<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/francisco-garfias/2015/07/10/1033917">¿Qué pasa en el Gabinete de Seguridad?</a>

¿Qué pasa en el Gabinete de Seguridad?

Por Francisco Garfias

El General Cienfuegos no simula la irritación que le produce el pasmo del gobierno federal frente a las críticas que se le hacen a las Fuerzas Armadas y la cómoda actitud de gobernadores que piden el apoyo de soldados y marinos para combatir la delincuencia. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/10/uk-guatemala-corruption-idUKKCN0PK06B20150710">Guatemala arrests official close to president in graft probe</a>

Guatemala arrests official close to president in graft probe

By Sofia Menchu

Guatemalan police arrested a former close aide to President Otto Perez on suspicion of corruption on Thursday, widening the circle of arrests that have battered his administration during its final months. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-09/venezuela-s-largest-bill-buys-17-u-s-cents-after-30-plunge">Venezuela’s Largest Bill Buys 16 U.S. Cents After 30% Plunge</a>

Venezuela’s Largest Bill Buys 16 U.S. Cents After 30% Plunge

By Nathan Crooks

Venezuela’s largest bank note of 100 bolivars is now worth about 16 U.S. cents on the black market, following a 33 percent plunge in the past month. …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-stop-buying-rice-guyana-amid-dispute-32341974">Venezuela to Stop Buying Rice From Guyana Amid Dispute</a>

Venezuela to Stop Buying Rice From Guyana Amid Dispute

Venezuela has decided to stop buying much of Guyana’s rice crop amid an escalating border dispute between the South American neighbors, the Guyanese finance minister said Thursday. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/fastft/356181/venezuelas-currency-collapse-picks-up-speed">Venezuela’s currency collapse picks up speed</a>

Venezuela’s currency collapse picks up speed

The (now ironically named) bolívar “fuerte” – or strong bolivar – has plunged nearly 16 per cent this week, hitting a new low of 580.20 per dollar on the black market on Thursday, according to dolartoday.com, the rate tracking website that has become the unofficial reference for checking the Venezuelan currency. …

 

<a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/papal-truce-over-ecuador-protesters-return-streets-024234906.html#Zn64x9Q">Papal truce over, Ecuador protesters return to streets</a>

Papal truce over, Ecuador protesters return to streets

By By Girish Gupta 

QUITO (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Ecuador ended a moratorium during Pope Francis’ visit on Thursday and returned to the streets in a rally against recent tax hikes and alleged corruption and autocracy. …

 

<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/247422-dnc-chairwoman-criticizes-cuba-thaw">DNC chairwoman criticizes Cuba thaw</a>

DNC chairwoman criticizes Cuba thaw

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) believes that Cuba must improve its human rights before receiving warmer ties with the U.S. …

 

<a href="https://twitter.com/noticiasvenezue">Humala respalda visitas de líderes políticos a Venezuela</a>

Humala respalda visitas de líderes políticos a Venezuela

El presidente de Perú, Ollanta Humala, expresó el pasado miércoles 8 de julio, su preocupación por la situación política y económica de Venezuela y apoyó las visitas de políticos que han intentado dar apoyo en materia de Derechos Humanos como la del expresidente del gobierno español Felipe González. …

 

<a href="http://es.panampost.com/panam-staff/2015/07/09/peso-mexicano-se-devaluo-20-en-dos-anos-y-medio/#.VZ7Bluaiyzs.twitter">Peso mexicano se devaluó 20% en dos años y medio</a>

Peso mexicano se devaluó 20% en dos años y medio

En los 2 años y medio de mandato que lleva Enrique Peña Nieto como presidente de México, el peso se ha devaluado 20% frente al dólar, cayendo de MEX$12.93 en Diciembre de 2012, a MEX$16 las últimas dos semanas. …

 

<a href="http://www.rcnradio.com/nacional/noticias/tengo-pruebas-de-que-hay-un-complot-del-gobierno-y-las-farc-para-sacarme?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter">Tengo pruebas de que hay un complot del Gobierno y las Farc para sacarme: Procurador</a>

Tengo pruebas de que hay un complot del Gobierno y las Farc para sacarme: Procurador

