Netpicks May 2019

Selected food for thought about Latin America. Every month we trawl the web for in-depth analysis, research summaries and opinions we think particularly worth reading, and that you won’t find in the mainstream media.

NETPICKS: UNDERSTANDING LATIN AMERICA

Selected food for thought about Latin America. That’s what we intend to offer you here every month. We are trawling the web for a selection of texts we think are particularly worth reading: in-depth analysis, research summaries and opinions you might not find in the mainstream media news.

Recommended Key Voices in Confronting the Current Capitalist Crisis

November 2018 In Latin America, it is more than obvious that we are going through a stage of ultra-capitalism or predatory capitalism. Limits are being pushed today that used to be unthinkable, like exploiting the last confines of nature, or an accelerated delegitimization of the set of human rights that we had once thought to

Hyperinflation, industry, cash and salaries in Venezuela

Few would deny that Venezuela is suffering from the worst crisis in its history. For the fifth consecutive year the country will record the highest inflation in the world (estimated at 24,571% for the period May 2017 to May 2018) (Nacional. 2018)). In May 2018, monthly inflation reached 110% while cumulative inflation for 2018 was around 1,995% (Nacional, 2018). This is the seventh consecutive month with hyperinflation and the country watches dumbfounded as prices rise on a daily basis.

Venezuela: The Failure of the Bolivarian Process

The Bolivarian process in Venezuela, starting with the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, began at a critical moment in the history of the country. Venezuela was going through a severe economic crisis with an unstable and deeply delegitimized political system…

A Small Step to the Center Brings Opportunity for the Left

On June 17, Colombia will elect its president for 2018-2022. After the first round of the election, two men will face each other in the runoff: Iván Duque, representing the right, and Gustavo Petro, for the left. Results from the first round of the election, held on May 27, evidence several changes in Colombia’s political dynamics, while other trends remain the same. These reflections are discussed in this article.

Who’s afraid of Feminism?

A look at “gender ideology” and other sexual monstrosities in Ecuador and Latin America. By Cristina Vega.* Is “gender ideology” the new specter spreading throughout Latin America?