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Rafael Salazar
Originally from Mexico and residing just outside San Diego, Rafael is currently working as a freelance research consultant with a focus on the Latin American region and politics. Rafael is also undertaking research for his future book on the role of social movements in contemporary Latin America.

Entries by Rafael Salazar

What Nicolas Maduro Should Learn From Africa

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:29 PM


Nicolas Maduro recently returned from his round-the-world trip seeking financial help from the friends of the Bolivarian Republic to appease the growing tensions in Venezuela prompted by low oil prices. It's still not clear what the Venezuelan president accomplished from this...

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Forget About Messi, Cristina Fernandez and Mauricio Macri Are Latin America's Real Soccer Stars

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:38 PM


Former Brazilian soccer star and World Cup winner, Romario, recently won a senate seat in Rio de Janeiro with the same ease with which he used to score goals playing for the seleçao. While Dilma Rousseff saw a very...

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Democrats, Don't Take Latinos for Granted

(8) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:07 PM


Officially, she's not running, but no one at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa on Sunday, September 14th, had any doubt that Hillary Clinton's campaign for President of the United States had already begun (why else would anyone go to Iowa?). What was...

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How Mexico Plans to Boost Its GDP by 2 Percent Per Year

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:37 PM


At 74-years-old, he boasts never having owned a computer and still sports a plastic wristwatch that doubles as a calculator, a staple of the 1980s. Living a rather ascetic and low-key existence, he has shunned most of the penchants that usually...

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Beyond #MyNYPD: How Law Enforcement Should Use Social Media

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:16 PM


The New York Police Department's recent social media stunt was nothing less than a public relations disaster. In an effort to boost community engagement and spread a positive image of the police department, the NYPD communications team designed a hashtag, #MyNYPD. "Do...

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Why U.S. Companies Are Increasingly Unwelcomed in South America

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:33 PM

Our nation loves a good rags-to-riches story. And President Jose Mujica of Uruguay offers one of the most compelling narratives of our time. A former Marxist guerilla fighter that spent 14 years in prison, he has become at the ripe age of 79 a worldwide symbol of progressive...

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Brazil's World Cup Conundrum

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Photo: Fernando Henrique C. de Oliveira via Flickr

As the June 12 World Cup edges dangerously close, all heads have turned to its host country, Brazil, in anticipation of an atmosphere of extravagance, excitement and enticement. With expectations running high, is Brazil prepared...

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Immigration Policy Bad News for U.S. Regional Standing

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:53 PM


Evidence of increased mass-scale deportations since the beginning of Obama's Presidency -- often in violation of immigrants' human rights -- are significantly harming U.S. regional standing in organizations such as the OAS. While the U.S. is keen to act as the...

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