What I’ve Been Reading: Friday, 16 June 2012

Let’s all pretend I’m not a day late, shall we?

According to the Latin American Corruption Survey 2012, corruption seems to be down – a little – in the region. Nevertheless, 44% of respondents said corruption was an obstacle for doing business, and 52% believed their company had lost business to a competitor that offered illicit payments. Some interesting data here.

I’m not sure how I feel about this one: Wikipartido plans to change politics in Mexico. On the one hand, any mechanism for increased grassroots political participation is a good thing; on the other, I have visions of a directionless, incoherent political party responding to the short term ebbs and flows of public opinion.

Is the International Criminal Court Facing Its ‘Black Hawk Down’ Moment? Great read. Important issue. Breathtaking example of the politicization of international law and human rights.

With the announcement of Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchners, new housing plan, the topic is on everyone’s lips at the moment. I’m not going to touch the debate on whether handing out cheap mortgages is a responsible use of the country’s pension funds, at least not here and not today. Rather, in a more general sense, El Diplo offers an interesting analysis (although the best is behind a paywall): start with Las Mil Caras de un Problema Compleja (spanish) and this infographic (portuguese) calls attention to the scale of the problem across the region.

And it’s absolutely no fun being a woman in Mexico.