Why should we care about China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Chinese presence in Latin America and the Caribbean can be traced back to nineteenth and twentieth century migrants who established diasporic groups across the region. Chinese Latin Americans are found across the entire continent, intermingling with local cultures and social norms. Economically, however, the People’s Republic of China began to show more interest in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2000s with the introduction … Continue reading Why should we care about China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Opinion: Aftermath of the Venezuela Vote

Openly condemned by the world, Maduro’s win is already proving troublesome for the South American nation, from sanctions to missing politicians and police brutality. On August 30, the polls were opened in Venezuela. Maduro’s Socialist Party hailed victorious. Officials said 8.1 million citizens cast their vote. Yet the opposition estimates the true number was anywhere between two and four million. Voter turnout varied across the … Continue reading Opinion: Aftermath of the Venezuela Vote

The Softwood Lumber Dispute: A Beginner’s Guide

     Forestry is one of the major cornerstones of the Canadian economy. Canada is home to 10% of the world’s forested land and is the second-largest exporter of forestry goods, which has contributed to the nation having the highest forest trade balance in the world. In short, forestry is an integral part of Canada’s economy and provides its people with thousands of jobs. In … Continue reading The Softwood Lumber Dispute: A Beginner’s Guide

A Short Guide to Glocalization

The term glocalization, coined by sociologist Roland Robertson, emerged in the 1990s. It is a way of explaining how global businesses adapt to local cultures. One of the best examples of this business practice is McDonald’s, the fast-food chain restaurant that is present in almost every corner of the world and attempts to cater to the particular tastes of every culture and society that is … Continue reading A Short Guide to Glocalization

The Eight-Year Wait For A Raise

July 24, 2009. 4.5 million workers across 31 states were greeted with an increase in the federal minimum wage to $7.25/hour. Signed by former President George W. Bush as part of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, it created $1.6 billion of increased wages for these families at a time in which the entire economy was in collapse. Three days ago marked the eight-year … Continue reading The Eight-Year Wait For A Raise