Author: Jose Niño

José Niño is a freelance writer and political analyst based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook or Twitter. Get his premium newsletter here. Subscribe to his Substack here.

On September 4, 2022, Chileans resoundingly voted down a new constitution by 62% to 38%. The constitutional proposal in question was progressive in nature and would have been a notable departure from the more market-oriented Constitution that the military government of August Pinochet established in 1980. While there is still a desire for constitutional changes among the Chilean electorate, the constitutional proposal put forward on September 4 was too radical for the current Chilean electorate as it stands. Boric’s government has been marked by some degree of instability since he came into office on March 11, 2022. Five cabinet ministers…

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Recently, Myanmar started to buy Russian oil products and will pay for them using rubles. Myanmar’s military junta leader General Min Aung Hlainin confirmed this development in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 7, 2022, per a report by Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti. RIA Novosti also reported that the first Russian fuel shipments to Myanmar are expected to arrive in coming days. In the months following the launch of its special military operation in Ukraine, Russia has been urging countries to pay for Russian oil and gas in rubles to wean itself off the US…

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Will Colombia finally pacify all its guerilla groups? The National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación — ELN) is now ready to commence peace talks with the new government of Colombian President Gustavo Petro. Colombia’s 34th President, who himself was a member of the M-19 guerilla movement, made reaching a peace agreement with rebel groups such as the ELN an integral part of his campaign platform. The president issued statements in separate interviews calling for a ceasefire with groups such as the ELN. Petro stressed that these ceasefires be conducted in a “bilateral” fashion. Petro’s proposal is one for “total peace”…

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Earlier in August, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, cautioned African nations about purchasing goods and services outside of fertilizers and grains. Should they step out of line, these countries could face sanctions. While visiting Uganda, Thomas-Greenfield did concede that countries could still buy “Russian agricultural products, including fertilizer and wheat” but noted that “if a country decides to engage with Russia, where there are sanctions, then they are breaking those sanctions.” “We caution countries not to break those sanctions because then … they stand the chance of having actions taken against them,” she emphasized. Thomas-Greenfield…

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Towards the end of July, Kosovar Serbs blocked roads and set up barricades in protest of authorities’ decision to ban cars with Serbian license plates and documents from entering Kosovo. This measure would have gone into effect on August 1. Kosovo’s move prompted Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to accuse it of planning to launch an attack. So far, this attack has not come to pass. However, in the wake of Vučić ’s hostile comments towards Kosovo, Kosovar authorities decided to postpone this law’s adoption by a month. NATO’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo made the usual noises in a statement where…

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While everyone is focused on the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, unrest is starting to brew worldwide. It’s not just the Collective West experiencing domestic turmoil. Growing parts of the Global South are witnessing great social upheavals due to the breakdown in global supply chains, energy shocks, and agricultural shortages brought about by the Russo-Ukraine conflict. The case of Malawi is peculiar, yet indicative of where things are headed in the short-term. On July 21, 2022 mass protests broke out in Malawi ostensibly against corruption and rising living costs. Inflation appears to be a fixture of many economies in the COVID-19 era. In…

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Gustavo Petro’s electoral victory on June 19, 2022 sent shock waves across Latin America. As Colombia’s first leftist president to be elected to higher office, Petro has sparked significant discussion about what his presidency holds for the future of Latin America. Petro’s electoral success undoubtedly has people wondering what course he will take. Upon receiving news of Petro’s victory, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and United States Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) instantly invoked Cold War era tropes. DeSantis gave a speech at a press briefing on June 20, where he declared the following: “The election in Colombia of a former narco-terrorist…

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Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has been in the American Deep State’s crosshairs. The US has made it a point to sanction and maintain cold diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic. Additionally, Israel — one of the US’s key allies in the region — has taken a hawkish line against Iran, particularly towards its nuclear program and funding of proxies across the Middle East. Altogether, this has made Iran one of the US’s main rivals and targets for regime change in recent decades. Despite efforts to overthrow the mullahs in control of the Iranian regime, the Islamic Republic…

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To say that the Organization of American States’ Summit of the Americas event held in Los Angeles from June 6 to June 10 was a debacle, would be an understatement. Initially, countries like Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua were banned from attending the event. This caused Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to protest and not attend. México was followed by presidents Luis Arce of Bolivia, Nayib Bukele of El Salvador, Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, and Xiomara Castro of Honduras in refusing to participate in the summit. The ostensive mission of the event was the promotion of democracy. Additionally, migration, corruption,…

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Europe has committed itself to sanctioning Russia to the last European with five Euros in his pocket in an effort to strangle its economy, thereby throwing a major wrench in its military campaign. So far, Russia appears to be chugging along without many issues and is poised to liberate the Donbass from Ukraine. However, things may not be looking so good on the Old Continent. Germany, Europe’s premier economic powerhouse, looks like it committed an own goal by hopping on board the European Union’s sanctions train. According to a report by…

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