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    How U.S. Interests Are at Risk in El Salvador

    An election is taking place in Central America in two weeks that will affect how safe we are here in our homes and on our streets. El Salvador may be about to turn into a gang haven that will act as a transit point for drugs plunging America’s inner cities … More

    Arrest of Notorious Zetas Leader Built on U.S.–Mexican Cooperation

      Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, leader of Los Zetas, was captured by Mexican law enforcement on July 15. Treviño was among the most feared outlaws in Mexico. Los Zetas, an offshoot of renegade soldiers who turned to lives of crime, has expanded into a major drug and crime syndicate. Treviño’s … More

    Venezuela Tries to Weaken Human Rights Watchdog

    A group of populist Latin American states—led by Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela—hopes to reduce the role of an international human rights commission and watchdog. These radical states aim to weaken the commission because it goes against their political ambitions, as it entails scrutiny and judgments of human rights violations by … More

    In the Intensive Care Ward: Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s Economy

    The failure of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to appear for what was to be his swearing-in for a fourth presidential term in Caracas on January 10 triggered greater doubts about his ability to ever assume his presidential duties. The true prognosis for Chavez is a secret known only to the doctors … More

    U.S.–Panama Free Trade Agreement Coming into Force—Five Years Later

    On October 31, nearly five years after being signed by both nations, a free trade agreement between the United States and Panama will finally be entering into force. Five years ago, there was no iPad, the unemployment rate was under 5 percent, and the Tea Party was still an 18th … More

    Failure to Protect: Central America’s Worsening Security Crisis

    The horrific fire in a Honduran prison that claimed the lives of 358 prisoners highlights a worsening crisis of violence, insecurity, and institutional failure in Central America. Right now the U.S. could use a fire hose, not a garden hose, in the region. But the Obama Administration’s response to the … More

    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom: Latin America’s Underperformers

    Today, the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom launches. For 17 years, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have reported on the status of economic freedom around the world, measuring 184 nations across the globe according to rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, and open markets. Globally, the … More

    Belize: Lights Dimming on Economic Freedom

    On June 20, the government of Belize expropriated the 70 percent ownership interest in the Belize Electric Company (BEL) held by the shareholder-owned, Canada-based energy giant Fortis. Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), a hydroelectric business that Fortis also owns, has not been expropriated—yet. Fortis has invested more than $400 million … More

    Zelaya’s Return to Honduras Darkens Honduran Democracy

    On May 28, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya returned home nearly two years after the June 2009 actions that removed him from office for violations of the national constitution. Accompanied by Venezuela’s foreign minister Nicholas Maduro and delivered via Air Hugo Chavez, Zelaya was greeted by thousands of cheering admirers. … More

    Mexico Drug Threat Divides Obama Administration & Weakens Policy

    After a major foreign policy speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked to comment on the drug violence in Mexico. She answered quite frankly: We face an increasing threat from a well-organized network drug trafficking threat that is, in some cases, morphing into or making common cause with what … More