It’s odd, how politicians who praise and reward dictatorships do not live there, were never detained or tortured in their jails and can leave and return to their own countries without a problem. That’s the case of the president of Mexico and the vice president of Colombia when it comes to Cuba.
HOW TO GET RID OF A TYRANT. FINALLY, A WAY OUT FOR VENEZUELA
After so many years of the brutal and criminal dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, there is a possible path to democracy for Venezuela. What is it? Free and internationally supervised elections in 2024. But the path has many land mines.
Prison for singing in Cuba
Singing in Cuba is dangerous. And so is posting something on your social networks that the dicatorship does not like. About 700 Cubans remain in prison from the July 11 protests last year.
THE FIESTA IS ON THE LEFT
The president of Mexico was happy. “Today we’ll listen to cumbia music,” said Andrés Manuel López Obrador, “because of the victory of Gustavo Petro” in Colombia’s presidential election. “I cannot hide it. I am very happy.”
THE DANGER OF CODDLING DICTATORS
It’s easy to define the right side of history. It’s always on the side of democracy, justice, freedom and the defense of human rights. To coddle dictators – like the ones in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua – is not part of it.
THE DANGERS OF NEGOTIATING WITH A DICTATOR
It is always dangerous to negotiate with a dictator, because his only goal is to remain in power. And he will do everything to do that. Everything.
THE RETURN OF INGRID BETANCOURT
THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA? Ingrid Betancourt once told me that she was going to be president of Colombia and would then invite me to the Casa de Nariño for one of her first interviews.
THE FRIEND OF THE DICTATOR
As president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the Cuban dictatorship so much that Cuban author Wendy Guerra posted a challenge on his Facebook page: “15 days in Cuba living like an ordinary Cuban.”
CUBA: “THE CAYMAN WOKE UP”
Independent journalist Abraham Jiménez was on the roof of his Havana home, trying to connect for a video interview on his cell phone. The signal is better up there than in his room.
COLOMBIA: “WE ARE STILL KILLING EACH OTHER”
For me, Colombians have the best parties. More than the laughing and the dancing, there’s that sense of enjoying the moment, like there’s nothing else.