How to Hack an Election, #PanamaPapers and LatAm’s Economic Recession Could be an Explosive Mix

For most Latin American countries, the label of “democracy” is a work in progess. Over recent years, the region has been making efforts to strengthen their institutions in order to consolidate democratic transitions. When one begins to believe in political stability and institutional resilience, then articles such as Andrés Sepulveda’s telling How to Hack an Election and describing how he rigged votes across the region, or #PanamaPapers happen. Continue reading How to Hack an Election, #PanamaPapers and LatAm’s Economic Recession Could be an Explosive Mix

Brazil’s Political Impasse Hurts the Prospects of Fast Economic Recovery

The Brazilian economy will contract 3.6% this year according to the IMF, which will follow an estimated 4% plunge in 2015. The 33% depreciation of the real in 2015 contributed to an annual inflation of 10.7% in December. National unemployment ended the year around 10% and more than 1.5 million jobs were lost. The road ahead does not look promising. Political impasse and uncertainty are hurting the prospects of fast economic recovery. Continue reading Brazil’s Political Impasse Hurts the Prospects of Fast Economic Recovery