As one of his final acts as president, and as part of his effort to thaw relations with Cuba, Barack Obama officially ended America’s Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy. This 22-year old mandate granted asylum to Cubans who landed on US soil, allowing them to become legal permanent residents after one year. Cubans intercepted in the ocean coming to the US were apprehended and returned to Cuba. Although beneficial to Cubans fleeing their homeland, this policy was seen as a way to subvert the Cuban government.
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Todo mundo conhece o escândalo no Brasil o verão passado de “Lava Jato”, onde muitos deputados foram acusados e alguns condenados de utilizar fundos públicos para compras pessoais da empresa de petróleo nacional, PETROBRAS. Há muitos que dizem que o escândalo foi clave em precipitar o impeachment de Dilma Rousseff. Entretanto, mais alegações de corrupção e legislação para proteger a corrupção têm aparecidos nas semanas passadas.
The United States isn’t the only country experiencing shifts of power with a businessman at the helm. On Tuesday, January 3rd, Haiti held elections and experienced businessman, Jovenel Moise won. He defeated 26 other candidates in a rerun of a 2016 election that was judged a “disaster” by an independent commission appointed by interim president Privert. It was then repeatedly postponed, especially by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 (Charles, 2017). Moise will take office on February 7th.
On January 3, 2017, the U.S. Congress officially swore in eight new Latinos, one senator and seven members of the House. Here is a brief introduction to each of them.
On December 2, the Center for Latin American Studies hosted a panel discussion focusing on how the death of Fidel Castro will affect Cuba and the region as a whole. The event was entitled “The Legacy of Fidel and the Future of Cuba”.