Tag Archives: economics

Peru is Rich as F%#!: $20 for Water

Posted on 16. Feb, 2017 by .

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Short vignette on how I spent $20 on water during lunch in Lima, Peru on Valentine’s Day.

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Corruption: NOT Business as Usual in Latin America

Posted on 06. Feb, 2017 by .

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A look at the major shift in attitudes toward public corruption in Latin America.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: Worthless Diapers

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 by .

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Anecdote about my failure to sell brand-new diapers in an informal market in Lima illustrates rising buying power of middle-class Peru.

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‘Economic War’ from Allende’s Chile to Chavista Venezuela

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 by .

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Excerpts from Isabel Allende’s novel, “The House of the Spirits,” serve as an excellent look at what inspires socialists’ alleged “economic wars.”

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So How’s That Medellin Tech Hub Going?

Posted on 22. Nov, 2016 by .

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A look at how the city of Medellin has fared in its quest to become the “Silicon Valley of Latin America.”

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Have you no sense of decency, Dilma?

Posted on 02. Sep, 2016 by .

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My take on ousted President Dilma Rousseff’s inappropriate reaction to her impeachment by Brazil’s congress.

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Ending the End of the Pink Tide

Posted on 19. Aug, 2016 by .

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My attempt to moderate the neoliberals’ glee at the “receding pink tide” in Latin America, because growing opposition to free trade is a greater obstacle.

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An Extended Profile of Peru’s PPK

Posted on 05. Jun, 2016 by .

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Quick post with a link to my article on Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) for Caracas Chronicles.

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Non-Profit Work in Colombia: Easy Money?

Posted on 11. May, 2016 by .

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The founder of an NGO in Colombia explains two of the top territory hazards of trying to make a difference.

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Understanding Fujimorismo in Peru

Posted on 05. May, 2016 by .

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A look at the enduring popularity of Alberto Fujimori and how it has propelled Keiko Fujimori to Peru’s runoff for president in 2016 elections.

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Sex Tourism, Free Speech and Cuba Dave in a Costa Rica Prison

Posted on 24. Nov, 2015 by .

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Whoremonger David Strecker, a.k.a. “Cuba Dave,” is locked up in Costa Rica for promoting sex tourism. Strecker’s case raises questions of free speech in Latin America.

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The Case for Vanilla Names

Posted on 09. Nov, 2015 by .

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The case for giving your children standard names that will not prevent them from getting a job someday.

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