<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/doliaestevez/2015/07/22/the-five-facts-that-suggest-drug-kingpin-el-chapo-guzman-was-let-out-of-prison/">Five Facts That Suggest Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán Was Let Out Of Prison</a>

Five Facts That Suggest Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán Was Let Out Of Prison

By Dolia Estevez

Recently disclosed facts about the Hollywood-style prison escape of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera strongly suggest that the getaway of the world’s most powerful drug kingpin was enabled by government corruption. …

 

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/22/us-seizes-sub-like-vessel-off-el-salvador-loaded-with-8-tons-cocaine/">US seizes sub-like vessel off El Salvador loaded with 8+ tons of cocaine</a>

US seizes sub-like vessel off El Salvador loaded with 8+ tons of cocaine

MIAMI –  U.S. authorities have seized a submarine-like vessel loaded with more than eight tons of cocaine off the coast of El Salvador. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/89046e30-2ed2-11e5-91ac-a5e17d9b4cff.html#axzz3gioptNcy">Recession and graft: the growing rot in Brazil</a>

Recession and graft: the growing rot in Brazil

Incompetence, arrogance and corruption have shattered Brazil’s magic spell. Combined with the end of the commodity boom, they have driven the world’s eighth biggest economy into a deepening recession. …

 

<a href="http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/07/cuba-the-perfect-holiday-destination-for-poverty-fetishists/">Visit Cuba – it’s the perfect holiday destination for poverty fetishists</a>

Visit Cuba – it’s the perfect holiday destination for poverty fetishists

By James Bloodworth

Since last December, when officials from Cuba and the United States announced that the two countries, locked in a Cold War stand-off for 54 years, would seek to normalise relations, the tourist industry has been admonishing us to travel to Cuba ‘before it changes’. …

 

<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/11754156/Venezuelan-farmers-ordered-to-hand-over-produce-to-state.html">Venezuelan farmers ordered to hand over produce to state</a>

Venezuelan farmers ordered to hand over produce to state

By Harriet Alexander

Venezuela’s embattled government has taken the drastic step of forcing food producers to sell their produce to the state, in a bid to counter the ever-worsening shortages. …

 

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/07/23/cuban-dissidents-feel-sidelined-as-us-politicians-stop-visiting-focus-on-ties/">Cuban dissidents feel sidelined as US politicians stop visiting, focus on ties with government</a>

Cuban dissidents feel sidelined as US politicians stop visiting, focus on ties with government

HAVANA –  In the seven months since the U.S. and Cuba declared detente, American politicians have flooded Havana to see the sights, meet the country’s new entrepreneurs and discuss the possible end of the U.S. trade embargo with leaders of the communist government. …

 

<a href="http://opinion.infobae.com/federico-gaon/2015/07/22/el-peligro-del-terrorismo-islamico-en-america-latina/">El peligro del terrorismo islámico en América Latina</a>

El peligro del terrorismo islámico en América Latina

Por Federico Gaon

Ya hemos sido advertidos, y ya hemos pagado con sangre el precio de la inacción, la inoperancia y la corrupción. Pero a vista de algunos en Latinoamérica el terrorismo parecería ser una invención de la imaginación. Una excusa yankee para justificar intervenciones armadas y designios imperiales. Un guión para dar legitimidad a todo tipo de intromisión; y una suerte de trama confeccionada para socavar la soberanía de las naciones y conquistar recursos vitales. …

 

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/07/22/onu-denuncia-que-con-el-mazo-dando-desacredita-e-intimida-a-defensores-de-derechos-humanos/">ONU denuncia que “Con el Mazo Dando” desacredita e intimida a defensores de derechos humanos</a>

ONU denuncia que “Con el Mazo Dando” desacredita e intimida a defensores de derechos humanos

Un grupo de expertos de Naciones Unidas y del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos lamentó hoy los intentos por desacreditar e intimidar a los defensores de derechos humanos en la televisión controlada por el Estado venezolano. …

 

5 questions every presidential candidate should answer about Latin America and the Caribbean

5 questions every presidential candidate should answer about Latin America and the Caribbean

By Roger F. Noriega

A stable and prosperous Americas is critical to US security and prosperity. In recent years, the United States has failed to defend its interests and promote American values, forfeiting US leadership on democracy and strategic relationships on energy and trade. This disengagement has contributed to economic decline, insecurity, instability, disintegrating institutions, corruption, and the erosion of human rights in some countries.

The vacuum created by US disengagement has been filled by China and chavismo—an anti-US movement ...  

