Venezuela and Ecuador have strongly condemned the pending agreement, which would allow the US to use three bases for counternarcotics and counterinsurgency surveillance.
In a striking move Tuesday, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei personally called for a detention center to be closed, citing mistreatment, while President Ahmadinejad sanctions repressive tactics.
In a push for progress, three heavy hitters from the administration – Mitchell, Gates, and Jones – visited the region this week.
Washington's move is meant to prod coup's architects to resolve the political crisis.
The Homeland Security secretary emphasized that security must be balanced with civil liberties.
The recession is squeezing solar energy firms. These four could thrive.
The authorities have launched a pilot project allowing some trade in renminbi. It comes as top US and Chinese officials wrap up a summit on economic coordination Tuesday.
But the Senate panel vote is nearly party-line, with just one Republican approving her nomination.
It's too late to rid the country of nukes, but we can keep its program under control.