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Students Change Political Debate Leading Up to Chilean Primary Elections →

By JESSIE DURRETT RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE COUNCIL OF HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

Chile’s education system has generated fiery controversy and political discourse since student protests first appeared in 2006 during former President Michelle Bachelet’s tenure (2006-2010). [1] After minimal and half-hearted improvements, frustration with the political system has intensified and protests persist. However, Bachelet has decided to compete for a second presidential term after returning from her Executive Director position at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in New York. Her campaign highlights education reform as part of her larger platform that aims to address social and economic inequality in her home country. Unlike her fellow candidates, Bachelet has put forward specific policy proposals to change the broken system, which provide hope but no guarantees for substantive change.
— 1 year ago
#chile  #chileanelections  #education 
Shakur, Snowden, and the State Department: Is Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism? →

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BY REBECCA LULLO AND PHINEAS RUECKERT RESEARCH ASSOCIATES AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

On May 30, the State Department submitted its annual report on terrorism (“Country Reports on Terrorism 2012”) to Congress, notably maintaining Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism along with Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Cuba was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism on March 1, 1982. It has remained ever since on the list of states that Washington accuses of repeatedly providing support for international acts of terrorism. The justification for Cuba’s presence on the list—that it is providing a safe haven for wanted fugitives and particularly for Assata Shakur—is flimsy at best.  [1] Upon closer examination this assertion fails to be convincing. Cuba’s unfounded listing as a state sponsor of terrorism undermines U.S. credibility abroad, hampering its efforts to counteract authentic terrorism around the world.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#snowden  #cuba 
Are Brazilian Protesters’ Demands Being Met? →

BY JOSEPH RINGOEN AND STEPHANIE VANCIL, RESEARCH ASSOCIATES AT THE COUNCIL OF HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS 

The wave of mass protests across Brazil has elicited mounting concessions from the federal and local governments over the past two weeks as the Rousseff Administration scrambles to mollify demonstrators. In a major development, President Dilma Rousseff met on Monday with all 27 state governors as well as 26 prominent mayors, and proposed five “pacts” promising sweeping reform. 

— 1 year ago
#Brazil  #BrazilianProtests 
The Hemispheric Dimension of Asylum for Edward Snowden →

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BY FREDERICK B. MILLS, SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS AND PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY, WITH THE COLLABORATION OF LAURA POWELL, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE COUNCIL OF HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS 

Having already applied to Ecuador for asylum, and reportedly in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Edward Snowden may be inching his way towards Latin America, hoping to be granted asylum there as Washington continues its stumbling diplomatic offensive to apprehend the intelligence whistleblower. 

— 1 year ago
#snowden  #ecuador 
Guantánamo Bay: Closing the GTMO Detention Center is a Wilting Olive Branch to Cuba and the Rest of Latin America →

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BY PHINEAS RUECKERT, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

— 1 year ago
#cuba  #gitmo  #close gitmo  #Guantanamo Bay 
The Panamanian Political Roller-Coaster: A Look Backward and a Look Forward to the 2014 Elections →

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BY ELOY FISHER, PH.D. CANDIDATE IN ECONOMICS AT THE NEW SCHOOL AND DR. RONN PINEO, SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS AND CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AT TOWSON UNIVERSITY

Voters will have the final say in 2014, but troubled times seem to lie ahead for Panama.

— 1 year ago
#ricardo martinelli  #panama 
Peace can be reached between Colombia and FARC - VOXXI →
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The peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC can be fruitful, but can the guerrillas really be trusted after all?
— 1 year ago
#FARC  #colombia  #peace talks 
José Miguel Insulza: Some Insights on the Role of the OAS in the Hemisphere →

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BY ISABELLA FABENS AND REBECCA LULLO, RESEARCH ASSOCIATES AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

On Thursday May 30, José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), visited the Washington headquarters of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) for a discussion with its Research Associates, members of its board of directors, and invited guests. The Secretary General dealt with such topics as institutions of democracy and global governance, as well as discussions about the aftermath of the elections in Venezuela, the OAS’s continued de facto exclusion of Cuba, and a just-released OAS report on the drug problem in Latin America.

— 1 year ago
#José Miguel Insulza  #COHA  #Organization of American States  #Venezuelan elections  #drug war 
Secretary General of the OAS Insulza to Visit Council on Hemispheric Affairs →

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BY ISABELLA FABENS AND REBECCA LULLO, RESEARCH ASSOCIATES AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is proud to announce that on Thursday, May 30, it will host a discussion with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, to discuss the potential consequences of the April 14 Venezuelan election on the relationship between Venezuela and the United States. The talk will also address the report, “The Drug Problem in the Americas,” which the OAS released on May 22. Secretary Insulza has had a close relationship with COHA and its director, Larry Birns, who said he “has not had a spat with the Secretary General for at least the past 30 years, and thus Insulza is a reformed man,” speaking to their long personal history.

— 1 year ago
#josé miguel insulza  #organization of american states  #COHA  #drug war  #venezuelan elections 
The Guatemala “Ixil Genocide Trial”: The Case Against Efraín Rios Montt Tests the Independence of the Judiciary and Pushes Guatemala’s Military Political Project to the Limit

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BY ANNIE BIRD, RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS AND CO-DIRECTOR OF RIGHTS AC

On April 30, 2013, the trial of former General Efraín Rios Montt, and his former Military Intelligence Director José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, resumed, after having been annulled on April 19 by a pre-trial judge, Carol Patricia Flores. It is still unclear whether the April 19 ruling will continue to impact the trail, whether an appeal of the decision will be reviewed by the country’s Constitutional Court, or whether Judge Flores will be disciplined for misconduct. In the worst case, the trial could still revert to its status in November 2011, just before Rios Montt was formally charged with genocide. [1]To Read More Click Here. 

— 1 year ago
#COHA  #latin america  #Latin America Genocide  #Rios Montt Trial  #Annie Bird