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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

    Murder of Beauty Queen Highlights Violence in Venezuela

    Over the holiday, beauty queen Monica Spears and her husband were gunned down while visiting her home country of Venezuela. The couple was traveling with their five-year-old daughter when their car broke down. As they waited for help, armed robbers assaulted the family. While the child survived with only a … More

    Brazil’s Internet: A Showdown of Ends and Means

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff wants to free Brazil’s Internet access from U.S. domination. Rousseff and the Brazilian government seek to accomplish this “cyber sovereignty” by strong-arming U.S. companies into establishing local data centers, laying a new fiber-optic link from Brazil through South Africa to Asia, and partnering with Russia on … More

    Assad Has Friends Closer Than You Think

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has anti-American friends in the Western Hemisphere. In a move to exert his somewhat newly minted leadership status, Nicolas Maduro, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, sent a very colorful letter to President Obama pleading with him not to intervene in Syria. Laced with … More

    Conservative Chileans Appreciated Margaret Thatcher

    The death of Margaret Thatcher received extensive media coverage in Chile, proving that the “Dama de Hierro” (“Iron Lady”) is still capable of stirring powerful emotions among Chileans—of irritation among her opponents and admiration from her supporters. Her passing occurred while Heritage economic experts were in Santiago to present results … More

    Iran, Argentina, Terrorism, and the Non-Truth Commission

    Argentina and Iran have agreed to establish a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. The bombing of the Jewish center in Buenos Aires claimed 85 lives, injured hundreds, and was undoubtedly the work of Iranian-backed terrorists. Two years before, terrorists (also believed to … More

    Congress Wants to Know Why an American Is Hostage to Bolivian Injustice

    On May 12, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights will focus a spotlight on the case of Jacob Ostreicher, an American imprisoned without charge for almost a year in a Bolivian prison. The 53-year-old American from Brooklyn is being held for an investment opportunity … More

    Economic Freedom Is Surging in Chile

    With a score of 78.3 in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, Chile is now the seventh economically freest nation in the world (out of 179 countries ranked) and is number one in all of Latin America. Its overall score … More

    Obama Disappoints on the Falkland Islands

    This week in 1982, Argentine forces were probably preparing their equipment and checking plans ahead of their invasion of the Falkland Islands, to happen a couple of weeks later. Thirty years on, even after heaping cringe-worthy amounts of lavish praise on the Obama Administration during his recent visit, British Prime … More

    Sean Penn Takes Aim at Great Britain with Latest Left-Wing Rant

    Never one to shy away from a Left-wing cause, either at home or abroad, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has adopted the Falklands dispute as his latest liberal pet project. On a visit to Argentina to meet with Cristina Kirchner, Penn accused Britain of ‘colonialism’ over the Falklands, and urged UN-brokered negotiations over … More