Artículos y columnas de opinión de analistas latinoamericanos que mantienen una postura inquebrantable en pro de la libertad, incluyendo miembros y directores del IID.

Washington and Latin America

It is like the “never-ending story.” A circular nightmare. Havana, summer of 1959. I remember a person who was very sure that Us President Ike Eisenhower, in the middle of the Cold War, “would never allow the consolidation of a Soviet base 90 miles off the coast of the United States.” The person was a…

José Azel.

Liberty is fleeting

In his book On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder cites the hero of a novel asserting that, “When you make love for the last time, you do not know that you are making love for the last time.” Liberty is somewhat like that, and when we enjoy liberty for the last time, we seldom realize that we…

Impose disabling sanctions to prevent dictatorships from being sustained by democracies

Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua are three acknowledged dictatorships and Bolivia is the disguised dictatorship that still imposes its counterfeiting of democracy. These four regimes comprise one single system. Because of their violation of human rights, their electoral supplantation, protection to narcotics’ trafficking and other crimes, they are the subject of sanctions that far from eliminating…

Regime Change in Cuba

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla was used by Raúl Castro to try to “scare” the young creators of “Archipelago” and the San Isidro Movement. Bruno summoned the diplomats based in Cuba and said that the excesses announced for November 15 wouldn’t be tolerated. Why? Very simple and very sinister: because the United States is…

On behalf of the Peoples they oppress, dictatorships get economic resources to survive

The absence of democracy is the best way to create economic misery, as evidenced by humanitarian crises in Cuba and Venezuela, and economic crises in Bolivia and Nicaragua. Concentration of power, absence of control and accountability and impunity enable countries without democracy to falsify economic data, until the misery of the peoples reveals the falsehood.…

Our contempt for liberty

Our contempt for liberty was a favorite theme of the brilliant economist and columnist Walter E. Williams. His book “American Contempt for Liberty” compiles nearly 200 of his newspaper columns on topics related to our personal freedoms. Williams was an eloquent and forceful defender of what he called “the moral superiority of personal liberty and…