Category: Latin America/Caribbean

“An affront to democracy”: Cuba’s launches fresh crackdown on activists

     

Cuba’s Communist regime has launched a fresh crackdown on the island’s democracy activists, reports suggest. At least eight houses were occupied by more than 200 military personnel bearing assault weapons… Read more »

Venezuela: beware the ‘dark side’ of negotiated transitions

     

Will a negotiated settlement resolve Venezuela’s political standoff? Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has endorsed a proposal to amnesty to the military if it repudiates the Maduro regime and facilitates a restoration of… Read more »

Venezuelan opposition ‘testing military’s loyalty’

     

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today demanded Venezuela reopen a bridge on the Colombian border for an aid shipment organised by the opposition, the BBC reports: Venezuelan soldiers have… Read more »

Democracy in retreat: ‘ominous’ decline around the world, says Freedom House

     

Democracy is undergoing an ‘alarming’ decline around the world, according to the latest annual survey from Freedom House.* The country-by-country report – Freedom In The World 2019 – paints a… Read more »

Venezuela: ‘time for democratic transition is now’

     

Global support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó expanded Monday as a growing chorus of Western nations increased pressure on the authoritarian regime of cash-strapped Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the Wall… Read more »

‘Moscow on the Caribbean’: Can Maduro hold on to power in Venezuela?

     

University of Oxford Politics Lecturer Maryhen Jiminez Morales discusses expected changes for Venezuela on the global stage under the leadership of Juan Guaidó (above). Institutional desert Beyond billions in investments, Vladimir Putin is… Read more »

Venezuela: two ways to help Guaidó against ‘Bolivarian beggars’

     

Venezuela finds itself part of a trial of strength, the Economist observes. A peaceful transition to a democratic, economically literate government could restore normality to what was once one of… Read more »

Intell chiefs warn of ‘coming ideological battle’ with resurgent authoritarians

     

  Liberal democracies should prepare for “the coming ideological battle” with newly resurgent authoritarian powers, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee heard on Tuesday. “China and Russia are more aligned than… Read more »

Venezuela’s best path to democracy is………….

     

The line of least resistance to restoring democracy in Venezuela? Pay off the military, argues Michael Albertus, an associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago, and co-author… Read more »

How Guaidó united Venezuela’s fractured opposition

     

Despite Venezuela’s economic collapse and dictator Nicolás Maduro’s plummeting popularity, opposition leaders had not been able to present a united front in a long time. Now, they are all backing… Read more »