A little over 80 years ago, men working for the Standard Oil Company of California, known today as Chevron, struck black gold in the middle of the Arab…
Uruguayan Energy What’s old: Uruguay is a regional leader in renewable energy. In fact, it has gone from being dependent on energy imports to a net ele…
Café con dinero What’s old: Last month, Brazil’s National Meteorology System (SNM) declared the current drought the worst drought Brazil has seen in th…
Like most of Latin America, Colombia has been hit hard by COVID-19. Unlike most of Latin America, however, Colombia had a fairly limited cash transfer …
Argentina Does Its Own Thing What’s old: The potential of Antarctica has quietly driven geopolitical developments in the South Atlantic for decades. Ch…
Stuck in the Middle with Chile What’s old: It’s been a tumultuous year in Chilean politics. The country has already elected representatives to write a …
As I write this edition of the newsletter, I’m sitting at a café in a random city in the United States. I paid for my espresso with an app on my phone.…
Same Old Venezuela What’s old: An overlooked consequence of Venezuela’s political and economic deterioration is the proliferation of crime, particularl…
Cuban Protests What’s old: Already vulnerable after the reimposition of U.S. sanctions during the Trump administration, the Cuban economy has been reel…
Costa Rica is Different One of the pitfalls of writing about politics is that people only seem to pay attention when bad things happen. Even respectabl…
Haiti What’s old: Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. (For more on the structural reasons why Haiti is so impoverished, you can rea…
Eye of the Fire What’s old: In the late 1970s, Mexico discovered massive oil reserves in the southern part of the country. An oil boom ensued and expor…