Latin America

Maidan 2014

Handling International Crises: From JFK to Biden 

There are significant parallels between the international crises in Cuba in 1962 and Ukraine today.  Both involved intense confrontations between the USA and the Soviet Union or Russia. Both involved third party countries on the doorstep of a major power.  The Cuban Missile Crisis threatened to lead  to WW3,  just […]

BRICS XIV

India, BRICS In Cold War Conditions

The phone conversation on Friday between Prime Minister Modi and Russian President Putin conveyed a big signal, coming on the morrow of the release of the new Strategic Concept by NATO which called Russia the alliance’s “most significant and direct threat.” The readouts from Moscow and New Delhi both highlighted […]

Summit of Americas

A Tale Of Two Summits

Last week (June 8-10) there were two summits in Los Angeles, California: the Summit of the Americas hosted by the US State Department and the Peoples Summit hosted by US and international activist organizations. The two summits were held in the same city at the same time but could not […]

Biden loses control

US Loses Its Dominion Over America

Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has unexpectedly revealed a rift of historic proportions in the Americas. Countries in Latin America are shaking off the White House’s influence and gaining political autonomy. How is it that Washington has lost its own “backyard”, which, until recently, had obeyed it unquestioningly? At first […]

Ortega

Nicaragua: From Taiwan To China

On Thursday 10 December, Nicaragua officially broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and established relations with China. The official statement said that “the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal representative of the whole of China, and Taiwan is an integral part of the territory of […]

Blinken vs Ortega

US Meddling In Nicaraguan Affairs

Congress unveils comprehensive action plan against Daniel Ortega’s government. On 21 September, the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy held a hearing entitled “An International Response to Ortega’s Destruction of Democracy in Nicaragua”. The profile of the participants and the nature […]

Nayib Bukele

Bitcoin The Messiah: El Salvador Goes Crypto

In a particular deli store in South Melbourne, a tongue-and-cheek message is attached to the cash register.  “Bitcoin accepted there,” it proclaims brightly.  Naturally, it is nothing of the sort, a teasing ruse for the punters and those casting an eye in the direction of the store.  Cold hard cash […]