<a href="http://time.com/3971252/brazil-corruption-political-economic-downturn-olympics/?xid=tcoshare">These 5 Facts Explain Brazil’s Crippling Scandals</a>

These 5 Facts Explain Brazil’s Crippling Scandals

By Ian Bremmer

There are a series of scandals growing in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country and one of the world’s most important emerging markets. The fallout could bring down a president who was reelected less than a year ago. …

 

<a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/24/venezuelas-marked-woman/">Venezuela’s Marked Woman</a>

Venezuela’s Marked Woman

By Juan Cristóbal Nagel

Last week, Venezuela’s Comptroller General issued a decree barringVenezuela’s leading female politician, Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado, from public office. The “mistake” for which Machado was punished was an alleged technical flaw in her mandatory financial statements. Machado has vowed to fight the move. …

 

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/07/23/an-oil-scandal-is-shaking-brazils-democracy-to-its-core/">An oil scandal is shaking Brazil’s democracy to its core</a>

An oil scandal is shaking Brazil’s democracy to its core

By Dom Phillips

RIO DE JANEIRO — There are times in Brazil’s young democracy — its constitution dates from 1988 – when the country seems to be making things up as it goes along. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/opinion/effects-of-our-cuba-policy.html?_r=0">Effects of Our Cuba Policy</a>

Effects of Our Cuba Policy

Letter from Edward Gonzalez to the Editor

In “The New Era Begins With Cuba” (editorial, July 21), you acknowledge: “It would be naïve to expect that the Cuban government, a dynastic police state, will take big steps in the near future to liberalize its centrally planned economy, encourage private enterprise or embrace pluralistic political reforms. In fact, in the face of potentially destabilizing change and high expectations at home, Cuban officials may be tempted to tighten state controls in the short ...  

<a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/07/23/new-mexico-police-want-1971-fugitive-returned-from-cuba">New Mexico police chief wants fugitive returned from Cuba in 1971 killing of officer</a>

New Mexico police chief wants fugitive returned from Cuba in 1971 killing of officer

By Russell Contreras

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police chief said Thursday he would personally pay for a return ticket for a fugitive living in Cuba who is wanted in the killing of a state police officer and who fled during a plane hijacking. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jose-buendia-hegewisch/2015/07/23/1036217">Adiós clase media en México</a>

Adiós clase media en México

Por José Buendía Hegewisch

El gobierno de Peña Nieto recibirá malas noticias, otra vez, esta semana, ahora con la medición de desigualdad y pobreza del Coneval. El retroceso en el nivel de vida de los mexicanos es el problema “número uno” del país y el mayor reto de las políticas públicas, pero este gobierno no ha dejado buenos resultados para la economía o seguridad.  …

 

<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. …

 

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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.

We are a group of concerned policy experts that fear the results of these destructive agendas for individual freedom, prosperity, and the well-being of the peoples of the region. Our goal is to inform American policymakers and American and international public opinion of the dangers of these radical populist regimes to inter-American security.