Correa, China y la Asamblea, afectados por el informe de la deuda

(Published originally in Mediato) El informe borrador –el cual aún no es concluyente– de la Contraloría sobre la deuda pública, presentado el 14 de marzo pasado, es un triunfo estratégico para el presidente Lenín Moreno. No solo permite responsabilizar al expresidente Rafael Correa del despilfarro fiscal, sino que Moreno también puede hacer corresponsable a la… Read More Correa, China y la Asamblea, afectados por el informe de la deuda

Communist Conspiracies and Imperial Plots in the Honduran General Strike

The historiography of the Honduras general strike of 1954 shows that the extent of communist influence and external Guatemalan involvement are still subjects of significant historical debate. Kevin Coleman’s A Camera in the Garden of Eden, which focuses on the self-forging of Honduran banana workers and their marginalized communities, is the latest addition to this… Read More Communist Conspiracies and Imperial Plots in the Honduran General Strike

77-Year-Old Wall Street Favorite to Face Fujimori in Peru Runoff

By Nathan Gill and John Quigley April 12, 2016 (Bloomberg) — The victory by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former finance minister, for second place in Sunday’s Peruvian president elections sets up a showdown between two business-friendly candidates, part of a regional backlash against left-wing politicians. Kuczynski, a 77-year-old Oxford-trained political economist who’s spent more than 50… Read More 77-Year-Old Wall Street Favorite to Face Fujimori in Peru Runoff

Correa’s Back-Track on Tax Bills Fails to Halt Ecuador Protests

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — Ecuador President Rafael Correa’s attempt to defuse nationwide protests by back-tracking on two controversial tax proposals failed to prevent opposition supporters marching for a ninth straight day Tuesday. Protesters gathered in the capital city, Quito, less than 24 hours after Correa called for calm and announced he would delay plans… Read More Correa’s Back-Track on Tax Bills Fails to Halt Ecuador Protests

South America’s Commodity Rout Spurs Public Spending on Housing

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — Enrique Perez, who’s been building homes for most of his life in Ecuador, is finally going to make one for himself. Perez is an unlikely beneficiary of the plunge in crude prices. That prompted Ecuador, an OPEC nation, to offer mortgage subsidies to people like Perez, a construction worker. Ecuador… Read More South America’s Commodity Rout Spurs Public Spending on Housing

China’s Andes Said to Join Repsol in Ecuador Oil Drilling Freeze

By Nathan Gill and David Wethe  (Bloomberg) — Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd. and Repsol SA, Ecuador’s two biggest foreign oil producers, are shelving plans to drill exploratory wells amid a payment dispute with the OPEC nation’s government, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.  Andes, owned by China National Petroleum Corp. and… Read More China’s Andes Said to Join Repsol in Ecuador Oil Drilling Freeze

Ecuador Approves New Labor Law With Changes to Public Pensions

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — Ecuador’s congress approved changes to the Andean nation’s labor laws on Tuesday, including the removal of a government subsidy meant to cover almost half of state pensioners’ monthly payments. Lawmakers approved the measure proposed by President Rafael Correa in a 91-to-29 vote, while government supporters and political opposition groups looked… Read More Ecuador Approves New Labor Law With Changes to Public Pensions

Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela: Velasco

Alejandro Velasco, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015). Alejandro Velasco’s Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (2015) uses the Caracas superblock housing complex, known today as 23 de Enero, to analyze Venezuela’s transition from the dictatorship of Marcos… Read More Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela: Velasco

Mining for the Nation: Jody Pavilack

When Chile granted literate men over the age of 21 the right to vote in 1925, a new era marked by the rise of mass society had begun.[1] Similar to processes unfolding around the world, the enfranchisement of progressively-larger swaths of Chile’s population in the early-twentieth century upended traditional politics and undermined the economic status… Read More Mining for the Nation: Jody Pavilack

Velasco Says Chile Economic Recovery to Be ‘Vigorous’

