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    Chavez’s Nationalizations May Spell His Doom

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rose to power by tapping into populist and nationalist sentiment. Blaming the problems facing his country on western superpowers, Chavez portrayed himself as a man of the people who would bring the wealth of Venezuela to the people. The pie-in-the-sky rhetoric does not jive with cold, … More

    U.S. Record to be Examined by the U.N.’s Underwhelming Human Rights Body

    A story by CNSNews today discussed how the U.S. State Department has been quietly holding meetings and soliciting comments on America’s human rights record for inclusion in a report it must submit this fall to the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC). Designed to be an improvement over the discredited U.N. … More

    Cuban Dissident’s Death Should Renew Front Against Castro

    As noted before at the Foundry, the free expression that we take for granted in the United States is unknown to those living under the Castro regime. In a chilling reminder of the cold authoritarian repression that still exists only 90 miles from the American mainland, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a … More

    Even Obama Can't Open Cuba's Clenched Fist

    Cuba’s communist regime lashed out at the Obama Administration over the weekend following bilateral meetings in Havana. A visit by a senior State Department official — Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Craig Kelly – marked the highest-level contact thus far. The chief aim of the visit: a discussion of migration issues. … More

    Russian Foreign Minister’s “In Your Face Tour” of the Americas

    Efforts by the Obama Administration to work with Russia on Iran, nuclear arms control, and the fight against terrorism do not prevent Moscow from periodically reasserting its presence in the Western Hemisphere. Between February 10 and 16, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov conducted a New World tour seeking deeper … More

    What Did President Obama Learn About Cuba in 2009?

    President Barack Obama launched his Cuban policy with some carrots for Fidel Castro’s regime. In April, he moved to lift many of the restrictions which hamper Cuban Americans from visiting and communicating with their families, and to cut through obstacles preventing private telecommunications and satellite radio and television companies from … More

    One Year Later: Obama and Latin America

    One year after taking office, President Obama has yet to usher in the new dawn in relations with Latin America he talked about during his campaign. It was a huge promise, given his predecessor’s visits to the region, free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama, the newly created Millennium Challenge … More

    Same Cuba, Same Policies: Why It Is Not Time To Lift The Travel Ban

    The U.S. Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing last week on lifting the ban on travel to Cuba, revealing the high discrepancy among congressional members over whether or not restricting Americans from traveling to Cuba will ultimately influence democratic change and enhance human rights under the Castro regime. Many … More

    Is Cuba Safe for Tourism?

    Ask Yoani Sanchez Many members of Congress support legislation calling for changes in U.S. law to allow free travel by all Americans to Cuba. The measure parallels an earlier decision made by the Obama Administration to remove travel restrictions for most Cuban-Americans. The chief assumption behind the bill is that … More

    A Year of Living Dangerously: Expectations Undermining Public Diplomacy

    International expectations went through the roof one year ago today with the election of Barack Obama. The United Stated had elected the man whom many across the globe expected to be the anti-Bush. As controversial abroad as President Bush’s stance on the long war against terrorism had been, just as … More