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2017 Hot Spots

teleSUR analyzes the top social, political and economic issues to look out for in 2017.

Chile

 

In recent years, Chile has been known as one of Latin America’s most stable and prosperous nations, but as it heads into a November election there are numerous unresolved issues that could boil over and lead to an even lower turnout than the 2013 election, which saw Michelle Bachelet elected with some 43 percent of the vote. READ MORE

France

 

In the race for the coming presidential elections in France, radical and anti-establishment parties are in a better position to win the popular vote, but with an advantage for the anti-immigrant far-right party. With the traditional Socialist Party in power for the past five years, and more generally the crisis of European social democracy, experts saw the conditions for the emergence of a new, more radical, leftist movement. READ MORE

Syria

 

It has been five years of catastrophe. Five years of macabre violence in an ongoing conflict that has embroiled hundreds of thousands — through death, displacement and direct intervention. As the Syrian crisis pushes into its sixth year, the prospect of the war’s end is a newfound possibility — as is the war’s prolonged continuation. READ MORE

Venezuela

 
La ministra de exteriores de Venezuela denunció que fue agredida por un policía cuando pretendía ingresar a la sede de la cancillería argentina

Venezuela, one of the key countries in the global economy and of geopolitical importance in Latin America, saw an eventful 2016. On the heels of a turbulent 2016, a few issues top the agenda of what to watch for in the South American country throughout 2017. READ MORE

Turkey

 

Turkey has been rocked by devastating events and developments in both domestic and foreign affairs in 2016 that are most likely to have a lasting impact on the country for years to come, shaping the Turkish-Kurdish conflict as well as the conflict in neighboring Syria. READ MORE

United States

 

President-elect Donald Trump and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders, people say, have a lot in common. The two are mostly associated for their comparable yet opposite strands of populism. Both might also be said to have reinvigorated class analysis in U.S. politics. READ MORE

Honduras

 

As Honduran politicians and political parties gear up for this year's presidential election, a growing left-wing opposition party led by the wife of deposed President Manuel Zelaya threatens to upset the nation's established right-wing order. READ MORE

 
  • In an attempted coup in Turkey in July, at least 265 people were killed and another 1,440 people wounded. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan began rounding up thousands of military personnel suspected of taking part in the coup and took the opportunity to impose emergency decrees that has extended repression to many parts of civil society.

    In an attempted coup in Turkey in July, at least 265 people were killed and another 1,440 people wounded. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan began rounding up thousands of military personnel suspected of taking part in the coup and took the opportunity to impose emergency decrees that has extended repression to many parts of civil society. | Photo Reuters

  • Rescuers help a girl out of a dinghy carrying refugees and migrants onto a Greek coast guard vessel in the open sea between Turkey and Lesbos. The refugee crisis in Europe is above all a humanitarian crisis of people fleeing conflict zones, Feb. 8, 2016.

    Rescuers help a girl out of a dinghy carrying refugees and migrants onto a Greek coast guard vessel in the open sea between Turkey and Lesbos. The refugee crisis in Europe is above all a humanitarian crisis of people fleeing conflict zones, Feb. 8, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • A man walks on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria Sept. 25, 2016.

    A man walks on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria Sept. 25, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Demonstrators protesting against President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016.

    Demonstrators protesting against President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Marine Le Pen is becoming increasingly popular in France as anti-immigrant sentiment grows across Europe.

    Marine Le Pen is becoming increasingly popular in France as anti-immigrant sentiment grows across Europe. | Photo Reuters

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