<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-passes-peru-coca-cultivation-report-32470595">Colombia Surpasses Peru in Coca Cultivation, UN Report Says</a>

Colombia Surpasses Peru in Coca Cultivation, UN Report Says

Colombia surpassed Peru last year in land under coca cultivation, with Peru experiencing a 14 percent drop in acreage for the plant used to make cocaine, according to U.N. data released Wednesday. …


<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/15/uk-venezuela-politics-idUKKCN0PP2JA20150715">Venezuela’s Machado says will defy ban and run for parliament</a>

Venezuela’s Machado says will defy ban and run for parliament

Venezuelan hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado on Wednesday vowed she would run for parliament despite a one-year ban on her holding public office, which she said was a ploy by the government to avoid defeat in December’s vote. …


<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/r-prisoner-release-not-on-the-table-in-us-talks-venezuela-2015-7">Prisoner release not on the table in U.S. talks: Venezuela </a>

Prisoner release not on the table in U.S. talks: Venezuela

By Brian Ellsworth

CARACAS (Reuters) – Talks to improve diplomatic relations between the United States and Venezuela’s socialist government do not include discussion of releasing opposition demonstrators jailed as a result of protests in 2014, Venezuela’s foreign minister told Reuters. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-police-search-hotels-hospitals-drug-lord-022233959.html;_ylt=AwrXnCIqHadV5nsAwR7QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByYnR1Zmd1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--">Mexico police search hotels, hospitals for drug lord</a>

Mexico police search hotels, hospitals for drug lord

Mexico City (AFP) – Mexican authorities are searching hotels, hospitals and funeral homes in a massive manhunt for fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, while boosting operations at the Guatemala border, officials said. …


<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/af4f2b46-2a97-11e5-8613-e7aedbb7bdb7.html#axzz3fsFNBVFP">Brazil police raid homes of former president and two congressmen</a>

Brazil police raid homes of former president and two congressmen

By Joe Leahy

Brazilian police raided the homes of former president and current Senator Fernando Collor and two other sitting congressmen on Tuesday in a sharp escalation of an investigation into corruption at state-owned oil company Petrobras. …


<a href="http://www.dineroenimagen.com/2015-07-15/58557">Arranca licitación histórica de la Ronda Uno</a>

Arranca licitación histórica de la Ronda Uno

En punto de las ocho de la mañana, el comité licitatorio de la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos comenzó con la recepción de sobres que contiene las propuestas económicas y garantías de las empresa privadas que estarán pujando para adjudicarse alguno de los 14 bloques para la exploración y extracción de hidrocarburos en el Golfo de México. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-14/argentina-s-macri-must-be-more-aggressive-to-defeat-government">Argentina’s Macri Must Be More Aggressive to Win Elections</a>

Argentina’s Macri Must Be More Aggressive to Win Elections

By Charlie Devereux, Juan Pablo Spinetto and Camila Russo

Argentine presidential candidate Mauricio Macri needs to be more aggressive in his criticism if he wants to close a gap with the government’s candidate, political analyst Rosendo Fraga said at a Bloomberg event in Buenos Aires. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-bars-opposition-leader-holding-office-004309812.html">Venezuela bars opposition leader from holding office</a>

Venezuela bars opposition leader from holding office

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders announced Tuesday that she had been barred from holding public office as a critical election looms. …


<a href="http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2015/07/15/mexico-el-chapo-guzman-U.S.-extradition.html">Why did Mexico insist on holding ‘El Chapo’ Guzman?</a>

Why did Mexico insist on holding ‘El Chapo’ Guzman?

(CNN) — Hearing “I told you so” always stings, perhaps never more than when one of the world’s most-wanted men slips out of a maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel that took months in the making. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/world/americas/mexico-hunts-joaquin-chapo-guzman-united-states-offer-help.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0">As Mexico Hunts for Joaquín ‘Chapo’ Guzmán, U.S. Offer of Help Goes Unheeded</a>

As Mexico Hunts for Joaquín ‘Chapo’ Guzmán, U.S. Offer of Help Goes Unheeded


MEXICO CITY — Hours after the world’s most infamous drug lord, Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán Loera, escaped Mexico’s highest security prison over the weekend, the United States offered everything it has — Marshals, drones, even a binational task force — to help find and recapture the kingpin. …


<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/entrada-de-opinion/columna/carlos-loret-de-mola/nacion/2015/07/14/el-presidente-decidio-no">El presidente decidió no extraditar al Chapo Guzmán</a>

