Americas and Caribbean

  • BRAZIL’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE FIGHT BACK AGAINST BOLSONARO

    - Jan 9, 2019
    Germany and Brazil have a long history of partnering on environmental protection. But President Jair Bolsonaro’s stances on Brazil’s indigenous people and their lands threaten the progress that has been made. “Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio...
  • TRUMP SPEWS INCOMPREHENSIBLE NONSENSE

    - Jan 9, 2019
    By JUAN COLE “A Commentary on the words that spewed from Trump’s mouth at his news conference during a cabinet meeting on January 2, 2019,” or, “A Ph.D. who has been teaching at a public Ivy...
  • BRISTOL-MYERS TO FACE SUIT OVER US SYPHILIS EXPERIMENT IN GUATEMALA

    - Jan 9, 2019
    A US federal judge has ruled pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a 1940s medical experiment that saw hundreds of Guatemalans...
  • THE QUIET SPY AT THE TRUMP TOWER MEETING

    - Nov 1, 2018
    The most senior FSB agent at the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower could have been the one that is talked about the least: Irakly Kaveladze. The June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald...
  • THE US ROOTS OF HONDURAN MIGRATION

    - Oct 31, 2018
    Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence — who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people — are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United...
  • AFGHANISTAN: “2010 WANTS ITS TALKING POINTS BACK”

    - Oct 30, 2018
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford insists that the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan is showing results, but one reporter said Dunford’s remarks don’t pass the smell test. The tense exchange came while...
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS, CALIFORNIA BREAKS GROUND ON HIGH SPEED RAIL PROJECT

    - Oct 28, 2018
    After years of political wrangling, regulatory delay, and economic uncertainty. California’s $100-billion high-speed rail (HSR) project is finally under construction. Though the project has more than doubled in cost and is now over 11 years behind...
  • CUBA TO RECOGNIZE PRIVATE PROPERTY

    - Oct 27, 2018
    Cuba will officially recognize private property under a new constitution that also creates the position of prime minister alongside the president, state media reported on Saturday. Cuba’s current constitution only recognizes state, cooperative, farmer, personal and...
  • CALIFORNIA CUTS JAIL INMATES – NO INCREASE IN CRIME

    - Sep 26, 2018
    California has been at the epicenter of actual reform in America’s criminal justice system. In just a few years, the state has passed a series of legislative bills and ballot measures intended to reduce its massive...
  • NICARAGUA NEEDS A NEW DIRECTION

    - Jun 29, 2018
    The word ‘asesino’ (murderer) is painted over a mural of Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua. Photograph: Esteban Felix/AP There was a time, in the 1980s, when Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front,...