International Affairs

  • Narcoculture: The Evolution of Narcocorridos

    Narcoculture: The Evolution of Narcocorridos

    The unimaginable violence Calderon’s War On Drug Cartels brought about has had significant repercussions on the cultural expressions of narcocultura. The new current of narcocorridos is characterized by hyper-violence as the lyrics speak of individuals who pride themselves in murdering on a whim, torturing to make ostentation of their power, using cocaine, and terrorizing the general population.

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  • Un vent de changement en Amérique du Sud?

    Un vent de changement en Amérique du Sud?

    Depuis le début des années 2000, l’Argentine et le Venezuela se sont beaucoup rapprochés, ce qui leur a d’ailleurs valu la dénomination d’ « Argenzuela ». La proximité des deux pays s’est développée en grande partie autour de la pétro-diplomatie vénézuélienne. Cette « amitié » s’est principalement exprimée par une série d’appuis économiques et politiques entre les deux pays, mais aussi par un certain mimétisme dans leurs discours populistes.

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  • Development of resources: Drilling for oil in Venezuela” UN Photo/V Bibic

    Venezuela & The Maduro Government: A Familiar Story

    In present day Venezuela, symptoms of Dutch Disease are still present, as they were in the past century, if not even more pronounced. The enormous wealth garnered by the oil industry choked other industries, as imports soared and local producers struggled to compete. The failure of other industries to keep up with the oil boom led to massive importation.

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  • Rio 2016 Logo

    Behind the Glamour Curtain of Rio’s Olympic Games

    The world is five months shy of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The dazzling Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca is almost complete, soon to be engulfed by luxury condos, swimming pools, artificial lakes, and beautiful gardens. Adjacent to the flashy Olympic scene, nestled on the edge of Rio, are some of the few remaining homes of the Vila Autódromo favela (slum) that await destruction.

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  • Boom & Bust: A Tale of Socialist Divergence

    Boom & Bust: A Tale of Socialist Divergence

    In the past 25 years, Cuba and Venezuela have received a lot of attention for their crony relationship, but what were once the bastions of Latin American socialism have seen their paths diverge drastically in recent years, and the results have largely been unsurprising. Cuba’s anemic economy is set to grow with the new foreign investment expected as a result of a more liberal trade policies with the United States and Europe.

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  • Middle East and North Africa Edition

    Middle East and North Africa Edition

    In this February edition, Freedom Observatory covers major trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa Region including Tunisia post-revolution, Iran’s ascension, and French Cease Fire in Syria.

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  • By Antoine Taveneaux - Own work

    How Do We Protect The Rights And Freedoms Of All Canadians?

    The fight against ISIS, and battling things like honour killings and sharia zones are only half the battle. Along with fighting the terrorists themselves, we should also be fighting the reasons that lead people to adopt terrorism.

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  • Post-Revolution Tunisia and the Struggle for Individual Liberties

    Post-Revolution Tunisia and the Struggle for Individual Liberties

    Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has succeeded in ensuring fair elections, and taken considerable steps forward in guaranteeing increased freedom of association and expression. But while democratic progress is undeniable, little to nothing has changed in terms of personal liberties. From sexuality to religion, Tunisians are faced with state repression and coercion largely stemming from a draconian penal code. Five years after the revolution, the question remains: will Tunisians finally gain the freedom to live according to their convictions?

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  • Tunisian Activist

    Towards a Cultural Revolution: Whither Youth-Led Civil Society Activism in Tunisia?

    For many Tunisian youth who now work in civil society organizations (CSO) dedicated to the stated “values” and “goals” of the revolution, the 2014 election represents a “rotten compromise” or “neoliberal consensus”.

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  • An Introduction to Israel and Palestine

    An Introduction to Israel and Palestine

    While both sides have their victims and monsters, the focus should be on a pragmatic, peaceful resolution, rather than cycling through blame narratives.

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