Tag: Latin America

Build “the Wall”

 

A section of the Wall near El Paso, TX, January 19, 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Real walls matter, so long as they are observed and backed by effective enforcement of boundary rules. This is true for the most modest private property and for the most powerful nation. We have seen several encouraging developments in American national sovereignty and regional security in the past week or so. These developments ranged from at least a temporary green light for border wall construction, to an important power in the hemisphere declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group.

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I know I should regain my respect for Latin American journalism. It’s been at least a decade since I saw, on a Brazilian website, a mention of a stray bullet, bala perdida in Portuguese – but misspelled, as bala pedida, which means requested bullet. Well, that’s editors for you. I suspect word processing had made […]

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Latin American Death Squads!

 

You have likely heard for most of your life, from the ever-more-leftist universities and media organs, “Latin American death squads” are a tool of right-wing dictators and military governments trying to suppress the people’s champions, the leftist, progressive, forces. You have also heard Democrats consistently defend leftist regimes in Latin America. You will recall that a Democrat-controlled Congress prohibited funding support to the “Contras” in opposition to the socialist Sandinista government in Nicaragua (a crew that is now back in power through the ballot box).

You will also remember that the New York Times suppressed knowledge of the Holodomor and the Holocaust, as each unfolded. So, it is quite shocking, and refreshing, to see the New York Times publish “Venezuela Forces Killed Thousands, Then Covered It Up, U.N. Says.”

Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” United Nations investigators reported.

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America and Europe Rock. That’s a fact. We have good roads and electricity is up all the time. But not because we’re white! That’s just lazy Progressive tripe. Its because we — Euro’s who happen to be mainly white — advanced past the basic tyrannical ruler model. And that’s a big hump. What is interesting […]

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On this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Roger F. Noriega hosts the new US ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Trujillo, for a conversation on President Trump’s strategy in the Americas.

In the conversation, Amb. Trujillo introduced himself to the audience and discussed how his busy first few weeks in the Trump administration have progressed. He recently returned from the eighth Summit of the Americas, where he and Vice President Mike Pence met with leaders from around the hemisphere and reenergized the efforts of civil society groups that have been working to restore democracy in challenging political environments.

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I’m going to venture out and say a few positive words about President Obama’s trip to Latin America last week, as paradoxical as it was. For the record, I’ve been a consistent critic (see here) of the president’s foreign policy, particularly, in Latin America. I find his false premise for opening up relations with Cuba – […]

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In 2016 when other presidential candidates seemed to be just getting their footing in social media no one has taken over Twitter like Republican presidential front runner Donald J. Trump.  It’s hard to see how Trump’s aggressive, compulsive, distracting, and at times attacking tweeting nature hasn’t changed the way political campaigns will be run forever. […]

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An opposition candidate who was the former mayor of Buenos Aires has won the Argentinian presidential election in a run-off: Mr Macri promises to set Latin America’s third biggest economy on a more free-market course after a combined 12 years of leftist populism under Mrs Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner. Preview Open

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I don’t follow news from Latin America that closely, but recent conversations on Ricochet prompted me to take a look. If the rest of the world is going somewhere in a hand basket, to the point that plans for fortress America start getting dusting off, then it seems worthwhile to be aware of developments on […]

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Don’t Cry for Cristina, Argentina

 

evitaycristinaArgentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s final days in office are in sight. On October 25th, Argentina will go to the voting booth to elect a president whose name isn’t Kirchner for the first time in twelve years. For many Argentines, this day can’t come soon enough.

The Kirchner movement, which commenced under the late Néstor Kirchner and is now known as Kirchnerismo, has marred the nation with a toxic mix of failed populist policies, crony capitalism, the depletion of national reserves, and unrelenting corruption. According to the 2015 Bloomberg Misery Index, only Venezuela outranks Argentina in misery (measured by the unemployment rate plus the change in the consumer price index). Just like Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and the Castros in Cuba, the guardians of Kirchnerismo are quick to point the finger at anyone but themselves for their failed policies — and they usually point it at the United States. But the blame starts and ends with the Kirchner family.

In 2001, Argentina experienced the largest financial crisis in its history when the country defaulted on its sovereign debt. Economic growth had already been negative in every year since 1998, but the ensuing devaluation of the Argentine peso caused the economy to contract by 11 percent, propelling the relatively unknown Peronista candidate, Néstor Kirchner, into the presidential office in 2003. In his first term, he expanded government to the point that the state owned 23 of the 25 largest employers. He regulated prices on private industries via fixed tariffs, effectively stunting direct foreign investment, and heavily subsidized the energy and transportation sectors. These subsidies remain unsustainable and, in reality, only benefit the rich. As inflation reached 15 percent during his first term, he did little to curb it.

Immigration: The Long-Term Solution (Update)

 

1000px-Flag_of_Honduras.svgA few weeks ago, I argued that the long-term solution to the United States’ immigration problem is for Latin America become a place worth living in. While Latin Americans are both ultimately responsible for their situation and the only ones capable of fixing it, I suggested that we may be able to offer some help around the edges.

Lo and behold, some folks are trying to do that in an incredibly ambitious way: by attempting to carve out semi-autonomous, privately-run areas within Honduras called ZEDEs. Though required to abide by Honduran law, ZEDEs will be able to set their own local rules, maintain their own police forces, and run their own courts through a collaboration between private corporations and local citizens. The objective — besides making money — is to create model free cities that can be emulated outside the ZEDEs.

Reason recently sent a film crew to Honduras and shot a series of four five-minute documentaries on ZEDEs. Take a watch when you have a few minutes:

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Children are coming from Latin America in droves. Our ICE and military facilities are full.  But why aren’t reporters going to Latin American countries to finding the origins of this human wave? Where are the reports, and reporters, from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Southern Mexico? These children know to come up. They must know something […]

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I don’t know about you, but when I turn on Fox News and get hours of missing aircraft (while a mystery, not worth 55 minutes of Megyn Kellys show), I am wondering what news ISN’T being reported. Well, just above Obamacare and just behind this weeks Los Angeles earthquake (we will rebuild), the scariest bit […]

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