Ivan Duque, the right-of-center front-runner in Colombia’s June 17 presidential elections, is an international expert on how to turn cultural activities, such as movies and music, into major export industries.
The OAS passed a declaration supported by the United States and Nicaragua that does not blame Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega for the 127 deaths in anti-government protests in recent weeks, not states they will not recognize Ortega’s sham 2016 election. Why such double standard?
The Organization of American States passed a historic resolution Tuesday, calling for a meeting to consider suspending Venezuela from the group. Though largely symbolic, there are other clauses that will further isolate the Maduro dictatorship.
Separating undocumented immigrants from their children goes against international law and is un-American. Even some well-known Republicans concede that international human rights groups should investigate.
As president, candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the front-runner and a leftist, would abstain from criticizing Venezuela and other dictatorships. That would be a huge setback for Latin America’s efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela.
The latest Trump administration and Latin American measures to repudiate the sham May 20 elections that re-elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won’t suffice to topple that country’s dictatorship. Stronger and more coordinated measures will be needed fast, because time may be running in Maduro’s favor.
While Trump Administration officials hope for a military coup that would restore democratic rule in Venezuela, some well-respected U.S. academics warn that a Russia or China-backed coup would be more likely, because the United States has not had ties with the Venezuelan military in nearly two decades.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera introduced a bill this week that would ban the use of single-use plastic bags across his country, citing studies that show that plastic pollution is destroying life in our oceans. But in the United States, President Trump is trying to revert environmental rules.
Following the deaths of at least 46 people in student protests in Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega’s brother and former Sandinista army chief Humberto Ortega says it’s time to think about a “constitutional exit” of the regime. Many other former Sandinista guerrillas feel the same way.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says that Venezuela is set to rewrite the constitution styled after Cuba. If Santos is right, the country could become a police state, unleashing millions of fleeing citizens.
Several foreign leaders and international media have referred Miguel Diaz-Canel’s appointment as Cuba’s new president as “historic” and “the start of a new era.” Not really. For the time being, that’s just wishful thinking.
President Trump’s absence reduced the meeting’s overall impact. But Vice President Pence and Latin American leaders agreed to explore new steps to put pressure on Venezuela, and talked about a possible U.S. return to the TPP trade agreement.
Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra says that U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told him at a private meeting that the Trump administration wants to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, from which Trump had withdrawn last year.
While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Latin American presidents discuss efforts to fight corruption and the Venezuelan crisis, economists warn that a U.S.-China trade war that would cripple Latin America.
President Trump isn’t taking his first trip to Latin America, after all. He was supposed to attend the Summit of the Americas, but says he needs to “monitor” the situation in Syria. Still, crises never stopped other U.S. presidents from attending regional summits.