The Colombian government is notorious for repression and death-squad assassinations of political and union activists, of whom more than 7, are now in jail. Nonetheless, the circumstances of his deportation are curious, Bilbao notes. On 5 July this organization will be launched in Caracas, and for the first time, there will be a regional organization without the presence of the United States [and Canada, we might add]. An unprecedented victory against U.
I had to drop the "h" when I flew in from Chile. My short South American trip is in full swing, and my head is spinning -- counter-clockwise, of course. The thing that has turned my head is not the north-south dichotomy but the way the familiar political line between left and right is blurred down here.
Again and again I've been struck with the ways that Chile and Brazil, the two countries I'm visiting on this trip, have, on key issues, transcended the tired division between left and right the United States seems hopelessly mired in. This is the exact opposite of what has been going on in the United States.
And in contrast to the assumption sweeping Washington that, as Tom Friedman put it"America is only able to produce 'suboptimal' responses to its biggest problems," at virtually every stop on my South American trip I've encountered the can-do optimism that has for centuries been at the heart of the American dream.
It reinforced the feeling that a country's spirit has less to do with absolute conditions on the ground than with the perception of whether things are getting better or worse. And in Chile and Brazil, the perception is that things are definitely getting better.
Indeed, a Gallup study found that Chileans and Brazilians expect that their lives five years from now will be significantly better than their lives today. Chile is led by a president from the right, Brazil by a president from the left. But both have transcended stereotypes and shibboleths in order to tackle hard problems.
He's a billionaire ; the third richest man in Chile; a former professor with a Ph. We are only a few minutes into our interview in the blue room outside his office, dominated by a huge painting by the Chilean surrealist Matta, when he tells me: I always say, 'judge us on our results and achievements, not on our intentions.
When, in a conversation with his wife Cecilia Morel at lunch the following day, I remark on his intensity, the First Lady laughs: I've lived with it every day for 37 years! He recharges by working. I, on the other hand, need silence and time by myself.
His inauguration came less than two weeks after the devastating February earthquake and tsunami that killed over Chileans, leveled or severely damaged 4, schools, and left 2 million Chileans homeless. But they were all back at school.
In the beginning, his advisers told him to keep his distance from the disaster, lest he be too closely connected to what was almost certainly going to be a tragic outcome.
When his experts offered him three different strategies for rescuing the trapped miners, he ordered them to do all three at the same time. When I talked with rescued Chilean miner 21 Yonni Barrios he was the one with the wife and mistress both holding vigil outside the minehe said of the president: If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be alive.
I take life one hour at a time. During our talk, he repeatedly used the phrase "the sky's the limit" when talking about Chile's prospects.
It's a far cry from the Obama administration's fervent embrace of "politics as the art of the possible. And he's willing to cross traditional ideological boundaries to do so.
If his focus on poverty makes him seem less like a conservative businessman-turned-politician and more like a traditional South American social democrat, he'll tell you that's only because you are listening with tired ears.
|Discipline and Punish||Published on Saturday, 06 February InHonduras -- traditionally and wholly subordinated to U.|
|Related Links||On June 1, the Organisation of American States voted to readmit Honduras as a member, with only Ecuador voting against. The immediate trigger for the coup was the attempt by Zelaya to hold a popular consultation about the calling of a referendum about the need for a Constituent Assembly.|
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It's a partnership, not a battle. In February, before he even took office, at a press conference announcing his ministers, he gave each of them a computer drive containing his policy goals, which he hung around their necks. It reminded me of the sticker Winston Churchill would place at the top of urgent items: And to make sure they stayed in touch with the people, he's got each of his ministers twittering, and has a young, energetic social media team that I met with at the Palacio de La Moneda, where his office is.
In August, a regional commission gave the go-ahead for the international company Suez Energy to develop a coal-fueled thermoelectric power plant near a Chilean nature reserve.
Over 30 years ago, I had read in Neruda's essay "Childhood and Poetry" a passionate summing up of empathy as a guiding principle both for life and for politics. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.
But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and weaknesses -- that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.Honduras' newly elected President Porfirio Lobo faces an international crisis even before taking office: many countries of the hemisphere refuse to recognize his government, chosen in the shadow of a coup.
The document ushered in the Mexican revolution and the collapse of the Presidency of Porfirio Díaz. The document, or 'plan', called for the destruction of Díaz's authoritarian presidency and the re-institution of democracy through violent direct action on the part of the Mexican populace.
While the United States and other right wing governments in Latin America (Perú, Colombia, Panamá) recognised the new government of Porfirio Lobo as legitimate and democratic, Venezuela and most other Latin American countries refused to restore relations with Honduras.
The coup in the Central American nation of Honduras continues to reverberate four months after a new president, Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo of the right-wing National Party, took power.
Killings. The reality is contrary to the presentations of the government of the United States and of Porfirio Lobo that claim that Honduras has restored constitutionality and reconciliation and thus, should be readmitted to the Organization of American States.
President Porfirio Lobo took over in a right-wing coup in Privatizing Paradise in the Murder Capital of the World Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunset Blvd., Ste.