On December 20, 1777, the Kingdom of Morocco became the first country in the world to recognize U.S. independence.
There are now "agreements" on agrarian rights, illegal drugs, political participation, and victims.
On December 17, 1790, 225 years ago, one of the wonders of the Western Hemisphere was uncovered.
On Dec. 16 the people of Haiti will mark the 25th anniversary of their first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The "Bolivarian" left has suffered two traumatic electoral defeats in recent weeks.
The left in Argentina and Venezuela is in emergency mobilization mode to prevent electoral defeats from becoming disasters for workers and others.
Instead of head-on confrontation, the left is trying to maneuver while strengthening its base by improving people's lives.
U.S. policies have resulted in a small number of Middle East monarchs controlling some 60-70 percent of the region's oil wealth.
Charges have finally been filed in the killing 28 years ago of Burkina Faso's former president, Thomas Sankara.
Its first stumble was a strategic decision last fall to undermine competitors by upping oil production and, thus, lowering the price.