The landslide victory of far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s first round vote last Sunday turns him into the front-runner for the Oct. 28 runoff election. Will he be a populist autocrat, like Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan, and the Philippines’ Duterte?
An unprecedented petition by seven countries of the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for possible crimes against humanity may be joined by major European countries, which would make it much stronger.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera told me what many Latin American leaders and U.S. officials are saying privately: International diplomatic pressure against Venezuela’s dictatorship won’t be effective unless there is a united and powerful opposition there.
In the same speech at the U.N. in which Trump criticized Venezuela’s regime, he undermined an effort by five Latin American nations to demand an International Criminal Court investigation into Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s human rights abuses.
Eleven countries of the Group of Lima of Latin American democracies issued a statement that turned the clock back in efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela, and gives new political oxygen to President Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship.
Argentina judge’s order for the arrest of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner could mark an inflection point in the fight against corruption — it seeks to jail the ex-president for taking at least $69 million in bribes, and goes against corrupt business leaders who made them.
Opinion: President Donald Trump’s claim the nearly 3,000 people who died after Hurricane Maria was a made-up number created by “the Democrats” is the most outrageous lie I’ve ever heard from a US president.
There are few countries where the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis command more respect than in Nicaragua. But Francis hasn’t said a word about President Daniel Ortega’s repression since he made an anemic call for peace on July 1.
If she runs for president again, “We’ll be seeing daily pictures of her son and grandchildren parading in front of the jailhouse, begging to see her,” if she is sent to prison. That could increase her support among undecided voters.
Cuba’s announcement of a new Constitution that would remove references to communism, recognize the right to private property and allow same sex marriages has generated enthusiastic headlines worldwide. Don’t be fooled.
The notebooks of a former government driver meticulously detailed how he picked up more than $60 million in bags full of cash and delivered them to former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s home. Clearly, cash is a problem.
Nicaragua’s authoritarian leader Daniel Ortega tacitly admitted that most of the hundreds of dead in his country’s political violence were opposition protesters, in what has become the bloodiest ongoing political crisis in the hemisphere. So why isn’t President Trump talking about Nicaragua?
Former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping end Central American wars and forcing Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega to allow elections in 1990, fears that Ortega doesn’t plan to leave.