The crisis in Venezuela has gradually been seeping into large media outlets in the Unites States and Canada, and earlier this month I had the opportunity to appear on Stossel to explain why the Chavista push for “social justice” has led to nothing short of a nightmare.
EspañolA growing number of street protests asking for justice have taken place in Honduras following a series of corruption scandals at the Honduran Institute for Social Security (IHSS). Government party members, businessmen, and public employees are all involved and local media suggests that investigations could expand to include other political parties and public figures as well.
Timeline of Crisis in Honduras
In 2014, President Juan Orlando Hernández ordered the creation of an auditory commission to investigate alleged IHSS misconduct. The commission discovered that the amount of corruption involved was much greater than initially suspected.
By Anne Butcher
EspañolAbercrombie & Fitch is the sort of company that makes people hate freedom. The Supreme Court recently manifested this sentiment when they ruled it was illegal for the company to use their “look policy” to discriminate against Muslims in headscarves.
Since employment discrimination is (rightfully) unpopular, it would seem that giving companies the freedom to do so is a bad idea, because they might take advantage of it. However, taking this freedom away from Abercrombie isn’t right either, because people who run businesses have rights too.
If you’re unfamiliar with EEOC v. Abercrombie and Fitch Stores, it all started in 2008 when Samantha Elauf was rejected for a job at one of Abercrombie’s retail stores, allegedly because of the headscarf she wears for religious reasons. Abercrombie’s dress code prohibits “caps” and management felt the headscarf qualified. The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that this was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which says that religion cannot be a motivating factor in hiring decisions.
However, all employers have rules about what employees can and can’t wear while working. Most clothing retail stores expect their sales clerks to represent the brand: a position which most people can sympathize with.
EspañolOn Friday, June 12, thousands of Ecuadorians finished off a week of street protests. New taxes on inheritances and “surplus profit” of real-estate transactions promoted by President Rafael Correa appear to have been the last straw. These measures have generated such social unrest among the public that thousands have taken to the streets for five consecutive days.
A march called by the opposition via social media took place in Guayaquil at the Plaza Centenario at 5:00 p.m. local time. Ecuadorian authorities announced an amendment to the inheritance tax just before the protest, but it was not enough to calm the public’s anger. Gradually, several groups of people, mostly dressed in black, arrived at the site with banners, flags, and whistles.
EspañolBy Roberto Sánchez Fuentes
The Magna Carta is a historic document that represents a quantitative leap in political sophistication. French historian Jacques Le Goff thought the Magna Carta was the key instrument that made it possible to restrict the power of the monarchy in 13th-century England.
With time, it helped to create vital political stability and became an effective limit on how the sovereign could act toward his subjects, especially the barons, clergy, and the bourgeoisie.
The proposition seems intuitively reasonable: US tourists will help bring democracy to Cuba. But, it is also demonstrably false.
The idea that US tourists, innately imbued with democratic values and norms, will proudly reflect and share those values while traveling abroad is an authentic premise. Thus, we view them as ambassadors for democracy, and a powerful force in communicating the virtues of democratic governance.
And whereas this may indeed be the case, it does not follow with syllogistic certainty that such ambassadorship can bring about the empowerment of the citizenry in a totalitarian regime.
By Joseph Siess
President Fernández stood up at the UN Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) and claimed that Argentina’s poverty level is “below 5 percent, and 1 percent severe poverty.” Then on Tuesday, Argentinean Chief of Staff Aníbal Fernández got on FM Blue radio and claimed that the country was doing better than Denmark and Germany.
No Venezuelan can ignore what our country is experiencing. We all ask ourselves, “How can we contribute to changing these painful times we are living through?”
As a former student at Venezuela’s Central University, and now a lawyer and professor, I’ve noticed a shift among students and staff: there is a need now, more than ever, to understand the country we live in, and make sure classes are not divorced from reality.
This awareness compels us to be active, to be politicians in the philosophical sense of the word, and concern ourselves with public affairs.
EspañolIt all started on Saturday, May 23, when Leopoldo López released a video urging Venezuelan civil society to demonstrate and demand the government release all political prisoners and set a date for this year’s legislative elections.
However, instead of joining the protest, the coalition of opposition parties known as the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) announced they would not officially endorse López’s call for renewed protests.
The secretary general of those who purportedly represent the forefront of political resistance against Chavismo in Venezuela explained that López had not “consulted” with the MUD, and therefore he could not support the rally.
EspañolPuerto Rico is now fixated on a plan to save its troubled utility, the Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA. Outdated equipment, the burning of fuel oil, mismanagement, and public-sector unions have turned the utility into a geriatric dinosaur.
The solution? Raise rates. Again.