
Benedicte Bull comments on the contradictions arising from the VI round of negotiations for an Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union that took place in Brussels last week. Read more here .