By Nathan Gill Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Chilean Finance Minister Andres Velasco said the country’s economy should have a “vigorous” recovery after it suffered its worst slump in at least a decade. Forecasts for 2010 economic growth are improving and Chile’s labor market is recovering as consumption expands and demand for the country’s exports grows,… Read More Velasco Says Chile Economic Recovery to Be ‘Vigorous’

Chile Invokes Anti-Terror Law to Quell Violence, Rosende Says

By Nathan Gill Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Chile will use an anti-terrorism law criticized by human rights groups to try and quell a spate of violence over indigenous lands in the country’s south, a government official said. The government will apply the law, dating from the military dictatorship, against those responsible for armed attacks against… Read More Chile Invokes Anti-Terror Law to Quell Violence, Rosende Says

Chile Reduces Estimate for This Year’s Budget Deficit

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s budget deficit will be smaller this year than earlier forecast as rising copper prices trimmed the projected shortfall in tax revenue. This year’s budget deficit will be about 3.6 percent of gross domestic product as government income falls 22 percent short of initial projections,… Read More Chile Reduces Estimate for This Year’s Budget Deficit

Chile Senate Approves $1 Billion Funding for Codelco

By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s Senate approved a bill to provide $1 billion in financing for Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer. The vote was 21-to-six with one abstention in the Senate, which acted after the lower house passed the bill earlier today, according to a statement on the… Read More Chile Senate Approves $1 Billion Funding for Codelco

Chile Economy Showing Signs of Recovery, Finance Minister Velasco Says

By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd July 23 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s economy may be starting to recover from its slump as extra government spending spurs growth, Finance Minister Andres Velasco said today. Velasco has spent more than $4 billion this year on tax cuts and extra outlays. He will pull $8 billion from Chile’s offshore… Read More Chile Economy Showing Signs of Recovery, Finance Minister Velasco Says

Latin America Ministers Urge More Money for Lenders

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill      July 3 (Bloomberg) — Finance ministers from North and South America meeting in Chile agreed to push for more financing for multilateral lenders such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, Chile’s Andres Velasco said.      The IDB’s board may agree to vote for a capital… Read More Latin America Ministers Urge More Money for Lenders

Bachelet Says Chile Supports Recapitalization of IDB

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill      July 3 (Bloomberg) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said her government supports the recapitalization of the Inter-American Development Bank to help developing countries cope with declining capital flows.      Bachelet, speaking today to finance ministers from North and South America, urged member governments to help raise additional funding… Read More Bachelet Says Chile Supports Recapitalization of IDB

Honduran Protesters, Soldiers Clash Outside Palace After Coup

By Andres R. Martinez and Nathan Gill      June 29 (Bloomberg) — Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police and soldiers outside Honduras’ presidential palace a day after the military arrested President Manuel Zelaya at gunpoint and put him on a plane out of the country.      Regional leaders, from market-friendly Mexican President Felipe Calderon… Read More Honduran Protesters, Soldiers Clash Outside Palace After Coup

Latin America Leaders Call Summit to Restore Zelaya (Update 4)

By Nathan Gill and Joshua Goodman      June 29 (Bloomberg) — Latin American leaders are gathering in an emergency summit to restore Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to office after his ouster by the military yesterday in a showdown over a referendum on term limits.      Regional leaders, from market-friendly Mexican President Felipe Calderon to self-declared… Read More Latin America Leaders Call Summit to Restore Zelaya (Update 4)

Chile Teachers March on Capital on 16th Day of Strike

By Nathan Gill      June 2 (Bloomberg) — Thousands of Chilean public school teachers marched in the capital on the 16th day of a nationwide strike to press their demands for what they say are unpaid bonuses.      More than 5,000 teachers traveled to Santiago for the protest, said Jaime Gajardo, president of the Chilean… Read More Chile Teachers March on Capital on 16th Day of Strike

Chile Confirms 21 New Cases of Swine Flu, Now Has 107

By Nathan Gill      May 26 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s health ministry confirmed 21 new cases of swine flu today, giving the country a total of 107, the health ministry said.      Nineteen of the new cases resulted from “community transmission” in four different regions, Osvaldo Sagrado, an official in charge of health-care networks at the… Read More Chile Confirms 21 New Cases of Swine Flu, Now Has 107

