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Valor in Venezuela

Valor in Venezuela

The presidency of Nicolas Maduro has undoubtedly been an absolute failure. To even call Mr. Maduro’s tenure as the leader of Venezuela a ‘presidency’ is to misunderstand the word. A presidency is an honor bestowed upon a leader with great vision, sensible policy recommendations and the trust of the electorate. Mr. Maduro’s vision, at most,...
Cantor Canned; Run, Ryan, Run

Cantor Canned; Run, Ryan, Run

On June 10th 2014, the Tea Party movement may have either saved or shattered the Republican Party.  Republican Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to Randolph-Macon College (University) Economics Professor Dave Brat.  Former House Majority Leader Cantor was often deemed to be one of the most conservative members of Congress.  Cantor was often...

Descansa en paz Gabo (1927-2014)

Gabriel García Márquez died on April 17th 2014 in his home in Mexico City.  Although García Márquez was 87 and he had been in poor health for some time now, his death still came as a shock to his readership worldwide, particularly in Latin America.  While many have widely cited his book 100 Years of Solitude as...
10 Minutes with Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

10 Minutes with Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

It is Thursday 24 October, 2013, 4:10pm to be exact.  I am waiting outside a normal-looking home in Williamsburg, Virginia and I am nervous.  The thing is, inside that home is the Chancellor of William & Mary who happens to be Robert Gates.  Chancellor Gates is a man who is also known as: U.S. Secretary...
Opinion: Caracas ≠ Crimea?

Opinion: Caracas ≠ Crimea?

If you were to turn on just about any news channel right now, the main story would be the ongoing standoff in the Crimea region of Ukraine.  At the moment Russian troops are occupying Crimea and this week there is a referendum which will hopefully put an end to all the tension.  According to the...

NO to Shackled Speech, Misleading Math, and Disappointing Diplomacy

The title to this article is inspired by what historians of journalism will look back on as one of the bravest pieces of Op-Ed journalism in the 21st century.  On February 5th 2011, the Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo published an Op-Ed piece titled “NO a las mentiras”.  The title of that piece translates to “NO...
Bolívar in Brussels: A Lack of Ordem and a Need for Progresso

Bolívar in Brussels: A Lack of Ordem and a Need for Progresso

Few countries know how to party the way Brazil does.  As a result, back in 2007 when FIFA announced that Brazil would be hosting the 2014 World Cup, football fans and partygoers were ecstatic.  The world cup is meant to be in Brazil, and no other country in the world appreciates the beautiful game more...
Bolívar in Brussels: Pope Francis Needs a Tango Partner

Bolívar in Brussels: Pope Francis Needs a Tango Partner

The years 1978 and 1979 will undoubtedly go down in history as two of the most important years in the history of advancing the cause of human dignity and freedom.  In October of 1978, Cardinal Karol Jozef Wojtyla of Poland became Pope John Paul II when he was elected by the College of Cardinals.  Pope...
Bolívar in Brussels: Cuba Libre on the Horizon?

Bolívar in Brussels: Cuba Libre on the Horizon?

The weather is changing in Havana.  However I must confess that I am not sure what’s coming.  Dictator Raul Castro, the ne’er-do-well brother of former Dictator Fidel Castro has recently announced that in 2018 he will be stepping down as dictator.  Not only has the younger Castro announced when he will be stepping down, but...
Bolívar in Brussels: Chau Chávez! (1954-2013)

Bolívar in Brussels: Chau Chávez! (1954-2013)

Hugo Chávez is dead.  It is hard for me to rationalise actively celebrating the death of anyone.  Death is unpleasant and 99.9% of the time, the death of someone should be a sombre occasion.  The last and only time I personally celebrated the death of someone was on May 1st 2011 when Osama Bin Laden...
Clue! Benghazi Edition! (For bureaucrats and politicians 25 and up!)

Clue! Benghazi Edition! (For bureaucrats and politicians 25 and up!)

It was: Charlene Lamb & Eric Boswell, with a diplomatic cable (saying NO to security requests), in a corner office in Foggy Bottom. Did I win? No one wins. The Benghazi Attack was no game. Benghazi was a preventable tragedy. It is deeply saddening that politicians in an election year treated it...
Bolívar in Brussels: Putin’s Place in the Last Will of Hugo Chavez

Bolívar in Brussels: Putin’s Place in the Last Will of Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez is dying, slowly but surely. I will not say I am pleased about it but I certainly won’t be shedding any tears over the man. Whether you like Chavez or not, there is no denying that his death is the end of an era. It is my opinion that Chavez,...