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Monday, December 18, 2006

LATIN AMERICA'S FORECAST FOR 2007 -- LOS PRONOSTICOS PARA EL 2007

I was happy to read the latest projections that Latin American and Caribbean economies will have another good year in 2007. But, at the risk of being a party pooper, I'm afraid that these forecasts are spreading an unrealistic sense of optimism. To find out why, read the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

ONLY FOR ART LOVERS: DID ART BASEL DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LATIN AMERICAN ART?

Sorry to go against the conventional wisdom, but I was disappointed that the Art Basel exhibit in Miami Beach last week -- billed as one of the world's most impressive art shows -- had such scant representation of Latin American art. Of the 200 galleries at the exhibit, I could only count five that specialized on Latin American artists, which amounts to 2.5 percent of the total.
The Swiss-organized fair may have gone a bit too far in keeping Latin America's vibrant art scene at arm's length. What do YOU think?

IS LATIN AMERICA TOO OPTIMISTIC? -- EL OPTIMISMO LATINOAMERICANO

Despite the grim headlines about violence in southern Mexico, radical populism in Venezuela and political chaos in Bolivia, Latin Americans in general are more optimistic than ever in recent times about their future. A newly released poll by Latinobar├│metro shows that after four years of continued economic growth, about half of those surveyed said they expect 2007 to be better than this year. Read the full column here, and let us know whether YOU think this optimism is realistic.

Monday, December 11, 2006

LATIN AMERICA'S SHIFT TO THE "LEFT" - LA IZQUIERDA Y LA DERECHA EN EL SIGLO XXI

As 2006 comes to a close, the conventional wisdom among Latin America watchers is that the region has shifted further to the left. But, as often happens, the conventional wisdom may be deceiving. Read the full column here to find out why, and let us know what YOU think.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

RELIGIOUS POPULISM SPREADS IN LATIN AMERICA --- EL POPULISMO RELIGIOSO

When Venezuela's leftist populist President Hugo Chávez cited Jesus Christ repeatedly in his election victory speech earlier this week, he joined a growing number of Latin American politicians who are embracing religion -- or at least pretending to do so. Are they sincere or are we seeing an epidemic of religious populism? Read the answer in the full column here, and let us know whether YOU agree.

Monday, December 04, 2006

DEM. SENATOR TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS -- EL HOMBRE CLAVE EN EL SENADO

Over the past six years, U.S. policy toward Latin America -- if there was one -- has been pretty much run by President Bush's buddies. Come January, there will be a new powerful player in the game: likely head of the Senate's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. Read my interview with Sen. Dodd, what he plans to do, and what I think about it in the full column here, and let us know if YOU agree.