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President Solis Criticizes United States Maintaining Embargo Against Cuba

In an energetic speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis criticized the government of his US counterpart, Donald Trump, for ratifying the embargo on Cuba. Solís, who on Tuesday at 2:30 pm, in his last address as President of...

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime.org - In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially complicating cooperation with one of the United States' closest anti-drug...

Trump to Meet Latin American Leaders to Discuss Venezuela

The U.S. President Donald Trump will host his counterparts from Peru, Colombia and Brazil on Monday, with the topic of Venezuela slated to be a top priority. “Trump needs to show that he has good friends in the region who share a positive agenda with...

‘Grandmother plant’: Ex-UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres Has Advice For Australia’s PM

AGL's Liddell power station, a coal-powered thermal power station, is a "grandmother" plant that shouldn't receive funds more usefully invested elsewhere to improve Australia's energy prospects, Costa Rica's own, Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations climate chief, said. Figueres, who as executive secretary of the...

Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants 90 years ago: Why the global fallout still matters

“No story…just a couple of wops in a jam.” Ninety years ago, on Aug. 23, 1927, two Italian immigrants were executed. The deaths of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Charlestown Prison in Massachusetts marked the end of a raucous seven-year legal and political...

Morales: Trump, KKK Promoter, Can’t Lecture Latin America

Bolivia's President Evo Morales says the U.S. President Donald Trump “cannot teach democracy and freedom to Latin America because he promotes the racism and xenophobia of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)”, a white supremacist, right-wing group created in the 19th century in the United...

The Big Challenge of the NAFTA Renegotiations

After months of feverish lobbying by industry to save the 23-year-old pact, renegotiations of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) begin today between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Canada is worried that Donald Trump will keep his protectionist promises, triggered by his election...

President Trump’s Threat Against Maduro Unites Latin America, Against U.S.

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela had become a pariah among fellow Latin American leaders as his beleaguered country staggered toward dictatorship. But a threat by President Trump to use the American military against Maduro’s government has united those leaders in a different direction: demanding that...

Maduro Says He Wants A Respectful Phone Call With The “Emperor”

TODAY VENEZUELA - Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is eager to talk to United States President Donald Trump. After learning of the economic sanctions against him and several other officials in his regime, he ordered the Foreign Ministry to arrange for a “personal conversation” with...

Costa Ricans In U.S. Concerned Of Trump’s Immigration Proposal

The Middletown, New York, Times Herald-Record reported some locals decrying U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration proposal includes a statement by Monica Miranda, president, and CEO of The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc., a nonprofit that connects people to community resources like pre-kindergarten classes and immigration...

Venezuela’s opposition delays planned rally against new assembly

Members of the Venezuelan community in Argentina protest against the election for a “Constituent Assembly”, in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2017. © ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP Venezuela’s opposition will hold a protest rally Thursday to coincide with the expected inauguration of a new assembly...

Trump’s Pick As Costa Rica Ambassador Has Easy Senate Hearing

Sharon Day of Fort Lauderdale moved a step closer on Wednesday to become the new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. Day told senators of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee she was humbled by the nomination, mindful of her responsibilities and grateful to her family and...

Would impeaching Trump restore the rule of law? Lessons from Latin America

Some Americans and members of Congress have called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. What happens after a president is impeached? The vice president would take his place, but other parts of the government continue unchanged. That may not be a bad thing. However, partisan...

Panama Trump Ocean Club Hotel Sold for US$23 Million

TODAY PANAMA - Trump Ocean Club, located in the Punta Pacifica area of ​​Panama City, the tallest building in Central America, has been sold for us$23.7 million to a new owner, whose name has not been disclosed. The Notice of a Relevant Fact issued by...

Trump Reiterates to Peña Nieto: Mexico Has To Pay For The Wall

One of the most anticipated meetings at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany — United States President Donald Trump with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto — took place this Friday, July 7. The meeting was actually scheduled prior to the official summit, which unites the 20 most powerful economies in the world. Trump discussed...

Governments Support Trump’s Aim to Block Central American Migrants

Q REPORTS (IPS) - Trying to make it into the United States as an undocumented migrant is not such an attractive option anymore for Moris Peña, a Salvadoran who was deported from that country in 2014. “The situation in the United States is getting more...

Former Ecuador President Correa Calls Trump “Stupid” and Brazil President a “Traitor”

(Q24N) In an interview with the EFE news agency, former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa broke his silence this weekend, with some harsh words for the leaders of the United States and Brazil Correa, who only left office this year, described President Donald Trump as...