El procurador General de la Nación, Alejandro Ordónez aseguró que tiene pruebas que desde el Gobierno y las Farc hay un complot para sacarlo de su cargo desde hace varios meses. …

 

<a href="http://www.wdsu.com/money/the-next-domino-to-fall-latin-america/34069370">The next domino to fall: Latin America</a>

The next domino to fall: Latin America

By Patrick Gillespie

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —Greece needs a bailout and China’s stock market is in meltdown mode. But the global economy has another rising red flag: Latin America. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jorge-fernandez-menendez/2015/07/09/1033736">México-El general tiene la palabra</a>

México-El general tiene la palabra

Entrevistar, sin agenda previa, durante más de una hora, al secretario de la Defensa Nacional, el general Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, es una oportunidad casi única para repasar, desde el punto de vista de la institución que mayor penetración tiene en la sociedad mexicana …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/r-military-helps-cut-honduras-murder-rate-but-abuses-spike-2015-7">Police militarization in Honduras has helped cut violence, but soldiers are being accused of murder and torture</a>

Police militarization in Honduras has helped cut violence, but soldiers are being accused of murder and torture

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The militarization of Central America’s violent Honduras has helped to stem gang bloodshed in a land known for the world’s highest murder rate, but it has created another problem — an apparent spike in abuses blamed on soldiers. …

 

<a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/09/clashes-erupt-at-nicaragua-electoral-reform-protests/">Clashes erupt at Nicaragua electoral reform protests</a>

Clashes erupt at Nicaragua electoral reform protests

Riot police have clashed with protesters in Nicaragua who are demanding fair elections ahead of the 2016 ballot which is expected to return Daniel Ortega for a third term. …

 

 

<a href="http://news.sky.com/story/1515628/inside-mexicos-infamous-meth-super-labs">Inside Mexico’s Infamous Meth ‘Super Labs’</a>

Inside Mexico’s Infamous Meth ‘Super Labs’

By Stuart Ramsay

In the central mountains of Mexico lies the city of Culiacan. By rights it should be a sleepy backwater, a one-donkey rural nowheresville, but it is not. …

 

<a href="http://fusion.net/story/163367/with-peace-talks-in-limbo-colombias-farc-declares-unilateral-ceasefire/">With peace talks in limbo, Colombia’s FARC declares unilateral ceasefire</a>

With peace talks in limbo, Colombia’s FARC declares unilateral ceasefire

By Manuel Rueda

Colombia’s largest guerrilla group has announced it will halt attacks for one month in an effort to give a boost to peace talks with the government. …

 

Pope Francis’ visit a respite for embattled Ecuadorean president

Pope Francis’ visit a respite for embattled Ecuadorean president

By Pablo Jaramillo and Tracy Wilkinson

While probably not his intention, Pope Francis handed embattled Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa a much-needed political respite — a de-facto if temporary truce with the legions of opponents who had been staging daily protests against the government. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-07/brazil-president-faces-higher-risk-of-impeachment-eurasia-says">Brazil President Faces Higher Risk of Impeachment</a>

Brazil President Faces Higher Risk of Impeachment

By Anna Edgerton

The chances of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff being impeached has increased as investigations into a corruption scandal at Petrobras further implicate members of her party, Eurasia Group said. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-08/rousseff-impeached-in-slum-as-inflation-costlier-for-brazil-poor">Rio Favela Impeaches Rousseff as Poor Fed Up With Inflation</a>

Rio Favela Impeaches Rousseff as Poor Fed Up With Inflation

By David Biller

Brazil’s Congress hasn’t moved to impeach embattled President Dilma Rousseff, but in one shantytown named after her, she has already been ousted. …

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/08/markets-emerging-latam-idUSL1N0ZO1NU20150708">Brazil’s real extends slide on China, stop-loss orders</a>

Brazil’s real extends slide on China, stop-loss orders

SAO PAULO, July 8 Brazil’s real fell to its weakest level in over three months on Wednesday as concern over China’s plunging stock market sapped risk appetite and drove investors to cut their losses following the currency’s sharp fall in recent days. …

 

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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.

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