Barack Obama


The Belize-Guatemala Conundrum

By Nick Pollard Jr. Spain and Great Britain left behind in Central America an unresolved Boundary Dispute between Guatemala and Belize for which there is absolutely no sign of a settlement almost 150 years later after various negotiations have failed even with the immediate arbitration of the O.A.S. Will the dispute be settled in the unforeseeable future by the ICJ or will the Security Council of the United Nations be forced to intervene? Thursday, 9 May 2013 GUATEMALA CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS TO SETTLE THE OLD ANGLO-GUATEMALAN BORDER DISPUTE. Surprisingly, many Belizeans were not taken aback by Guatemala’s […]


The Increasing Emphasis on U.S. Central American Trade

Originally published May 3, 2013 Summary In the spectrum of U.S. relations, Central America holds a far lower profile than the Middle East, Europe or Asia, but stability in Central America and the Caribbean is fundamental to North American security. U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Costa Rica on May 3 for a meeting with leaders from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The visit marks a waypoint in the slow evolution of the region’s relationship with the United States — a relationship that since the end of the Cold War has become increasingly focused […]


New Obama Rule shortens steps for Some Illegal Immigrants

DENVER – The Obama administration quietly issued a new rule this week designed to ease the pathway to legal status for many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants by allowing them to sidestep a legal requirement that they apply for a visa in their home country and wait – the same painstaking, time consuming and expensive process that millions of foreigners seeking to legally enter the U.S. each year endure. Under the terms of the Clinton-era law, illegal aliens must return to their country of origin to apply for a visa, and remain outside the United States for specified period […]