Argentina had reason to celebrate in 2022 after the nation won the World Cup. The government however is still unstable and the Argentinians continue to suffer economically. Before Argentina can recover politically and economically and move forward, it needs to deal with the past.
Latin American-US relations are in a rocky place. The Biden administration started with great words but little results against the advances of China in the region. Meanwhile, the Republicans tend to show little interest for the region.
The Ukrainian war skyrocketed the oil and gas prices, pushing the US inflation.
President Biden, as a pragmatic Democrat, started to revive the commercial relations with Venezuela, putting at stake his reputation on human rights.
The ultra-conservative government of Jair Bolsonaro is experiencing its hardest challenge. The president’s approval rating fell to its lowest since 2019. On the other side of the sea, former President Luis Inacio “Lula” Da Silva leads the race for the 2022 election, almost doubling the vote intention of the government.
The Argentinians adopted, due to the Italian immigration of the early XX century, a sour herbal wine called “Fernet Branca” – usually mixed with the popular drink “Coca Cola.” The sour taste of Fernet makes it tough to combine it with vodka. However, in harsh times beggars can’t be choosers.
According to the famous political scientist Steven Levitsky, author of “How Democracies Die” there are three fundamental characteristics of populism. The economist Javier Milei is a character who seems to comply with two of Levitsky’s categories, which is reason enough to be alarmed – the author claims.
Argentinian democracy has been classified as a “flawed democracy” in the 2021 Global Democracy Index. Although the consolidation of a bipartisan coalitional party system has given balance to the national arena in Argentina, the subnational level has its own dynamic, where the “strongmen” of many provinces have reportedly bent the rules of democracy to tilt the playing field in their favor.
Frente de Todos, the ruling coalition in Argentina, has become the biggest battlefield the South American nation has seen in recent years. In the past few weeks, President Fernandez kicked out the possibility of dialogue with the opposition and stood firmly against the Kirchner faction of the government. Only time will say what is the ending scene of this confrontation.
Francis Underwood, Vice President of the United States, in the Netflix series “House of Cards” turns his face to the camera and says: “There are two types of Vice Presidents: Doormats and matadors. Which do you think I intend to be?”.
Since 1991 Cuba has suffered economic and political unrest due to the fall of the Soviet Union and the consequent lack of Communist aid. During the ’90s, the Cuban government and Fidel Castro himself referred to the post-Soviet era as a “special period”. In fact, Cubans remember this time as a period of hunger.