To colleagues who think Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro is the greatest thing since sliced bread for dealing with socialists in Latin America, do as Reagan once said, "trust but verify." Bolsonaro's pre-game has been better than average. He has talked a good talk. And, yes, in politics talking the talk is part of the [...]
Hello again! I started the blog in 2007; however, more than our fair share of a few technical glitches a few months ago -- some more serious than others -- and the editors opted to, essentially, start over. The older posts we can recover shall be reposted in due course.
Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro did a courageous thing a few weeks ago, the right thing. Yes, this is what passes for courage these days in certain parts of the world. We should encourage more of it. Bolsonaro bucked decades of Latin American leftist advocacy by advising Cuba that Brazil will not be a party to [...]
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appears to have accomplished what no other leader in Latin America or the Caribbean has ever done in recent memory: forced Cuba to retreat. Bolsonaro said he would abolish Cuban medical slavery and offered political asylum to Cuban doctors in Brazil. Cuban health workers who opt to stay must pass a national [...]
National Security Advisor John Bolton's Troika of Tyranny speech in Miami this week (I prefer Triangle of Terror, as Bolton said at one point during his delivered remarks) builds upon President's Trump June 6, 2017, U.S.-Cuba policy reorientation or refocus of U.S. policy toward the Western Hemisphere. Ten days later on June 16, the new plan was [...]
Venezuela has been in a political and economic slow boil for nearly 15 or so years and, lately, it has become a regional and, arguably, a hemispheric crisis. Many Latin America policy experts want to directly intervene in Venezuela; some policymakers have suggested U.S. military engagement. In the long run but with one exception, the United [...]