<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/bf292f54-4125-11e5-9abe-5b335da3a90e.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3jAFtGfrV">Oil price slide casts doubt on Venezuela’s bonds</a>

Oil price slide casts doubt on Venezuela’s bonds

When Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro took power two-and-a-half years ago, he inherited Hugo Chávez’s unshakeable commitment to service the country’s debts, and Venezuelan oil at over $110 a barrel. Those days are long gone. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazilian-protest-keeps-pressure-on-president-1439843917?tesla=y">Brazilian Protest Keeps Pressure on President</a>

Brazilian Protest Keeps Pressure on President

BRASÍLIA—Sunday’s mass protest demanding the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was neither as big as organizers had predicted nor as small as the administration might have hoped. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-bare-flagpoles-of-havana-1439852706">The Bare Flagpoles of Havana</a>

The Bare Flagpoles of Havana

There was an odd sight over John Kerry’s shoulder as he stood in the Havana sun Friday. At a flagpole in front of him, U.S. Marines were raising the Stars and Stripes to mark the return of a U.S. embassy to Cuba after 54 years. Choreographed and solemn, that was the scene that U.S. and Cuban leaders wanted the world to see. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/opinion/brazils-rising-turbulence.html?_r=0">Brazil’s Rising Turbulence</a>

Brazil’s Rising Turbulence

Brazil is in tatters. The economy is in a deepening recession: Last Tuesday, Moody’s downgraded Brazil’s credit rating to just about junk. A massive corruption scandal involving the national oil company Petrobras has ensnared scores of politicians and businessmen. The legislature is in revolt. President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity rating, less than a year after her re-election, is down to one digit, and nationwide protests on Sunday reverberated with calls for her impeachment. …

 

<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/08/17/1748917-condenaron-12-anos-prision-nestor-cervero-ex-director-petrobras">Condenaron a 12 años de prisión a Nestor Cerveró, ex director de Petrobras</a>

Condenaron a 12 años de prisión a Nestor Cerveró, ex director de Petrobras

Un nuevo empresario fue condenado en el marco del escándalo de corrupción en Petrobras. Se trata de Nestor Cerveró, ex director del área internacional de la petrolera estatal, quien fue condenado a 12 años, tres meses y diez días de prisión por los delitos de cohecho y lavado de dinero. …

 

<a href="http://www.7dias.com.do/opiniones/2015/08/17/i194808_verdad-que-dice-fuera.html#.VdIk5PlVikp">La verdad de lo que se dice fuera</a>

La verdad de lo que se dice fuera

Recientemente la prensa dominicana dio cuentas de acusaciones que involucran al expresidente Lula Da Silva, ignorando de la manera más grosera que esas mismas acusaciones atañen directamente tanto al actual presidente dominicano, Danilo Medina, como al anterior, Leonel Fernández. …  

<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/15/mexico-s-telenovela-first-lady.html?via=desktop&source=twitter">Mexico’s Telenovela First Lady</a>

Mexico’s Telenovela First Lady

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s annus horribilis began last September. While he is partly to blame, there’s also the matter of his TV star wife’s performances. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-17/brazil-analysts-forecast-back-to-back-recession-for-first-time">Brazil Analysts Forecast Back-to-Back Recession for First Time</a>

Brazil Analysts Forecast Back-to-Back Recession for First Time

Brazil analysts forecast that Brazil’s economy faces two straight years of recession for the first time since the Great Depression. …

 

<a href="http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/081415-766754-raising-the-us-flag-to-shut-out-cubas-democrats.htm?p=full">Raising The U.S. Flag To Shut Out Cuba’s Democrats</a>

Raising The U.S. Flag To Shut Out Cuba’s Democrats

Diplomacy: The U.S. flag went up in Havana, and Secretary of State John Kerry mouthed platitudes to avoid offending Cuba’s communist dictatorship. The people on the receiving end of offense were Cuba’s battered democrats. …

 

<a href="http://www.clarin.com/politica/Hotesur-Cristina-Bonadio-empresa-CO-MA-irregularidades_0_1414058632.html">La Justicia detectó irregularidades en otra empresa de la Presidenta</a>

La Justicia detectó irregularidades en otra empresa de la Presidenta

Una de las empresas que la presidenta de la República declara como propia, llamada CO.MA SA, tiene un domicilio “fantasma”, según comprobó la Justicia. La sede de esa sociedad está registrada en los organismos públicos en la calle Padre Agostini 351, en El Calafate, provincia de Santa Cruz. Pero en ese lugar hay otra cosa: una sucursal de la AFIP, el organismo gubernamental que se encarga de recaudar los impuestos. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-13/rigged-polls-gang-crime-plaguing-guatemala-s-presidential-race">Rigged Polls, Gang Crime Plague Guatemala Presidential Race</a>

