<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/09/08/1753775-santos-puso-condiciones-un-encuentro-maduro">Santos puso condiciones a un encuentro con Maduro</a>

Santos puso condiciones a un encuentro con Maduro

María Ángela Holguín afirmó que el presidente Juan Manuel Santos no se reunirá con su par Nicolás Maduro hasta que no se cumplan las tres condiciones que puso la semana pasada. …


<a href="http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/09/07/actualidad/1441658221_156953.html">Comienza el proceso para la reelección indefinida en Bolivia</a>

Comienza el proceso para la reelección indefinida en Bolivia

Este martes concluye la redacción del proyecto de ley que la Coordinadora Nacional para el Cambio— la cual agrupa a las organizaciones sociales que apoyan al presidente boliviano— presentará a la Asamblea Legislativa para viabilizar la reelección indefinida de Evo Morales, tanto en 2019, cuando concluye su actual tercer mandato, como en 2024, pues el oficialismo quiere ver a Morales en el poder el 6 de agosto de 2025, cuando se celebre el bicentenario de la independencia del país. …


<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/09/08/extension-de-cierre-de-frontera-intensifica-crisis-entre-venezuela-y-colombia/">Extensión de cierre de frontera intensifica crisis entre Venezuela y Colombia</a>

Extensión de cierre de frontera intensifica crisis entre Venezuela y Colombia

La decisión del gobierno venezolano de extender el cierre de las fronteras con Colombia al principal paso del estado occidental de Zulia alejó las posibilidades de que la crisis bilateral, que lleva casi tres semanas, pueda superarse en breve tiempo. …


Why is China Bankrolling Venezuela?

Why is China Bankrolling Venezuela?


When Chinese leader Xi Jinping meets with President Barack Obama in Washington later this month, there will be no shortage of items of the highest strategic order to discuss. Still, President Obama ought to carve out a few moments to discuss Chinese activity in our own neighborhood. Specifically, he should raise the issue of why China is continuing to loan billions of dollars to Venezuela, whose problematic government is in a political and economic ...  

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/colombia-seizes-1-ton-of-cocaine-on-flight-bound-for-mexico-1441672245">Colombia Seizes 1 Ton of Cocaine on Flight Bound for Mexico</a>

Colombia Seizes 1 Ton of Cocaine on Flight Bound for Mexico

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Authorities in Colombia said they seized more than one metric ton of cocaine disguised as printer ink and bound for Mexico. The police said officers at Bogotá’s El Dorado airport were tipped off when an antidrug dog named Mona detected the narcotics hidden in 48 boxes of cargo shipment bound for a company in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. There were no arrests, and police wouldn’t say on which airline the illegal…



<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/09/07/438354799/mass-deportations-fuel-tension-along-venezuela-colombia-border">Mass Deportations Fuel Tension Along Venezuela-Colombia Border</a>

Mass Deportations Fuel Tension Along Venezuela-Colombia Border

The deportation of thousands of Colombians from Venezuela and the sealing of the border is provoking chaos. Throngs of deportees are crowding into shelters, families have been separated, and the normally bustling frontier outpost of Villa del Rosario is a ghost town. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/rights-experts-challenge-mexicos-probe-of-student-killings-1441566028">Rights Experts Challenge Mexico’s Probe of Student Killings</a>

Rights Experts Challenge Mexico’s Probe of Student Killings

MEXICO CITY—Critical parts of Mexico’s investigation into the abduction and probable killing of 43 teaching students a year ago are being challenged by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as seriously flawed, including the assertion that their bodies were incinerated in a garbage dump. …



<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jorge-fernandez-menendez/2015/09/08/1044513">Iguala: los “expertos” especulan</a>

Iguala: los “expertos” especulan

Por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

El grupo de expertos de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que estuvieron investigando el caso Iguala han llegado a una serie de conclusiones que lo único que demuestran es que su indagatoria no pasa más allá de lo que ha dicho cualquier investigación periodística y es igual de poco concluyente. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/graft-weary-guatemalans-choose-president-201554560.html">Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala</a>

Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala

Guatemala City (AFP) – A comedian who played a simpleton cowboy who almost became president emerged Monday as the man to beat in Guatemala’s presidential race amid disgust over a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing incumbent. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/09/08/world/americas/ap-lt-venezuela-colombia.html?_r=1">Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure</a>

Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expanded an anti-smuggling offensive along the country’s frontier with Colombia and ordered the closure of the main border crossing in the country’s biggest state. …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/venezuela-tv-idUSL1N11E00M20150908">Rights court tells Venezuela to restore opposition TV</a>

