Category: Latin America/Caribbean

Could intervention have tilted the balance in Syria?

     

Today, five years later, it’s easy to forget that Syria’s revolution started off amid the optimism of the Arab Spring. The first protests against Assad’s dictatorship were peaceful: Demonstrators were… Read more »

Back to the Dark Side? Challenges to Democracy in Latin America

     

Until a few years ago, it was the consensus among academics and practitioners that democracy had finally solidified in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most political leaders and citizens alike… Read more »

Women’s empowerment a rare bright spot in democracy landscape

     

  In a global democracy landscape marked by considerable gloom, progress in women’s political empowerment is a rare bright spots of recent years, argues the Carnegie Endowment’s Thomas Carothers a… Read more »

Gay Cuban journalist dismissed, as Farinas hunger strike continues

     

A gay Cuban journalist and activist says he was fired from a government-run radio station because he worked with independent media, The Washington Blade reports: Maykel González Vivero (left) hosted… Read more »

Is the U.S. giving up on supporting democracy abroad?

     

Serious pessimism about democracy’s global fortunes as well as skepticism about the value and wisdom of democracy promotion have gripped Washington, argues Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the… Read more »

Final days of chavismo? Venezuela protests test Maduro’s grip

     

Venezuela’s opposition mounted fresh nationwide protests Wednesday to push for a vote on driving President Nicolas Maduro from power in the crisis-stricken country, AFP reports: A week after a mass… Read more »

Cuba censoring text messages with words like ‘democracy’

     

  Cuban dissidents said Monday that Raúl Castro’s communist government is censoring mobile text messages that contain certain words, including “democracy” and “human rights,” Reuters reports: Text messages that included… Read more »