Growth in the Americas Initiative Op-Ed

Partnerships – between governments and between the public and private sectors – are key to delivering the quality infrastructure that populations across the hemisphere are seeking.  The U.S. government is working to strengthen these linkages through a newly expanded initiative called Growth in the Americas. Latin American and Caribbean countries are partnering with the United …

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VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt …

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A specter is haunting the Western Hemisphere – the specter of democracy.

Editorial by Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State Sometimes-violent protests have recently filled the streets of cities across the Americas.  Some critics once again seek to cast the United States as a convenient foil, using an outdated Cold War-era ideological framework.  The United States may not always agree …

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USS TORNADO Crew Participates in Community Project with Fundashon Venex

United States Navy Patrol Boat USS Tornado (PC-14) visited Curacao October 3-5. Last Saturday, crew members participated in a community relations project for, and together with, non-profit foundation Fundashon Venex. With the crew provided paint and supplies, they refurbished a building and conducted landscaping of the property. Venex plans to open a Center for Education …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Jerry Approaching Sint Maarten

September 18, 2019 Location: Sint Maarten Event:  The Government of Sint Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm Watch in anticipation of Tropical Storm Jerry currently located 765 miles east of the Leeward Islands moving west northwest. Jerry is expected to reach hurricane strength on Thursday as it enters the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Watches have not yet …

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Secretary Pompeo Gives Remarks at the Organization of American States

On January 23, in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and out of respect for Venezuelan democracy, the United States proudly recognized National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela. On January 24, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addressed the Organization of American States and called on all our partners and responsible …

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U.S. Response to Caribbean Hurricanes

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the Caribbean beginning on September 6. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria, a second Category 5 storm, struck the region. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on September 7. The DART—which at its height comprised 54 people—deployed to 11 locations in the Caribbean to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian …

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Solar Panel Array at U.S. Consulate General Curacao

U.S Consul General Margaret Hawthorne is very pleased with the addition of a solar panel system at the U.S. Consulate General on Curacao. The addition will enable the consulate to become the first net-zero diplomatic post among U.S. missions worldwide. According to the consul general, it is particularly notable that this new facility is located …

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