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that the Trump administration wants to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, from which Trump had withdrawn last year.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.
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.