The fraudulent Oct. 15 gubernatorial elections in Venezuela have led many to believe that the country will become a long-term dictatorship, like Cuba. But Venezuelans have not lost their democratic instincts.
In the aftermath of the blatant fraud in Venezuela’s Oct. 15 regional elections, it’s time for a coordinated international effort to put pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship. The United States, the European Union and Latin American countries are acting separately, which diminishes their effectiveness.
President Trump’s threat to “challenge” and perhaps “revoke” NBC’s license is no trivial matter. It is a presidential statement that goes against basic U.S. values, and that erodes America’s moral authority to speak out in support of democracy and freedom of speech around the world.
Trump is continuing to push his narrative that undocumented immigrants are a threat to Americans’ safety, but the Las Vegas massacre and all other recent mass shootings have been committed by U.S.-born gunmen. Trump isn’t doing anything to prevent new massacres by domestic mass murderers.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales wants to change the constitution and run for a fourth term in 2019. He’s arguing that international human rights conventions protect every person’s human right to be elected for office.
When Trump playfully tossed paper towels at Puerto Rico hurricane victims, he was doing what populist leaders do: they put themselves at center stage and pose as benefactors of the people. But what was much more outrageous about Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico’s humanitarian crisis was his slow and inept response to it.
The region’s biggest countries — including Mexico, Brazil and Colombia — will have presidential elections over the next 12 months, and populist candidates are leading in the polls in several of them. A new crop of authoritarian populist leaders in the region would have economic and political consequences.
Trump was much slower to react to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico than to recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. When he did react, he did it in a mean way. Puerto Ricans are Americans and deserve better.
Venezuela’s elected dictator Nicolás Maduro is offering a new dialogue with the opposition, and to hold presidential elections at the end of 2018. But we have seen this movie several times before, and Maduro has always broken his promises. This time, the world community should react differently.
President Trump deserves credit for denouncing the regimes of Venezuela and Cuba in his first speech to the United Nations. But his message will come across as contradictory amid a “Trump doctrine” that turns its back on a bipartisan tradition by U.S. presidents to make democracy and human rights pillars of U.S. foreign policy.
The Trump administration claims it would be “insensitive” to the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma to talk about global warming now. But the mayor of Miami says now is exactly the time to start a national discussion on climate change.
While there is an overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that man-made toxic gases are worsening global warming, President Trump continues to deny it. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma offer more than enough evidence to accept the reality of climate change, and to do something about it.
President Trump’s decision to deport 800,000 ‘Dreamers’ — or immigrants who were brought to the country as children by their undocumented parents — is morally repugnant. Most of these youths did nothing wrong. Some are studying at Harvard, and one died last week in Houston while trying to rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The worst thing Pope Francis could do during his Sept. 6-10 trip to Colombia would be to renew his calls for “peace and national reconciliation” in neighboring Venezuela. Those calls by the Vatican have only helped Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro buy time and crack down on the opposition.
While governments across the world are demanding that Venezuela restore democratic rule, they are silent about Cuba’s dictatorship, which will hold sham elections Oct. 22 to start the process for naming a successor to Raúl Castro. That’s political hypocrisy.
The U.S. State Department has released a travel warning adding Cancún and Los Cabos — the crown jewels of Mexico’s tourism industry — to its list of dangerous places around the world. But when you compare the murder figures of both cities with those of some major U.S. cities, you get a different picture.
In the United States, many want to tear down the monuments to Confederate hero Gen. Robert E. Lee. In Argentina, there’s a petition to demolish statues of Argentine-born Ernesto “Che” Guevara. In both cases, the monuments should be left standing but share their space with the opposing viewpoint.
President Trump’s statement that he is not ruling out a “military option” in Venezuela shifted the conversation in Latin America away from the Venezuelan dictatorship’s break with democratic rule. Peru’s president, the region’s most vocal critic of the Venezuelan regime, said talk of a U.S. invasion is a bad idea.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri did better than expected in the Aug. 13 primary elections, and now says in an interview that he may negotiate a “national accord” with moderate opposition governors to carry out a 20-year economic plan. That would be Argentina’s best bet in a long time to break with its populist past and restore investors’ confidence.