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 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

Colombia’s presidential race will decide if it goes the way of Venezuela

“My political awakening came in the late 1960s when I saw my father cry over the death of Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,” recalls Gustavo Petro, former “urban guerrilla” and hard-left candidate who could become Colombia’s next president – and turn the country into another Venezuela. The runoff presidential election set for June 19 … Read more

In blow to Biden, Mexico president to skip Americas Summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed Monday that he will skip the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, dealing a blow to the US ′ efforts to rally governments to work together to address surging migration in the hemisphere. López Obrador had been leading a chorus of mostly leftist … Read more

Biden hoping to avoid Summit of the Americas flop in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When leaders gather at the Summit of the Americas this week, the focus is likely to veer from policy issues – migration, climate change and galloping inflation – and instead shift to something Hollywood thrives on: the drama of the red carpet. With Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador topping a … Read more

Biden scrambles to avoid Americas Summit flop in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When leaders gather this week in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas, the focus is likely to veer from common policy changes – migration, climate change and galloping inflation – and instead shift to something Hollywood thrives on: the drama of the red carpet. With Mexican President Andrés Manuel … Read more

Biden administration scrambles to avoid embarrassing boycott from Latin American summit set for next month

CNN – The participation of Latin American countries in a high-profile regional summit is still in flux, just weeks from when it’s scheduled to take place in California amid record migration throughout the Western Hemisphere. The so-called Summit of the Americas is set to be hosted by the United States in early June, marking the … Read more

Biden risks troubled Americas summit in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON (AP) – While President Joe Biden travels in Asia, his administration is scrambling to salvage next month’s summit focused on Latin America. The Summit of the Americas, which the United States is hosting for the first time since the inaugural event in 1994, has risked collapsing over concerns about the guest list. Mexican President … Read more

Mexico president threatens to skip Americas Summit

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s president said Tuesday that he would not attend next month’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles if the Biden administration excludes Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua – adding his voice to increasing warnings of a boycott by some leaders across the region. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been saying … Read more