Latin America

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Kay Smythe | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Kay Smythe

Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.

Two-thirds of Gen Y-ers Confident They Can Impact Their Local Worlds

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shivvy Jervis

A fresh update to the largest-ever survey of more than 6,700 Millennials across Latin America, the United States and Western Europe has found that today's 18-30 year olds are strikingly optimistic about their prospects for the future.

Just Another Week in Uruguay

Sophie Bauer | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

There was a time when I thought that travel was about getting to the top of a volcano or uncovering the trendiest bar in town. If anything, being in Uruguay made me realise that travel is about relishing the day to day

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

Beyond the Football Stadiums: Host Cities Uncovered

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

Although England were kicked out disappointingly early, many of us have still been following the World Cup, which has dominated our television screens for the past month. While travel interest to Brazil increased by 387% during the past month, searches were only up by 6% outside the World Cup period.

Post-2015: Development Goals are a Political Act

Alastair Roderick | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

We can't escape the fact that throughout history countries are most carbon-intense and least sustainable on their way to becoming rich; not when they get there. So if the message to developing countries is that they are not allowed to develop in the same way as rich countries developed... are we sure that they will sign up to this?

Márquez: A Master of the Minutiae and the Magnitude of Existence

Luke Massey | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Luke Massey

Reading Gabriel García Márquez is like being immersed in the letters of a sage and eccentric old friend: honest, inspiring, and personal. To try to...

The Unemployment Vortex: Latin America's Next Dilemma

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

In the past five years, the global economy has experienced some of the most phenomenal uncertainties in its history. Yet we are already on the path to recovery. If you look at global trends between 2008 and 2013, it's easy to see the world is once again becoming a busy producer of goods. Exports are on the rise, and with them global GDP indicators.

Planet Appetite: Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia - Luxury Hotel in the Capital of Colombia

Rupert Parker | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

It's slightly disorienting to be in a Colombian Hotel where all the staff say Bonjour, rather than Buenos Dias, but the Sofitel prides itself on its French heritage and I soon get used to it. This 5-star hotel is designed by the prestigious Colombian architect Miguel Soto and he's achieved a fine blend of elegant and modern French style...

The Ralph Miliband Saga Raises an Important Question: Was the Cold War Really a Battle Between "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys"

Daniel Wickham | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Wickham

Putting the Miliband saga aside, Brogan's comments on the Cold War deserve close attention. Was the Cold War really a "struggle between freedom and communism?", or is the history of the conflict more complicated?

If You Think We Have Achieved Gender Parity, You Couldn't Be More Wrong

Maria Caspani | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Maria Caspani

Around 45 percent of women in the UK have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, according to the Everyday Sexism Project, or that the UK comes 57th in the world for gender equality and political representation.

The Case for Quotas for Women in Politics

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Quota implementation in Latin America has not gone unchallenged. Detractors frequently argue that quotas interfere with meritocratic recruitment, alleging that "quota women" are the female relatives of male politicians, thereby perpetuating - rather than destabilising - elite control. Similarly, quota women are criticised for being dependent on party leaders, lacking autonomous voices, and failing to promote feminist policies.

Book Review - Write Against Impunity

Lucy Popescu | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

PEN has published a bi-lingual anthology, Write Against Impunity. A mixture of poems, essays and prose, the collection features the work of writers from all over Latin America, including Homero Aridjis, Gioconda Belli, Lydia Cacho, Ariel Dorfman, Carlos Gamerro, Elena Poniatowska and Sergio Ramírez.

Preventing Rabies: It's a Public Health Issue for Animals and People

Mike Baker | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

Rabies is one of the world's most tragic diseases, not only because of the dreadful effects it has on the people and animals who become infected but also because it is entirely preventable. Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities across Africa and Asia, where it causes one death every 10 minutes and where tragically children under the age of 15 are at a particularly high risk of dying.

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

The Post-2015 Agenda Is an Opportunity to Rethink the Terms of Trade in Dealing With the Poor

Alastair Roderick | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Woody Allen once joked that having money was better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. Unfortunately, this often seems to be the view of th...

Costa Rican Politicians Accidentally Vote For Gay Marriage

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Politics

Costa Rican politicians may have accidentally voted in favour of gay marriage, prompting ire from conservative lawmakers, who say they feel "deceived....

Peru: Restaurant Capital of the World

Martin Morales | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

Many people ask me what makes Peruvian food so exciting? Well continuing my posts regarding this question, this week I'd like to answer by talking about Peru's dynamic and just incredible restaurant scene.

Peru's Richest Natural Resource

Martin Morales | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

Mother Nature has been kind to Peruvian chefs and cooks over the years and thus fuelled their creativity and quest for great taste. Going to Cusco was an extraordinary trip; San Pedro Market is a place of wonder for any cook and food lover.

Babette's Feast With the Refugees at PDVSA: The Real Importance of Maduro's Victory in Venezuela

Asa Cusack | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics
Asa Cusack

Chávez's success is as much about how the poor feel about their place in society as it is about improvements in their material conditions.

History Makes Peruvian Food a World Class Cuisine

Martin Morales | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

History is very important in our cuisine. I have always revered our heritage and treasured our past as it gives us a grounding about where we came from, and where we are going. It helps us understand the reason behind what we are doing, why we are doing it and gives us a guide.

Venezuelan Presidential Elections 2013: All Over Bar the Shouting

Asa Cusack | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Asa Cusack

With just a few days to go before Sunday's elections (14 April), there's only one winner: Chávez's former vice-president Nicolás Maduro. Here we look at the last-minute grenades coming his way and how he's batting them back with a little help from friends (and enemies) abroad.

Peru's Lomo Saltado on BBC TV: A Homage to Our Jumping Peruvian Beef Stir Fry

Martin Morales | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

Lomo Saltado is one of Peru's most loved dishes. Every household in Peru makes it and so do many restaurants. Every mum and aunt in Peru has their own recipe which differs from each other. Some make it with red wine instead of vinegar, others add beer, but like all our dishes, its all about great ingredients and flavours.

Chavismo Set for Another Election Victory - Will Venezuela's Right-Wing Coalition Accept This?

Lee Brown | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lee Brown

In three weeks time, Venezuelan's will vote in their first Presidential contest for 15 years without Hugo Chávez. But Chavismo is set to record yet another victory

Mothers Who Inspired Our Cooking

Martin Morales | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

I have a great respect and appreciation bought about by my ancestral indigenous heritage which worshipped Mother Earth: Pacha Mama. As a cook and restaurateur, Mother Earth is tied to my life like the most fulfilling umbilical cord, supplying me with the most beautiful produce and ingredients which help me live, work and feed others.