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Opinion: Latin America lags in innovation

New figures showing a sharp decline of foreign investments in Latin America made big headlines in many countries in the region in recent days, but there is other, less noticed data that should trigger even bigger alarm bells. I’m talking about the latest indicators of innovation, which have a much bigger impact on the future.

Opinion: Use common sense on Confederate flag

Let’s start at a place where consensus is easy: No one that I know of is arguing that anyone should be prohibited from displaying the South’s most familiar icon — the Confederate battle flag — on his person or his private property or even in public locations, such as the bumper of his car or as a tattoo on the skin of his forearm.

Opinion: U.S. must be ready to say no to Iran

The June 30 deadline is almost here for a final agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, and it’s hard to see how the negotiators can meet it. That may not be a bad thing.

Opinion: U.S. must prepare for post-Putin era

As the Kremlin stokes the conflict in Ukraine and ratchets up tensions with NATO, there’s lots of talk about a Cold War redux. So it was fascinating to hear Mikhail Khodorkovsky — the billionaire oil magnate whom Russian President Vladimir Putin imprisoned for a decade — describe a Russia that could be a democratic ally of America and Europe 10 or 20 years from now.

Opinion: Charleston deaths spur anger, questions

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., came home Thursday to join in mourning the nine people at Emanuel AME Church who were gunned down during their Wednesday night prayer service. But after he joined hundreds in a prayer vigil at nearby Morris Brown AME Church, Clyburn wasn’t in the mood for conciliation. Like so many other African-Americans in this history-laden seaport, he was angry.

Opinion: Mexico’s own Jesse Ventura?

There were big headlines in the media describing the victory of an independent politician as the new governor of Mexico’s key northern state of Nuevo Leon as the rise of a new political star and a turning point in Mexico’s history because it could open the door to a powerful independent presidential candidacy in 2018. But I doubt that any of this will happen.

Opinion: West must confront Putin’s Ukraine lies

“I can tell you outright and unequivocally that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told a live TV audience in April.

Opinion: Network sets GOP debate parameters

It’s finally official: Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of Fox News, will decide which candidates can compete in Republican presidential primaries next year.

Opinion: Business opportunities slim in Cuba

President Barack Obama’s historic normalization talks with Cuba have brought about a lot of excitement in business circles, and hardly a day goes by without new reports of U.S. investors, lawyers and entrepreneurs flocking to the island. But I’m afraid most of them will lose their shirts there.

Opinion: Sanders candidacy could help Clinton

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist who kicked off his presidential campaign last Tuesday with a characteristically fiery speech, isn’t going to win the 2016 Democratic nomination unless lightning strikes. To be really effective, in any case, the lightning would have to strike Hillary Rodham Clinton, who holds a prohibitive lead in every poll. But Sanders will still have a major impact on the Democratic race, and that could, paradoxically, be good for Clinton.