Lula da Silva’s Constitutional Showdown

January 30, 2018

For the past four years Brazil has been the center of massive internal corruption probes.  The largest probe, Operacao Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash), has led to prison sentences of top business executives and politicians,

Simón Bolívar

The True Legacy of Simón Bolívar

January 23, 2018

When Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999 he set about changing the name of Venezuela to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after the South American liberator, Simón Bolívar.  It was part of what Chavez

The Monroe Doctrine

Remembering the Monroe Doctrine

August 8, 2017

Until the Monroe Doctrine was proclaimed, America had chosen to stay clear of the power struggles between the nations of Europe with what amounted to an isolationist foreign policy.  Content in not involving itself with

Venezuela in Crisis

Venezuela: In the Midst of a Crisis

July 27, 2017

In 1998 Hugo Chávez was elected president of Venezuela.  He ran on a populist platform that pledged to use the country’s vast oil wealth to reduce poverty and punish the country’s elites.  By the time