Guyana: Mining, Forests and Indigenous Rights

May 23, 2013

In light of increasing gold prices on the world market, the actual commitment under-pinning Guyana’s agreement with Norway to save its rainforests, which also includes an obligation to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, can be questioned.  The unprecedented high price of gold on...

Colombia: A Step Back for Gay Marriage

May 19, 2013

A campaign against discrimination has been launched by gay activists in Colombia. Denying civil rights to a specific group in society, resembles the struggle against anti-Semitism and the African-American civil rights movement. In 2005, the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero...

Obama, Romney, and the Foreign Policy Debate

October 25, 2012

In their final debate before the elections, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama subscribed to double standards. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the third and final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign was the similarity between the two candidates on many basic foreign policy issues. Part of...

Infographic: The Obama Effect

October 22, 2012

The third US presidential debate took place last night, the 22nd of October, on the topic of foreign policy. Over the course of the campaign, the Romney camp has argued that unrest in the Middle East reflects the ‘unraveling of the Obama doctrine,’ while President Obama and his...

The Chavez World Vision

October 22, 2012

Chavez has used his personal charisma backed by generous aid spending to build an anti-empire to counter the US in its crusade for free trade.  But though he is ideologically opposed to the US economic system, he is realistically reliant on its power.  Upon meeting the President of the...

The Chavez Administration and the Demise of Citizen Security in Venezuela

October 19, 2012

Since taking office in 1998, Chavez has ignored the dramatic rise in violent crime, making security a private good in the socialist republic. In Caracas, Venezuela’s residential neighborhood of Bello Monte, journalists from multiple publications can be found every morning having coffee at...

An Era of Chavez

October 19, 2012

Chavez: love him for his benevolence, hate him for his megalomania, but heed the dangers of his era. Though Chavez has helped many Venezuelans out of poverty, the implications of his prolonged rule bear frightening consequences.  By the end of his next term, he will have governed the...

The Message From the Venezuelan Elections

October 19, 2012

Hugo Chavez’s third reelection represents the people’s continued endorsement of his socialist revolution. by R. Viswanathan The free, fair and peaceful Venezuelan elections on Sunday, with a clear and accepted outcome has restored the confidence of the world, which had some doubts...

Hugo Chavez, President and Commander

October 19, 2012

Chavez has become a prominent world figure for his socialist project and defiant global mission. Both blessing and curse, his significance is without question. Background Hugo Chavez is a polarizing, yet indispensible figure in Latin America.  He has empowered the less fortunate, providing...

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