Pinera to Run for President in Chile on Employment, Education

By Nathan Gill March 31 (Bloomberg) — Chilean billionaire Sebastian Pinera will present his presidential campaign platform this week, highlighting his plans for boosting employment and improving education in South America’s fifth-biggest economy.       Pinera, running as a candidate for the Alliance for Chile coalition, said his proposal would add 1 million jobs in five… Read More Pinera to Run for President in Chile on Employment, Education

Peru Seeks UN Ruling on Chile Maritime Dispute, Garcia Says

By Nathan Gill March 19 (Bloomberg) — Peru presented the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague today with its claim to some of the world’s richest fishing grounds now held by Chile, Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde said.      Garcia Belaunde said he’s confident the court will agree to hear the… Read More Peru Seeks UN Ruling on Chile Maritime Dispute, Garcia Says

Chile’s Bachelet Replaces Foreign, Defense Ministers

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill March 12 (Bloomberg) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet replaced her foreign and defense ministers as the government works to confront an economic slump.      Mariano Fernandez, former ambassador to the U.S., was named foreign minister, replacing Alejandro Foxley, who is returning to the economic research group he used to… Read More Chile’s Bachelet Replaces Foreign, Defense Ministers

Correa Says Ecuador Willing to Renew Relations With Colombia

By Nathan GillFeb. 27 (Bloomberg) — Ecuador may renew diplomatic relations with Colombia if certain conditions are met, President Rafael Correa said today in a statement posted on the presidential Web site. Correa asked Colombia to reveal all the details of an air raid last year in Ecuadorean territory, repay Ecuador for unspecified damages, support… Read More Correa Says Ecuador Willing to Renew Relations With Colombia

Ecuador Says IDB to Loan $500 Million for Budget Gap

By Nathan Gill Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Ecuador’s Economic Policy Minister Diego Borja said the Inter-American Development Bank agreed to loan the country about $500 million to help finance a projected budget deficit. Borja said he and Finance Minister Maria Elsa Viteri met last week in Washington with IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno to request… Read More Ecuador Says IDB to Loan $500 Million for Budget Gap

Bachelet Authorizes Emergency Funds for Transantiago

By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd      Sept. 5, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet authorized the use of emergency funds to shore up Santiago’s public transport system after a loan to the system of buses and subway lines was declared unconstitutional.      This is the first time since Chile returned to democracy in… Read More Bachelet Authorizes Emergency Funds for Transantiago

Chile’s Government Pledges Support for Transantiago

By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd      Sept. 2, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s government pledged to fund Santiago’s public transportation system after a newspaper reported that a loan made to develop the capital’s transit network was unconstitutional.      President Michelle Bachelet will ask the country’s Constitutional Tribunal to clarify its decision on the $400 million… Read More Chile’s Government Pledges Support for Transantiago

Bachelet to Keep Budget `Tight’ in 2009, Economy Minister Says

By Nathan Gill      Aug. 12, 2008 (Bloomberg) — President Michelle Bachelet will keep the 2009 budget “as tight as possible” to help slow the rising cost of living, Economy Minister Hugo Lavados said. While saying higher public spending isn’t the leading cause of the fastest inflation in 13 years, Lavados told reporters today in… Read More Bachelet to Keep Budget `Tight’ in 2009, Economy Minister Says

Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America: Asunción Lavrin

Asunción Lavrin’s edited volume, Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America, presents a series of perspectives on what Lavrin calls the “conquest of the mind,” the means through which the Spanish state and Catholic Church sought to maintain control over colonial society. The authors challenge received understandings of the region’s early history by showing the… Read More Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America: Asunción Lavrin

Huarochirí: Karen Spalding

Karen Spalding’s history of colonial Peru, Huarochirí, begins with the origins of Andean society, following social changes from pre-Inca days until the height of colonial rule. Written in the mid-1980s amidst a brutal economic crisis that inordinately impacted indigenous communities in areas like Huarochirí, this monograph seems an attempt to revalorize Andean society at a… Read More Huarochirí: Karen Spalding