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Published Apr. 18, 2017 3:22 PM

A year after the grand celebration it is as if Cuba is stuck in the elevator, waiting for it to either go further upwards towards a modernization of the economy and democratization of politics, or for the wire to break and the elevator to plunge towards the abyss, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 April 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 14, 2017 11:09 AM

Several alarming previous incidents should have had this and similar institutions shut down long ago, writes Maren Christensen Bjune, PhD from University of Bergen, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 10 March 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 7, 2017 1:24 PM

If Ecuador manages to avoid that the end of a ten-year rule of a progressive but dominant leader descends into chaos, it could set an important example for other countries in the region, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 7 March 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 21, 2017 1:54 PM

Gone are the debates that Hugo Chávez was subject to. Since last year the Venezuelan dictatorship is a fact, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article inVerdens Gang 16 February 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 21, 2017 1:52 PM

The newspaper Klassekampen, and especially journalist Peter M. Johansen, is a direct mouthpiece for Venezuela's increasingly authoritarian and brutal regime, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article on Minerva 15 February 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 6, 2017 3:24 PM

Donald Trump's first week in the office turned out worse than feared for Mexico, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 31 January 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 2, 2017 2:00 PM

The Norwegian Latin America policy will require strategic innovation and a large portion of foreign policy courage, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 27 December 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 16, 2016 2:16 PM

It's time to stop talking about the great leader as if he were in a vacuum, as if he were an angel or a tyrant, and to start looking at him as a historical actor, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Manifest Tidsskrift 14 Desember 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:52 PM

For a long time it was believed that Fidel's death was the moment when everything would change dramatically. The truth is that Cuba already is undergoing a comprehensive reform process, writes Ståle Wig, University of Oslo, in an article on NRK Ytring 4 December 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:47 PM

The Cuban Revolution split families and generations. These wounds are not healed, writes Hans Jacob Ohldieck, University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 30 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:44 PM

This autumn millions of Brazilians have taken to the streets of Brazil's largest cities to protest against the non-elected president Michel Temer selling out national oil reserves far below market prices. Statoil is one of the buyers, writes Kjetil Klette Bøhler, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in an article in Ukeavisen Ledelse 27 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:38 PM

Strictly speaking Fidel Castro was a typical Latin American strong leader, a macho caudillo, or populist, that the region had seen many of before him. But his speaking and leadership skills combined with the Cold War, US policy, and socialism made him bigger than himself, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in Verdens Gang 26 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 25, 2016 3:00 PM

Latin America has already noticed the Trump effect. Uncertainty and disgust dominate after the elections, especially in Mexico, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 21 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 7, 2016 2:22 PM

Daniel Ortega may have more support today than he did in the eighties. But neither the man nor the policy is recognizable, writes Axel Borchgrevink, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 3 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 21, 2016 2:03 PM

The Norwegian media presentation of an abrupt transition from war to peace in Colombia ignores the peace efforts at the grassroots level, writes Roy Krøvel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in an article in Klassekampen 20 October 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 11, 2016 11:55 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize balances well idealism and political realism. On the way forward, it must be ensured that it does not also contribute to an accord that will create new social conflicts, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 October 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 11, 2016 10:51 AM

The growing protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is no right-wing conspiracy, writes Aslak Orre, Chr. Michelsen Institute, in an article in Klassekampen 6 October 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 15, 2016 1:39 PM

The chaos in Brazil and Venezuela dominates the news. The problems in both countries stems from old challenges to democracy in Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 13 September 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 15, 2016 1:38 PM

Amidst Latin America's human rights crisis, there are many indications that the Norwegian government continues its far-reaching reduction of involvement in the region, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagsavisen on 13 September 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 14, 2016 9:55 AM

On Wednesday 31 August the Senate in Brazil adopted with 61 against 20 votes to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. With the  impeachment process a special era has come to an end, writes Einar Braathen, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in an article in Klassekampen 5 September 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 16, 2016 1:59 PM

The political crisis in Brazil is dangerous for the country’s green forests, write Solveig Aamodt, Erlend Andre Tveiten Hermansen and Borgar Aamaas, all CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, in an article in CICERO’s magazine Klima 9 August 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 12, 2016 5:14 PM

Is President Daniel Ortega about to reintroduce the authoritarian family dynasty he himself helped defeat in Nicaragua? asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 9 August 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 8, 2016 11:32 AM

The Mexican government has succeeded in stimulating more investments protected from violence, while totally ignoring the deep Mexico's cry for social justice, write Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, and Karol Gil-Vásquez in an article in Bergens Tidende on 8 August 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 5, 2016 2:26 PM

Never has the local support been so weak for any Summer Olympics as for the ones that open today, writes Einar Braathen, Oslo and Akershus University College, in an article in Klassekampen 5 August 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian)

Published Aug. 5, 2016 9:38 AM

The unfortunate alliance between megalomaniac politicians, profit-hungry developers and an omnipotent IOC inflicts more harm than good on the host cities, writes Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, in an article in Aftenposten 5 August 2016 (in Norwegian).