Perceptions of Corruption in Latin America

Transparency International (TI) has published their Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) since 1995, which ranks countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.” The higher the number, the better. 2011’s results included 183 countries and territories around the world, including South America. Out of all the countries surveyed throughout…

Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas

Initiated in 2004 as a pet project of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América started as a pact between the impoverished nation of Cuba, and Venezuela. The pact started as a simple partnership between communist Cuba, and fascist Venezuela. Under the initial agreement, Venezuela basically exchanged about 96,000…

An Island Divided

As the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, Hispaniola holds many historic claims, including the first cathedral and castle in the Americas. Just to the east of Cuba, the island of Hispaniola is home to both Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, which is the is the second largest Caribbean nation in both population and…

Ahmadinejad Strengthens Ties with Latin America

Despite drastic differences culturally, religiously, and geographically, Venezuela’s Chavez and Iran’s Ahmadinejad seem to be united as enemies of a common enemy. Both countries are fond of railing against the "imperial Yankee," and a planned tour of leftist Latin Amarican states by Ahmadinejad is seen as a demonstration of solidarity against Western powers. Coming on…

Cuban Doctors Failing Brazilian Certification

Cuban doctors have long been touted as a shining example of the glories of communist Cuba. Recently however, they have been failing to gain certification in Brazil despite the fact that is not proving to be the same stumbling block for their counterparts across the world. According to Dr. Fernando Matos, president of Rio Grande do…