Alex Main

Alex Main is Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 8:45am
It’s Official: Iran’s Presence in the Region a Threat to US, According to Congress and Obama
While Congress struggled to approve legislation to avert the much-hyped “ fiscal cliff ”, a bill addressing “Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere” quietly and smoothly swept through both houses before the end of the legislative session. The bill, which requires the State Department to develop a strategy to address the Iranian regional “threat”, was
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Friday, December 23, 2011 - 3:25pm
The US Double Standard on Elections in Latin America and the Caribbean
The U.S. government has a puzzling approach to elections in the hemisphere. Back in November 2009, the State Department considered that elections held under Honduras’s brutal coup regime were “free and fair,” despite widespread press censorship and the imposition of martial law during much of the electoral campaign. Then, in November 2010, the U.S.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 2:36pm
CELAC: Speaking for Latin America and the Caribbean
On Saturday, Dec. 3 – while most of the U.S.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 7:53am
What Now for a Post-Coup Honduras?
Many Latin America watchers were thrown for a loop last month when a bilateral meeting in Cartagena, Colombia between Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia suddenly metamorphosed into a trilateral encounter that included Porfirio Lobo, the controversial president of Honduras. It was hard enough grappling with the image of Chavez and Santos, considered to be arch-enemies only a year ago, slapping one another on the back and heralding warm relations between their countries. Now it appeared that Chavez had also warmed up to Lobo, the leader of a gov
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 10:46am
Certified Right-Wing Extremists Set to Take Control of House Foreign Affairs Panels
In the early years of the past decade, two hard-line Cold Warriors, closely associated with radical Cuban exile groups in Florida, occupied strategic positions in the U.S. foreign policy machine.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 1:30pm
Obama Administration Continues to Disregard Congressional Concern for Human Rights, Democracy in Honduras
In the midst of a particularly busy and nail-biting election season, 30 congressional Democrats have taken time to focus on an issue that isn’t on anyone’s campaign agenda: the appalling state of democracy and human rights in Honduras. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Oct.
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Friday, June 4, 2010 - 8:23am
Latin America Mostly at Odds With US on Israeli Raid
Israel's deadly storming of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters has unleashed a wave of criticism of the Netanyahu government's actions from nearly every country in the world. Turkey deplored the killing of several of its citizens on board the Mavi Marmara and referred to the incursion as "inhumane state terror." A number of Israel's closest friends joined the chorus of protests with, for instance, UK
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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 7:57am
UNASUR: An Emerging Geopolitical Force
Earlier this month, as the US loudly complained about Venezuela's decision to purchase arms from Russia, South America's ministers of defense came together in Guayaquil, Ecuador and put the finishing touches on an agreement to develop common mechanisms of transparency in defense policy and spending. The agreeme
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