While the implosion of Venezuela has, understandably, dominated Latin American headlines, another authoritarian government cut from the same destructive ideological cloth is facing a popular reckoning. In Nicaragua, for over a month, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in nationwide protests demanding the ouster of autocratic president Daniel Ortega after nearly 12 years of corrupt rule. More than 70 Nicaraguans have been killed and some 800 injured as Ortega’s security forces and armed militants have unleashed their violent fury on unarmed civilians.
While outsiders may have been surprised by the sudden turn of events, those who have been following Ortega’s systematic undermining of democratic institutions and concentration of power and wealth knew that it would only take a spark to upset his carefully laid plans to establish a family dynasty in Nicaragua along the lines of the Somozas, ironically the family dictatorship that Ortega’s guerrillas once overthrew but which it now closely resembles.… Seguir leyendo »
International media and human-rights organizations have condemned the fiery leftwing leader of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, for conducting a comprehensive and ruthless assault on the news media.
After his reelection in February, and following the death in March of his ally Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Correa has deepened his efforts to eliminate Ecuador’s remaining legal rights. He has manipulated the nation’s court system to bully, silence and persecute opponents. His victims include journalists, civic and labor leaders, opposition politicians and businessmen who dare to criticize his abuses or to investigate corruption scandals.
To undermine constitutional separation of powers, Correa called a referendum in 2011 to “restructure” the Supreme Court, after which he appointed 21 new justices, most of whom had direct ties to him or his cabinet.… Seguir leyendo »
Señor Maduro: Por este medio respondo a sus más recientes acusaciones. No se preocupe, no es molestia; usted siga inventando y yo seguiré contestando.
No, Sr. Maduro, yo no tuve nada que ver con el cáncer que mató a Hugo Chávez, ni tengo la más mínima intención de agredir al Sr. Henrique Capriles (ni ningún otro ciudadano de su país), ni he contribuido dinero a la campaña de Capriles, ni lo he recaudado, ni he saboteado o planeo sabotear algún objetivo en su país. Esas alegaciones de su parte solo pueden tener dos explicaciones: o Ud. no conoce la verdad, o no sabe distinguir entre mentira y verdad.… Seguir leyendo »