Former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade was picked Nov. 27 as Mexico’s ruling party’s near certain candidate for the July 2018 presidential elections. He was the ruling party’s best choice for the race, but he will face an uphill battle to defeat leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
New studies show an increase in the number of U.S. youths pursuing credit-earning studies in Latin America. But the number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges is beginning to fall, in part because of President Trump’s anti-immigrant stands.
While many of us are watching Venezuela’s descent into a full-blown dictatorship, Nicaragua and Bolivia seem to be following in its footsteps. Nicaragua’s writer and former vice-president Sergio Ramirez, who has just won the Spanish-speaking world’s coveted Cervantes literature award, says his country is no longer a democracy.
With Venezuela’s opposition divided and demoralized, growing numbers of Venezuelans are moving abroad. Foreign officials fear a much bigger mass migration unless Latin American governments take key steps to press President Nicolás Maduro to hold free and fair elections.
New figures from Florida’s state government show that 156,000 Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. That could hurt President Trump in upcoming elections, because most Puerto Ricans vote Democratic, and many are mad at him for his response to the storm.
A new World Bank study shows that Latin American countries have more red tape than most others in the world, such as in Venezuela, where it takes 434 days to get a building permit. That’s a key reason for corruption and economic stagnation.
Many U.S. and international bondholders would get hurt if Venezuela’s dictatorship defaults on its foreign debts, but we shouldn’t feel sorry for them. A default could help promote socially responsible investments.
A newly released CIA cable from 1955 says a German informant had seen Hitler alive in the Colombian city of Tunja a year earlier. But there are several reasons to believe that, as virtually all historians say, the Nazi leader committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in 1945.
President Trump has moved rapidly to demand tougher immigration laws in the aftermath of the New York terrorist attack that left 8 people dead. But he has not asked for tougher gun laws to prevent mass shootings like the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre, which left 58 dead and more than 500 injured.
A new poll by Latinobarómetro shows that support for the free market is reaching record highs in Latin America. Among the countries with most support for capitalism are Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela, all run by radical leftist leaders.
Four opposition governors elected in Venezuela’s Oct. 15 regional elections have betrayed the opposition coalition by agreeing to be sworn in by President Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly. That’s causing a rift within the opposition and dealt a blow to the cause of democracy.
The fraudulent Oct. 15 gubernatorial elections in Venezuela have led many to believe that the country will become a long-term dictatorship, like Cuba. But Venezuelans have not lost their democratic instincts.
In the aftermath of the blatant fraud in Venezuela’s Oct. 15 regional elections, it’s time for a coordinated international effort to put pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship. The United States, the European Union and Latin American countries are acting separately, which diminishes their effectiveness.
President Trump’s threat to “challenge” and perhaps “revoke” NBC’s license is no trivial matter. It is a presidential statement that goes against basic U.S. values, and that erodes America’s moral authority to speak out in support of democracy and freedom of speech around the world.
Trump is continuing to push his narrative that undocumented immigrants are a threat to Americans’ safety, but the Las Vegas massacre and all other recent mass shootings have been committed by U.S.-born gunmen. Trump isn’t doing anything to prevent new massacres by domestic mass murderers.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales wants to change the constitution and run for a fourth term in 2019. He’s arguing that international human rights conventions protect every person’s human right to be elected for office.
When Trump playfully tossed paper towels at Puerto Rico hurricane victims, he was doing what populist leaders do: they put themselves at center stage and pose as benefactors of the people. But what was much more outrageous about Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico’s humanitarian crisis was his slow and inept response to it.
The region’s biggest countries — including Mexico, Brazil and Colombia — will have presidential elections over the next 12 months, and populist candidates are leading in the polls in several of them. A new crop of authoritarian populist leaders in the region would have economic and political consequences.
Trump was much slower to react to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico than to recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. When he did react, he did it in a mean way. Puerto Ricans are Americans and deserve better.
Venezuela’s elected dictator Nicolás Maduro is offering a new dialogue with the opposition, and to hold presidential elections at the end of 2018. But we have seen this movie several times before, and Maduro has always broken his promises. This time, the world community should react differently.