Russia Sides with Cuban Dictatorship, Calls Trump’s Policy Reversal “Cold War Rhetoric”

Vladimir Putin (left) with Cuba’s President Raul Castro TODAY CUBA – Russia has expressed its “unyielding solidarity” with Cuba following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would be reversing many Obama-era policies intended to thaw relations with the island. Russia’s Foreign Ministry didn’t wait long...

A New Mexican Beer Depicts Trump As a Sad Mariachi

Q MAGAZINE - Mocking Donald Trump, a Mexican brewery has chosen the US President pouting in a Mexican mariachi outfit as the face for the label of its newest craft beer. Casa Cervecera Cru Cru presented the “sad” Donald Trump wearing a hat and a...

In booming Old Havana tourist quarter, Trump speech puts Cubans in a bad mood

© Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images A man wearing a T-shirt with a U.S. flag design walks along a street of Havana on June 16, 2017. TODAY CUBA, HAVANA — Cuban families gathered anxiously around their television sets in March 2016 when then-President Barack Obama made his...

Why it’s not fair to lump Nicaragua with the U.S. when it comes to the Paris climate accord

The Eiffel tower is illuminated in green with the words ‘Paris Agreement is Done’ on Nov. 4, 2016. Only three UN members have opted not to sign one: Syria, Nicaragua and the United States. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters) Nicaragua is tired of being lumped in with the...

Statehood for Puerto Rico? Lessons from the last time the US added a star to its flag

On June 11, Puerto Ricans will vote on statehood. Even if Puerto Rico votes “yes,” Congress must still pass a law in order to change the island’s legal status from that of a commonwealth to a state. Congress, however, seems likely to drag its feet....

Why Nicaragua and Trump Are Not Allies Despite Both Opposing the Paris Agreement

So US President Donald Trump has gone ahead and decided to quit the Paris agreement on climate change. The United States is one of only three countries around the world who have refused to agree to the deal, the others being Syria and Nicaragua....

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org - US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, which have compounded longstanding problems related to organized crime. Trump announced on June 1 that...

Christiana Figueres: The Air Is Making Us Sick, But We Could Fix It

By Christiana Figueres (Time.com) Rising air pollution levels in our cities that impact the health of people and planet are becoming impossible to ignore. So much so that China closed the last working coal power plant in Beijing this March, paving the way to...

Costa Rican Christiana Figueres Slams The White House On US Pullout From Paris Climate Deal

Q COSTA RICA - Global reaction to the US pullout from Paris climate deal included the remarks of Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis and Christiana Figueres. Figueres, who was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change2010–2016, is the Costa Rican...

Costa Rica’s Ambassador Stands at Intersection of Science and Diplomacy

Years after it was discredited, President Donald Trump continues to parrot the theory that lifesaving vaccines cause autism. And up until his inauguration, he insisted that global warming was a “total hoax” perpetrated by China to destroy the U.S. economy. In early March, Scott...

Maduro Says Trump’s ‘Imperialist Hand’ Behind Venezuela’s Turmoil

TODAY VENEZUELA (Caracas) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday said that his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, is deeply involved in “terrorist” activities and the violence that is unfolding in the South American nation with an eye toward “taking political control” there. Maduro said on...

Argentina Closes Deals with US on Tourism, Lemon Imports and Declassified Documents

(Q24N) The impact of the meeting between Argentina President Mauricio Macri and United States President Donald Trump this week is already taking shape, as new policies and information have come to fruition regarding the past and future relationship of the two nations. Lemon imports The province of...

Trump ‘Aims To Slash Aid to Colombia’

US President Donald Trump has proposed US Congress to cut economic aid to Colombia by 21.1% from $133 million to $105 million, according to Foreign Policy magazine. While this would be a sizable cut, it would be a smaller cut—in percentage terms—than every other Western Hemisphere...

Trump Holds Secret Meeting With Former Colombian Presidents

Doubts remain regarding Donald Trump’s meeting with former Colombian presidents Andres Pastrana and Alvaro Uribe (Flickr). TODAY COLOMBIA  (Bogota) President Donald Trump quietly met a pair of former Colombian presidents last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, thrusting his administration into an ugly power...

7 Things Donald Trump Gets Wrong about MS13

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a rhetorical campaign this week against the MS13, one of the most violent gangs in Central America. But the verbal offensive by the president and the attorney general, as well as their...

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