There is a major inconsistency in President Trump’s stand on Venezuela: He talks tough – and even makes veiled threats of a military intervention in that country. But at the same time, he steadfastly refuses to cut U.S. imports of Venezuelan oil, which are the main source of income of Venezuela’s dictatorship.
Among the first words that thousands of immigrants who fulfill a dream by becoming U.S. citizens every month are from President Donald J. Trump who welcomes them “into the American family” in a video that is politely received.
Just like every decade is anticipated as the period when the sleeping Latino giant awakens, reports and studies churn out the obvious regarding Latino voters: a) They are usually ignored by candidates, and, b) they don’t show up to vote in numbers representative of their population.
When economists talk about Latin America’s biggest long-term problems, they most often focus on corruption, the underground economy or bad education systems. But it’s time they put more attention on an additional challenge: the region’s motivation deficit.
If there is any part of California that has suffered more from the recent six-year drought (and, there are indications more dry years are ahead of us), it has to be the heart of the San Joaquín Valley, which relies on average annual rainfall of 11.5 inches of rain plus whatever snowfall graces the Sierra mountains.
In my interview with Nicaragua’s autocrat Daniel Ortega July 28, he repeatedly tried to dispute human rights groups’ reports that his paramilitary gunmen have killed about 300 opposition protesters since April. But even if we accept Ortega’s figures, his regime’s massacre should be drawing a much stronger U.S. and international response.