The Obama administration needs to take a stronger stance against the recent coup attempt in Ecuador. Undemocratic power grabs in Latin America will continue unless Washington ends its habit of sending mixed messages.
Poor countries and small island nations deemed the global climate talks in Copenhagen last year a death sentence. Bolivia is now leading efforts to build a bolder and more democratic initiative, hosting the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth from April 19-22 in the city of Cochabamba.
The Obama administration should reconsider its decision to escalate U.S. involvement in Colombia's long-running civil war. The White House already has its hands full with Iraq and Afghanistan; it does not need to be drawn deeper into another bloody conflict.
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has reiterated his vow to quickly return to his country to re-assume his rightful place as the nation's president. This week will be a determinant moment in the outcome of the crisis caused by the June 28 military coup against Zelaya. The major players in this crisis have all shown signs of growing impatience with the current situation, meaning that everything could come to a head.
The Obama administration deserves praise for its response to the coup in Honduras. It sends a hopeful signal that Washington's traditional support for such undemocratic power grabs has ended. But the White House still has a lot of housecleaning to do.
In two major speeches in the last month, President Barack Obama has tried to whitewash the history of U.S. foreign policy. His assertions ring especially hollow in Latin America, where WashingtonÂ propped up tyrannical leaders and bankrolled murderous armies.