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Thursday, March 29, 2007

ECUADOR: LA DEVALUACION DE LA DEMOCRACIA

¿Se está produciendo un golpe de estado civil en Ecuador? ¿Está el presidente Rafael Correa quebrando el estado de derecho en su intento de convocar una Asamblea Constituyente y redactar una nueva Constitución que sus críticos dicen le daría poderes absolutos? Le hice estas preguntas a varios analistas internacionales. Vean aqui lo que me dijeron, y mi opinion al respecto. Y dinos cual es TU opinion.

ECUADOR'S CRISIS CALLS FOR CHANGE IN OAS DEMOCRACY CHARTER

Has Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa carried out a de facto constitutional coup? Did he break the rule of law in his quest to draft a new Constitution that could give him nearly absolute powers? I asked these questions to several foreign policy analysts who follow Ecuador's affairs closely. To find out what they said, and may opinion about it, read the column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Monday, March 26, 2007

UN ENCUENTRO CON EL PREMIO NOBEL MUHAMMAD YUNUS

Muhammad Yunus, el premio Nobel del 2006 conocido mundialmente como ''el banquero de los pobres'' - que le presta dinero sin pedir garantías a unos 7 millones de desposeídos- tiene un consejo para los países que están luchando contra la pobreza: establezcan ``empresas sociales''. Lee aqui lo que me dijo Yunus en una entrevista, y comenta lo que piensas al respecto.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER - IT'S TIME TO START CREATING "SOCIAL BUSINESSES"

Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Prize winner best known for his Grameen Bank for the poor -- a financial institution that lends money to about seven million destitute people in Bangladesh without asking them for collateral -- has some advice for developing countries: Create ``social businesses.'' Read here what Yunus told me in an interview, my opinion about it, and let us know what YOU think.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

UN ENCUENTRO CON MICHELLE BACHELET - DEBERIA CHILE ASUMIR UN MAYOR PROTAGONISMO?

Cuando entrevisté a la presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet durante su visita a Guatemala esta semana, mi primera pregunta fue sobre un tema que siempre me intrigó: ¿por qué motivo Chile, el país más exitoso de América Latina, no quiere asumir el rol de ''modelo'' para la región? Lee aqui lo que dijo Bachelet, y dinos que piensas al respecto.

AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT BACHELET - IS CHILE ACTING TOO HUMBLY?

When I interviewed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet during her visit to Guatemala earlier this week, I started out by asking her about something that has always intrigued me: Why does Chile, the most successful Latin American country, not want to assume the role of an economic model for the rest of the region? Find out what she said (and my opinion about it) here, and let us know what YOU think.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

CONFESIONES DE UN "SESUDO ANALISTA" (MI RESPUESTA AL PRESIDENTE CHAVEZ)

¡Lo confieso! Después de más de un año de estar calificando al presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez de ''narcisista leninista'' en mis columnas, no pude evitar sentir una cierta inflamación de mi ego cuando Chávez mencionó mi nombre seis veces- es cierto, en forma nada halagueña- en su programa radial y televisivo esta semana. Lee aqui mi respuesta a lo que Chavez dijo en su programa diario Aló Presidente del 13 de marzo, y dime quien de los dos tiene razon. Publicaremos algunas de las respuestas el domingo proximo en The Miami Herald.

CONFESSIONS OF A "DEEP-THINKING ANALYST" (MY RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ)

I admit it! After calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez a ''narcissist-Leninist'' leader in my columns for more than a year, I couldn't help feeling a slight swelling of my ego when Chávez mentioned my name six times -- granted, in not too flattering ways -- in his daily radio and television show this week. Read here my response to what Chavez said in his March 13 radio/television address about me, and let us know what YOU think. We will publish some of your responses in next Sunday's Miami Herald.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

EXTRA! EXTRA!: CHAVEZ TAKES ON OPPENHEIMER -- EXTRA! EXTRA! CHAVEZ SE AGARRA CON OPPENHEIMER

Stop the presses!!! Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spent a good part of his March 13 radio/television show Alo Presidente criticizing our Sunday column on the Bush/Chavez trips to Latin America. Guess what? He had not much flattering things to say about Andres Oppenheimer. You can read them here, if you have the time (the man talks for hours.) To his credit, he said he likes my description of him as a "narcissist-Leninist" leader. And guess what else? I will respond to him in my Sunday column.

BUSH'S TOUR: "COMPASSION'' WAS THE WRONG TERM -- LA "COMPASION" DE BUSH

President Bush's repeated claim during his weeklong Latin American tour that the United States feels ''compassion'' toward the region stroked the wrong chord at the wrong time: It was seen in many countries as a condescending remark, which on top of that was not backed by a significant financial commitment. Read the full column about Bush's "compassion" here, and let us know what YOU think.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

BUSH'S TRIP, DAY 4: STATE DEPT. REPORT HURT BUSH FROM THE START

MEXICO CITY -- What a show! President Bush's visit to five Latin American countries and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's simultaneous anti-Bush tour of the region are likely to go down as one of the hemisphere's most dramatic political moments in recent memory. If this were a boxing match, it would be pretty even, with Chavez slightly ahead so far. A State Department report released shortly before Bush's trip didn't help the U.S. President. Read the whole column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

BUSH'S TRIP, DAY 3: TOO MUCH "COMPASSION"? - BUSH: DEMASIADA "COMPASION"?

The word President Bush has used the most so far in his weeklong Latin American tour is "compassion." He says the United States has a lot of "compassion" toward Latin America. Is that a good message? Or does it sound patronizing? I tend to think the latter. What do you think?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

BUSH VS. CHAVEZ (AND PERHAPS KIRCHNER, TOO)

On the eve of President Bush's weeklong visit to Latin America, where Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is welcoming him with a massive protest rally in Argentina, I asked Tom Shannon, the top U.S. official in charge of hemispheric affairs, how Bush will respond to Chávez's act of bravado. Shannon's short answer: Bush will ignore him. Read the column with my interview with Shannon here, and let us know what you think.

Monday, March 05, 2007

MEMO TO BUSH: WHAT TO SAY IN LATIN AMERICA -- MEMO A BUSH

If I were one of President Bush's close friends in corporate America -- the ones he really listens to -- and was asked for advice for his March 8-14 trip to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico, these are the four things I would recommend him to say. Read the four proposals here, and let me know what YOU think.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

FREE TRADE PASSES THE TEST - LOS GANADORES DEL LIBRE COMERCIO

Anti-free-trade zealots -- from Venezuela's petro-populist President Hugo Chávez to CNN's isolationist fear-monger Lou Dobbs -- can scream as loud as they want, but the cold figures show that free trade has been good for Latin America, and good for the United States. See the latest trade figures in the full column here, and let us know what you think.