Venezuela: Crisis in Caracas

Venezuela: Crisis in Caracas

photo: Rainforest Action Network Venezuela’s rich oil resources, once a source of its strength, have now the South America’s leading nation on mat as it faces an economic crisis at an unprecedented scale and size amid rout in international crude oil prices. In Venezuela these days it’s not unusual to see huge gatherings of people jostling […]

Where Is the Code.org for Latin America and the Caribbean?

Where Is the Code.org for Latin America and the Caribbean?

photo: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)/R. Farrell  Coding is basic literacy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is an integral part of the digital age, which in turn has ushered in that revolution. As popularized over the past year or so by the World Economic Forum and others, this revolution is based on the arrival of […]

The Joker, Lex Luthor & the Argentine Debt Saga

The Joker, Lex Luthor & the Argentine Debt Saga

  Sometime ago the Economist described the stand-off between the then government of Argentina and some hold-out creditors as “watching a movie in which The Joker battles Lex Luthor,” the famous supervillains of comic books, concluding that “neither side arouses much sympathy.” Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (The Joker?) has paid politically, with her candidates losing […]

Navigating Latin America’s Learning Portals

Navigating Latin America’s Learning Portals

The trip can begin any time you like. All you need is a one-way ticket: fast Internet access. Now an itinerary: the route to learning something. Anything. Many things at once. Continuous, self-paced learning is now universally available throughout Latin America, at virtually no cost. Your passport is your ability to validate the learning that […]

Taking Psychometrics a Step Further

Taking Psychometrics a Step Further

Do the belief, attitudes, and personality of business owners or managers matter in determining the probability of business success and the creditworthiness of the enterprise? And if so, could this “psychological capital” be leveraged as a predictive tool not only for credit appraisal decisions, but also to provide broader support to small businesses? Pioneering work […]

The Struggle for Brazil- and Against the BRICS

The Struggle for Brazil- and Against the BRICS

While international media focuses on Brazil’s mass demonstrations against corruption, efforts behind the façade precipitate regime change, restoration of a pre-Lula order, and a struggle against the BRICS nations. The U.S. feels threatened by an era of multipolarity, which deeply implicates China, and other emerging economies. In August 2016, Rio de Janeiro should host South […]