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that the Trump administration wants to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, from which Trump had withdrawn last year.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.
Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been accused by prosecutors of having used her Alto Calafate Hotel for private gain by pushing government employees to stay in it. Isn’t President Trump doing the same with his hotels?
When President Donald Trump goes to Lima, Peru, for the April 13 Summit of the Americas, he should resist the temptation of becoming the leader of a regional bloc against Venezuela’s dictator Nicolás Maduro. That would only play into Maduro’s hand.
Six months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it’s clear that President Trump provided more and faster aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas than to victims of Maria in Puerto Rico, even though the Spanish-speaking island suffered greater losses.
Facebook’s crisis because of its failure to prevent a data firm linked to the Trump campaign from accessing private data of 50 million Americans will be compounded by accusations that the company and other big firms are trying create “tech addicts.”
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned amid an outcry over Odebrecht’s bribes of up to $29 million to Peruvian officials. But there is hardly a whisper about Odebrecht’s bribes to top officials in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
President Trump’s tacit criticism of Mexico’s leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has helped - rather than hurt - the Mexican hopeful’s chances. But Trump may not mind a leftist victory in Mexico’s elections: he would use it a a vindication for for his claims that Mexico is a country of “bad hombres.”
President-elect Sebastian Piñera, who takes office Sunday, hopes to turn Chile into Latin America’s first developed country by 2025. According to the International Monetary Fund, he may not be daydreaming.
Chile’s President-elect Sebastian Piñera, who takes office Sunday, said in an extended interview that as president he will actively press for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. While he will face opposition at home and abroad, he may actually do it.
Driverless cars will reduce accidents because most crashes happen because drivers fall asleep at the wheel or are under the influence. But autonomous cars will cost us jobs. Unfortunately, few in Washington are addressing this issue.
Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli is challenging Florida laws that prohibit municipalities from regulating state gun laws. He will ask for a ban on all semi-automatic weapons. Mayors across the country should follow his lead.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter made many white-supremacist comments on Instagram. His killing spree came as a new study reports a rise in hate groups in America to 954 organizations, including more than 600 that adhere to white supremacist views.