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U.S.-Venezuela Détente Still Going -- for Now

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

For a couple of months I have noted the unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the U.S. and Venezuela. Now it is getting some attention in the major media.

A New Direction for the Organization of American States

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Eric Farnsworth

As foreign ministers from across the Americas gather in Washington today [June 15] for the opening of the annual General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), they must keep in mind the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and take specific steps to address it.

For the First Time, More Latin Americans Are Middle Class Than Poor

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Over the past decade, Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous progress in reducing poverty and in boosting shared prosperity. Poverty has fallen by half to 12.3 percent. The middle class -- currently 34 percent of the population -- is growing. Meanwhile, inequality in Latin America -- historically the world's highest -- has fallen, even as it rises in practically every other part of the globe. For the first time, the number of people in the middle class surpasses those living in poverty.

Immigration Policy Bad News for U.S. Regional Standing

Rafael Salazar | Posted 06.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

Evidence of increased mass-scale deportations since the beginning of Obama's Presidency -- often in violation of immigrants' human rights -- are significantly harming U.S. regional standing in organizations such as the OAS.

OAS Head Arrives At Regional Summit In Cuba As Observer

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 01.28.2014 | Latino Voices

HAVANA (AP) — The secretary-general of the Organization of American States arrived in Cuba on Monday to attend a regional summit, in an unusual enco...

Latin America Will Push U.S. To Discuss New Drug War Strategies

AP | SONIA PEREZ DIAZ | Posted 08.04.2013 | Latino Voices

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Latin American countries frustrated by the United States' refusal to change its drug war strategy are pushing the U.S. gove...

Breaking the Taboo: Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition Is Such a Big Deal

Daniel Robelo | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

This report is the first time that any multilateral institution anywhere in the world has critically analyzed the war on drugs and considered new approaches for the future -- giving equal weight to options like decriminalization and legalization in the process.

A Sad OAS General Assembly Meeting

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Joel D. Hirst

Despite receiving little fanfare, this meeting was concerning for those of us who dedicate ourselves to human freedom for two important reasons.

Cholera Petition Suggests UN Caused "Involuntary Genocide" in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 02.18.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

The United Nations is faced with two substantial legal petitions on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The actions could not be more different in their demands, tone, jurisdictions and venues.

Evo's Indigenous Problem

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

One thing is clear: President Morales's peculiar version of mob authoritarianism appears to have turned against him.

Washington Can't Block Aristide's Return or Deny Haiti's Sovereignty

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

In 1915 the U.S. Marines invaded Haiti, occupying the country until 1934. U.S. officials rewrote the Haitian constitution, and when the Haitian nation...

Haiti Resists US Pressure; Announces Aristide Can Return

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

It didn't get much attention in the media, but U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did something quite surprising on Sunday. After taping intervie...

Aristide Should Be Allowed to Return to Haiti

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Haiti's infamous dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier, returned to his country this week, while the country's first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide,...

U.S., France, Increase Pressure On Haiti to Accept Their Choices for Presidential Candidates

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

As the infamous dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returns to Haiti after 25 years in exile in the south of France, pressure is increasing on the impoverished, earthquake-destroyed, and cholera stricken country of Haiti.

OAS Backs Illegitimate Election in Haiti in Which Three-Quarters of Haitians Didn't Vote

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

What is it about Haiti that makes the "international community" think they have the right to decide the country's fate without the consent of the governed?

Was Brazilian Diplomat in Haiti Fired for Slamming UN and NGOs?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

When Brazilian diplomat Ricardo Seitenfus was abruptly ousted as special representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti on Christmas day, timing proved to be everything.

IACHR Rules That Deportation Not in the Child's Best Interest

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

IACHR found that U.S. deportation policy violates fundamental human rights because "it fails to consider evidence concerning the adverse impact of the destruction of families, the best interest of the children of deportees, and other humanitarian causes."

The Fracas in Caracas

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Feeling a clear and present danger from Team Obama's new bases designed to contain the FARC, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening retaliation and cutting off oil exports to his top customer, the U.S.

Handling Dissent in the OAS: Can Hillary Clinton Negotiate Honduras' Return?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

A negotiated compromise at this week's meeting of the OAS could point a way forward to allow member states to vote for the reintegration of Honduras, barred from the group last year after what some governments called a coup.

Haiti: Stealth Zone

Richard Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Morse

The first time I heard the terms Red or Green Zone was in Haiti was seven or eight years ago when an effort was being made to topple President Aristide's government

Stakes Rise for the United States in Honduras

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

At the end of October, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the unprecedented overturning of a coup through dialogue. That assessment has now proved naïve.

Clinton, Act to Avoid a Massacre in Honduras

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

Clinton continues to make statements divorced from the current dire reality in Honduras. Today the reality is that the Armed Forces under the coup regime are carrying out not just a "provocation" but a brutal attack on protesters.

In Venezuela, a Tale of Two Judges

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

The fact that Chávez has taken over the courts means that Venezuela may look like a democracy to fawning movie stars and celebrity athletes of the vanguard left, but the core is rotten and lawless.

Honduras... The Big Backstory

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The White House denounced the action in Honduras as "illegal." But that call requires Washington to cut off all but humanitarian aid and could jeopardize the big Soto Cano base outside Tegucigalpa.

Is the OAS Against Democracy?

Javier Corrales | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Javier Corrales

Everything Manuel Zelaya did suggested that his ultimate goal was to empower the Executive to the detriment of the other branches of government, and this scared all democratic forces.