The Democracies that Cost us so Much to Achieve are Again at Risk.

By Adolfo Pérez Esquivel on May 27, 2016

Nobel Peace Laureate 1980

The situation in Brazil affects all the peoples of Latin America.

download (1)In my recent visit to this sister nation I met with President Dilma Rousseff to offer my support and that of many organizations since the opposition in the Parliament intends to remove her from office – that she achieved by a majority vote – through an alleged impeachment that is not based on a crime – as the Constitution indicates – but a nonexistent crime. (more…)

Despite Loosened Embargo, Bankers’ Fears Block U.S. Commerce With Cuba

William M. LeoGrande on May 24, 2016

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Photo: Bill Hackwell

One of U.S. President Barack Obama’s most significant measures to promote commerce with Cuba isn’t working. Last March, a few days before the president’s trip to Havana, Washington announced a new package of regulatory reforms loosening the U.S. embargo—the fourth since December 2014. (more…)

Puerto Ricans Take to the Streets Calling for the Freedom of Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera.

May 29 May, 2016

5-30-16 oscarThousands of Puerto Ricans demanded the release of political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been in U.S. custody for 35 years, by marching in the streets of San Juan on Sunday.

The independence fighter has been jailed in the United States for 35 years and is sentenced to 20 more. (more…)

The Twisted Truth of the Right Wing

As one who throws up a smokescreen, Luis Almagro considers it would be a “folly” for anyone to carry out a coup d’état against Maduro, while his office regularly receives Venezuelan deputies who call for foreign military intervention in their own country

By Dilbert Reyes Rodríguez on May 27, 2016

Luis Almagro (fifth from left to right) receives Venezuelan national assembly members calling for military intervention in their own country. Photo: EFE

Luis Almagro (fifth from left to right) receives Venezuelan national assembly members calling for military intervention in their own country. Photo: EFE

“And your lie, even if it is repeated a thousand times, will never be true,“ reads the second sentence of a message sent last week by Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. (more…)

In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers

By Gloria Jimenez on May 27, 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-05-27-at-10.23.18-AM-768x514Less than three months before Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was brutally assassinated, the social arm of Desarollos Energeticos SA (DESA)–the Honduran company leading the Agua Zarca dam project Cáceres was campaigning against–signed a contract with USAID implementing partner Fintrac, a Washington DC based development contracting firm. (more…)

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