Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
This op-ed appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on June 11, 2006.
Recent months in Mexico have been marked by a campaign of fear against López Obrador.
The White House has to be concerned about the potential election of another Latin American government allied to the likes of Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales, overtly challenging the flagging war on drugs, and highly critical of neoliberal, free market economic policies. Eying the runoff against Alan García Pérez, Ollanta Humala Tasso has softened his rhetoric in recent days; but to be successful in the May round of elections, he must retain the support of the core constituency that propelled him to victory in April.
Peruvian elections will be notable for either marking a new neopopulist victory by a former military officer or the first woman Peruvian president.
Costa Rica is making headlines for a dead-heat election.
Allowing immigrants to hold two passports can promote U.S. ideals and values.
The election of Bolivia's new president is a powerful symbol of the growing resistance throughout Latin America to U.S.-led economic programs.
Morales faces the daunting challenge of governing a troubled and bitter nation, where expectations are high and short-term change is difficult to achieve.
A Cuban expatriate has forced the administration to decide on terrorist criteria: "acceptable" acts of terrorism carried out against Cuba versus "unacceptable" ones undertaken against the United States and its allies.
Demonizing Morales will not advance our true national interests of promoting freedom and human development. But cheering an independent and democratic Bolivia just might.