Corruption in Latin America: making the common heritage for accumulation by dispossession

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Protests against current Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

If one asks anyone in the streets of Santiago de Chile, La Paz, Lima, Caracas or Mexico City about the main problems in their country, it is very likely that corruption is one of the first names. We can also find this idea by reviewing portals, channels and newspapers, with recent references throughout the region. An extraordinarily significant sample is Brazil, where the President of the Republic was dismissed in 2016 (i) under accusations of mismanagement of public funds by a Senate whose president was imprisoned a few months later on charges of proven corruption; At that time, a vice president was appointed who today faces charges for the same reason, without mentioning that he is trying to carry out a similar case against the now candidate and former president Lula da Silva (ii). Apparently similar situations of impeachment or prosecution processes occur in Ecuador, in Peru and throughout the continent. In the Dominican Republic, the so-called “Green March” brings together sectors of the left, center and right that mobilize hundreds of thousands against the corruption of the State, a similar case occurring in Haiti.

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Venezuelan economy will be recovered

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he arrives for the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected governor of Zuila state Omar Prieto (not pictured), in MaracaiboVenezuela has recently been through a difficult situation due to economic and political war against the Bolivarian revolution.

However, last municipal elections have demonstrated that Revolution is still alive.

President Nicolas Maduro has also held a planning workshop with the country’s mayors in a bid to ensure a path to “economic recovery” in 2018.

Maduro met with the 335 mayors elected December 10 to host the Strategic Planning Workshop of the Territorial Government System of the Federal Council of Government (CFG).

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Argentine Vice President Says #CELAC Crucial for Domestic Agenda

Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti

Credits: EFE

The Argentine vice president says regional integration is important in advancing its own domestic policy objectives.

Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti outlined various policy objectives for her country’s government such as the strengthening of democracy, poverty reduction and the fight against narco-trafficking at the fourth CELAC summit in Quito, Ecuador, on Wednesday.

“CELAC is a space to help us grow. Specifically, as it relates to the goals of our government over the next several years,” Michetti stated.

The newly elected vice president vowed to promote policies with the goal of widening social inclusion, reducing poverty, and expanding dignified employment. However, Michetti’s comments come as her newly elected administration fired more then 12,000 public workers, as part of a purge of various state agencies.

Meanwhile, during her speech, Michetti reiterated her commitment to strengthen democratic institutions, amid the highly criticized arrest of Indigenous, social leader Milagro Sala, after protesting the new government of Mauricio Macri.

Similarly, the recent decision by Argentine President Mauricio Macri to declare a “Emergency State for Security”, drew widespread criticism from local NGO’s, expressing concern over potential human rights abuses involving law enforcement in efforts to combat drug-trafficking.

Towards the end of her speech, Michetti said that one of the key priorities for her government is to combat climate change through the “promotion of clean and renewable energy through encouraging investment in these industries.”

“We are currently working in conjunction with Bolivia and Chile in the area of renewable energy.” She stated.

​Bolivia is considered one of the regional powers in energy, with the second-largest natural gas reserves in South America. Both from an energy and political point of view, Bolivia represents a key part of the regional cooperation efforts that have occurred over the last decade in the region.

Vice President Michetti stepped in for Argentine President Mauricio Macri who did not attend his first ever Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit due to a “recommendation” from his doctors.