This weakness in oil prices comes at a time when the Mexican government is struggling to overcome a two-year economic slowdown and ensure the attractiveness of Mexico's considerable energy potential after passing the energy reform. The country will have to make important adjustments in both the short and medium term if low oil prices remain the norm after 2015.
The positive steps taken in the past weeks must absolutely translate into the full implementation of a new human-rights agenda. That is the only hope for real change.
Cuba currently claims some 80,000 medical personnel, who serve in more than 20 countries worldwide. In Brazil, arriving doctors have been met with protest and branded "medical slaves."
Before anyone starts bombarding Peace Corps headquarters with inquiries about Cuba service, it's only an embryonic idea right now, but one that I've been advocating for a while.
In Venezuela the armed forces are not allowed to enforce public order. The only component of the military that may act in certain civil defense roles is the National Guard, yet the new resolution does not distinguish. But that is just one small detail.
One hundred million. That's the number of Latin American women in the workforce today. It's a powerful critical mass in my home region: 100 million agents of change who will help their families escape poverty, build a middle class and fuel regional economic growth.
Despite federal policies in education, it is clear that there is a high correlation in the United States between the education achievement gap and poverty.
In this moment of negotiation with the United States political creativity is being imposed by the Cuban side. To that end prudence and moderation are needed, but at the same time firmness and clarity for the objectives at hand.
We know that the road won't be easy, as it will be marked by personal limits, political errors and human fears.
My swim from Cuba to Florida, aside from the personal challenge to make endurance history across a wild, epic ocean, was always meant to also make a statement of hopeful reconnection between our two beautiful nations.
With Spring approaching, it's time to plan that Easter break. Each of these seven destinations make the ideal family holiday.
I'm not suggesting that the wheels of democracy are going to move at light speed, but there are enough people who could profit financially from normalized trade with Cuba that fantasy could become policy relatively quickly.
If you're going to defy protocol and encroach on the mandate of the president as commander-of-chief, why stop at Netanyahu? There are plenty of other controversial guest stars that Boehner and company could bring in to bat for their confrontational agenda.
To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones.
Despite this long-awaited meltdown of U.S. policies that added to the island's economic woes but never succeeded in tumbling Cuba's communist government, a portion of the Cold War edifice remains intact: Cuba is still on the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list.
A small cove just west of Zicatela where a reef break causes waves break farther out, resulting in few, if any, waves on the shore. This spot is great for swimming and beginner surf lessons.