President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil on inauguration day Jan. 1, 2019 (Photo Credit: US Embassy Brasília/Wikimedia Commons)

Two weeks ago, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil was being honored at a New York City gala as the selected Person of the Year by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce only to cancel his appearance amid protests and opposition. The cancellation was followed by Bolsonaro instead attending an event hosted by the World Affairs Council in Dallas and Fort Worth. Bolsonaro was first chosen as the Person of the Year for the gala dinner in mid-February. Following the announcement, reservations for the event, with prices up to $30,000 for attendees, quickly sold out.

Jair Bolsonaro has been deeply controversial for…


Photo Credit (Left to Right): U.S. Department of State/Wikimedia Commons, Israel Defense Forces/flickr

As we speak, both sides are claiming victory in the parliamentary elections that were held today in Israel. The outcome will indirectly determine the next Prime Minister of Israel. Incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu has served 13 years and if reelected for a 5th term is poised to become the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israel’s history. His opponent is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Israel Defense Forces, General Benny Gantz, who served under Netanyahu from 2011 to 2015.

In Israel, voters don’t vote directly for the Prime Minister, but rather, for party tickets. A political party must get 3.25 percent of the…


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While attending a vigil for the 49 massacred at a pair of mosques in New Zealand a few weeks ago, Chelsea Clinton was confronted by NYC students who were angry at Clinton for her role in widespread accusations of anti-Semitism cast against Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. With charges of bigotry flying both against Omar and from advocates of Omar against her critics, there are some lessons to garner in terms of how we might approach the perception of bigotry in a more optimal way. …


Today marks the 15th anniversary of the second and final coup against Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti perpetrated by the United States. In the latter years of the Duvalier dynasty’s 30-year authoritarian reign over Haiti, which enjoyed US support for its anti-Communism even as the Duvaliers committed extreme acts of brutality and repression on its people, mass demonstrations led to the fleeing of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier in 1986 to safe haven in France.

Aristide’s advocacy of Marxist-influenced liberation theology gained him the ire of the deeply anti-Marxist and anti-leftist CIA. And Aristide’s denunciations of military involvement in the elections were…

Ryan Hidalgo

Political blogger. Fiction writer. BA from University of Kentucky in International Studies with concentration in Latin American Studies. ryanhidalgo80@yahoo.com

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