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SnapshotsJun 29, 2020 | 16:05 GMT
French Local Elections Deal a Blow to Macron's Political Prospects
A little more than three years after taking office, French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche (LREM) party has failed to win support at the municipal level, where much of French politics takes place. The second round of municipal elections on June 28 resulted in big wins for opposition parties, which suggests France's political system is becoming increasingly fragmented and that the country's traditional parties are struggling to compete with their emerging rivals. Very low voter turnout (around 41 percent) also suggests many French voters are discontent with their current political options, which could result in the rise of anti-establishment parties and the emergence of new protest movements like the yellow vests.
SITUATION REPORTApr 22, 2020 | 18:46 GMT
Europe: Italy and Spain to Begin Easing COVID-19 Lockdowns in May
The Italian government discussed the details of a plan to lift the country’s stay-at-home order and authorize a large number of businesses to resume operations beginning May 4, La Repubblica reported April 22. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has also proposed relaxing the country’s quarantine measures in the second half of May, according to a separate El Pais report. 
Regions & CountriesJanuary 23, 2020 | 14:35 GMT
Bolivia is a landlocked country that borders five South American countries: Chile to the west, Brazil to the east, Peru to the north and Argentina and Paraguay to the south. Bolivia's lack of sea access poses a major geographical challenge, as the country struggles to integrate itself into the global economy. As a result, Bolivia's major trade partners are its neighbors, Brazil and Argentina. Bolivia's history is full of major territorial defeats. The country lost its sea access to Chile after the War of the Pacific, which was fought from 1879 to 1884. Bolivia has also suffered territorial losses to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru. While the country has settled its border disputes with most of these countries, it still claims the territory it lost to Chile. Every Bolivian administration has prioritized attempts to gain access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia is extremely divided geographically and ethnically; the Andes mountains divide the country's lowlands and highlands, making it one of the most politically unstable countries in South America. The highlands are predominantly made up of indigenous groups, mostly the Aymara and Quechua peoples, while lowlands residents are mostly Mestizo. The core of Bolivia's highlands is the La Paz metropolitan area, where the city of El Alto is also located. The core of Bolivia's lowlands is Santa Cruz, which is the country's richest department. The disconnect between the highlands and lowlands has resulted in strong regionalism in the country. Political groups from the more developed departments located in the lowlands, where most of Bolivia's agricultural and natural gas production take place, have historically demanded more autonomy from the central political authority located in La Paz.
Contributor PerspectivesJan 13, 2020 | 11:00 GMT
Migrants deported from the United States stand outside an air force base in Guatemala City on Dec. 12, 2019.
Why the Details of a White House Asylum Deal Matter to Guatemala
In one of the last acts of his presidency, Guatemala's Jimmy Morales visited the White House in mid-December to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. It was a marked contrast from the last time the two leaders had been scheduled to meet. In July, Morales had been scheduled to travel to Washington to sign the controversial "safe third country" asylum agreement that featured prominently in White House immigration policy. Citing a lack of legal authority to sign the agreement, however, Morales canceled his trip at the last minute, drawing the threat of retaliatory tariffs from Trump. The Guatemalan Congress responded swiftly, and Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart was dispatched to Washington less than two weeks later to sign the deal. The difficulties in finalizing the agreement were a foreshadowing of the logistical, financial and political roadblocks ahead as Guatemala decides how to implement it.
On SecurityDec 24, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Mexican Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna, right, in Bogota, Colombia, on May 19, 2011.
The Business Impact of Corruption and Impunity in Mexico
The detention in the United States of Mexico's former secretary of public security highlights how corruption reaches to the highest levels of Mexico's government. Former Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna was arrested Dec. 10 in Grapevine, Texas. He has been charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and one count of making false statements related to bribes he allegedly received from the Sinaloa cartel to help facilitate its smuggling operations. Garcia Luna held the national security post in Mexico during the administration of former President Felipe Calderon from 2006 to 2012. Before then, he headed Mexico's Federal Investigations Agency from 2001 to 2006.
AssessmentsNov 7, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister during a demonstration against Bolivian President Evo Morales on Nov. 5, 2019, in La Paz, Bolivia.
Bolivia's Election Hangover Looks Likely to Linger
Unrest stemming from Bolivia's disputed presidential election continues to escalate, threatening to worsen the country's political divide and economic woes. Opposition to Bolivian President Evo Morales, who has held office since 2006, has been building steadily since 2017, when he used the South American country's constitutional court to abolish term limits. Now, Luis Fernando Camacho, the leader of the Civic Committee of Santa Cruz, has called on the opposition to "paralyze" the country through an indefinite national strike and blockade of the country's borders on Nov. 4. The call came after Morales defied Camacho's demand that he resign within 48 hours.
AssessmentsNov 5, 2019 | 16:12 GMT
A funeral for Benjamin LeBaron on July 9, 2009, in Chihuahua state, Mexico. LeBaron was a victim of cartel violence.
Eliminating the Cartel That Killed 9 Americans in Mexico Will Not Be Easy
Gunmen in Mexico ambushed three vehicles carrying three American women and 14 of their children in a remote part of Sonora state on Nov. 4, killing the women and six children, El Heraldo de Chihuahua reported. Whether this ambush was an intentional attack or a case of mistaken identity, the involvement of dual-nationality Americans has brought a great deal of media attention to the incident, and this will undoubtedly result in additional pressure on Mexican authorities from the U.S. government. The criminal groups operating in the mountains of this region are firmly entrenched, however, and have access to extensive resources. It will take a significant counterinsurgency effort to root them out.
Contributor PerspectivesOct 23, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
A passerby picks up a copy of Nicaragua's La Prensa in Managua on March 25, 2019. The newspaper printed its cover in cyan, instead of black, with the headline, 'We are running out of ink, but not of news. The Civic Alliance will not negotiate an amnesty.'
What Happens When You Kill the Messenger in Nicaragua
For many Nicaraguans, the maxim that today's oppressed becomes tomorrow's oppressor is ringing all too true. In December 2018, the United Nations' human rights chief, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, denounced the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega, urging Ortega to "immediately halt the persecution of human rights defenders, civil society organizations [and] journalists and news organizations that are critical of the government." Since Ortega returned to office in 2007, he and his allies have grown increasingly authoritarian, especially in the last couple of years. During this time, his administration has come to rely more on the security forces to suppress dissent, leading to hundreds of deaths in 2018. Directly in Ortega's sights has been the media, particularly print journalists who frequently criticize the administration. Ortega has labeled them enemies and accused them of publishing "fake news," while his family has also bought television stations and other media outlets to try
On GeopoliticsSep 12, 2019 | 08:00 GMT
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leads a Cabinet meeting in Tehran on Sept. 11, 2019.
Iran May Be Weak, But Its Strategy Is Working
Over the past three months, the U.S.-Iran conflict has gone from Washington's campaign of "maximum pressure" against Tehran to Iranian provocations that called the White House's bluff (and brought the region to the brink of war in the process) to a French-tailored diplomatic opening. Bloodied but unbowed, Tehran has endured Washington's sanctions, demonstrating to U.S. President Donald Trump that it has no intention of entertaining any of the United States' demands until it receives sanctions relief. The question now is whether, amid the glimmer of possible negotiations, the White House actually relents on sanctions or chooses to double down on its maximum pressure campaign to force through what it wants. That, however, is only likely to return the two foes to a stalemate -- and lead the Islamic republic to kick off a new cycle of tensions in the hopes of finding succor for its ailing economy.
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