Democracy and Society

Military Moves into Environmental Management in South America

Escrito por  |  9 / March / 2019

Environmental and land management in South America is being slowly but persistently militarized with the aim of controlling extractive industries, especially gold mining.

2018: Year of borders, walls and resistances

Escrito por  |  4 / March / 2019

2018 in our America was a year of contradictions that make any single reading or even search for trends impossible. But the issue of borders was a recurring theme.

The OAS and Democracy

Escrito por  |  4 / March / 2019

Almagro, who took office in 2015, has been one of the most aggressive leaders of the OAS in representing U.S. interests, often violating the OAS charter in the process. But the perverse violation of the organization’s commitment to democracy in the name of democracy is not new.

European Union, United States Diverge on Venezuela Strategy

Escrito por  |  21 / February / 2019

The deepening political crisis, the open interventionism of the U.S. government and the threat of a civil war scenario in Venezuela have led to a change in the position of the European Union and some Latin American countries.

An Open Letter to the United States: Stop Interfering in Venezuela’s International Politics

Escrito por  |  25 / January / 2019

If the Trump administration and its allies continue to pursue their reckless course in Venezuela, the most likely result will be bloodshed, chaos, and instability.

The Organization of American States Shouldn’t Be Run by Regime Change Zealots

Escrito por  |  23 / January / 2019

Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), recently announced his bid for another 5-year term at the helm of the world’s oldest and most influential regional organization. His re-election would be a major setback for good governance in the region. Hemisphere’s chief regional organization has been hobbled by pro-Trump leadership.

The Fourth Transformation: Benefit of the doubt or responsible criticism?

Escrito por  |  14 / December / 2018

There’s no doubt that after the blue skies and sunshine of December 1st, there are already clouds on the horizon. But the role of an engaged citizen cannot be to simply cross your arms and watch the storm roll in while saying “I told you so”. Giving President López Obrador the benefit of the doubt is to replicate the old styles of rulers who demanded unconditional support for their actions and cloaked themselves in authoritarian power and self-praise. Seeing treachery before it happens ignores the need for facts-based judgement and closes doors.