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    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 Worst Thing that Anybody Can Do to You is Take Away Your Freedom

    How much danger does the federal government’s unprincipled, out-of-control body of criminal law pose to, say, the average American small-business person?  Well, suppose you were a small-business owner, and for twelve years both U.S. Customs and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had been inspecting the shipments of seafood … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 25, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared – Gary Fields & John R. Emshwiller The Truth Comes Out in Honduras – Mary Anastasia O’Grady A Year Later, Dodd-Frank Delays Are Piling … 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

    Food Crisis Looms for Latin America

    Food prices are on the rise across the globe, fueling much of the political unrest that continues to rage in parts of the Middle East. Unexpectedly severe weather and soaring demand have pushed food prices to “dangerous levels and threaten tens of millions of poor people,” said World Bank President Robert … More

    Wikileaks and Latin America: Don’t Make U.S. Diplomats Liars

    Diplomats have often been disparaged as honest men sent abroad to lie for the good of their countries. If the plethora of disloyal, dangerous attacks launched by WikiLeaks continues and if the Obama Administration cannot stanch the bleeding, foreign officials and U.S. diplomats will soon find it just as likely … More

    Mexican Massacres, Immigration Control, and the Obama Administration

    The cold blooded murder of 72 illegal migrants by members of Mexico’s notorious Zeta cartel in the state of Tamaulipas is another stark and gruesome reminder of the current criminal and drug-related turmoil in Mexico.  According to press reports the victims came from Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil and Ecuador.  The … More

    The Day Chavez Stubbed His Toe in Honduras

    On June 28, 2009, Latin America’s populist authoritarian movement led by Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez suffered a major setback.  Vigilant Hondurans defended their representative institutions and Constitution by removing Manuel Zelaya from power. They did so after Zelaya attempted to alter Honduras’ strict, one-term limit on executive power and adopt … More

    A New Chapter Dawns for Honduras

    A seemingly uneventful transition of power will take place today in the small Central American country of Honduras as Interim president, Roberto Micheletti, hands over the keys to the presidential palace to president-elect Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo. The occasion will be marked with the usual pomp, celebration and traditions that mark … More

    The Obsessions of Hugo Chavez on Haiti Defy Logic

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is a man consumed by an obsession. That obsession is the United States. The United States wants to assassinate him; steal his oil; invade his country, etc. Hugo Chavez wakes up in the morning obsessing about the Empire, shorthand for the U.S. and beds down at … More