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.
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.