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On Saturday, 60,000 protesters took to the streets in 13 cities in Guatemala demanding the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina. Guatemala has been rocked by a corruption scandal involving several members of the Perez Molina administration, including former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who was forced to resign on May 8 due to her alleged involvement in a customs fraud scheme. Although President Perez Molina has denied any involvement in the scandal, nationwide demonstrations now entering their fourth week are calling for him to step down. Perez Molina’s four-year term ends next January, and elections are scheduled in September to choose his successor.
A midnight massacre of 11 slumbering soldiers by leftist guerrillas in the Colombian province of Cauca on April 14 appears to have exhausted the country’s patience with the three-year peace process that is the cornerstone of President Juan Manuel Santos’s second term. In light of a poll released this week, Santos must now choose between salvaging the three-year-old peace process and repairing his own credibility.
President Obama issued a “certification” yesterday under US law that Cuba should no longer be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. He states, in part, “the Government of Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.” Of course, Cuba has insisted for 30 years that it does not support terrorism, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, i.e. support for Colombian and Basque terror groups in addition to US cop-killers.