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In Venezuela's Upcoming Election, U.S. Seeks Observers it Can Influence

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Just as big fish eat little fish and lions prey on antelope, so there is no moral shame in the U.S. government trying to undermine, destabilize or get rid of democratically elected governments that it doesn't like.

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.

6 Things To Know Before Retiring To Panama

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 06.10.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Panama has been recognized for more than a decade as one of the world's top choices for retirement. This is truer today than ever, for all the reasons you've likely read about.

The Dominican Government Is Cementing the Foundations of Apartheid

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.13.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The Dominican state is 10 years into a process of constructing a system of legal apartheid for Dominicans born to Haitian parents. This group of second- and third-generation Dominicans has always faced opposition to being fully recognized as Dominican citizens, but their government appears intent on legally cementing this discrimination -- and is increasingly close to this goal.

We Are All Equal; And When We Are Not, It's Time to Step Up

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

On June 10, the UN Human Rights Council started a three-week session, where -- rumor has it -- a new resolution addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity might be discussed.

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...

Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I was playing as a musician in a merengue band at the time and one of the parents joked that I should take a trip if I liked Dominican culture so much. For now, this visit is no longer in my plans because the Dominican Government has decided to treat a group of its people in a manner that I can't ignore.

Matt Sledge

U.S. Official Hides Behind Shutdown When Asked About NSA Spying | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Summoned to an international human rights hearing on the National Security Agency's worldwide surveillance apparatus, a United States of...

Public-Private Partnerships: A Win-Win Solution

John Sanbrailo | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
John Sanbrailo

The promotion of development and more effective delivery of services remains a critical challenge for many governments around the world. Failure to respond successfully to society's most pressing needs can erode public trust in government institutions and have destabilizing effects.

Matt Sledge

Latin American Drug Report Envisions Legalization | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- The Organization of American States on Friday released a report laying out a future in which more countries in the Western Hemisphere lega...

Will Correa Assume Chavez's Role Leading Latin American Socialism?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

With Hugo Chavez having now passed, the question of who will inherit his legacy as the vanguard of 21st century socialism in Latin America is foremost in the minds of many.

What America Can Learn From El Salvador in Ending Gang Violence

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Earlier this year the government in El Salvador negotiated a groundbreaking deal with the Salvadoran MS-13 and a rival gang, Calle-18. In a bold move, mediators in El Salvador essentially extended the framework of humanitarian engagement to gang warfare.

The United Countries Of The Americas?

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Patrick Takahashi

I'm on my annual global adventure and thus far have posted on: - "Japan: Seven Months After the Cataclysm," and - "A Simple Solution for E...

Joshua Hersh

House Dem: Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing Was 'A Zoo' | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee left for their weekend recess Friday still fuming over a two-day mark-up session that s...

Venezuelan Democracy Gets Its Day In Court

Leopoldo López | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leopoldo López

I had the opportunity this morning to present my case before the judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Haiti Stumbles Toward Second Round of Flawed Elections

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

The decision by the Haitian government to go ahead with voting in the absence of conditions for free and fair elections has shaken an already fragile Haitian democracy.

Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Popular protest can bring down the government in an Arab country. Who knew? It's a whole new ballgame. You think today's events in Tunisia are going to affect conversations in Algeria and Egypt? Maybe even in Haiti?

Rep. Maxine Waters Calls for New Elections in Haiti

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

To fail to act in the interests of the majority of Haitians, with the argument that a new election would be too costly, would be "penny-wise, pound foolish." It's worth $30 million to protect $11 billion.

OAS Plan to Alter Haiti Vote Fails Bush v. Gore Standard of Equal Protection

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If you were a Haitian voter whose vote belonged OAS team sample, your vote will be treated differently than if your vote did not belong to that sample. This was the grounds on which the Supreme Court stopped the Florida recount.

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."

Uribe's Parting Shot

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

The rupture of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and Colombia after a special session of the Organization of American States (OAS) on July 22 mar...

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.

A Comprehensive Approach to Fight Drugs

José Miguel Insulza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
José Miguel Insulza

Drug dependency is a chronic, relapsing disease that must be dealt with as a core element of public health policy.

CNN Reveals Toxic America

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sheila Shayon

Sanjay Gupta hosts a two-part program revealing devastating results from a year-long investigation that resonates with concerns over the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.