Mexico: First major protest against energy reforms

On 23 July an estimated 70,000 peasant farmers and agricultural workers took part in a protest march in Mexico City, expressing concern over a series of issues, including the impact of the federal government’s energy reform.

Is Mexico’s Left impotent over energy reform?

The concluding phase of Mexico’s landmark energy reform – a combination of 21 new secondary bills and amendments to existing laws, which are intended to open up the country’s oil and gas sector to foreign investors – appeared this week to be progressing relentlessly through congress. For some, the apparently irresistible advance of the pro-reform steamroller, led by the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and the right-wing Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN), confirms the divisions and impotence of the Mexican Left. Others say the Left is still in the game, and may yet be able to block or significantly alter the proposed shake-up of the oil and gas sector.

BRAZIL: After football and politics – the economy

Brazilian growth has disappointed this year. Many economists argue that the country needs new and more dynamic ‘pro-growth’ policies. But the country has been distracted; first by the Fifa World Cup, and second by the long presidential election campaign, which most likely will stretch to two rounds, with a run-off in late October. The result is that major new policy announcements are not likely until early 2015.

Honduras accuses the US of blocking the repair of its military aircraft

For a short spell in early June it seemed that relations between Honduras and the US were on the mend. Congratulations and honours were exchanged when General John Kelly, chief of the US Southern Command (Southcom), visited Tegucigalpa. Within days, though, President Juan Orlando Hernández was publicly castigating unnamed US officials for blocking his plans to upgrade his military aircraft, and the US ambassador was riposting in kind over the impunity enjoyed by drug traffickers in Honduras.

First stirrings of internal dissent for Ecuador’s Correa

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa faces an unusual challenge. His constitutional reform package, which would allow indefinite presidential election among other things, has come under fire from expected and unexpected sources. That the US-based Human Rights Watch should have criticised the reform was unsurprising and will not cause Correa any sleepless nights but criticism from within the government is of far greater concern and cannot be so easily ignored, especially when it comes from none other than the council of citizen participation and social control (Cpccs). The Cpccs is the fifth branch of government deemed to be the crowning glory of Correa’s ‘Citizens’ Revolution’ by many of those who drew up the 2008 constitution which created it.

Member Area

forgotten your password?    
Request IP Recognition