Obama’s trip may lead to US-Brazil honeymoon

Latin View

President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will visit Brazil, Chile and El Salvador in March – in what will be his first trip to South America – could result in an improvement in Brazil-US ties following a significant downturn over the past two years.

WikiLeaks may end up helping America

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have spoken too fast when she denounced the release of about 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks as “an attack on America.” In the short run, the disclosures will hurt US diplomacy, but in the long run they may help restore the US image abroad.

Bachelet faces uphill battle at UN Women

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is a smart, highly-educated politician, and a skilful negotiator, but I wonder whether she did the right thing in agreeing to head the United Nations’ new agency for women’s rights, scheduled to start operating Jan 1.

Region ignoring Venezuela coup threats

What a sham! While the Venezuelan military announces it will not accept an opposition victory in the 2012 elections, thousands of people are dying in Mexico’s drug wars and Haiti is suffering from a deadly cholera epidemic, the Organization of American States – supposedly in charge of addressing the region’s biggest problems – is nowhere to be seen.

Kirchner’s death may mark end of an era

The death of former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner will most likely make it difficult for current President Cristina Fernández – his widow – to govern, and may speed up Argentina’s reluctant insertion into the global economy.