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  • Cuba Drops Exit Permit Requirement, but Don't Expect a Travel Boom

    On October 16, Cuba’s official newspaper announced that the requirement of an exit visa to depart the island will be lifted on January 14. A future Cuban traveler will have to present only a renewed passport and a visa from his destination country in order to depart Cuba. Permissible periods of … More

    50 Years Later: The Armageddon Men of October, Fidel and Raul Castro

    On the 50th anniversary of the October 1962 Cuban Missile crisis, only one of the critical leaders involved is still in power. At age 86, Fidel Castro has largely disappeared, unseen in public for months. His place in control of Cuba’s destiny has been assumed by his brother Raul Castro, … More

    Tyranny of the Majority: Darker Days Ahead for Venezuela

    On October 7, Hugo Chavez won re-election as president of Venezuela for another six-year term. While accolades continue to pour in from Russia, Cuba, Bolivia, and other unfriendly corners of the world, there is no reason to mince words: Chavez’s re-election was a sad defeat for liberal democracy, economic freedom, … More

    David vs. Goliath in Venezuela's Elections

    On October 7, millions of Venezuelans will vote for the man who will lead their country for the next six years. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s populist, authoritarian Goliath, is confident of victory. Despite battling cancer and working overtime to hide the consequences of 13 years of mismanagement, incompetence, and corruption, he … More

    Obama Should Be Guided by His Own Words on Latin America

    In his generally disappointing September 25 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama trotted out a number of fundamental American principles. He called for a world able to “live with liberty, dignity, justice and opportunity,” and defended “universal values.” He urged an end to “the politics of division” … More

    Iran: A Strategy for the Threat Closer to Home

    The House of Representatives will soon take floor action on a piece of legislation know as the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, aimed at protecting American citizens from Iran and defending American interests and assets in the Western Hemisphere. Introduced last March, the legislation requires the Secretary of … More

    Venezuela Refinery Disaster Spotlights Chavez's Mismanagement

    Early on August 25, a gas leak in a storage facility at Venezuela’s largest refinery led to a deadly explosion that so far has claimed 41 lives and injured at least 80 others. The horrific accident took place in the Amuay refinery, part of the Paraguaná refinery complex, one of … More

    Organization of American States Flops on Assange Case

    On August 24, foreign ministers from Latin America And the Caribbean Will gather in Washington for a meeting of the venerable Organization of American States (OAS). They will dive headlong into the dispute involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, diplomatic-asylum-granting Ecuador, and theU.K. Why now? Why Washington? Why the OAS? Probably … More

    Britain Is Right: No Asylum for Assange

    Early on August 16, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that his country is granting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum—that is, if he can get there. Since the end of the London Olympics, Patino and his boss, leftist President Rafael Correa, have been in a panic, warning that their … More

    OAS and State Department Make Right Call on Paraguay

    In his report to the permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General Miguel Insulza made the correct call. After traveling to Paraguay with a group of experts and meeting with all involved parties, Insulza urged OAS member states on July 10 not to suspend or expel … More