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Human Rights & Civil Society Groups to OAS: Hands off Venezuela!

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

As someone who witnessed first-hand the brutal U.S.-sponsored Contra War against Nicaragua, I will not sit idly by as my government, with the aid of the OAS, again attempts to quash popular governments in Latin America.

In Brazil, Do Black Lives Matter?

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.23.2016 | Black Voices
Fred Redmond

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.

The 43 Missing Students Are Not Alone. Mexico's Justice System Is Broken.

Mary Speck | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Mary Speck

President Peña Nieto could still put his country on track to end the self-perpetuating cycles of violence, corruption and impunity that have turned certain regions into virtual war zones. But to do so, the president must address the "incredulity and distrust," which, as he himself has stated, are undermining the law and order essential to assure that his economic reforms generate the promised prosperity.

For US in Haiti, Black Votes Don't Matter

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Basically, Haitians managed to put Washington in the situation of having to maintain that a runoff election with only one candidate, businessman Jovenel Moïse, would be legitimate, or postpone the election.

OAS Lacks Backbone As it Runs to Martelly's Aid in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

At issue today is the decision by the Organization of American States (OAS) to send a special mission to Haiti to ostensibly "help" Haiti resolve the electoral and political crisis gripping the nation.

President Obama Should Change U.S. Policy and Normalize Relations with Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Mark Weisbrot

After winning its first electoral victory in more than 16 years, the Venezuelan opposition is divided over whether to pursue an electoral or extra-legal path to power. Unfortunately, the U.S. government's foreign policy apparatus is also divided.

Brazil Should Stand Firm Against U.S.-Led Campaign to Undermine Venezuelan Elections

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Washington has been trying to get rid of the Venezuelan government for more than 13 years, going back to the failed military coup of 2002. There is something sinister going on here.

Venezuela Votes Soon -- And the U.S. Isn't Missing Its Chance to Meddle

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

By attempting to delegitimize -- with no evidence of possible fraud -- Venezuela's upcoming election, the U.S. and some of its allies are promoting instability and possible violence.

The Deadly Cholera Book of Numbers Swells in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

There are many shackles still attached to the Haitian people. International meddling has tightened them, but cholera should surely be one of the easiest to loosen and break. It is the least the international community can do. It requires will, a moral stance and a sincere apology.

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 07.09.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?