<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/21/us-mulls-cuba-abstention/72550062/">GOP furious that U.S. may abstain on U.N. vote to condemn Cuba embargo</a>

GOP furious that U.S. may abstain on U.N. vote to condemn Cuba embargo

Republicans in Congress reacted angrily Monday to a report that the Obama administration is considering the unprecedented step of abstaining from an annual U.N. vote condemning the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba. For the past 23 years, the United Nations has voted on a symbolic resolution that denounces the embargo. Each time, through Republican and Democratic administrations, the United States has voted against the resolution, with a diminishing number of countries backing it up. Last year’s vote was 188-2. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-multinational-firms-brazil-becomes-a-pain-in-the-wallet-1442878449">For Multinational Firms, Brazil Becomes a Pain in the Wallet</a>

For Multinational Firms, Brazil Becomes a Pain in the Wallet

As many multinational companies close their third-quarter books in coming weeks, their finance chiefs are likely to face a stark reality: the weakest results coming out of Brazil in over a decade. Medical-device maker Medtronic PLC is more worried about the political and economic turmoil in Brazil, the world’s eighth largest economy, than the worsening slowdown in China, while chemical manufacturer FMC Corp. is “aggressively” paring…


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-22/argentina-s-scioli-vows-to-continue-fernandez-holdouts-policy">Argentina’s Scioli Vows to Continue Fernandez Holdouts Policy</a>

Argentina’s Scioli Vows to Continue Fernandez Holdouts Policy

Argentina’s ruling party presidential candidate Daniel Scioli echoed the current administration’s position on so-called vulture funds that have sued the nation in U.S. courts to demand payment on their defaulted bonds. Scioli, outlining his economic policies in a speech Monday, said he’ll continue the fight for “a world without vultures” and would try to meet obligations with 100 percent of Argentina’s creditors under “fair, equal and legal” terms. Argentina, he said, has proven it can access multi-lateral lending without paying hedge funds what they’ve ...  

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/deferring-to-the-castros/2015/09/21/30001198-6075-11e5-8e9e-dce8a2a2a679_story.html">Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba</a>

Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba

IN HIS visit to the United States beginning Tuesday, Pope Francis will meet not just President Obama and Congress but also those marginalized by our society: homeless people, immigrants, refugees and even the inmates of a jail. He’s expected to raise topics that many Americans will find challenging, such as his harsh critique of capitalism. His supporters say it’s all part of the role the pope has embraced as an advocate for the powerless, one that has earned him admiration ...  

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazils-real-continues-slump-1442841471">Brazilian Real Closes at Record Low Against Dollar</a>

Brazilian Real Closes at Record Low Against Dollar

By Jeffrey T. Lewis

SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s currency closed at the weakest level ever against the dollar on Monday as raging economic and political crises increased the odds of the country losing its investment-grade credit rating from yet another ratings company. …


<a href="http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/content/fpi-bulletin-blind-eye-toward-freedom-cuba">A Blind Eye Toward Freedom in Cuba</a>

A Blind Eye Toward Freedom in Cuba

On Friday, President Obama spoke with President Raúl Castro by telephone, to discuss the latest set of restrictions on trade to be lifted by the White House. Meanwhile, Cuban authorities arrested more than five dozen activists before and during a papal visit to the island, said José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of Cuba’s largest dissident organization. … 


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/dissidents-beg-to-see-the-pope-1442787912">Dissidents Beg to See the Pope</a>

Dissidents Beg to See the Pope

By Mary Anatasia O’Grady

The first victory we can claim is that our hearts are free of hatred. Hence we say to those who persecute us and who try to dominate us: ‘You are my brother. I do not hate you, but you are not going to dominate me by fear.’ …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/colombias-santos-goes-venezuela-meeting-without-great-expectations-023201586.html">Colombia’s Santos goes to Venezuela meeting without ‘great expectations’</a>

Colombia’s Santos goes to Venezuela meeting without ‘great expectations’

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday he will attend a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart to resolve an ongoing border crisis with “the best intentions but without great expectations”. …


<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/21/us-reportedly-may-abstain-from-un-vote-condemning-cuba-embargo/%20?intcmp=hpbt2">US reportedly may abstain from UN vote condemning Cuba embargo</a>

US reportedly may abstain from UN vote condemning Cuba embargo

WASHINGTON –  For the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned. …


<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/21/pope-francis-havana-mass-dissidents-turned-away/?intcmp=hpbt2">Cuban dissidents say they were kept from meeting pope as Francis meets Fidel</a>

Cuban dissidents say they were kept from meeting pope as Francis meets Fidel

Cuban dissidents said early Monday that they had been kept from greeting Pope Francis by the country’s security agents, who prevented them from being at two services celebrated by the pontiff in Havana Sunday. …


<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/colombia-says-venezuelan-troops-crossed-border-illegally/2015/09/18/bfab0a64-5e77-11e5-8475-781cc9851652_story.html?postshare=4861442701301196">Colombia says Venezuelan troops crossed border illegally</a>

