Radical tourists have been deluded pimps for Venezuela

Radical tourists have been deluded pimps for Venezuela

Radical tourism is no different from sex tourism. In both the political and the coital, the inhabitants of the rich world go to the poor to find the thrills no one will give them at home.

Western men and women with nothing to recommend them except their wealth escape their sexless lives and buy prostitutes, who are not like those indifferent boys and girls who pass them in the street. They will play their part and pretend for a few hours ...  

Santos’s Power Grab in the Name of Peace

Santos’s Power Grab in the Name of Peace

Hugo Chávez destroyed political pluralism in Venezuela by consolidating power in the executive. Now Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos wants to copy the Bolivarian strongman. He’s asking Congress for the power to rule by decree for six months and for a blank check to amend the constitution in ways he has not spelled out. Since Mr. Santos’s Liberal Party controls Congress, he is expected to prevail.

Mr. Santos wants this authoritarian power so he can unilaterally change the constitution to include ...  

El Salvador Throws Out Gang Truce and Officials Who Put It in Place

El Salvador Throws Out Gang Truce and Officials Who Put It in Place

SAN SALVADOR — El Salvador’s attorney general has begun arresting law enforcement officials who helped carry out a truce between gangs that, until just a few years ago, was central to the nation’s strategy for taming its infamous violence.

The truce, struck by El Salvador’s biggest gangs with the government’s support, won international backing and helped bring down the nation’s devastating murder rate by more than half in 2012 and 2013.

But the government’s role in facilitating the truce caused controversy at ...  

Time for Brazil to sharpen its diplomatic skills

Time for Brazil to sharpen its diplomatic skills

After months of street protests and political revolt led Brazil’s legislature to suspend Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for fraud, it’s too early to say how the caretaker government will fare in her place.

Little-loved interim President Michel Temer will be contending with both the fallout from the country’s toxic corruption scandal and a record economic downturn. But one encouraging sign is that the new management appears to have run out of patience with Brazil’s tendentious and ...  

OAS Head Blasts Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro

OAS Head Blasts Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro

CARACAS—The head of the Organization of American States said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is verging on becoming a “petty dictator” and called on the multilateral organization to consider an emergency meeting to address antidemocratic tendencies in the continent’s biggest oil producer.

Luis Almagro, a leftist who was Uruguay’s foreign minister until last year, said Mr. Maduro has a constitutional obligation to hold a referendum on his rule this year. The opposition has fulfilled the criteria to begin the process of recalling ...  

Cuban dissident says next U.S. president can make ‘huge difference’ with pressure on Castros

Cuban dissident says next U.S. president can make ‘huge difference’ with pressure on Castros

President Obama’s successor must do more to press for reforms and pressure the Castro regime if the opening to Cuba is to help the island’s people, a leading dissident and human rights activist said Wednesday.

Antonio Rodiles told a gathering at the American Enterprise Institute that the next president must implement three policy changes to make “a huge difference in the future,” including sending a clear message against political repression, pressuring Cuba to ratify the U.N. Human Rights covenants and pressing ...  

President says Venezuela won’t be next to fall, but he may not have a choice

President says Venezuela won’t be next to fall, but he may not have a choice

Another day, another protest in Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro remains defiant that Venezuela will not be the next leftwing domino to fall in Latin America, but he may not have a choice.

Although the opposition’s campaign for a recall referendum ran up against a wall of riot police and teargas on Wednesday, the president’s chances of completing his mandate look more remote with each piece of dire economic, social and regional news.

This is not the first time that Maduro has faced ...  

In El Salvador, the Murder Capital of the World, Gang Violence Becomes a Way of Life

In El Salvador, the Murder Capital of the World, Gang Violence Becomes a Way of Life

It was the middle of the night in El Salvador and officers, armed with masks and body armor, were asking men they had arrested to remove their shirts before they brought them to a rundown police station in the country’s capital city.

The officers were checking for tattoos that would reveal certain gang memberships.

One man among the 169 who were crammed into three cells in the tiny police station had a tattoo on his forehead. It said, “El Diablo.” Another had ...  

In Venezuela, Socialism Is Killing Venezuelans

In Venezuela, Socialism Is Killing Venezuelans

By José Cárdenas

May 18, 2016

It is difficult to fathom the level of economic and social degradation occurring today in Venezuela under chavismo, the movement founded by the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chávez, who died of cancer three years ago. What began as a war against the “squalid” oligarchy in order to build what he called “21st-century socialism” — cheered on as he was by many leftists from abroad — has collapsed into an unprecedented heap of misery and conflict.

Unsurprisingly, Chávez was ...  

Venezuela Braces for Protests as Maduro Warns of Coup

Venezuela Braces for Protests as Maduro Warns of Coup

Venezuela’s opposition called on its supporters to take to the streets again Wednesday as it steps up efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who has accused them of attempting a coup.

Two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called for fresh demonstrations to pressure Venezuela’s electoral board, or CNE, to process a petition to activate a recall referendum. The opposition accuses the government of stalling the process to avoid early elections.

Thousands attempted to march on the CNE in central Caracas last week, but ...  

