Tearing Down “Energy Wall” between U.S. and Mexico Would Boost Manufacturing, Argues George W. Bush Institute

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 10, 2017, 2:01 pm
Tearing Down "Energy Wall" between U.S. and Mexico
For the George W. Bush Institute, the freeing of the energy market would have a great impact on the manufacturing and safety of North America.  (Mexicoxport)

EspañolThe George W. Bush Institute is looking to remove all barriers between the United States and Mexico that make it unnecessarily difficult to investigate in energy infrastructure. The institute is also working to help eliminate presidential approval as a requirement for making changes to infrastructure on the border.

The initiatives first arose in November 2015, when the US State Department rejected TransCanada’s request for presidential approval to start building the Keystone XL Pipeline. A Minnesota District Court ultimately ruled in favor of the State Department’s decision, which further prevented the project from going forward.

Then, in January 2016, TransCanada made two separate attempts to undo Barack Obama‘s rejection of the pipeline project. The first involved contesting the need for executive approval for the pipeline. The second involved an attempt at correcting Title 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The recent actions taken by President Donald Trump regarding energy policy are a “game changer” in the eyes of the George W. Bush Institute:

“The expansion of the agreement to include energy cooperation not only generates new market opportunities for American goods and services, it also puts North America in a position to be an energy super power,” the Institute said in a statement addressed to the State Department.

This institute suggested establishing security and environmentally conscious regulations, adding that officials should work toward opening up the market so investment in energy can flourish as an entity fundamental to manufacturing and security in North America.

“Our governments have been cooperating closely on all levels of commerce and related topics for almost three decades,” the Institute said. “As a result, many things are now better understood, and they need little more than strong political compromise in order to come to a conclusion.”

Source: El Economista

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Cuban Human Rights Organization Urges UN to Listen to Oppressed Dissidents during Upcoming Visit

By: Karina Martín - Jul 10, 2017, 12:16 pm

EspañolThe Cuban Observatory for Human Rights has asked the United Nations to listen to the voices and opinions of the oppressed during its next visit to the island. During a meeting with United Nations expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan, Observatory representatives explained how President Raúl Castro's government operates. According to the Cuban Observatory's statement, there have been around 12,000 arbitrary arrests over the last 18 months, and there are at least 103 political prisoners still waiting for release — most notably Eduardo Cardet, recognized by Amnesty International as a Prisoner of Conscience. Read More: Cuban Regime Takes Swipe at OAS Following Helicopter “Coup Attempt” in Venezuela Read More: Trump’s Cuba Rollback is Paving the Way for Age of “Principled Realism” in Foreign Policy "The Cuban government continues to initiate criminal cases common against Human Rights activists and members of Independent Civil Society as a method to stop their activities," the statement said. The Ladies in White — a peaceful movement of women who march each Sunday to protest the wrongful imprisonment of their husbands — have demonstrated for 106 consecutive Sundays yet continue to be deprived of their right to attend church, among other basic freedoms, the statement said. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights told the United Nations that the Cuban regime continues to deny that there are political prisoners on the island, only common criminals. Castro allegedly considers any opposition member a "counterrevolutionary" and a "mercenary." Dandan will visit Cuba between July 11 and 13 to discuss Cuba's cooperation with other nations. She said they will first discuss "preventive or proactive policies and actions," related to how the island faces global challenges and promotes human rights. Secondly, they will discuss how the Cuban government has dealt with crises, such as the humanitarian response to disasters. Sources: Cubanet; Cibercuba; Cinu.

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