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These questions are primarily about, or refer to those countries that are in the Western Hemisphere (North-, Central- and South-America) where the Romance-bases languages are spoken. This is predominantly Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

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Why did a majority vote against the 2010 French Guianan status referendum?

French Guianan voters were asked whether they wanted more power to be given to the local government based in Cayenne.[3] French Guiana was an overseas region and an overseas department of France, ...
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Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? [duplicate] Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? https://en....
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Is there a reason why so many Latin America countries enforce compulsory voting? Source: It seems like most Latin America country enforce compulsory ...
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Any successful example of democratic socialism in Latin America/South America that lasted at least twenty years?

Yes, I know there are versions of authoritarian socialism in South America that have been tried, but I want to know if there are any successful democratic socialist communities that lasted at least ...
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What are the pros and cons that a new common currency for Latin America bring to the region? Argentina and Brazil recently announced preliminary plans to form a common ...
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Why have most countries withdrawn from the Union of South American Nations?

Why did most countries withdraw from the Union of South American Nations? Is there a specific political reason for that? If they had joined prior to having withdrawn from the organization, then ...
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Why is the US embargo such a problem for Cuba?

Why is the US embargo such a problem for Cuba? Honestly, the USA is not the only country in the world. Cuba need not buy or sell things to the USA. Cuba could trade with others nations such as EU, ...
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Does any other Latin American country have a justice system in which the security forces can only be prosecuted by military courts?

According to a 2016 Amnesty article, the Chile justice system encourages brutality from the security forces because Chile’s military courts, which deal with cases of human rights violations committed ...
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Did US threaten Iran to prevent its tankers delivering oil to Venezuela?

Recently, Iranian tankers delivered oil to Venezuela - which is badly needed, while Venezuela is under US embargo and sanctions. In Iran that was claimed as victory. But were there any direct threats ...
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Members of Central American Tariff System (SAC)

Who are the member states of the Central American Tariff System (SAC)? I'm looking for a list of current members. If possible please also link an official page or website or your source.
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Why are so many cities in the list of 50 most violent cities in the world located in South and Central America?

According to the Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking, about 80% of the most dangerous cities are in the American continent. Is there a political explanation to this? Are ...
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Why is Argentina in a near-perpetual economic and/or financial crisis?

I might be getting the wrong impression but Argentina seems to be in a perennial or at least often repeated sequence of economic and/or financial crises. Just the latest: the country is in a deep ...
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Why do South and Latin American countries have small armies?

The examples in South and Latin America of countries with a small military are numerous: Mexico: only five F5F fighters, an old airplane that was nearly obsolete in the 1990s. The navy is only a ...