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    Chile: Socialists Fire First Salvo at Pacific Alliance

    In office only a week, the new foreign minister of Chile, Heraldo Muñoz, is already signaling the intention of the government of Socialist president Michelle Batchelet to weaken the pro-free-market Pacific Alliance in favor of its more statist competitor, Mercosur. A move like this would seem to confirm rumors of … More

    Why You Could Be the Next Obama Ambassador (Hint: No Experience Needed)

    “I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. That’s what Sen. Max Baucus said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Mr. Baucus had actually been … More

    In Cristina Kirchner’s Argentina, Christmas Shoppers Are Muscled Aside by Looters

    Earlier this month, widespread looting broke out in “at least 19 of Argentina’s 23 provinces” when mobs took advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises to match inflation” by “shattering glass doors and stealing everything from mattresses and mobile phones to prams and beer,” according to news reports in … More

    Did Argentina’s Lack of Economic Freedom Influence the Views of Pope Francis?

    Next month, The Heritage Foundation will send a brand-new copy of the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom to the Vatican in hopes that Pope Francis and other senior church officials concerned with economic growth policies will take into consideration its findings in their future studies. Samuel Gregg of the Acton … 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

    Argentinian President’s Life-Threatening Surgery Could Mean End for Party Majority

    Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez’s Victory Front coalition party suffered a tremendous loss in Sunday’s elections. Fernandez had hoped her party would win to a two-thirds majority in the congress, but now her party holds barely 50 percent of the seats. Fernandez’s campaign began losing momentum a few weeks ago when … More

    Venezuela Tries to Smuggle Cuban Agents into the U.S.

    Venezuela’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, recently attempted to smuggle a dozen Cuban agents into the United States. Traveling with Maduro to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the agents tried to pass themselves off as Venezuelan nationals. They were caught in France carrying fraudulent passports. … More

    Political Football Commercials? Just Be Glad You’re Not in Argentina

    The Obama Administration wanted to advertise Obamacare during NFL games this fall, but the NFL turned them down (although some individual teams have agreed to help out). But what if every ad during every football game were political? That’s the case in Argentina. In 2009, Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de … More

    The Impending U.S. Signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The United States could be free to sign the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty as soon as Thursday. When the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for national signatures on June 3, Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed it with open arms, noting that the U.S. “look[ed] forward to signing it … More

    Elections in Argentina May Determine the Future of Democracy in the Nation

    On Sunday, Argentinians will go to the polls to select their candidates for the country’s upcoming legislative elections. Though it may seem trivial, the open primaries will in fact be the first step in an election that is likely to prove critical to the fate of democracy and freedom in … More