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Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

The Right in Brazil likes to complain about taxes, but they don’t seem to have any problem with the biggest and most economically destructive tax of all: the exorbitant interest rates that Brazilians pay on their public debt.

Venezuela needs honest mediation, not OAS intervention

Venezuela needs honest mediation, not OAS intervention

The OAS has no positive role to play in resolving the political crisis in Venezuela. By now it should be clear that the organization is currently an instrument of those who simply want to use the current crisis to topple the Venezuelan government.

Oscar Lopez Rivera: The freedom fighter U.S. colonial violence produced

Oscar Lopez Rivera: The freedom fighter U.S. colonial violence produced

The opposition to Oscar Lopez Rivera is focused either on those who are terribly misinformed, characterizing him as an “ultranationalist,” “terrorist,” “murderer,” “communist,” or all four. Many naively ask, “Why would you Puerto Ricans support a “terrorist?” They are misinformed Puerto Ricans and many right wing demagogues.

Dominican Republic signs trade agreement with Cuba

Dominican Republic signs trade agreement with Cuba

The Dominican Republic has signed a Partial Scope agreement with Cuba in an effort to boost economic, trade and cooperation between both countries.

From bad to worse for Puerto Rico

From bad to worse for Puerto Rico

The action taken by the U.S. Congress to counteract Puerto Rico’s deep and prolonged recession has led to an even more severe debt crisis. Reflecting the standard colonialist view, Congress took action and enacted PROMESA, a law that has brought about more problems than solutions.

The Ugly American[i] on his throne

The Ugly American[i] on his throne

Last week Donald Trump launched his version of the Manhattan Project against the U.S. Constitution. This week he went after allies. His stupidity lies in the fact that both the Mexican president and the Australian PM represent the side of the political spectrum in both Australia and Mexico that favors a cozy relationship with the U.S.

Raúl to Trump: Respect Cuba’s sovereignty and we can continue to talk

Raúl to Trump: Respect Cuba’s sovereignty and we can continue to talk

Raúl Castro: “I wish to express Cuba’s willingness to continue to negotiate the pending bilateral issues with the United States on the basis of equality, reciprocity, and respect for the sovereignty and independence of our country, and to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest with the new government of President Donald Trump.”

Obama commutes sentence for political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Obama commutes sentence for political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

President Obama has commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a victory for the Puerto Rican independence activist who is considered to be one of the world’s longest-serving political prisoners. Obama also release Chelsea Manning on Tuesday (Jan. 17).

U.S.: Misery of democracy

U.S.: Misery of democracy

The second debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the chilling demonstration of insubstantiality, frivolity and even vulgarity that characterizes the political system of the United States.

Colombia is a mirror

Colombia is a mirror

The world was struck dumb by the news that the Colombians had rejected the peace accord reached between the government and the FARC-EP guerrillas. But the truly transcendental fact is that more than 60 percent of the registered voters chose not to vote and turned away from the process.

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