Latin America

Argentina Swears in Socialist President

Peronist Alberto Fernández assumed power as president in Argentina on Tuesday, a return to power for the socialists after predecessor Mauricio Macri failed to stem an economic decline triggered by a decade of leftist rule.

President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez smiles during the reception of foreign leaders at Salon Blanco of Casa Rosada Government Palace on December 10, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Tomas Cuesta/Getty Images)

Hayward: Give Thanks for Your Freedom as Everyone from Hong Kong to Iraq Fights for Theirs

Protest movements are sweeping the world, from Hong Kong to Iraq. Protesters in each country are aware of the other movements and frequently give them shout-outs or adopt their tactics. The fate of all these movements is uncertain, but they share a more unambiguous commitment to sovereignty than most global protest stories of the past few decades, and perhaps an understanding that national and cultural identity are vital weapons against authoritarian hegemonic powers. Smaller governments may not guarantee freedom and human rights, but big ones almost guarantee their absence.

Students hold the US flag and sing the Star-Spangled Banner at the Hong Kong University (HKU) campus on September 20, 2019, as they rally for the US Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP …

Bolivia Finds Jacuzzis, a Bunker in Evo Morales’ Cuban ‘Clinic’

Police in La Paz, Bolivia, found expansive, luxurious amenities in a complex neighbors referred to as “Evo Morales’ clinic” – presumably, where he went to receive medical care – but no actual signs that it was ever used to practice medicine, according to a local media report published this weekend.

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My Socialist Hell: Living in Post-Electricity Venezuela

CARACAS – Venezuela has always had trouble maintaining a functional power grid. I lived in the city of Punto Fijo from 1992 to 1996, blackouts were occasional back then. But those woes of times past are nothing compared to the catastrophic collapse of our power grid that started almost a decade ago.

A car is seen on a street during a power cut in Maracaibo, Venezuela on August 15, 2019. - Venezuelans from outside the capital see Caracas as a "paradise", since electricity is not rationed there and in their hometowns they are used to suffering 12-hour blackouts. (Photo by Matias Delacroix …