2019

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Published Dec. 10, 2019 2:17 PM

The success of the originally Chilean flash mob #elvioladorerestu against sexual abuse and state oppression tells a lot about what is going on during the recent political turmoil in Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 9 December 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published Nov. 1, 2019 3:50 PM

Protests and street riots are spreading from country to country in Latin America. Governments both right and left falter. What is going on? asks Vegard Bye, in an article in Klassekampen 30 October 2019 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)

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Published Oct. 30, 2019 4:08 PM

Several weeks of violent protests have paralyzed the already hard-hit country and have had dramatic consequences for Haiti's population. Who gives up first, the president or the protesters? asks Marianne Tøraasen, Chr. Michelsen Institute, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 28 October 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published Oct. 23, 2019 11:24 AM

A clear consequence of the combination of US sanctions and a failed  national policy is a comprehensive "informalisation" of the Venezuelan economy: ordinary businesses are denied loans and access to international markets and must either close their doors or find informal markets and sources of finance in Russia, Turkey or other sanctioned countries, write Benedicte Bull og Antulio Rosales from the University of Oslo in an article in Aftenposten 22 October 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published Oct. 16, 2019 2:25 PM

For a while, Cuba seemed to open up to the world politically and economically. Now the country is threatened with total ruin. What happened? asks Vegard Bye, in an article in Klassekampen 9 October 2019 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)

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Published Oct. 16, 2019 2:23 PM

The primaries in the Dominican Republic have left the country in crisis over serious allegations of electoral fraud. The open crisis not only generates strong uncertainty in the country, but also threatens to split of the ruling party, PLD, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in El País 8 October 2019 (in Spanish).

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Published Oct. 1, 2019 2:19 PM

During the UN General Assembly last week, Latin American heads of state criticized both each other and the UN, telling one lie after the other. Behind the statements lies a deep division in the region regarding political direction and the role of international organizations, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 1 October 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published Sep. 25, 2019 10:35 AM

Maduro has gone behind the backs of both negotiators and facilitators. It's time for Norway to reconsider its role - at least for a while, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in a blog post on La Bullatina 23 September (in Norwegian).

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Published Sep. 24, 2019 4:17 PM

Norway must be a driving force in the efforts to ensure that goods from the rainforest area do not become part of global value chains, write Robert Muggah, Igarapé Institute, Rio De Janeiro, and Stina Torjesen, University of Agder, in an article in Dagbladet 12 September (in Norwegian).

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Published Sep. 11, 2019 12:00 PM

The economy is heading for the abyss, and the fear is that the whole society will crumble, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 6 September (in Norwegian).

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Published Sep. 11, 2019 11:58 AM

Deforestation will continue if we are not willing to use trade and investment as a tool, writes Bård Hardstad, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagens Næringsliv 4 September (in Norwegian).

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Published Sep. 6, 2019 11:14 AM

We have organized our food production in such a way that we occupy a significant area in Brazil, writes Hilde Bjørkhaug, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, in an article in Nationen 30 August (in Norwegian).

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Published July 30, 2019 3:39 PM

A year after Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to power in Mexico in a historic election victory, he has turned Mexican politics upside down, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 24 July 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published July 2, 2019 1:51 PM

Many are skeptical of the Oslo process for Venezuela. When an increasing number of international players still support the initiative, it is not because they are naive, but because there are few alternatives to negotiation, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 2 July 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published June 11, 2019 4:15 PM

Venezuela's problems are larger than a choice between President Maduro and the self-appointed president Guaidó. And previous negotiations also show that it was just as often the opposition who was not willing to make real negotiations, write Ronald Mayora Synnes, University of Agder, and Dave Watson, Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG), in an article in Stavanger Aftenblad 10 June 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published May 29, 2019 11:26 AM

In a report published in April, economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs give the financial sanctions introduced by the US direct responsibility for Venezuela's economic and humanitarian crisis. The problem is that the report is full of errors and misconceptions, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 23 May 2019 (in Norwegian, only available on paper). 

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Published May 29, 2019 11:23 AM

Norway's neutrality must not be confused with weakness, writes Antulio Rosales and Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, explaining the historical and strategic background for the engagement in the mediations. The article is in Spanish and published on Prodavinci 22 May 2019.

Published May 15, 2019 1:29 PM

Something has changed about the relations with the military in Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 May 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published May 10, 2019 5:15 PM

The opposition's attempted seizure of power in Venezuela initially looked like a gigantic failure. The events of April 30, however, set in motion processes internationally, suggesting that something is fundamentally changed, write Benedicte Bull og Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Aftenposten 9 May 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 26, 2019 10:16 AM

The significant poverty reduction we saw between 2003 and 2015 has now turned to an increase. A major problem is the lack of success in getting a larger share of the workforce into more productive sectors, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 25 April 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 24, 2019 5:16 PM

If Bolsonaro's problems and loss of popularuty continue, the interests of vice president Mourão and the majority of Congress can be aligned, putting the former in the dilemma between his declared loyalty to the president and his political ambitions, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in El País (Spain) 21 March 2019 (in Spanish). 

Published Apr. 24, 2019 5:14 PM

There is reason to be deeply concerned about the Trump administration's war threats and sanctions policies against Venezuela, write a group of 25 Norwegian academics in an article in Dagbladet 28 March 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 24, 2019 5:11 PM

This is perhaps the worst possible time to open a debate on NATO membership in Latin America, and it would neither benefit NATO nor Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 8 April 2019 (in Norwegian)

Published Mar. 6, 2019 11:04 AM

Venezuela appealed to Putin in three ways: a willingness to recognize Russia as a great power, oil and gas, and markets for weapons, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 March 2019 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)

Published Mar. 1, 2019 3:29 PM

After five weeks of intense pressure on Nicolás Maduro's regime in Venezuela, it is highly unclear where a solution to the stalled crisis will come from, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Morgenbladet 1 March 2019 (in Norwegian).