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  • Chavez's Return Good News for Syria, Belarus, and FARC

    Although numerous uncertainties surround Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s secretive battle with cancer and his ability to live until the October presidential elections, Chavez was sufficiently active to appear recently on television defending Syria’s sovereign right to massacre its citizens, mass graves and all, and to meet with a senior emissary … More

    Cuban Dictator’s Daughter Predictably Bashes U.S., Endorses Obama

    Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro and director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), used a visit to the U.S. to criticize American policy and endorse President Obama. Last week, Castro received a U.S. visa for the first time in 10 years to attend … More

    The End of Chavismo As We Know It?

    Since 1999,Venezuelahas continued sliding deeper into authoritarianism, populism, militarism, and anti-Americanism. Displaying formidable skills in winning elections, demagoguery, and public showmanship, Hugo Chavez has dominated Venezuela’s polarized politics and run his country as a personal fiefdom for more than a decade. This situation may be about to change. In the … More

    Argentina, and Obama, Make Us Want to Cry

    Standing before a mural of Eva Peron Duarte (wife of Argentina’s legendary strongman Juan Domingo Peron and the “first lady of populism”) Argentina’s recently re-elected President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner unveiled a plan to seize majority ownership in Argentina’s chief energy company YPF and return it to state control. “We … More

    Sandbagged at the Summit of the Americas

    On April 13–15, President Obama participated in what will likely be the last Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. It showed that contemporary gatherings such as this latest Summit—absent strong U.S. leadership and lacking a genuinely constructive agenda—can easily be derailed. The showy gathering of heads of state was … More

    Presidents Obama and Rousseff Meet: Power Talk, but Little Purpose

    Americans looked to President Obama to set a bold and decisive course when he huddled yesterday with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. There are critical issues on the table: Iran, the future of democracy in the Americas, free trade, energy security, and the fight against organized crime. Regrettably, serious discussion of … More

    North America's Leaderless Summit

    At the April 2 meeting of North American leaders—President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and President Obama—the U.S. President was not modest in his claims: “When I came to office I pledged to seek a new partnership with our friends in the Americas, a relationship … More

    Falklands War, 30 Years Later: Argentina Still Gunning for Control

    Thirty years ago today, the Argentine army invaded the Falkland Islands, a sovereign British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic. A brutal military regime in Argentina calculated that a weakened United Kingdom, increasingly stripped of the elements of national power, would be unable to respond to a military fait accompli. … More

    In Cuba, Pope Disappoints Friends of Democracy

    On March 28, Pope Benedict XVI completed his six-day visit to Mexico and Cuba. In both stops, the Pope sought to propagate the faith and demonstrate the connectivity between faith and the moral and spiritual conditions of modern man. In Cuba, the Pope did not visit with those who speak … More

    Pope Benedict XVI Should Meet with Cuba's Democratic Opposition

    On March 24–26, Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba. This is the first papal visit since Pope John Paul II visited in 1998. Many fear that while the pope’s visit will generate fervor among the Catholic faithful, it may actually be harmful to the prospects for greater freedom on the … More