Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE Al Jazeera reports on the largely ignored plight of Crimean Tatars, who never wanted the Russian annexation and have been paying for it ever since: The Kremlin praises Crimea’s “comeback to Russia” as bloodless and voluntary.   But a day before the March 18, 2014 “referendum”, Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was found dead… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 1-2 2018

What we should talk about when we talk about Castro

Fidel Castro is dead. Maybe you’ve heard. This blog is not devoted to events in or the history of Latin America, as you’ve presumably figured out by now, and this is for the simple reason that this is a part of the world I just haven’t studied apart from the most perfunctory American and world… Continue reading What we should talk about when we talk about Castro

Pope Francis does something nice

Pope Francis said something important earlier today: Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump “is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. “A person who thinks only about… Continue reading Pope Francis does something nice

FARC (tentatively) ends 50 year rebellion in Colombia

Well, today was a real downer if you’re a fan of decades-long, body-laden exercises in Latin America-based futility. Along with the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would begin normalizing relations, the Colombian Marxist paramilitary group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC, declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire in its fifty year long rebellion against… Continue reading FARC (tentatively) ends 50 year rebellion in Colombia

On Cuba, and the role of sanctions

As I type this, President Obama is filling everybody’s TV screens with Important Foreign Policy News. Apparently, after negotiating a prisoner release/swap with Havana, Obama is prepared to announce that the U.S. is taking steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba, putting us on a path to ending an embargo that took effect over 54 years… Continue reading On Cuba, and the role of sanctions