Rights court tells Venezuela to restore opposition TV

A regional human rights court criticized Venezuela on Monday for forcing an opposition TV channel off the air in 2007 and told President Nicolas Maduro’s government to grant the broadcaster its old frequency…


<a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/guineaNews/idAFL1N1182RO20150902">Brazil’s economic troubles threaten to spill over into Peru -finmin</a>

Brazil’s economic troubles threaten to spill over into Peru -finmin

LIMA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Brazil’s sinking economy is a new risk to Peru’s fragile recovery and builds on worries about China’s slowdown and an exodus of capital ahead of an expected U.S. interest rate hike, Peru’s finance minister said Wednesday. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/embattled-mexico-leader-acknowledges-national-outrage-183406662.html">Embattled Mexico leader acknowledges national ‘outrage’</a>

Embattled Mexico leader acknowledges national ‘outrage’

By Laurent Thomet

Mexico City (AFP) – His popularity plunging, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto used his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday to acknowledge national anger over violence and scandals that have shaken the country. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21663157-government-economic-holeand-still-digging-brazil-prepares-make-grave-fiscal-error">Brazil’s disastrous budget</a>

Brazil’s disastrous budget

Plenty of countries run deficits. And when recessions occur, loosening the public purse strings makes sense for many of them. But Brazil is not most countries. Its economy is in deep trouble and its fiscal credibility is crumbling fast. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelan-leader-says-colombia-plotting-assassination-201344352.html">Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination</a>

Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination

By Libardo Cardona

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused Colombia’s government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors. …


<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andres-oppenheimer/article33568107.html">Andres Oppenheimer: Maduro’s dirty tricks to rig Venezuela’s elections </a>

Andres Oppenheimer: Maduro’s dirty tricks to rig Venezuela’s elections

It’s no secret that Venezuela is a cosmetic democracy in which President Nicolás Maduro resorts to all kinds of dirty tricks to retain absolute powers, but his latest move — designing ballot sheets designed to confuse opposition voters — would be almost amusing if it weren’t so devious. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21663169-cash-be-invested-oil-will-deliver-dubious-benefits-both-parties-why-china-loaning-5">Why China is lending $5 billion to struggling Venezuela</a>

Why China is lending $5 billion to struggling Venezuela

SITTING in front of a blown-up Chinese watercolour portrait of Hugo Chávez, President Nicolás Maduro announced a new $5 billion loan from China in his weekly television programme, which aired on September 1st. In the two-hour show (“In contact with Maduro”, “En contacto con Maduro”), he briefly announced that the deal had been signed, before panning to footage of marching Chinese soldiers and a clip of himself playing drums with Chinese dignitaries. …


<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/03/guatemalan-judge-orders-president-detained-in-corruption-probe/?intcmp=hplnws">Guatemalan president resigns amid corruption investigation</a>

Guatemalan president resigns amid corruption investigation

Guatemala’s president resigned early Thursday, hours after a judge ordered him to appear in court amid an ongoing investigation into a customs fraud ring involving members of his government. Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega told the Associated Press that Otto Perez Molina submitted his resignation at midnight local time. …


<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/09/02/1752360-hezbollah-y-farc-el-nuevo-narcoterrorismo-que-crece-al-amparo-nicolas-maduro">Hezbollah y FARC: el nuevo narcoterrorismo que crece al amparo de Nicolás Maduro</a>

Hezbollah y FARC: el nuevo narcoterrorismo que crece al amparo de Nicolás Maduro

Es un triángulo que comenzó a gestarse hacia 2008. Se trata del entramado de terrorismo, narcotráfico y territorialidad que fue pactado entre Hugo Chávez, las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia(FARC) y el grupo terrorista islámico Hezbollah. Ese acuerdo recibió su impulso definitivo aquel año, cuando los regímenes de Venezuela y de Irán estrecharon sus lazos definitivamente. Eran tiempos del caudillo bolivariano y del presidente Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. El pacto, desde luego, fue continuado por Nicolás Maduro al pie de la letra. …


<a href="http://www.eldiarioexterior.com/cuba-entrena-a-los-matones-46323.htm">Cuba entrena a los “matones” venezolanos</a>

Cuba entrena a los “matones” venezolanos

Uno diría que eso excluye definitivamente a Cuba de la posibilidad de seguir promoviendo o de promover la violencia en nuestra región, como ciertamente lo hiciera -activa y constantemente- durante la década de los 70, alimentando y armando a quienes salieron a matar civiles inocentes en los distintos “conflictos armados internos” de la década de plomo. Pero ello, como veremos enseguida, no es necesariamente tan así. Hay distintos tipos de engaños y variantes infames que todavía se están utilizando. …


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