Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

July 16, 2020

On June 20, we celebrated World Refugee Day. This was an opportune time for us all to pay attention to the challenge of forced displacement today. Strikingly, the world is facing the largest forced displacement crisis since World War II, with nearly 80 million people having fled their countries...

Why Maximum Pressure on Venezuela Is the Only Way Out

April 22, 2020

Venezuela’s dictatorship has proved to be highly resilient. It mutated from a lively democracy in the second half of the 20th century to a hybrid regime where unfree and unfair elections were held and repression reigned, giving way to the current dictatorial domination. In the process, it also...

Who’s the Liar: Ilhan Omar or Mike Pompeo?

May 06, 2019

Mike Pompeo wants Americans to understand two essential things: what he and John Bolton have to say about Venezuela is true and his skillset includes the art of lying, cheating and stealing. The US-supported coup attempt in Venezuela has failed. Even US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognizes...

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

March 12, 2019

No matter how bad the situation is in Venezuela, a US military response will only make matters worse for the Venezuelans. It may be foreign adventure time again for the good old USA. With troops being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan after successfully “vanquishing” the enemy and the...

The Battle for Venezuela is Heating Up

September 13, 2016

National surveys show the economic crisis and food shortages have taken their toll on the quality of life for Venezuelans. In Venezuela, more than half a million people marched on September 1 to protest against the government, calling on the electoral authority to approve a recall referendum...

When Commodities Crash, Populists Suffer


July 13, 2016

State policy that prioritizes insulation from the world economy and redistribution of natural resource rents is a road to instability. A new wave of center-right political leadership in Argentina is systematically putting an end to 12 years of isolationist, leftist populism under Peronist...

Maduro’s Time is Running Out in Venezuela

March 04, 2016

Faced with electoral setback and rising popular discontent, the Venezuelan president just announced a number of economic reforms. In Venezuela’s most recent parliamentary elections on December 6, 2015, Chavismo experienced its first political setback since coming to power 17 years ago. The...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

February 28, 2014

Fair Observer's five best articles of February. February has been a month of tumult. After much bloodshed, Ukraine got rid of its oppressive president. The country is close to economic collapse and the situation in Crimea is volatile to say the least. Russian President Vladimir Putin is...

Change in Venezuela Yields Political and Economic Uncertainty

June 04, 2013

Despite his declared commitment to toe his predecessor’s ideological line, the gravity of the economic problems affecting Venezuela may force Maduro to depart from some of Chavez’s policies. Nicholas Maduro’s narrow electoral triumph over opposition leader Henrique Capriles...

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...

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