Category: Latin America/Caribbean

Cubazuela: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash dissent – special report

     

The Trump administration is engaged in secret negotiations with Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s socialist party, The Associated Press reported Monday, as members of President Nicolás Maduro’s administration seek… Read more »

Two scenarios for Venezuela as political stand-off accelerates economic implosion

     

The United States will bar two Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations from traveling to the U.S. in its latest action to pressure Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro into stepping… Read more »

Cuba: battling economic crisis, escalating attacks on civil society

     

Communist-run Cuba has imposed sweeping price controls on all state and private businesses as it battles a deepening economic crisis and mounting U.S. sanctions, Reuters reports: Resolutions published in the… Read more »

Seeking legitimacy, Cuba expands Internet access – at what cost?

     

Cubans will be able to access the internet from their homes as the government tries to defend its legitimacy both in the real and virtual worlds, Euronews reports. Cuba went… Read more »

Top defectors reveal ‘systematic’ torture, kleptocracy and Cuban control in Venezuela

     

  Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday predicted U.S. Marines will “likely” enter the South American country, speaking a week after a confrontation between aircraft belonging to… Read more »

Latin America: How to stop corruption and save democracy

     

In Venezuela and throughout the region, corruption will not be eliminated overnight. But to reduce it, several things must occur, Susan Segal, AS/COA’s president and CEO, writes for Americas Quarterly’s… Read more »

Responding to threats from Venezuela’s ‘criminal state’

     

Venezuela’s humanitarian, economic, and political crisis has forced millions of citizens to flee, created a lawless environment where crime rates are astronomically high, and has given rise to the presence… Read more »

Latin America: monitoring media freedom, boosting civil society engagement

     

The past year has witnessed stark changes in the state of media freedom across Latin America, from a precipitous decline in Nicaragua to glimmers of improvement in Ecuador. But can… Read more »

How the oldest hatred is corrupting democracy

     

On July 18, 1994, unknown attackers bombed the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (whose Spanish acronym is AMIA), a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. This still-unresolved terrorist attack killed 87… Read more »

‘Beyond the Veneer of Reform’: Ricardo Bofill, an icon of the Cuban resistance, R.I.P.

     

Pro-democracy activists are mourning the loss of a leading architect of Cuba’s civil society and human rights movement. “The seed of this civil society was planted on January 28, 1976,… Read more »