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  • Will a "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act" Lead to Freedom in Cuba?

    Four members of the U.S. Senate on March 31 introduced S. 428S, “The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act.” A similar measure will follow in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, as legislation goes, is quite simple: it forbids the President to “regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly, travel … More

    In the Heat of Battle, Secretary Clinton Faults Drug War Strategy

    In her March 25-26 visit to Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attracted considerable attention when she said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. …So yes, I feel very strongly that we have a co-responsibility.” Secretary Clinton acknowledges that the U.S. market and American habits are … More

    Chávez and the Congressman: Exchanging Tips on “Socialism of the 21st Century?”

    According to an official communiqué issued by the Venezuelan government, Senator [sic] William Delahunt, a “friend of Venezuela,” according to Foreign Minister Nicholas Maduro, found time this week to slip away from Congress and spend two and half hours in closed-door conversations in Caracas with Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chávez, … More

    Surreal Statements from State on Russian Bomber Reports

    Are the Russians going to establish a bomber presence in Venezuela or Cuba? This past weekend a Russian air force commander spoke of potential basing opportunities in Venezuela while leftist President Hugo Chavez seemed to indicate a readiness to accept Russian aircraft. But then Chavez “walked the cat back” as … More

    Does the White House Have a Response to Mexican Drug Violence?

    Yesterday, the Obama Administration sought to quiet mounting anxiety about Mexican drug violence and border spillover when it named the nation’s next Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, police chief in Seattle on March 11. The position, the Vice President noted, will no longer be considered a cabinet-level office. The Vice President … More

    State Department Lowers Bar on Hugo Chavez

    On February 15, the Venezuelan electorate in a referendum gave President Hugo Chavez a green light to become what he longs to become: president for life. By mobilizing the weapons in his arsenal that includes influence over state employees and recipients of his largesse, with increased media control, and a … More

    Democracy in Venezuela Heads for the Life Boats

    On February 15, the prospects for genuine democratic development and good governance in the Western Hemisphere took a serious step back as a majority of Venezuelans voted by a margin of 54% to 45% to lift terms limits for elected officials. Although worded in a way to give all potential … More

    What About Latin America?

    After two Presidential debates it’s becomingly increasingly clear there will be little discussion of U.S.-Latin American relations in the final month. How will the next President handle President Hugo Chavez, the deteriorating U.S. – Venezuelan relationship, and growing ties with Russia and Iran? What about Russian warships headed to the … More

    Report on Venezuela’s Human Rights’ Record Earns Chavez’ Wrath

    After months of lambasting staunch U.S. ally Colombia for its human rights record, the New York-based group Human Rights Watch has published a detailed 236-page report exposing the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez’ shabby record with regard to human rights in extensive detail. Describing everything from the marginalization of political … More

    Radicalism of Chávez, Morales Led to Expulsion of Ambassadors

    The expulsion of the U.S. ambassadors from Bolivia and Venezuela sadly reflects the increasing spiral of radicalism, paranoia and bad behavior that are the hallmarks of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and his closest ally, Evo Morales. It is a rejection of models of civility and diplomatic cooperation and hemispheric solidarity once … More