Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernandez, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical change. … Read more

Biden watches as Latin American leaders criticize his decision to exclude some nations from the Summit of the Americas

CNN – President Joe Biden on Thursday watched on as Latin American leaders lambasted his decision to exclude autocratic leaders from the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, just moments after the President had delivered remarks underscoring his belief that the future of the Western Hemisphere should be a democratic one. Belize’s prime minister, … Read more

Biden sidelines Venezuela’s pro-democracy leader from summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A little more than two years ago, Juan Guaidó was showered with bipartisan applause when President Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech praised the Venezuelan opposition leader as a “very brave man” who carries on his shoulders democratic hopes of an entire nation. But in a sign of … Read more

Police patrol Hong Kong park to enforce Tiananmen vigil ban

HONG KONG (AP) – Heavy police force patrolled Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Saturday after authorities for a third consecutive year banned public commemoration of the anniversary of the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, with vigils overseas the only place marking the event. For decades, Hong Kong and nearby Macao were the only places … Read more

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the US Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in “freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism” is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis used his address to a joint meeting of Congress to call out the “heroism of … Read more

Marcos presidency complicates US efforts to counter China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s apparent landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election is giving rise to immediate concerns about a further erosion of democracy in the region, and could complicate American efforts to blunt growing Chinese influence and power in the Pacific. Marcos, the son and namesake of longtime dictator Ferdinand Marcos, … Read more

Russian mercenaries are Putin ” coercive tool ‘in Africa

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – When abuses were reported in recent weeks in Mali – fake graves designed to discredit French forces; a massacre of some 300 people, mostly civilians – all evidence pointed to the shadowy mercenaries of Russia’s Wagner Group. Even before these feared professional soldiers joined the assault on Ukraine, Russia had deployed … Read more

Russian mercenaries are Putin ” coercive tool ‘in Africa

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – When abuses were reported in recent weeks in Mali – fake graves designed to discredit French forces; a massacre of some 300 people, mostly civilians – all evidence pointed to the shadowy mercenaries of Russia’s Wagner Group. Even before these feared professional soldiers joined the assault on Ukraine, Russia had deployed … Read more