Lawmakers accuse Homeland Security of doublespeak on Cuba flight risks

Lawmakers accuse Homeland Security of doublespeak on Cuba flight risks

Piling security concerns atop their political complaints, House Republicans say initiating commercial air service from Cuba is a disaster waiting to happen, and accused the Obama administration of fast-walking flights to shore up the president’s legacy.

Obama administration officials publicly insist TSA has thoroughly scrutinized the 10 Cuban airports where flights may soon begin, ensuring that they meet the highest security rules laid out by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body.

But Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) says administration officials have ...  

Opposition calls on Venezuela to defy emergency decree

Opposition calls on Venezuela to defy emergency decree

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela’s opposition leader urged his country on Tuesday to defy a state of emergency decreed by the government as it grapples with an acute political and economic crisis.

Henrique Capriles spoke as the opposition-controlled congress prepared to debate the sweeping measures ordered by President Nicolas Maduro. He said lawmakers will probably reject Maduro’s plan, and that if the government insists the decree remain in force, “it is up to us… to ignore this decree.”

That stance is likely to ...  

Remittances Supersede Oil As Mexico’s Main Source Of Foreign Income

Remittances Supersede Oil As Mexico’s Main Source Of Foreign Income

Remittances, the earnings that Mexican workers in the U.S. send home, quietly replaced oil revenues as Mexico’s number one source of foreign income last year. In late 2014, oil was still Mexico’s main source of foreign exchange, but due to a dramatic fall in oil production following a lack of investment and a plunge in international oil prices, this is no longer the case.

“Remittances surpassed crude oil revenues for the first time in history in December of 2014. Since then, ...  

Peru Presidential Candidate Denies Money Laundering

Peru Presidential Candidate Denies Money Laundering

Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori denied a news report that raised questions about whether she was involved in money laundering.

The local America television network and U.S.-based Univision broadcast a report Sunday night suggesting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating a member of Fujimori’s party for money laundering. The allegations come just weeks before the presidential runoff election.

The report said the agency was looking at whether Joaquin Ramirez of Fujimori’s Fuerza Popular party laundered $15 million for the candidate during a ...  

Venezuela’s Downward Spiral

Venezuela’s Downward Spiral

As the effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela by referendum gains support, his government is ratcheting up repression. On Friday, Mr. Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency, saying it was necessary to quash what he described as a “coup” and confront “all the international and national threats our nation is facing.”

The threats Venezuelans face today are not the result of foreign or domestic conspiracies, but Mr. Maduro’s disastrous leadership. On his watch, the country’s health care system ...  

Venezuela opposition slams ‘desperate’ Maduro state of emergency

Venezuela opposition slams ‘desperate’ Maduro state of emergency

Venezuela’s opposition on Saturday slammed a state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro and vowed to press home efforts to remove the leftist leader this year amid a grim economic crisis.

Maduro on Friday night declared a 60-day state of emergency due to what he called plots from Venezuela and the United States to subvert him. He did not provide specifics.

The measure shows Maduro is panicking as a push for a recall referendum against him gains traction with tired, frustrated ...  

Brazil’s Chance to Save Itself

Brazil’s Chance to Save Itself

A defiant Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff left the presidential palace through the front door on Thursday morning after the senate voted to begin her impeachment trial. According to Brazilian lore, the president’s chosen exit was a political statement that she intends to return. The senate vote, in which over two-thirds of 80 senators said yes to the trial, suggests otherwise.

Ms. Rousseff’s greatest hope for a comeback lies with Vice President Michel Temer. He is a member of Brazil’s largest party, ...  

Venezuela’s ‘state of emergency’: How the country slid into crisis

Venezuela’s ‘state of emergency’: How the country slid into crisis

Protests rocked the Venezuelan capital of Caracas Saturday, as rival factions of pro- and anti-government activists took to the street to add their voices to President Nicolas Maduro’s latest attempt to exert some control and hold onto power.

Addressing the nation Friday, Maduro declared a “constitutional state of emergency … to tend to our country and more importantly to prepare to denounce, neutralize and overcome the external and foreign aggressions against our country.” He has also called for military exercises to take ...  

Once again, Cubans waiting for change

Once again, Cubans waiting for change

HAVANA — Ask about any Cuban these days how the normalization of relations with the United States has changed their lives, and they’ll give you roughly the same answer.

“Look around,” said Ignacio Frade, 41, laughing as he looks up and down the street in the Vedado neighborhood of this capital city. “Do you see anything different?”

In the 17 months since President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced that the Cold War foes would re-establish diplomatic relations, I’ve visited here ...  

Brazil and the Left’s Latin Comeuppance

Brazil and the Left’s Latin Comeuppance

Jubilant Brazilians took to the streets Thursday to celebrate Dilma Rousseff’s suspension from office for the next six months. Whether this means the end of her presidency will depend on the outcome of an impeachment trial, where she is accused of violating Brazil’s budget laws. But her political comeuppance is more evidence that a sad era of progressive Latin American politics is ending.

Ms. Rousseff’s legal troubles stem from allegations that she used bookkeeping tricks to disguise the size of Brazil’s ...  

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During the last several decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars in trying to help the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean deliver better lives for their citizens. This has meant helping them increase internal security by combating the illicit growing and trafficking in narcotics and the activities of terrorist groups, as well as helping them to shore up their democratic and free market institutions.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the elections of radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, and lackluster support for regional counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives.

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