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Summit of the Americas

Reflections on a Historic Summit of the Americas

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

The digital snapshot seen round the world depicted a brief handshake between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro.

Carpe Diem, North America!

Mack McLarty | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Mack McLarty

The meeting between President Obama and Raul Castro can be seen as emblematic of a new philosophy governing relations among nations of the Americas, and provides an opportunity to lay the groundwork for the challenges ahead if we seize the moment.

No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wooed the crowd with his plan to provide internet access to everyone in Latin America, more traditional speakers included the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Cargill, Boeing, Associated Petroleum Investors, AES Corporation, Citigroup Latin America and Walmart Latin America.

Nothing About Us, Without Us: A Reflection on the Young Americas Forum

Martina Buchal | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

When I was invited by the Office of the Vice President of Panama to speak at the Young Americas Forum as part of the Summit of the Americas, I knew this was a rare opportunity to get the youth voice to the eardrums of world leaders.

Barack Obama And Cuba President Raul Castro Make History With First Sit-Down Meeting

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday, the first substantial meeting between the countries' ...

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.

It's Time to Summit With Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

The Summit of the Americas is upon us, and for the first time in five decades, all eyes are on Cuba and the United States. (And Venezuela but it's time for another blogger to take on that Mother.)

At the Summit of the Americas, Leaders Should Remember Women Are Key to Success

Catherine Russell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Women
Catherine Russell

That's why I'm joining President Obama, Secretary Kerry and other U.S. officials in Panama this week for the Seventh Summit of the Americas. Here are some of the issues I'll be focused on during my trip.

Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

What the Venezuela sanctions made clear is that President Obama's opening to Cuba represented exactly zero change in Washington's overall strategy toward the region: The intention of expanding commercial and diplomatic relations with Cuba was mainly to pursue a more effective strategy of undermining the Cuban government -- and all the left governments in the region.

Imperfect but Historic

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

History is made out of tiny and sometimes major steps, so however imperfect the Panama moment may be, however much the Venezuela factor dilutes the powerful symbolism at hand, let's not forget its historic significance.

How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

It's rare for politicians from these two countries to stray from the narratives of suspicion and intransigence that have prevented productive collaboration for over half a century. Yet that's just what has happened in the last few weeks.

Questions for Dilma 2.0

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Now that both presidents have more conservative congresses with which to contend, what is the realistic scope of a refreshed bilateral agenda, and how will Brazil help to advance it?

Hypocrisy and The Right to Travel to Cuba

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 11.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The case of staffers for Senator Rubio and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen travelling to China on a trip hosted by the Chinese communist party-state is a painful example of hypocrisy.

Putin in Havana, America at the Movies

Sarah Stephens | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Havana this week to build closer ties with Cuba's senior leadership, it begged the question, "Haven't we seen this movie before?"

A Strategic Approach to Hemispheric Trade

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Eric Farnsworth

The real gains from trade for the United States would come from more fully integrating economies, which produce things together in a seamless supply chain for each other and for third countries.

Wanted -- A New Cuba Policy

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.26.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Havana still rejects the principle of far-reaching political change as a precondition for scrapping the embargo. There's no reason to expect a change of heart, particularly because other major economic powers' willingness to trade with and invest in Cuba has made the American boycott less painful.

U.S. Hegemony in Latin America

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Renee Parsons

While the 'misconduct' of Secret Service agents with prostitutes in Colombia is a significant, if titillating scandal, most media reports have missed the tectonic political shift that surfaced at the recent Summit of the Americas meeting.

Sex Just A Part Of Life In Cartagena, Colombia

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 04.19.2012 | World

CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Days after U.S. Secret Service agents were sent home over allegations of hard-partying and bringing prostitutes to their hotel,...

Jason Cherkis

Secret Service Scandal Investigation Involves Brother Of GOP Senate Candidate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

Former agent and current Maryland Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Bongino spoke out Monday about his former colleagues at the currently scand...

Summit of the Americas -- Flashback and Fast Forward

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Sarah Stephens

With President Obama attending the 2012 Summit of the Americas, we have to ask this: Who benefits from his decision to continue a Bush-era policy of coaxing Cuban doctors to leave their medical missions and defect to the United States?

WATCH: Shakira Messes Up Words To Colombia's National Anthem

Posted 04.17.2012 | Latino Voices

A lot of singers have messed up the words to the national anthem. It has happened to Cristina Aguilera. And to Cyndi Lauper. And now, it has happened ...

Summit of the Americas: Despite Political Arguments We Are Getting Closer As A Hemisphere

Stephen Keppel | Posted 06.17.2012 | Latino Voices
Stephen Keppel

Despite some of the lingering political divisions, which often make the most news, we are getting closer as a hemisphere. The US is becoming more Latino and Latin America is becoming more developed.

America's Missed Opportunities in Latin America

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.16.2012 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Latin America presents enormous opportunities for the U.S. in terms of economic and political cooperation, but we continue to squander these opportunities as we squabble among ourselves over issues like immigration and drug policies.

Secret Service Revokes Agents' Top Security Clearance Following Prostitution Scandal

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2012 | World

By Tabassum Zakaria and David Alexander WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said on Monday it revoked the top sec...

PHOTO: Hillary Clinton Dances

Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was photographed mid-dance move over the weekend, having a good time at the same club in Cartegena, Colombia at whi...