El presidente decidió no extraditar al Chapo Guzmán

Por Carlos Loret de Mola

Cuando capturaron a Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera en febrero del año pasado, varias fuentes de primer nivel en el gabinete federal me confirmaron que el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto ordenó que no fuera extraditado a Estados Unidos. …


La implosión inminente de Venezuela y las implicaciones estratégicas para los Estados Unidos

La implosión inminente de Venezuela y las implicaciones estratégicas para los Estados Unidos

 Por Dr. R. Evan Ellis

[Resumen y traducción por IASW]

Si las afirmaciones publicadas por el Wall Street Journal sobre las investigaciones realizadas por autoridades estadounidenses sobre las actividades delictivas por parte del presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, y otros líderes líderes políticos y militares venezolanos resultan ser ciertas, el alcance del problema que Venezuela representa para la región llegaría a punto aun más grave.

Durante los 16 años de “socialismo bolivariano”, las políticas anti-negocios incluyendo expropiaciones, controles de precios ...  

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/14/how-el-chapos-tunnel-could-bury-the-rival-who-jailed-him-mexicos-president/?postshare=7311436885536326">How El Chapo’s tunnel could bury the rival who jailed him, Mexico’s president</a>

How El Chapo’s tunnel could bury the rival who jailed him, Mexico’s president

By Michael E. Miller

Peña Nieto’s promise to keep El Chapo under lock and key is now coming back to haunt him. What was the peak of his political career now could end up undermining his entire presidency. The arrest that lent gravitas to the boyishly handsome leader now threatens to make him look childish. …


<a href="http://www.realclearworld.com/blog/2015/07/obama_saves_cubas_relic_of_a_regime_111312.html">Obama Saves Cuba’s Relic of a Regime</a>

Obama Saves Cuba’s Relic of a Regime

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

Cuba’s removal from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism was only the beginning. On July 20, the offices of reciprocal representation now based in Washington and Havana are expected to raise the hierarchy of their diplomatic relations. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2014/02/daily-chart-15?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2Fshortyslongreach">Shorty’s long reach</a>

Shorty’s long reach

He may be only little, but Joaquín “Shorty” Guzmán, who was captured in Mexico on February 22nd, is reckoned to have run a big criminal business. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-drug-lords-escape-was-foretolddrug-lords-elusive-path-el-chapo-survives-in-a-dangerous-profession-1436831560">Mexico Drug Lord’s Escape Was Foretold</a>

Mexico Drug Lord’s Escape Was Foretold

By DUDLEY ALTHAUS in Mexico City, and DEVLIN BARRETT in Washington

In the months before Mexico’s most infamous drug lord scurried to freedom through a mile-long tunnel, neighbors of the maximum security prison holding him witnessed dump trucks carting away thousands of tons of rubble from a humble house set in a nearby pasture. …


<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/el-chapo-who-masterminded-subterranean-escape-does-it-again-n390786">Who Is ‘El Chapo?’: A Look at the Master of the Underground Tunnel</a>

Who Is ‘El Chapo?’: A Look at the Master of the Underground Tunnel

By Jon Schuppe

He’s known as “Shorty,” but perhaps “The Mole” would be more accurate. …



<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazil-leader-faces-backlash-from-friends-foes-1436834735">Brazil Leader Faces Backlash From Friends, Foes</a>

Brazil Leader Faces Backlash From Friends, Foes

By Paulo Trevisani

BRASÍLIA—Brazil’s socialist leader faces a stark choice in the coming days: veto a bill to raise salaries for state workers, risking a backlash from her leftist supporters, or sign it, risking a disastrous credit downgrade for her country. …


<a href="http://time.com/3953802/pope-francis-bolivia/">What the Pope’s Left Hook in Bolivia Means</a>

What the Pope’s Left Hook in Bolivia Means

By Elizabeth Dias

Pope Francis’ speech in Bolivia on Thursday will likely go down as one of the most significant moments of his July trip to Latin America. In a poetic, 55-minute manifesto, Pope Francis called for economic justice for the poor in some of his strongest language yet. …


<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/14/world/mexico-el-chapo-escape/">‘El Chapo’ prison break: Mexico offers $3.8 million reward for capture</a>

‘El Chapo’ prison break: Mexico offers $3.8 million reward for capture

By Catherine E. Shoichet

(CNN) At least 34 people have been questioned and Mexican prison officials fired as searchers hunt for notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. …


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