Stories by Kevin Allison of GZERO Media

Pension reform spooks governments all over the world

Protests against pension reform in Saõ Paolo. Photo: Fabio Vieira/FotoRua/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Today, Brazilians poured into the streets to vent their anger about something that, in fairness, makes a lot of people's eyes glaze over: pension reform.

The big picture: It's the same issue that's roiled politics in Spain, France, and Argentina recently. In Nicaragua last year, it prompted a violent political crisis. And in Russia, it's the one thing Vladimir Putin is truly afraid of.

Trump buys into AMLO's "Marshall Plan" for Central America

Secretaries Pompeo and Mnuchin with AMLO following his election. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico's newly inaugurated president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), may have just scored a big political victory after a rocky start to his tenure. The U.S. State Department announced yesterday its intention to deliver $5.8 billion in aid and investment to Central America to stem the tide of migrants flocking toward the U.S. border.

Why it matters: AMLO has worked energetically since taking office to sell the White House on a "Marshall Plan" of support to address the region's growing migrant crisis. The U.S. commitment is a preliminary sign that he's at least being heard.

Iran could use cyberattacks to hit back against the U.S.

Iranian president Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif. Photo: Michael Gruber/Getty Images

Let’s say you are Iran. The U.S. has torn up a deal you were abiding by, and reimposed crippling sanctions that are exacerbating a currency crash and broader economic crisis. You’re in no mood to roll over for Uncle Sam — Washington’s demands are beyond the pale — but what are you gonna do about it?  

Between the lines: You could threaten oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, or encourage your proxies in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East to step up their attacks against U.S. allies and interests. But why go to all that trouble and expense when you could inflict pain on the Great Satan and its friends with a tap or two on a keyboard and the click of a mouse?