Category: The Americas

The Incompatibility of Neoliberalism and Education: Chile’s Lesson

Chilean students take to the streets in 2006 in what is known as the Revolución de los pinguinos (Penguin Revolution).

The recent election of Donald Trump has generated widespread concerns of a return to the kind of neoliberal policies that dominated Western economics  in the latter half of the 20th century. Neoliberalism policy relies on a deregulated and decentralized free…

Trump’s Radical Anti-Abortion Agenda: A Slippery Slope

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In March 2016, Donald Trump, then-candidate to become the most powerful person in the world, made a shocking statement. If abortion were made illegal on the federal level in the United States, Trump said, there should be “some form of…

Betsy DeVos and the Uncertainty of America’s Public Education System

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Starting two weeks before his inauguration on January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump’s numerous cabinet picks underwent Senate confirmation hearings. With Republicans controlling the Senate, Democrats have grilled nominees in hopes that a few Republican senators may in fact vote against the…

The Alternative Reality that is Trump’s America

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On January 20th, 2017, a sparse crowd assembled to watch as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Although, according to a photo posted in the White House Press Gallery by the…

Evo Morales: The Quintessential Latin American Leader

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Controversy regarding the legitimacy and strength of the presidency of Bolivia soared when a resignation letter from President Evo Morales arrived on social media. The speculation quickly dissipated as the public discovered that it was a mere beguile organized for…

Repealing Obamacare: Have They Thought it Through?

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Ahead of the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on March 23rd, House Democratic Leaders held a press conference to highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for America’s families and small businesses. In evaluating the immediate effects of…

Wet Foot, Dry Foot: Obama’s Race to U.S. – Cuban Normalization

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After 2 years of repairing Cold War wounds between the United States and Cuba, Obama announced the end of the 22-year-old “wet foot, dry foot” policy which granted Cubans special status to remain in the country and gain legal residency without visas.…