Tag Archives: Latin America

Why Latin America Is Becoming Less Democratic – Kurt Weyland – The Atlantic

Why Latin America Is Becoming Less Democratic - Kurt Weyland - The Atlantic

With its claims to make democracy more direct and to be especially mindful of the poor, left-wing populism has crafted an attractive message. It has spread from Venezuela to several other countries and has stimulated interest elsewhere, especially Argentina. The temptations that it spawns make Chávez-style populism a particular threat to democracy.

This threat also seems to have clear limits, however. Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, and now Colombia boast stable democra­cies. Steady institutions, pluralist party systems, and respectable gov­ernment performance leave less room for populists. The downsides of Bolivarian populism, which include raging inflation, corruption, and violent crime, are well known and act as a deterrent. Left-wing populism and soft authoritarianism are unlikely to infect those countries.

via Why Latin America Is Becoming Less Democratic – Kurt Weyland – The Atlantic.

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The Bronx Now Has a Monument to Antonio Gramsci

It’s not so much a monument as it is some sort of scaffolding/public space.

via Critical-Theory.com http://critical-theory.com/gramsci-bronx-monument/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gramsci-bronx-monument

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Camp Evidence Gathered

 Cal National Debate Institute:

Affs

(Lots of other stuff here too) – including “goat cans”

Emory National Debate Institute

Affs

UT logo

 UTNIF

 Affs – All zipped here.

  • Cuba – End Embargo
  • Mexico – Oil (Transboundary Agreement)

Northwestern Debate institute

Aff – (pre-camp)

  • Cuba – All impacts (China, Relations, Russia, Drugs, Aliens)

 Georgetown Debate Institute

Aff – Pre-camp

Jayhawk Debate Institute (Kansas)

Affs-

  • Cuba Embargo – Precamp
  • Cuba Hurricanes SuperHurricanes, Disaster Diplomacy
  • Water – Mexico Transboundary water management
  • Juarez – Narratives
  • TRCC Mexico

    Plan: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its economic engagement with Mexico by increasing more funding through the Mérida Initiative for the “Mexico in Peace” strategy on the condition that Mexico accepts a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  • Mexico Microfinance
  • Sugar Cane – Cuba Ethanol

 

 

Pure-Michigan-video-ssMichigan

Evidence from the MNDI/Classic/7-weeks it not available on the new-fangled “internets”

Affs –

Border Infrastructure Mexico

Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its United States – Mexico North American Development Bank border transportation infrastructure investment

Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its investment in United States – Mexico North American Development Bank transportation infrastructure projects

Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its border transportation infrastructure projects with Mexico

Test: The United States federal government should substantially increase aid to funding transportation infrastructure around its border with Mexico

  • Trade Advantage, TPP, China Balance
  • Trade with Competitiveness Bonus
  • Relations – Central American Stability
  • Nieto Credibility
    • Oil Reform -> Mexican Natural gas exports -> the US can’t export Natural gas (which is bad cause of ….)
  • Border Security
  • NADBANK good – environment

Mexico NACTI (North American Court on Trade and Investment)

The United States federal government should propose the creation of a North American Court on Trade and Investment for the United States and Mexico, staffed by a permanent tribunal with members from both countries, to resolve interstate and investor-state trade disputes under Chapters 11, 14, 19, and 20 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • Mexican State Collapse
  • Relations – Proliferation

Mexico NAIF ( North American Investment Fund)

The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its North American Investment Fund economic engagement toward Mexico.

  • Relations – Key to Nieto Reform, Solves Mexican State Collapse
  • Immigration – Population Growth is bad…

Cuba Oil

Plan:  The United States federal government should authorize companies to provide services for the development of Cuban offshore oil resources.

  • Relations – China Influence Bad
  • Environment – Coral Reefs, Oceans
  • Cuban Economy – Caribbean Instability, LNG Tanker Explosions

Cuba Travel

Plan: The United States federal government should eliminate its travel ban to Cuba.

  • Economic liberalization – Impacts unknown
  • Democracy
  • Gradualism – lifting embargo all at once bad
  • Constitutionality – Impacts unknown unknowns
  • International Law – yep.

Mexico Renewable Energy

The United States Federal Government should provide renewable energy assistance to Mexico through the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission.

  • Relations – Climate Coop key to solve Latin American Wars, Terrorism, US Economy
  • Global Warming – Mexico key

Venezuela Oil

The United States federal government should assist Venezuela in liberalizing its energy sector.

  • “Venezuela” – State collapse, stability (global conflict)
  • Latin America Relations – Key to solve “global war,” Proliferation & Climate Change
  • China – Chinese influence balancing
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Latin America – The Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela.

To kick it off, here’s a very cool word cloud that depicts US-Attitudes towards Mexico that is associated with a study from last year on the topic from the National Journal. Continue reading

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