Marketers must reflect on social media as a cause of social exclusion

Aug 14, 2019 Our
Woman using smartphone beside bookshelf.
Social exclusion theory argues that individuals are susceptible to experiencing anxiety at the thought of being excluded from important social groups

The “opioid crisis” in Latin America is one of undertreatment and suffering

Jul 31, 2019 Our
Opioides
The situation in Latin America regarding access to and availability of opioids is still limited and is below 100 statistically defined daily doses

Puerto Rico Absurd Political Hurricane

Jul 26, 2019 Our
Puerto Rican rapper Rene Juan Perez and Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio,  warm up the crowd in front of the Puerto Rican Capitol, before a protest march against governor Ricardo Rosello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Two years ago it was a hurricane - today it is a political storm that shakes the island with a population of about 3.2 million

Argentina appears to be choosing populism over tough needed changes

Jul 20, 2019 Our
President Mauricio Macri
Macri depends on voters realizing they are not better off than when they first elected him, but that they are far better off than when Fernández de Kirchner was president

Mestizaje is a major source of racial attitudes in Latin America

Jul 20, 2019 Our
Manos con distintos tonos de piel
Despite clues from ethnographic research, we lack nationally representative evidence on the general population’s feelings about mestizaje

Health is not a valid argument against raising the retirement age in Latin America

Jul 12, 2019 Our
Hombre mayor sentado en una silla de madera
The nations that are experiencing the effects of demographic aging and its consequences turn to raise the retirement age attempting to maintain economic health

Latin America must listen to the people of Hong Kong’s message regarding extradition

Jul 02, 2019 Our
A worker cleans up outside the Legislative Council, a day after protesters broke into the building in Hong Kong.
If most of the Constitutions of Latin American countries formerly explicitly prohibited the extradition of nationals and changes were made based on a historical circumstance relating to…

Latin America must enter the race for 5G technology

Jun 12, 2019 Our
Camino a la tecnología 5G
Not only is it a matter of houses being smart, but the 5G network would increase the region's competitiveness to improve living conditions

Colombia: State institutions must ensure their credibility

May 24, 2019 Our
Recent decisions by some Colombian institutions have generated a confrontation that threatens their own stability

Artificial intelligence in new business

May 15, 2019 Our
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in the business world with different purposes, which generates competitiveness among companies

Intervention in Venezuela? It started a long time ago

May 08, 2019 Our
The intervention by Russia, China and the United States may not be military yet, but it has been operating for months and leaving victims

Assange: he must be protected, whether he is a hero or a villain

Apr 18, 2019 Our
The fate of the founder of WikiLeaks has sparked divided opinions, but for all its protection should be a priority

Venezuela's elections for state governorships have been postponed until next year, a move denounced by the opposition as unconstitutional.

The polls had been expected in December, but the election board said they would now be held around mid-2017.

Opinion polls have suggested the government of President Nicolas Maduro would fare badly in the elections.

He recently said that economic recovery and not elections were the priority for the country.

Venezuela has seen three years of deep recession, with inflation expected to top 700% this year. There are huge shortages of food and medicines, and looting is widespread.

Mr Maduro, who replaced the late Hugo Chavez in 2013, has seen his approval ratings plummet to just over 20%.

His term runs until 2019 but the opposition is seeking to end it early by securing enough signatures to trigger a recall referendum.

'Dangerous trend'
Announcing the delay, National Election Board head, Tibisay Lucena, gave no reason for it.

Government officials quoted by Reuters have said exceptional measures are needed to counter what they describe as a US-led economic war against the nation.

The opposition Democratic Unity coalition denounced the election delay, saying: "This decision by the election board is part of a dangerous trend by a regime clearly acting outside the constitution."

Opposition parties won control of the legislature last year in a landslide.

Mr Maduro said on Tuesday opposition parties would have to re-register with the electoral board to be eligible for the delayed polls.

"If they flout the law... then the governor elections will come and we will participate [alone]... It's a real, possible, probable scenario," he said.

His supporters staged a rally in the capital, Caracas, on Tuesday

Key Maduro aide Diosdado Cabello told them: "Nicolas Maduro was elected president and he must finish his term."

Flowchart explaining the steps of the recall referendum

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