Corruption in Latin America: Democracy to the rescue?

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Made in China?

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Corruption in Latin America

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Despite an epidemic of scandal, the region is making progress against a plague

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BUENOS AIRES, LIMA, MEXICO CITY AND SÃO PAULO

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WHEN Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, delivered a televised speech to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, it was almost impossible to hear her in some districts. Thousands of middle-class Brazilians drowned her out by banging pots and pans, a traditional way to show dissent in neighbouring countries. Brazil’s panelaço is new.
Brazilians have plenty to grumble about, from a stagnant economy to fiscal austerity, but the pot-bangers’ main grievance is the scandal at Petrobras, a state-controlled oil giant. On March 6th a Supreme Court judge agreed to open investigations into 34 sitting politicians, including the speakers of both houses of Congress, …<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>