Latin America

October 12, 2017

Swaying public opinion on NAFTA before negotiations have concluded

A new round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations started on Wednesday. U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials are meeting near Washington to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 agreement. It is the fourth round of such negotiations since President Donald Trump took office. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would seek […]

October 4, 2017

How subtle spin can make US-Cuban relations seem more dramatic

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington, ordering them to leave within seven days. U.S. State Department officials said it was a reciprocal measure that ensures “equitable staffing levels” at each country’s embassy after the U.S. withdrew embassy staff from Cuba last week. Last Friday, the U.S. reduced its embassy […]

August 8, 2017

The Knife Daily Cut – North Korea | Chicago | Franklin | Israel

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency said on Monday that sanctions approved by the United Nations on Saturday were a “violation” of the country’s “sovereignty.” KCNA said the sanctions were the result of a U.S. plan “to isolate and stifle” North Korea and the country would “not put” its “self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating […]

July 31, 2017

Venezuela’s election: Is the spin really necessary?

Venezuelans voted on Sunday to allow President Nicolas Maduro to create a new legislative body called a “Constituent Assembly,” or “la constituyente,” which will have the power to rewrite the country’s constitution. Voters were asked to elect 545 members for the assembly from a list of 6,000 candidates. The election did not give Venezuelans an […]

July 13, 2017

Brazil in the news: Three ways the media slanted Lula’s conviction

On Wednesday, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering. He was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. Lula has denied the charges. His lawyer Cristiano Zanin Martins said Lula will appeal the sentence on the grounds that the evidence provided by the defense […]

April 26, 2017

Trump and NAFTA: How the media created drama out of very little news

The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to a statement from the White House. The statement was released after U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House statement said, […]