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.
The shooter who killed 17 people at a Florida school was obviously disturbed. But millions of Americans keep voting for legislators who support virtually unrestricted sales of semi-automatic weapons. Those citizens, too, are responsible for the insanity of mass shootings.
Britain’s recent appointment of a Minister of Loneliness may not be a bad idea: There is an epidemic of loneliness in the world, which is causing major health problems and raising countries’ health expenditures.
The Trump administration is publicly acknowleging that China has growing clout in Latin America. But can the United States regain its influence when President Trump routinely insults Latin American countries and their people?
Despite his repeated lies on other issues, President Trump deserves credit for describing Venezuela as a “dictatorship” in his State of the Union address. It’s an accurate statement, and it will help draw attention to the country’s rogue regime and the humanitarian crisis it has created.
The newly released Bloomberg 2018 Innovation Index does not include one single Latin American country among the world’s 50 most innovative nations. By comparison, an Asian country tops the list, and there are several Middle Eastern and African countries making the cut.
A year into the Trump administration, the United States is rapidly losing clout in Latin America, and President Trump is only making things worse by routinely insulting Mexico and other countries in the region. Meantime, China is taking full advantage of the U.S. leadership vacuum.
A series of videos shot by Venezuelan rebel police officer Óscar Pérez shortly before his death and while he was bombarded by security forces could be crucial evidence to take the country’s dictator Nicolás Maduro to the International Criminal Court.
A revised travel advisory system announced by the State Department drew headlines stating that five Mexican states are as dangerous as war-torn Syria or Yemen. But if you read the fine print, Mexico is as safe as Spain, France or the United Kingdom.
Outgoing Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet made a two-day visit to Cuba this week, during which she met with dictator Raúl Castro, but not with any dissidents. In doing so, she has badly damaged her country’s image as a role model for the democratic left in Latin America.
A freaky incident I had with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa makes me wonder what will happen as we continue to allow our daily lives to be aided — if not run — by virtual assistants, GPS navigation systems, medical diagnostic robots and other intelligent machines. Robots can go crazy, too.
In 2018 there will be elections in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay and Costa Rica, which account for nearly 80 percent of Latin America’s populations, and key summits that may include President Trump. It will be anything but a boring year in the region.
China continues to gain market share in Latin America at the expense of the United States. While the trend started long before President Trump took office, Trump’s anti-free trade and anti-immigration tirades are helping China strengthen its economic and political influence in the region.
The International Monetary Fund says that Venezuela has for the first time reached a phase of hyperinflation, and that inflation is likely to reach 2,400 percent next year. Economic chaos and growing government repression may lead to more emigration, and probably a regional migration crisis.
With the official results of Honduras’ Nov. 26 elections in doubt amid opposition charges of fraud and international charges of widespread irregularities, there are growing questions about the U.S. failure to criticize Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s increasingly authoritarian rule.