Colombia says Venezuelan troops crossed border illegally

By Joshua Goodman

OGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s army denounced what it called an incursion by 15 members of Venezuela’s national guard who illegally crossed the border on Friday in pursuit of a civilian. …


<a href="http://nationalinterest.org/feature/venezuelas-elections-why-america-should-support-the-13888">Venezuela’s Elections: Why America Should Support the Opposition</a>

Venezuela’s Elections: Why America Should Support the Opposition

By David Shedd,

Venezuela’s political and economic crisis continues to worsen. Hyperinflation and skyrocketing unemployment make life increasingly difficult for the average Venezuelan. And soon we will witness a miscarriage of justice by Mr. Maduro that will further estrange Venezuela from the norms of international behavior: the conviction and sentencing of Leopoldo Lopez. …



<a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/pope-plans-to-duck-dissidents-in-cuba-spawning-criticism/">Pope plans to duck dissidents in Cuba, spawning criticism</a>

Pope plans to duck dissidents in Cuba, spawning criticism

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba’s president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not with its dissidents. The absence on Francis’ agenda of any meeting with the political opposition has sparked bitter critiques from dissidents who say they feel let down by an institution they believe should help push for greater freedom in Cuba. …


<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/brazils-top-court-bans-corporate-political-financing/2015/09/17/96b32d22-5d95-11e5-8475-781cc9851652_story.html?postshare=1901442581516640">Brazil’s top court bans corporate political financing</a>

Brazil’s top court bans corporate political financing

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s Supreme Court has banned corporate contributions to political campaigns and parties. The court ruled 8-3 Thursday night to block such financing. However, Brazil’s Congress passed a different measure last week allowing corporate financing. That legislation faces a likely veto from President Dilma Rousseff. If the veto were overturned by Congress, the matter would again go before the top court. …


<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/17/experts-see-tough-battle-as-venezuela-prepares-to-/">Experts see tough battle as Venezuela prepares to vote</a>

Experts see tough battle as Venezuela prepares to vote

Trailing in the polls and saddled with a weak economy, the leftist government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will not be surrendering power gracefully as the country prepares for critical parliamentary in December, analysts warned Thursday. …


<a href="http://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/avion-militar-venezolano-se-estrello-cerca-de-la-frontera/442896-3">Avión militar venezolano se estrelló cerca de la frontera</a>

Avión militar venezolano se estrelló cerca de la frontera

El ministro de Defensa de esa país, Vladimir Padrino López, dijo que se desconoce el paradero de los dos capitanes que estaban a bordo de la nave que perseguía otra “ilícita”. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-military-plane-crashes-near-colombia-border-120328320.html">Venezuela fighter jet crashes near Colombia border as Colombia accuses Venezuela of violating its airspace </a>

Venezuela fighter jet crashes near Colombia border as Colombia accuses Venezuela of violating its airspace

Venezuela’s government said Friday that an air force jet has crashed while monitoring an illegal flight that had entered the country near the Colombian border. …


<a href="http://www.clarin.com/politica/declaracion-querella-ratifica-Nisman-mataron_0_1433256858.html">Tras la declaración del médico, la querella ratifica: “No hay duda, a Nisman lo mataron”</a>

Tras la declaración del médico, la querella ratifica: “No hay duda, a Nisman lo mataron”

El abogado Manuel Romero Victorica, que representa a la querella en la causa por la muerte de Alberto Nisman, sostuvo hoy “no hay ninguna duda” de que al fiscal de la causa Amia “lo mataron”. …


<a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/brazil-economy-update-austerity-plan-alone-wont-fix-recession-analysts-say-2102155">Brazil Economy Update: Austerity Plan Alone Won’t Fix Recession, Analysts Say</a>

Brazil Economy Update: Austerity Plan Alone Won’t Fix Recession, Analysts Say

Brazilian lawmakers are in a high-stakes tug-of-war over an austerity plan aimed at plugging a gaping hole in the budget that threatens a chain of ratings downgrades. The program announced this week is a last-ditch effort to restore some confidence in President Dilma Rousseff’s government, which has been pummeled by relentless bad economic news this year. …


<a href="http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/09/17/actualidad/1442499607_131499.html">“La crisis de Brasil no es culpa de Rousseff, sino de Lula”</a>

“La crisis de Brasil no es culpa de Rousseff, sino de Lula”

En la actual crisis política brasileña, el expresidente Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB, centro derecha), que gobernó el país desde 1995 hasta 2002, ya ha elegido con quién medirse continuamente: con su archirrival, el también ex presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, del Partido de los Trabajadores (PT). Así, en sus comentarios y en sus columnas, ataca al mítico líder del petismo, que, cuando estaba en el poder, exasperaba a Cardoso diciendo que había hecho por el país lo que “nunca antes en la historia” ...  

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