Lula versus Bolsonaro. Brazilian elections 2022

Latin America is going through crucial, dramatic moments for its democratic future, registering an alarming setback in its basic freedoms, attacks on judicial independence, which in many countries no longer exists. Freedom of the press is often cornered by international media and journalists who claim to fight for democracy on the one hand and on…

The zombification of Bolivian society

In the early 1980s, Wade Davis, a Canadian anthropologist, spent several months investigating alleged cases of the undead in Haiti. His theories about the zombification of people divided the scientific community. But they also gave birth to a whole culture about zombies. From The Serpent and the Rainbow, one of the first films on the…

Peter Corzo

Petro, another torpedo against democracy?

Recently, with the proclamation of Gustavo Petro, president-elect of Colombia, a young man from that country wrote on a social page about his frustration with politics and his deep disenchantment with politicians, an opinion that I largely share because most of the problems that the hemisphere suffers and the control exercised over public affairs by…

Narcofinance and 21st Century Socialism

In his book, Pablo Escobar, what my father never told me, Juan Pablo Escobar transcribed an interview he did with Quijada (the boss’s treasurer in the United States). Part of it reads as follows: “The business became so big in the early eighties that El Patron bought twelve houses in different sectors of Miami, three…

Peter Corzo

I don’t care about your fear

I heard this phrase in a film from Cuba. A woman’s voice that synthesized the feelings of many others, all of them, fed up with a cocktail that lasts 63 years, in which only repression and misery are mixed. Expression that reflects, in my modest opinion, the probability of very bloody and painful days that…

Bolivia, the paradise for drug traffickers

In his book, What my father never told me, Juan Pablo Escobar ―the boss’s son― recounts how his father’s political career ended because of a publication in the newspaper El Espectador. In addition, that his confrontation with Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla was the beginning of one of the most violent stages in the history of…

Peter Corzo

Summit without despots

The Summits of the Americas are meetings of heads of state and government that, like other multilateral meetings of an international nature, very rarely transcend the days that they last, because they continue to be a pastime for more than one of the participants. However, these shows, despite their few tangible results in favor of…

Cocaine, power and territory

Since the vice president of Bolivia, David Choquehuanca, spoke of the need to “share” the lands in the east of the country, the government once again promoted a massive invasion of the department of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, although its threats also extend to Beni and Panda. Why such an obsession with the Bolivian…

Colombia, will you choose fear?

Nothing more true than the old saying, “he who dies for his own pleasure, death tastes like glory.” A reality once again reflected in the high number of votes achieved by the candidate Gustavo Petro in the Colombian presidential elections. I am not a deep connoisseur of the Colombian political reality, but I think that…

In Bolivia stories are no longer enough

Apart from looting nations, there is one thing that the militants of 21st Century Socialism are experts at: building stories. For example, they called the inflation of housing prices a boom, or economic growth the simple fattening of the Bolivian state apparatus. However, fables, no matter how well structured they are, cannot hide reality. And…