Category: Latin America/Caribbean

Money and media problems marred elections in 2015

     

  Flawed and failed elections around the world last year were manipulated through vote rigging and corruption, intimidation, and violence, according to new evidence from the Electoral Integrity Project: Political… Read more »

Obama in Cuba: 90 Miles To Go and Promises to Keep

     

  The Obama administration says it is making it easier for people to travel to Cuba, lifting limits on money travelers can spend there. The announcement, made Tuesday, came just… Read more »

Ecuador and Bolivia show Venezuela no longer a model

     

Like Venezuela, the administrations in Ecuador and Bolivia have taken decisive steps to concentrate power in the executive branch, weaken independent institutions, persecute political opposition, and close media space. Keeping… Read more »

The Obama Doctrine: advancing democracy, but….

     

President Barack Obama is a democratic internationalist, he tells The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, but experience has also taught him to temper his idealism with a pragmatic, realist approach to foreign… Read more »

Cuba says Obama trip won’t alter `revolutionary’ regime

     

The Cuban government today said it won’t renounce its “revolutionary and anti-imperialist” ideals as relations with the U.S. thaw ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to the Communist island this… Read more »

Obama’s Cuba trip: ‘misguided’ or ‘subversive’?

     

President Obama’s forthcoming trip to Cuba continues to divide analysts and democracy advocates. A successful trip could vindicate the decision by Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba to pursue an official thaw, broadcasting… Read more »

US envoy condemns Cuba rights record: Obama playing a long game

     

Deputy US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today condemned a surge in arrests of activists in Cuba, three weeks before President Barack Obama’s historic trip to the Communist-ruled island: Addressing… Read more »

Cuba: a nation in search of a state

     

When the Castro regime comes to an end, the Cuban people will face the monumental task of building a new political and economic system out of the remnants of the… Read more »

Religious politics signal ‘Rough Times for Democratic Change’

     

  Democracy and models of social market economy are facing an unprecedented challenge worldwide, while the influence of religion on political institutions and legal systems is on the rise, says… Read more »