St. Lucia went to the polls earlier this month, with the conservative United Workers Party, led by Allen Chastanet, beating the incumbent Labour Party on a platform of tax cuts and economic growth. In an email interview, Tennyson Joseph discussed the elections and the state of politics in St. Lucia.
Two weeks of protests and roadblocks ended in Colombia two weeks ago after peasant farmers and indigenous groups reached an agreement with the Colombian government to include them in future rulings on mining and other issues in the country’s rural areas. Now the key will be implementing the deal.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa defended his legacy last month and blamed the country’s current recession on the perfect storm of falling oil prices and a strengthening U.S. dollar. In an email interview, Diego Grijalva discusses Ecuador’s economy in the wake of the commodities bust.