<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/gobierno/imagen-del-presidente-juan-manuel-santos/16185136">Imagen positiva de Santos está en 29 %: encuesta</a>

Imagen positiva de Santos está en 29 %: encuesta

A punto de cumplirse el primer año del segundo mandato del presidente Juan Manuel Santos se conocieron nuevas encuestas sobre la imagen y la aprobación del Jefe de Estado. …


<a href="http://colombiareports.com/santos-low-approval-rating-recovers-but-only-slightly/">Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly</a>

Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos continues to suffer abysmal approval ratings in the country’s cities due to ongoing dissatisfaction over unemployment, crime and a lack of progress in ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC. …


<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article29668549.html">Obama’s mistaken policies could carry a heavy price</a>

Obama’s mistaken policies could carry a heavy price

President Barack Obama took office amid widespread hopes. Within a year the Nobel Peace Prize was his. Today, those hopes have dimmed and the prize is tarnished. …


<a href="http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/andes/venezuela/b033-venezuela-unnatural-disaster.aspx">Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster</a>

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in growing political instability. With legislative elections due in December, there are fears of renewed violence. But there is a less widely appreciated side of the drama. A sharp fall in real incomes, major shortages of essential foods, medicines and other basic goods and breakdown of the health service are elements of a looming social ...  

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-needs-to-read-up-on-the-castros-1438551451">Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros</a>

Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros

Getting to the left of Vermont senator and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is no easy feat. But Hillary Clinton’s speech in Miami Friday was an excellent effort. What could be more reassuring to the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party (i.e., primary voters) than a candidate who uses the talking points of Fidel and Raúl Castro to explain Cuban isolation and misery? …


<a href="http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Venezuela-demands-Gov-t-of-Guyana-to-correct-aspects-of-maritime-boundary">Venezuela demands Gov’t of Guyana to correct aspects of maritime boundary</a>

Venezuela demands Gov’t of Guyana to correct aspects of maritime boundary

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Venezuela has issued a formal demand to Guyana for the government to immediately correct an aspect of its maritime boundary related to the Essequibo River. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-03/obama-charm-offensive-targets-venezuela-after-iranians-cubans">Obama Charm Offensive Targets Venezuela After Iranians, Cubans</a>

Obama Charm Offensive Targets Venezuela After Iranians, Cubans

By Nicole Gaouette

The Obama administration’s charm offensive with unfriendly states has rolled through Myanmar, Iran and Cuba. Next stop: Venezuela. …


<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/looting-venezuela-shortages_55bcec4de4b0d4f33a0309a3">Looting Turns Deadly In Venezuela Amid Severe Food Shortages</a>

Looting Turns Deadly In Venezuela Amid Severe Food Shortages

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said. …


<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c95a8176-31b2-11e5-8873-775ba7c2ea3d.html#axzz3i3BRCzdF">Brazil: Engine Trouble</a>

Brazil: Engine Trouble

The boardroom of heavy vehicle maker MAN in São Paulo is decorated with a Boys’ Own collection of model trucks, soccer balls and the jerseys of local football teams. …


<a href="https://twitter.com/eldailypost">A quick recapture of El Chapo? Don’t bet on it</a>

A quick recapture of El Chapo? Don’t bet on it

By Alejandro Hope

Nothing would make the Mexican government happier than reapprehending El Chapo Guzmán. But, barring a really lucky break, the fugitive kingpin will remain a free man for months, if not years. …  

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com/internacional/150731/69-de-colombianos-es-pesimista-sobre-dialogo-de-paz-con-las-farc">69% de colombianos es pesimista sobre diálogo de paz con las FARC</a>

69% de colombianos es pesimista sobre diálogo de paz con las FARC

Bogotá.- El 69 % de los colombianos es pesimista sobre el futuro del proceso de paz entre el Gobierno y la guerrilla de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), frente a 29 % que se declara optimista, según una encuesta divulgada hoy en Bogotá. …


Saqueos en varias ciudades de ‪‎Venezuela‬ por escasez de alimentos y desesperación por sobrevivir (VIDEO)

Saqueos en varias ciudades de ‪‎Venezuela‬ por escasez de alimentos y desesperación por sobrevivir (VIDEO)

Video de supermercado del Estado de Bolívar en Venezuela


Looting in several cities in Venezuela today, as hungry people battle for survival (VIDEO)

Looting in several cities in Venezuela today, as hungry people battle for survival (VIDEO)

Video from Bolivar State, Venezuela.


<a href="http://colombiareports.com/colombia-declares-war-on-illegal-mining/">Colombia declares war on illegal mining</a>

Colombia declares war on illegal mining

By Emma Rosser

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday declared a war on the $2.5 billion illegal mining industry in the country. …


<a href="http://fusion.net/story/175747/el-salvador-is-in-serious-trouble/">El Salvador is in serious trouble</a>

El Salvador is in serious trouble

By Tim Rogers

Central America, it often seems, is a region that lurches from one crisis to the next. So much so that the whole concept of crisis has become somewhat hackneyed and a tad meaningless. …


<a href="http://www.dw.com/en/peru-rescues-shining-path-hostages/a-18615614">Peru rescues ‘Shining Path’ hostages</a>

Peru rescues ‘Shining Path’ hostages

In a joint operation, Peru’s armed forces and police rescued 39 people, including 26 children and 13 women, who were held by “Shining Path” rebels in the country’s VRAEM area, the government announced this week. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-extradition-order-issued-fugitive-mexico-kingpin-213250864.html">Judge rules fugitive Mexico kingpin to be sent to US</a>

Judge rules fugitive Mexico kingpin to be sent to US

Mexico City (AFP) – A Mexican judge has issued an order to extradite fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States — if he is recaptured after his jailbreak, authorities said Thursday. …


<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-company-struggles-in-venezuela-are-stark-reminder-of-emerging-market-risk-2015-07-30">U.S. company struggles in Venezuela are stark reminder of emerging market risk</a>

U.S. company struggles in Venezuela are stark reminder of emerging market risk

By Claudia Assis

U.S. companies are writing off their Venezuelan assets amid a currency crisis in the South American country, a stark reminder that as some developing markets have found firmer footing in recent years, others remain perilous for investors. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-seizes-warehouses-from-empresas-polar-other-companies-1438294617">Venezuela Takeover Order Riles Companies</a>

Venezuela Takeover Order Riles Companies

By Kejal Vyas

CARACAS, Venezuela—The government ordered major food companies, including units of Pepisco and Nestlé Inc., to evacuate warehouses in an area where the state plans to expropriate land to build low-cost housing. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21660140-will-ecuador-turn-latin-americas-greece-scraping-barrel?fsrc=rss%7Came">Will Ecuador turn into Latin America’s Greece? </a>

Will Ecuador turn into Latin America’s Greece?

Visitors arriving at Quito’s new airport are swept to Ecuador’s capital, 35km (22 miles) away, along a brand new six-lane motorway. Together with new hospitals, schools, social housing and benefits and student grants, the vastly improved road network is the work of President Rafael Correa’s “Citizens’ Revolution”. With his melange of technocratic modernisation and leftist populism, Mr Correa leads a strong and hitherto popular government that has lasted eight years in a country where none of his three predecessors completed ...  

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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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