Article written by Paulo Guimaraes based on his book “Brasil-Noruega: construção de parcerias em áreas de importância estratégica” (2011). The book is presently (March 2012) under translation to Norwiegan, and will be presented in an event in Oslo on 28 March 2012
Torkjell Leira comments an article in Morgenbladet, arguing that indigenous peoples and the environment pay the price for Brazil's economic progress.
Johannes Nymark writes abouth the long history and recent actuality of the Argentinian-British conflict over the Falkland Islands in an article published in Klassekampen 2 February 2012 - page 1 , page 2 .
The discrimination against Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and the work of Sonia Pierre, is the topic of this article by Jørgen Yri, NTNU, published in Adresseavisen.
Article by Cecilie Hirsch and John-Andrew McNeish regarding the conflict between lowland indigenous and the (indigenous led) government in Bolivia.
Article by Marcos Fabián Mosenson on Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s current challenges.
Current President Daniel Ortega is predicted by all polls to win the coming Sunday's presidential elections in Nicaragua in what Olav Eggebø calls a magical-realist chronicle of an electoral victory foretold. Article by Olav Eggebø.
The reactions in Bolivia are strong after a violent police action against indigenous demonstrators, state Cecilie Hirsch, PHD fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo / Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and John-Andrew McNeish Associate Professor at Noragric, UMB in this article published in Klassekampen.
There is a lot to learn from the students' and pupils' fight against the Chilean education system, writes Benedicte Bull from the University of Oslo in this article pblished in Klassekampen.
With a focus on solving the Cubans daily poeocupations, president Raúl Castro has proven to be more pragmatic than his brother Fidel, write Hans Jacob Ohlidieck and Even Underlid from the University of Bergen in this article in Bergens Tidende.
Article by Fernando Báez on the wave of protests in Chile, a country ususally described in international press as the Latin American success story.
Article (in Norwegian) by Marte Skjerping on the difficult task of reforming a country with a long authoritarian history.
Article by Jemima García-Godos on the most nerve breaking electoral campaign in recent Peruvian history and the perpectives for Ollanta Humala's government.
It is unacceptable that Oslo Freedom Forum has invited CELTYV to this year's event, an Argentine organization which claims to work for the victims of terrorism from the political left, but which in reality intends to rewrite the brutal history of the dictatorship, write Benedicte Bull and Johannes Nymark in this article (in Norwegian) in Dagbladet 11 May 2012.
On Saturday 7 May 2011 Ecuador celebrated the third referendum during the administration of Rafael Correa, with the key questions related to judicial and media reforms. The referendums form part of the government’s reform of Ecuador’s political system. In this article - in Spanish and Norwegian - Inés Luna explores what actually happened during the dramatic incidents on 30 september 2010, and how they were related to the ongoing conflicts about the way forward for Ecuadorian democracy.
Article by Fernando Mathias Baptista and Kjersti Thorkildsen on the highly controversial dam project in the Brazilian Amazon.
On March 20th Venezuela together with Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Cuba condemned the UN resolution authorising international intervention to protect civilians in Libya, as well as the military actions that followed. Up to then, Venezuela’s normally outspoken president, Hugo Chávez, had limited himself to warn against international intervention and to offer mediation between his old friend Muammar Gaddafi and the rebel forces. What is actually Chávez’ opinion on Gaddafi, and what do his statements tell about his foreign policy? I this article Erlend Skutlaberg takes a closer look at the relations between the two heads of state and the debate in Venezuela on the country’s relations to Libya.
Read the article in Norwegian (will be translated to Spanish or English)
By 2009 China had become Brazil’s leading trading partner. Benedicte Bull and Yuri Kasahara take a look at the evolution of the economic relationship and discuss the potential for partnership or conflict.
"What has been termed the “worst natural disaster in Brazil for decades” is, at closer scrutiny, more manmade than ‘natural’. In the rather successful state of Brazil, several city areas resemble failed states", writes Einar Braathen in an article on The NIBR International Blog, posted on 24 january 2011.
Social and economic inequality has for the last years been reduced in Latin America, for the first time in decades. In this article in Dagbladet on 14 December, associate professor Benedicte Bull at University of Oslo discusses the reasons behind this change.
In this article , published in Klassekampen between first and second election round, Einar Braathen , Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, comments the two final candidates and the election campaign.
Dilma Roussef was elected the new president of Brazil on Sunday 31 October, but many challenges lie ahead. Considering what was debated during the campaign, Ms. Roussef did not present a clear proposal about how to improve the economic growth in Brazil besides the desire for continuity of Lula's policies.
Read the article by Yuri Kasahara here .
Unlike many traditional Mexican Catholic bishops, this years Rafto Prize laureate, José Raúl Vera López, is not afraid to defy the rich and powerful, as pointed out in this article by Hans Egil Offerdal at UiB Global, University of Bergen, first published in Vårt Land.
Ecuador has again been the scene of political unrest. In this article in Bergens Tidende, Hans Egil Offerdal at UiB Global, University of Bergen, takes a critical look at the way President Correa governs the country.
In this article in Klassekampen 31 August 2010 Hans Jacob Ohldieck, PhD student at the University of Bergen, critizes a recent news report on Cuba on Norwegian televison (Dagsrevyen) for giving a typical, but distorted, version of Cuban reality.