Rio de Janeiro: Crime Surge Calls for Military Involvement



By: Janelle Rodriguez-Mena The famed Carnival is a festive time marked by colorful samba parades and animated street parties, with approximately 1.5 million tourists descending on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city, for the annual weeklong festival.  This year, the celebrations were marred by muggings, robberies, and confrontations.  President Michel Temer equated the violence to […]



Venezuela Dives into the Crypto World With its Own Cryptocurrency “Petro”



By: Adriana Valldejuly It is well known across the globe that Venezuela has been battling massive economic turmoil during the last few years. The country is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history, with an inflation rate of over 400 percent and an unstable exchange rate. At the end of 2017, Venezuela’s President Nicolas […]



U.S. Tax Reform Could Have Detrimental Effects on Puerto Rico



By: Giselle Carratala On December 22, 2017, the U.S. tax reform bill known as the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (“TCJA”) was signed into law. Introduced in the House less than two months earlier, most of the provisions of the TCJA went into effect on January 1, 2018. Generally, the TCJA will benefit U.S. companies with […]



The Conundrum: Denying Asylum to Mexican Journalists Fleeing Retaliation for Exposing Government Corruption



By Jihan Jude 2017 was one of the most dangerous years for journalists living in Mexico. About one journalist or photographer per month was brutally killed. In fact, these killings have been organized and prevalent since 2012, when the Mexican government created a program, the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, in order […]



Legalizing Cannabis in Canada: Marketing Implications



By: Geoffrey Marcus With some of the highest rates of cannabis use globally, along with an increase in organized crime from illegal cannabis dealing, the Government of Canada has decided to intervene and propose much needed regulations. On April 13, 2017, Canada proposed Bill C-45, which will legalize marijuana on a national level sometime in […]



Fragile Production Situation in Puerto Rico Leads to IV Bag Shortage in the United States During Severe Flu Season



By: Rachael Kratz On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category four hurricane, with winds reaching 155 miles per hour. As the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, Hurricane Maria left millions without power. Further, parts of Puerto Rico reported nearly 35 inches of rain, resulting […]



The New U.S. Restrictions on Travel to Cuba



By: Elaine Kussurelis On November 8th, the U.S. government announced sanctions that will make it more difficult for Americans to travel to and do business in Cuba. The restrictions, which implement President Trump’s June 2017 policy speech, took effect on November 9th. They are aimed at restricting American tourism and trade practices that benefit the […]




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