By Ernest Corea* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint
WASHINGTON DC (IDN) - The death of President Hugo Chavez, after a drawn-out battle with cancer, brought out huge crowds of grieving Venezuelans onto the country’s streets. Their grief suggested that he had been a more effective ruler than many of his critics allowed.
His visceral reaction to most things American was unfortunate, standing in the way of expanded economic relations which could have benefitted both countries, while each remained faithful to its internal political imperatives. In one area, however, he was personally responsible for a strong and beneficial link with the US.
By Melissa Moskowitz*
NEW YORK (IDN) - Despite being immensely popular among the people of Argentina, the Argentinean government's decision to nationalize the YPF (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales) oil company has continued to come under attack by those who obstinately promote extractive capitalism. The measure would nationalize YPF and restore 51 percent of the company's ownership to Argentina. It would thus end sister company Repsol's 57.4 percent majority stake in the company.
By Richard Johnson
LONDON (IDN) – Against the backdrop of the Fukushima disaster, Mexico has decided to tango nuclear and wind power to meet 23% of the country's electricity needs by 2026. The new energy plan also envisages connecting the Mexico's entire population to the grid, cutting back transmission losses and developing abundant shale gas reserves.
By Pía Figueroa*
IDN-InDepth NewsInterview | Pressenza
SANTIAGO DE CHILE (IDN) - A series of student-led protests across Chile from May to December of 2011, which have come to be known as Chilean Education Conflict, drew worldwide attention. Protesters had multifaceted goals, to begin with broadly related to lowering the costs and strengthening the role of the state in secondary and higher education – against the backdrop that only 45 percent of high school students in Chile study in traditional public schools and the education system is largely in private hands. Pressenza's Pía Figueroa interviewed the humanist national leader of the Teachers' Association in "Umbral”, in the neighbourhood of Bellavista
By Raul de Sagastizabal*
MONTEVIDEO (IDN) - In 2002, Anne Krueger, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), floated the idea that countries can go bust, advanced her opinion about a possible international mechanism of sovereign debt restructuring, and when considering the obstacles to an orderly debt restructuring, explicitly mentioned the behaviour of vulture funds in the following terms:
By Eva Weiler
BERLIN (IDN) - "Our life is much better now. We never imagined we would ever be small business owners, or work in a cooperative. This truly is an achievement," says Xenia Centeno, a 20-year-old Nicaraguan agro-industrial engineer who works for the Vinos Don Rufo cooperative winery.
By Eva Weiler
LONDON (IDN) - Survival International, an organization working for tribal peoples' rights worldwide, is urging the President of Paraguay and head of the government’s Indian affairs department (INDI), to title the threatened Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indian tribe's remaining lands to them without delay.
At the same time, it has criticized the United Nations (UN) for not responding adequately to Indian tribe's complaint.
By Ashley Smith
BURLINGTON, USA (IDN) – Some eighteen months after the disastrous earthquake that killed 300,000 people and drove 2 million into temporary camps, Haiti's crisis remains as difficult as ever.
Ashley Smith talked to Kim Ives, a journalist and editor with Haiti Liberté, a weekly newspaper published in Port-au-Prince and New York City, about what the Caribbean country could expect from the U.S.-backed Michel Martelly, who won a presidential runoff election in March 2011. He was sworn in as president on May 14, 2011.
By Daniela Estrada
SAN FRANCISCO (IDN) - The movement for tribal peoples, Survival International, has raised the alarm that an outbreak of respiratory disease has struck one of the Amazon's last nomadic tribes – whose numbers have already been decimated by flu and malaria.