Rigged Polls, Gang Crime Plague Guatemala Presidential Race

Is Guatemala’s presidential race a blowout or headed toward a runoff? Just over three weeks before the Sept. 6 election, nobody knows. …

 

<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/08/16/multitudinarias-manifestaciones-contra-el-gobierno-de-la-presidenta-dilma-rousseff/">Multitudinarias manifestaciones contra el gobierno de la presidenta Dilma Rousseff</a>

Multitudinarias manifestaciones contra el gobierno de la presidenta Dilma Rousseff

Miles de personas tomaron las calles de forma masiva en las principales ciudades de Brasil, para manifestar su descontento contra el gobierno de la presidenta Dilma Rousseff. …

 

<a href="http://eleconomista.com.mx/economia-global/2015/08/16/produccion-petrolera-colombia-cae-julio">Producción petrolera de Colombia cae en julio</a>

Producción petrolera de Colombia cae en julio

Bogotá.- La producción de petróleo de Colombia se ubicó por debajo del millón de barriles por día (bpd) en julio, la primera vez en los últimos 10 meses que no alcanza la meta fijada por el Gobierno, informó el sábado el Ministerio de Minas y Energía. …

 

<a href="http://wapo.st/1DXWhul">Thousands turn out across Brazil to demand president’s ouster</a>

Thousands turn out across Brazil to demand president’s ouster

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Wearing national colors of green, yellow and blue, and brandishing flags and blowing horns and whistles, hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities across Brazil on Sunday to call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and an end to corruption. There were demonstrations in cities in all of Brazil’s states and its capital, Brasilia. …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-sinaloa-cartel-and-colombian-cocaine-2015-8">‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s role in the global cocaine trade is becoming clearer</a>

‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s role in the global cocaine trade is becoming clearer

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel in Mexico is the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world, and its deep ties to Colombia are becoming more apparent. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-venezuela-economists-improvise-to-track-economy-1439759978">In Venezuela, Economists Improvise to Track Economy</a>

In Venezuela, Economists Improvise to Track Economy

CARACAS—On monthly trips to his native Venezuela, Miguel Octavio heads to the same restaurant for the cornmeal cakes he enjoyed as a boy known as arepas, which are a staple here. The price, however, is never the same. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/cuba-non-libre-1439593695">Cuba No Libre</a>

Cuba No Libre

‘Cuba’s future is for Cubans to shape,” declared Secretary of State John Kerry in Havana on Friday as he reopened the U.S. Embassy after 54 years. If only this were true. The reality is that Cuba’s future is still reserved for the Castro brothers and their political comrades to shape, and that hasn’t changed a whit since President Obama decided to recognize the Cuban regime in December. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/16/editorial-america-returns-to-cuba/">America returns to Cuba</a>

America returns to Cuba

Gulags and satrapies are required in the nether world where Marxist fantasy survives. How else to keep the peasants in line? Secretary of State John Kerry, looking for love in all the wrong places, took a handful of congressmen to Havana the other day to preside over the raising of the American flag at the reopening of the American embassy, closed in 1961 when Fidel Castro imposed the Marxist yoke upon the neck of the Cuban people. The three Marines who lowered the flag 53 ...  

On the outside, looking in: Standing with the Cuban people

On the outside, looking in: Standing with the Cuban people

By Roger F. Noriega

The less you know or care about Cuba, the more likely you are to support President Obama’s change in US policy. The more you know and care about the Cuban people, the more likely that you will be around to pick up the pieces when Obama’s capitulation to the Castro regime makes things worse for its victims.

The administration cites polls saying that Americans support his opening to Cuba. However, a poll taken since the president’s initiative paints ...  

<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21661036-fury-corruption-sparks-mass-demonstrations-central-american-spring">A Central American spring?</a>

A Central American spring?

LIGHT from thousands of bamboo torches cuts through the gathering darkness in Tegucigalpa, Honduras’s capital. The protesters who carry them call their demonstrationsmarchas de las antorchas (torch marches). They have been taking place weekly at dusk since May. Their purpose: to rail against what participants see as grotesque corruption at the highest levels of government. “We can’t take it any more,” says Yelso Serna, a salesman who has marched three times.

 

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