Venezuela’s opposition has scaled back protests that have killed 18 people in the past three weeks as government supporters marked the one-year anniversary of the death of former President Hugo Chavez.
Last February, Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderon, posted 22 tweets about Yoani Sanchez, the Cuban dissident blogger. Each tweet was more enthusiastic than the last. “Brave activist for freedom,” Calderon called her.
President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro and briefly exchanged words during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a rare interaction between the leaders of two countries that have been at odds for more than five decades.
Two years ago, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff spurned the World Economic Forum to attend an anti-capitalist conference and visit Cuba. This week, she’ll be front and center when the global financial elite gather at Davos in the Swiss Alps.
President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last week has fed both hopes and fears that the half- century freeze between the U.S. and Cuba is about to thaw.
Ever since Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959, the U.S. has sought to undermine his rule. It hasn’t worked. Perhaps officials in Washington should consider adapting the more successful strategy pursued to undermine communism in Eastern Europe.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro ’s request for an extraordinary session of parliament to discuss foreign affairs was granted today, signaling the retired leader of the 1959 revolution may be taking a greater role in government and recent efforts to open up the economy.
The U.S. has granted a visa to Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter to speak at a conference next week in San Francisco, sparking angry protests from Cuban- American lawmakers who said the action contradicts U.S. policy toward the communist island.