From Venezuela to Brazil to Argentina, the political left is crumbling, raising real questions about the durability of South America's so-called "Pink Tide." In Caracas, the future of Chávez protégé Nicolás Maduro remains unclear amidst plunging world oil prices, rampant inflation, power shortages and scarcity of basic goods.
This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. (continued)
There is a lot at stake here for the major U.S. foreign policy institutions, which include the 17 intelligence agencies, State Department, Pentagon, White House National Security Council, and foreign policy committees of the Senate and House.
In light of all this information, this situation can only be described a coup. The conversations between Jucá and Machado make it even clearer that there is great similarity between what is happening now and what took place in 1964.
It is of course deeply ironic: Dilma, who is not accused of any corruption, is being impeached by corrupt members of Congress whose power is threatened by the unprecedented capacity that she gave prosecutors and the judiciary to go after corruption.
It is clear that the interim government is imposing an authoritarian agenda that counteracts the successful policies adopted by previous administrations.
An old song says, "sometimes they rob you with a six-gun, sometimes with a fountain pen." That's a good description of the legislative coup that is going on right now against the elected government of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, where I visited last month to participate in a trade union seminar on racial equality.
In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Guillaume Goubert and The WorldPost's "Following Francis" columnist, Sebastien Maillard, the pope demonstrates once again his wise and mature grasp of the issues. In the interview, he acknowledges the limits of Europe's ability to absorb refugees while focusing on the larger picture of why there are so many migrants. (continued)
The New York Times reported last week that Argentina's former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was indicted "on charges of manipulating the nation's Central Bank during the final months of her administration."
Dilma, contrary to everything that some people expect of a woman, did not cry, did not lose her temper, did not throw a fit. She worked firmly and seriously. She did not act "like a little girl."
While the corruption scandal and political crisis are destabilizing the economy in the short-run, Brazil's response marks a turning point for the country. Brazilian institutions, not corrupt powerbrokers, are shaping the distribution of power.
The Paris climate accord, signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. The U.N. has also managed to focus governments around the world on sustainable development goals. Yet, on the security side of the equation, for which the U.N. was principally founded, the record is largely one of failure. (continued)
Dilma Rousseff, the first female president of Brazil, was just kicked out of office. The vote passed easily in the Brazilian Senate yesterday--55 people voted in favor of placing her on trial, versus 22 who voted against the trial.
Michel Temer was little known outside of political circles until his appointment as Rousseff's Vice President, but the 75-year-old politician -- who served as speaker of the lower house of Congress three times -- knows the ins and outs of his party and of Congress.
By Robert Souza
Today, May 5, Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil inaugurated the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon, about five months after its first reservoirs began to fill.