Category Archives: Student Blog

Cubans Reach a Rare Boiling Point as Covid-19 Spikes and Economic Conditions Deteriorate

By Marcos Martinez, 3L Thousands of Cubans across the island flooded the streets to protest the regime’s handling of the dire economic conditions of the state. The series of protests stretching from July 11, 2021, to July 17, 2021, was the country’s largest anti-government movement since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, and the first major protest […]

The Caribbean island nation of Puerto Rico might soon have a real chance at statehood

By: Alexa Garcia, 2L Congress is currently considering two bills that involve Puerto Rican statehood: the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act and the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021. The Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act was proposed by Florida Representative Darren Soto (D) and Puerto Rico’s nonvoting Representative Jenniffer González Colón (R). The bill consists of a […]

Operação Lava Jato: How Latin America’s Largest Corruption Scandal Has Created the Perfect Storm Ahead of Brazil’s General Elections

By: Jessica Santos, 2L On March 8, 2021, Brazil’s supreme court ruled that former judge Sergio Moro was biased in overseeing former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (“Lula”) corruption trial, born out of “Operação Lava Jato” (“Operation Car Wash”)––the country’s largest corruption scandal investigation to date. This ruling effectively annulled a series of […]

The Biden Administration and the Unknown Future of U.S. – Cuba Relations

By: David Prieto, 2L On April 11, 2015, President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro in what was the first in-person meeting between both nations’ leaders in half a century. The U.S., up until this point, had increasingly sanctioned Cuba since the Cuban Revolution, when Cuba began to nationalize U.S. owned properties and aligned […]