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.
Pope Francis’ mediation in Venezuela — following the Vatican’s role in bringing together the U.S. and Cuba — has helped Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro win time and recover politically after millions of people took to the streets to demand his resignation late last year.
President Trump’s attacks on the media are part of a strategy that has been used by several Latin American demagogues in recent years, and that in many cases helped them to both consolidate their base and erode public confidence in critical media. We could see the same thing happen here.
Mexico’s Jewish community rebuked a Jan. 28 statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he praised President Trump’s decision to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. The Mexican Jewish leaders’ statement was right on the mark.
New studies confirm that President Trump’s claim that he will “make America great again” by bringing jobs back from Mexico is a nationalist-populist hallucination. It’s a political, not economic, plan aimed at consolidating Trump’s base of displaced manufacturing workers in a handful of Midwestern states, which account for a very small percentage of overall U.S. employment.
Some people think that the fact that Donald Trump will be the first U.S. president in recent history not to appoint a single Hispanic Cabinet member is irrelevant. But he will be mostly surrounded by a cabal of wealthy white males — and that will alienate his administration from the country’s biggest minorities.
The International Monetary Fund has revised downward its economic forecast for Latin America this year, and President-elect Donald Trump’s tirades against Mexico, free trade and immigration may have something to do with it.
A joint CIA, FBI and NSA report about Russia’s cyberattacks in the recent U.S. election has drawn a lot of attention because of its assertion that Moscow wanted to help President-elect Donald Trump win. But the report makes another important, less noticed point: that Russia may try to influence other elections around the world to undermine Western democracies.
Neither the sudden removal of a giant portrait of President-elect Donald Trump from in front of the Trump tower under construction in Punta del Este, Uruguay, nor Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he will create a trust to hand over the business to his sons, Don and Eric, will avert potential conflicts of interests. We may be headed for the most scandal-ridden U.S. presidential period ever.
Maybe 2016 will be remembered as one of the craziest years in recent memory, with the wild U.S. presidential campaign, the upset victory of Donald Trump, Brexit in Britain and other unexpected world events. But if you look at trends over the past two centuries, the world is becoming a better place.
Chinese president Xi Jinping has launched a new charm offensive in Latin America, which may get a warm response in the region if President-elect Donald Trump carries out his campaign’s vows to build a wall on the southern border, deport millions of immigrants and curtail free trade agreements.
President-elect Donald Trump will be the first U.S. president who will take office without having ever worked for the government or served in the military. But instead of surrounding himself with people who know how to pass laws in Congress or have knowledge on the agencies they will head, he has picked mostly corporate tycoons like himself.
Rex Tillerson, president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, has never worked in government and as CEO of ExxonMobil has forged friendly ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other notorious human rights abusers. Leading human rights groups worry that he will break a four-decade U.S. bipartisan policy of defending human rights.
The new 70-country standardized PISA student test results show that Latin American countries rank at the bottom of the list in math, science and reading comprehension, and the U.S. is listed in an embarrassing 40th place in math. Asian countries, led by Singapore, topped the rankings.
Fidel Castro’s death may allow President Raúl Castro to speed up his timid economic reforms, but Cuba faces its worst economic crisis in many years because of falling Venezuelan oil shipments, falling commodity prices and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to “terminate” the recent U.S. opening to the island.
So far, President-elect Donald Trump has only offered a negative agenda for Latin America, which includes building a wall on the border with Mexico, mass deportations, scrapping free-trade deals and reversing the U.S. normalization with Cuba. If Trump doesn’t come up with a positive agenda, even U.S. allies in the region will turn against the United States.