While limited to only 140 characters, Twitter has helped many to realize just how thin-skinned Donald Trump truly is, and how fast he is to lash out when he feels slighted. For someone who has proclaimed that his best advisor is himself, the idea of Trump having access to nuclear weapons only a phone call away should give everyone pause.
Let’s face it, for better or worse policymakers and politicians say and do a lot of funny things in and about the Americas. The region seems to lend itself to the tragic-comic events like former Congressman and then-chair of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee Dan Burton saying in a Congressional hearing that the U.S. ”should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.” (If you don’t get the joke, look at a map.) Or there’s Venezuelan President Maduro’s use of “de-mangos” as a tool of citizen participation. In short there’s a lot to laugh at in the Americas, or at least that’s what we have to do or we’d just get depressed. LatinAmericaGoesGlobal will keep track of the more ridiculous things policymakers and politicians say and do—and those that are poking fun at them—and post them here.
Who to pick? The country led by the guy who regularly refers to citizens south of the border as criminals or “bad hombres”? Or the new seemingly dynamic global economy that has pledged to increase trade to Latin America by $500 billion?
Oh, the notorious wall. Who will pay for it? The U.S.? Mexico? U.S. consumers? Immigrants sending remittances?
China is now the second largest export destination for Latin American products and a key investor in the region. Is China about to set the rules for the new terms of trade?
As the country prepares to host the Olympic games it simultaneously battles with corruption, an issue which, a leading attorney in the Petrobras scandal characterizes as a “monster” in Brazil.
President Donald Trump’s relationship with Latin America will surely be one to watch this year.
While Nicaragua may hold a free election, President Ortega has ensured it won’t be democratic. All that remains to be seen is just how long they take to announce the winner.
Whether the break off is a result of climate change or not, climate change is affecting the most at risk and vulnerable in Guatemala.
On the campaign trail, President Trump had promised that Mexico would pay for his wall. They said no. Last week he tried to get the U.S. Congress to pay for it—or at least a down payment—and they said no, at least for the time being.
Michel Temer, Brazil’s interim president, had big plans for change in Brazil ever since the possibility of suspending Dilma Rousseff became tangible. But last week he saw his third minister resign, tainted with corruption allegations.