As corruption scandals claim the Summit of the Americas host president, Peru’s Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the fate of the April regional pow wow remains in doubt. Regardless of whether the heads of state meet, civil society still has a lot to say and do.
Freedom House reports once again on the state of global freedom. Sadly, the countries that suffered democratic setbacks outnumbered those that registered gains, marking 2017 as the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. In Latin America the picture is not so bright either.
El consenso regional del sistema interamericano se ha fragmentado. Muestra de ello es la fragilidad institucional que desencadenó Venezuela tras su salida de la OEA y la realización de elecciones inspeccionadas por monitores electorales arbitrarios, así como una asimetría en la protección de los derechos humanos al interior de los países de las Américas.
A disputed election in Honduras has turned into the worst unrest the country has faced since a coup in 2009. The opposition accuses President Hernandez of not getting the number of votes needed to be re-elected, no matter what the official results say. Protesters want a full recount. In an attempted show of force, Hernandez enacted a state of emergency, but the police are refusing to impose it. A spokesman says guards will not follow government orders that violate human rights. So, could this crisis bring the president’s political career to an end?
Premiering this month, intelligence and foreign policy expert Dee Smith presents a five-part Real Vision series that explores the current geopolitical order, rising global threats, the challenges of globalization, and what tomorrow holds.
The Maduro government refused to invite standard, professional election observation groups to monitor Sunday’s balloting. Instead a previously unknown group, CEELA, showed up to praise the process. Who are they?