Leonardo Flores

Leonardo Flores

Leonardo Flores is a Latin American policy expert and campaigner with CodePink.

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Cuban farmers work in their lands in Vinales, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on January 10, 2021. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The Trump Administration's Parting Outrage Against Cuba
On January 11, in his final days before leaving office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added one parting blow to the series of bludgeons his administration has inflicted on Cuba for four years: putting the island on the list of “state sponsors of terror” that includes only Iran, North Korea and...
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President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Government Palace on March 12, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo by Carolina Cabral/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Low Turnout, but Free, Elections in Venezuela Are a Blow to Regime Change
Venezuela held legislative elections on December 6 and, as has become the norm, the U.S. and sectors of the opposition that boycotted the election are claiming fraud without presenting evidence. The coalition of parties supporting President Maduro won 68% of the vote and a supermajority in the...
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Bolivians celebrate the MAS-IPSP victory on Sunday, Novemeber 9, 2020. (Photo:EFE) Views
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
A Triumphant Return to Power for Bolivia’s Social Movements
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Bolivia on November 8 to celebrate the inauguration of President Luis Arce. They would celebrate again the next day, as former president Evo Morales re-entered the country almost a year to the day after his government was overthrown in a coup...
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Protesters holding a banner reading, "U.S. Immigration Policy Is A Crime" at a silent protest in January 2020. Views
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America
Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to...
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A January 2015 meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Vice President Biden—unlikely to be repeated if Biden wins the presidency. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Biden and Trump on Venezuela: Two Sides of the Same Coin
The Biden campaign held an online event on Wednesday, July 8 pitched as the former Vice President’s “vision for Venezuela and Venezuelans in the U.S.” Spoiler alert: his vision for Venezuela barely differs from President Trump. This event, which didn’t merit an appearance from Biden himself, was...
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President Nicolás Maduro addressed hundreds of thousands of supporters on May 1, 2019, a day after Guaidó’s attempted coup. Views
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Bolton Weaves a Tall Tale in his Venezuela Chapter
From the first paragraph of “Venezuela Libre”, the ninth chapter of John Bolton’s upcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, it is obvious that the tale Bolton spins is full of fabrications, half-truths, propaganda and the occasional kernel of truth. The chapter is a 35-page screed in which the...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick Worldwide
A team of 85 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Peru on June 3 to help the Andean nation tackle the coronavirus pandemic. That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced another tightening of the sanctions screws. This time he targeted seven Cuban entities, including Fincimex, one of the...
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The townspeople of Chuao, Venezuela, being honored for their role in the capture of eight mercenaries. Views
Monday, May 11, 2020
Botched Infiltration of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair
The latest chapter in the ongoing effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government reads like a bad spy thriller: a group of mercenaries piloted speedboats from Colombia to Venezuela; half of them were killed or captured by Venezuelan security forces immediately upon landing, while the other half—...
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Littoral combat ship USS Detroit off the coast of Venezuela. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Views
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Threatening Military Intervention in Venezuela During a Pandemic?
Unbeknownst to most Americans—and as we are grapple with this terrifying pandemic—the Trump administration is currently carrying out the largest military operation in Latin America in 30 years, and has made it clear that alleged Venezuelan “narco-terrorism” is the target. It’s worth noting that the...
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Venezuelan soldiers prepare for war… against COVID-19. (Photo: Twitter @Planifica_Fanb) Views
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
The U.S. Should Fight COVID, Not Venezuela
On April 1, the Trump administration hijacked a COVID-19 press conference to announce the deployment of U.S. Navy vessels and other military assets towards Venezuela. According to Defense Secretary Mark Esper , “included in this force package are Navy destroyers and littoral combat ships, Coast...
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