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  • Why Doesn’t the AP Support Freedom of Speech in Cuba?

    According to an AP story released yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is under fire for not being sensitive enough to the Cuban government. But that’s not USAID’s job. Nonetheless, USAID is being slammed for providing Cubans with an uncensored social media platform. USAID’s “ZunZuneo” program had been … More

    The U.S. Needs to Address Electoral Fraud in El Salvador

    Despite polls suggesting that a former Marxist guerrilla group-turned-political party was cruising to an easy victory, Sunday’s elections in El Salvador turned into a nail-biter. In fact, the results are unclear, and the country’s electoral commission is yet to make an announcement. The latest tally has the former guerrillas, the … More

    Women’s Empowerment Starts with Economic Freedom

    Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s achievements and an opportunity to highlight the status of women around the world. International Women’s Day is not just about women, but it’s about the role men can and have played in championing gender equality. The role of men can be … More

    Obama Silent as Venezuelan Government Violently Represses Democratic Opposition

    Thousands of supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government have taken to the streets this past week. Initiated by student groups, the protestors are voicing their grievances against soaring crime rates, high inflation, a shortage of basic goods, and a lack of political and economic freedom. All the while, the … More

    Factions of Colombian Army Accused of Spying on Their Own Government

    Reports surfaced last week alleging that the Colombian Army was working alongside civilian hackers to spy on the government’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) peace negotiators. In what sounds like an episode of Homeland, the army is accused of intercepting FARC communications from offices disguised as a restaurant and computer … More

    Murder of Beauty Queen Highlights Violence in Venezuela

    Over the holiday, beauty queen Monica Spears and her husband were gunned down while visiting her home country of Venezuela. The couple was traveling with their five-year-old daughter when their car broke down. As they waited for help, armed robbers assaulted the family. While the child survived with only a … More

    After Obama Handshake, Raul Castro Cracks Down on Dissidents in Cuba

    In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, security forces in Cuba conducted widespread arrests and detained more than 150 dissidents. The crackdown began on Tuesday morning and carried over into Wednesday. From activists to musicians, no one was safe from the regime’s iron-fisted oppression. In addition to the detentions, … More

    President Obama Shakes Hands with Cuban Dictator

    Earlier today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s dictator, Raul Castro. This exchange marks the third time in history that leaders of these respective countries have exchanged public greetings; the first handshake occurred at the United Nations in 2000, between Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro, … More

    Government-Sanctioned Censorship in Argentina

    In a crushing blow to freedom of expression, Argentina’s supreme court upheld government-mandated restrictions on media. The court declared that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government has an obligation to prevent public media companies from exercising what the court calls a monopoly over public discourse. In 2009, Argentina’s legislature passed … More

    Remembering the Liberation of Grenada, 30 Years Later

    On this day 30 years ago, the Reagan Administration launched the successful liberation of the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. The military action was prompted by the coup and assassination of Grenada’s prime minister by Soviet- and Cuban-supported factions in his administration. A former British colony, Grenada had only recently … More