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Monday, February 26, 2007

RICHARDSON MAY HAVE THE BEST RESUME - EL CANDIDATO HISPANO

While Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are competing over who has the most star power, another Democratic Party presidential hopeful -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson -- is touring the country saying he has the best résumé, and the best foreign policy plan. Richardson, the only Hispanic among the major Democratic Party contenders, was recently reelected to a second term as New Mexico governor, and has served as U.S. secretary of energy, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. congressman. Read my interview with Richardson here, and let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

WILL THERE BE A BUSH-LULA LOVEFEST? -- ROMANCE BUSH-LULA?

Is giant Brazil about to move a little closer to Washington and a little farther away from Venezuela's narcissist-Leninist leader Hugo Chávez? Following the announcement that President Bush will visit Brazil on March 8, and that leftist Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will visit Bush in Washington on March 31, many Brazil watchers say a U.S.-Brazil lovefest is in the making. It's indeed unusual for two presidents to visit one another in such a short period of time. To find out how far the Lula-Bush romance will go, read the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Monday, February 19, 2007

$150 LAPTOPS COULD SPARK EDUCATIONAL REVOLUTION -- LA REVOLUCION EDUCATIVA

Several Latin American countries are about to make their most ambitious investment in education ever -- giving out millions of $150 laptop computers to schoolchildren. But as the magic moment nears, critics are voicing concerns that the program will be a flop. Read the full column here to learn more, and let us know what YOU think about this project.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

WILL MEXICO LEAD MARKET-FRIENDLY REGIONAL GROUP? -- CALDERON VS. CHAVEZ?

Will Mexican President Felipe Calderon become a regional leader who will try to contain Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's anti-globalization rhetoric in Latin America? There are some reasons to believe that he may. Read the full column here, and let us know YOUR opinion.

Monday, February 12, 2007

BUSH'S LAME-DUCK VISIT TOO LATE? -- LA VISITA DE BUSH A LATINOAMERICA

President Bush's upcoming visit to five Latin American countries starting March 8 will be his biggest effort ever to improve ties with the region, but the trip may come too late to counter Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's checkbook diplomacy and the growing anti-American sentiment in the region. To find out why, read the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

GLOBAL WARMING WILL HIT AMERICAS -- EL CALENTAMIENTO DE LAS AMERICAS

If you listen to some of the experts who issued a much-awaited United Nations report on global warming in Paris last week, it sounds like rising oceans will soon make their way to your bedroom and force you to hop out of bed in the middle of the night. Read the full column here to find out what the experts told me, and what I think about it. And let us know what YOU think.

Monday, February 05, 2007

GET READY FOR MORE "ELECTED DICTATORS" - LA EPIDEMIA DE LOS PODERES ESPECIALES

The most troubling thing about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's takeover of absolute powers last week is not that he has become a narcissist-Leninist elected dictator, but that his example is taking hold in a growing number of Latin American countries. Just two decades after democracy took hold in the region, we're seeing a rapidly growing trend to expand presidential powers in countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Colombia and Argentina. Some of them are also creating ''people's organizations'' to intimidate and silence opponents, much like Benito Mussolini did in Italy or Fidel Castro in Cuba. Read the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

CASTRO DEATH PARTY IS A BAD IDEA --- UNA CELEBRACION INOPORTUNA

After reading in The Miami Herald that a Miami city commissioner proposed holding a party at the Orange Bowl when Fidel Castro dies, I called several leading opposition figures in Cuba to ask for their reactions. Most said it's a terrible idea. To get the details on what they told me, and what I think about it, read the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.