Today's OAS Vote: Autocracy v. Democracy

Friday, March 21, 2014
Today, Venezuelan opposition leader, Maria Corina Machado, was invited to speak at the Organization of American States (OAS) by the Panamanian government.

The Venezuelan government and its allies were so afraid of what she had to say, that they made a motion to make it a private session, shutting out the public and the press.

The motion passed 22-11.

Which were the nations that supported secrecy and autocracy?

Obviously, Venezuela, joined by Brazil, Nicaragua, Uruguay, El Salvador, Argentina, Bolivia and the CARICOM nations.

Which were the nations that supported transparency and democracy?

Panama, which hosted Machado, along with the United States, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras.

Barbados abstained.

A shameful spectacle.