Venezuela’s National Assembly President Julio Borges said in an interview that, counter to some analysts’ speculation that President Maduro may ride out the current anti-government protests, there are several new and powerful factors that will force the regime to hold free elections.
Luis Almagro, head of the 34-country Organization of American States, told me in an interview that Venezuela’s de facto President Nicolás Maduro is “directly” responsible for the deaths of at least seven people in his country’s latest round of anti-government protests. After hearing Almagro’s explanation, I can only agree with it.
Allan Lichtman, the star professor who has accurately predicted the outcome of every U.S. election since 1984 and now predicts that Trump will be impeached, says there are eight reasons why the president may “cross the line” leading to his impeachment. Some of them will not go away anytime soon.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose PRI party has a long tradition of supporting dictatorships, and who only last year gave a speech full of praise for the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, is championing Latin American diplomatic efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela. It may be a sincere change of heart, or an effort to curry favor with President Trump.
Venezuela’s ruler Nicolás Maduro is facing a perfect storm of economic disaster, mounting international pressure and escalating protests at home. If the opposition plays its cards well, we could soon see meaningful changes in the direction of a restoration of democracy in the country.
Japan, China and South Korea are investing heavily in industrial robots, which are rapidly becoming more efficient and cheaper. If President Donald Trump carries out his plans to renegotiate free trade deals with Mexico and other countries to bring back manufacturing jobs, those jobs will most likely go to robots.
South Korea is as beset by political corruption scandals as Latin American countries, and was as underdeveloped as the poorest Latin American countries only five decades ago. But today, it is much wealthier, thanks to its national obsession with education.
Leaders from throughout the Americas and Europe called Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to express solidarity and send humanitarian aid following devastating El Niño-related floods that have left at least 75 dead and 100,000 homeless. But there was no such call or statement from the U.S. government.
The Trump administration’s unprecedented decision to boycott the well-respected Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on the president’s immigration policies will hurt U.S. credibility when it accuses Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador and others of systematic rights abuses.
Last week in Vina del Mar, Chile, several Latin American and Asian countries met to discuss new alliances in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Among those attending was a new guest — China.
The Trump administration’s plan to seek drastic cuts in U.S. dues to international organizations could cripple the Washington-based Organization of American States, which is championing regional efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela and defend fundamental rights in the region.
A new study shows that far more undocumented immigrants than previously thought are entering the country with valid immigration papers and overstaying their visas, rather than sneaking across the Mexico-U.S. border. The new data raise even greater questions about the wisdom of building President Trump’s $21.6 billion border wall.
Despite many studies showing that undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans, President Trump is creating a new office called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) to publicize crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants. The new office will not only further demonize undocumented immigrants, but will increase hate crimes against all immigrants.
As Ecuador prepares for its April 2 runoff election, it’s becoming clear that outgoing President Rafael Correa’s populist “revolution” was a textbook case of economic mismanagement. Despite Ecuador’s oil boom, poverty fell much less than in neighboring Peru, which courted domestic and foreign investors.
International searches for flights to the United States have dropped significantly since President Trump’ s election, and tourism industry groups say it’s due to the president’s harsh rhetoric against immigrants and potrayals of an alleged “American carnage” in U.S. cities. Trump should follow the example of Costa Rica’s president, and go out of his way to make foreigners feel welcome.
Top diplomats across the region say the most effective way to restore democracy in Venezuela would be through collective U.S.-Latin American diplomatic sanctions. Problem is, Latin America will not vote with the United States against Venezuela as long as President Trump keeps insulting Mexico.
Anti-Semitic incidents have risen dramatically since President Trump’s election with at least 68 bomb threats to 53 Jewish community centers so far this year. Trump belatedly denounced these hate crimes this week, but he has to do much more than that.
The Odebrecht construction giant’s nearly $800 million in kickbacks to government officials in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and several other countries shows that current ways to fight corruption are not working. But there are new technologies that could make a big difference in anti-corruption crusades.
Chile will host several Latin American meetings of foreign ministers in coming months, where the region may take a collective stand in support of Mexico in its confrontation with the Trump administration. Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz explains what the region is planning to do, and how far it may go.
Bolivian President Evo Morales recently inaugurated a $7.1 million museum in his home village to glorify his life story, but that may be the least outrageous of his self-aggrandizing ventures. His political plans for a fourth term are much more scandalous.