<a href="http://www.clarin.com/politica/funcionario-EEUU-Nisman-asesinado-enemigos_0_1396660634.html">Para un ex funcionario de Estados Unidos, “Nisman fue asesinado por sus enemigos”</a>

Para un ex funcionario de Estados Unidos, “Nisman fue asesinado por sus enemigos”

Roger Noriega, ex subsecretario de Estado para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental de los Estados Unidos, se refirió a la controvertida muerte de Alberto Nisman, al cumplirse seis meses de la trágica noche en que el fiscal apareciera sobre un charco de sangre en su departamento de Le Parc. …

 

<a href="http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/07/20/nicaraguan-opposition-has-little-chance-of-defeating-ortega">Nicaraguan opposition has little chance of defeating Ortega</a>

Nicaraguan opposition has little chance of defeating Ortega

By Larry Luxner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nicaragua’s political opposition, despite its noisy protests against President Daniel Ortega and his ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party, has virtually no chance of winning next year’s elections. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-21/argentina-s-peso-tumbles-on-doubts-opposition-will-win-election">Argentina’s Peso Tumbles on Doubts Opposition Will Win Election</a>

Argentina’s Peso Tumbles on Doubts Opposition Will Win Election

By Camila Russo

Argentina’s peso slumped to a nine-month low in the illegal street market as growing speculation that the opposition candidate is unlikely to win October’s presidential election fueled demand for dollars as a safe haven. …

 

<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/07/21/border-security-steps-up-but-it-mexico-who-is-making-it-tougher-to-cross/">Border security steps up – but it’s Mexico who is making it tougher to cross</a>

Border security steps up – but it’s Mexico who is making it tougher to cross

Security is going to get tighter on the U.S.-Mexico border – but it will be Mexico stepping up scrutiny of people attempting to enter it from the United States. …

 

<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2015/07/21/in-brazil-the-coup-continues-as-vice-pres-considers-opposition/">In Brazil, The ‘Coup’ Continues As Vice Pres Considers Opposition</a>

In Brazil, The ‘Coup’ Continues As Vice Pres Considers Opposition

By Kenneth Rapoza

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff stands alone.  Her approval rating is 7%. Her vice president is considering joining the opposition in 2018. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/rights-group-says-ecuador-denying-justice-162025502.html">Rights group says Ecuador denying justice</a>

Rights group says Ecuador denying justice

By Gonzalo Solano

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Human Rights Watch says activists convicted in Ecuador of terrorism and sabotage for anti-government protests have been denied justice through political interference that has prevented judges from hearing their appeals under a new penal code. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/22/uk-venezuela-drugs-idUKKCN0PW01520150722">Venezuela detains two ex-military officers over drugs</a>

Venezuela detains two ex-military officers over drugs

Venezuela said on Tuesday it had arrested two former military officers on drug charges including one man linked by the government to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and wanted by the United States. …

 

Poll:  Castro’s Hostility & Human Rights Record Fuel  Strong Disapproval Of Obama’s Concessions To Regime

Poll: Castro’s Hostility & Human Rights Record Fuel Strong Disapproval Of Obama’s Concessions To Regime

 

The more Americans know about the Castro regime’s record on human rights violations and hostility toward the United States, the more likely they are to strongly disapprove of President Obama’s Cuba gambit, according to a national opinion poll released today by Inter-American Security Watch.

            Respondents to the poll initially supported President Obama’s December 17th decision tonormalize diplomatic relations and ease travel and financial restrictions with the island by a margin of 51%-38%. However, when the question was posed along with fresh examples ...  

<a href="http://ntn24.com/noticia/se-derrumba-apoyo-al-gobierno-de-rousseff-aprobacion-alcanzo-el-77-en-nueva-encuesta-60628">Se derrumba apoyo al Gobierno de Rousseff: aprobación alcanzó el 7,7% en nueva encuesta</a>

Se derrumba apoyo al Gobierno de Rousseff: aprobación alcanzó el 7,7% en nueva encuesta

La tasa de aprobación del Gobierno de la presidenta brasileña, Dilma Rousseff, se derrumbó a un escaso 7,7%, según una encuesta divulgada este martes, que ubicó el índice de rechazo a la gestión de la mandataria en un 70,9%. …

 

<a href="http://acento.com.do/2015/actualidad/8268437-portugal-colaborara-con-las-autoridades-brasilenas-en-la-investigacion-a-lula-por-corrupcion/">Portugal colaborará con las autoridades brasileñas en la investigación a Lula por corrupción</a>

Portugal colaborará con las autoridades brasileñas en la investigación a Lula por corrupción

Lisboa, 20 jul (EFE).- La Fiscalía portuguesa va a colaborar con las autoridades brasileñas en el proceso “Lava Jato”, que investiga al ex presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva por supuesto tráfico de influencias a favor de la constructora Odebrecht. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/leo-zuckermann/2015/07/21/1035779">México: Ver caer al Presidente</a>

México: Ver caer al Presidente

Por Leo Zuckermann

Estos últimos meses, el presidente Peña me recuerda los créditos que aparecen al principio de la popular serie de televisión Mad Men. Un hombre de traje negro (presumiblemente el personaje principal, Don Draper) llega a su oficina en donde, de repente, se empiezan a caer los cuadros y el mobiliario. Después se observa la silueta del hombre desplomándose al vacío en medio de edificios donde aparece la publicidad que él probablemente diseñó. El mensaje es claro: este tipo, con lo que ...  

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During the last several decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars in trying to help the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean deliver better lives for their citizens. This has meant helping them increase internal security by combating the illicit growing and trafficking in narcotics and the activities of terrorist groups, as well as helping them to shore up their democratic and free market institutions.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the elections of radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, and lackluster support for regional counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives.

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