<a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/08/05/bolivia-restrictions-interfere-human-rights-work">Bolivia: Restrictions Interfere With Human Rights Work</a>

Bolivia: Restrictions Interfere With Human Rights Work

(New York) – Bolivia’s restrictions on the work of nongovernmental organizations violate human rights defenders’ right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. …


<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/headhunters-are-taking-advantage-of-venezuelas-decaying-economy-2015-8">A clear sign that Venezuela’s economy is decaying</a>

A clear sign that Venezuela’s economy is decaying

Headhunters across Latin America are tapping Venezuela for low-cost professionals as a deepening economic crisis has left many skilled workers earning less money than taxi drivers and waiters. …


<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/08/05/1746274-la-oposicion-busca-llevar-juicio-politico-dilma-rousseff-corrupcion-petrobras">La oposición busca llevar a juicio político a Dilma Rousseff por corrupción en Petrobras</a>

La oposición busca llevar a juicio político a Dilma Rousseff por corrupción en Petrobras

Legisladores de la oposición en Brasil planean llevar a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff a juicio político a raíz del escándalo de corrupción en la petrolera estatal que salpica de lleno al seno del Partido de los Trabajadores (PT). …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/08/05/why-boycotting-cuba-makes-sense/">Why boycotting Cuba makes sense</a>

Why boycotting Cuba makes sense

I have an idea. Instead of merely lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, let’s impose another. By all means, Washington should end its 54-year-old failed effort to strangle the Castro regime. But what the government couldn’t do, others should attempt: Liberals (and others) should boycott Cuba. …


<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/05/us-offers-5m-for-information-on-escaped-mexican-drug-lord/">U.S. offers $5M for information on escaped Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman</a>

U.S. offers $5M for information on escaped Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman

The U.S. government on Wednesday announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the recapture of one of the world’s most wanted drug kingpins, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of Mexico. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/argentine-ex-president-carlos-menem-faces-trial-1438805940">Argentine Ex-President Carlos Menem Faces Trial</a>

Argentine Ex-President Carlos Menem Faces Trial

BUENOS AIRES—Twenty-one years after a suicide bomber killed 85 people at a Jewish center here, a dozen Argentine officials, including a former president, go on trial Thursday on charges that they conspired to derail the investigation into the attack. …


<a href="http://panampost.com/thabata-molina/2015/08/04/string-of-driver-murders-invoke-militarized-transport-for-el-salvador/">String of Driver Murders Invoke Militarized Transport for El Salvador</a>

String of Driver Murders Invoke Militarized Transport for El Salvador

By Thabata Molina

Last week, members of the two largest and most violent gangs in El Salvador — Barrio 18 and the Mara Salvatrucha — brought the country’s public transportation system to a standstill. …


<a href="http://gizmodo.com/why-wont-julian-assange-condemn-ecuadors-spying-softwar-1721071529">Why Won’t Julian Assange Condemn Ecuador’s Spying Software? </a>

Why Won’t Julian Assange Condemn Ecuador’s Spying Software?

Wikileaks’ most recent document dump reveals emails leaked from an Italian company called Hacking Team that sells intrusive spyware to governments, exposing myriad government agencies from Bangladesh to the US for purchasing this surveillance software. It also exposes an oily hypocrisy. …


<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-executioners-of-el-salvador">The Executioners of El Salvador </a>

The Executioners of El Salvador

By Daniél Alarcón

Earlier this year, the International Business Times ran this bewildering headline: “El Salvador to Become Deadliest Peace-Time Country in the World.” It’s an odd turn of phrase; something about it doesn’t quite scan. Perhaps, given the context of life in El Salvador, it’s best to reëxamine what we mean when we say “peacetime.” …


<a href="http://blog.panampost.com/paz-gomez/2015/08/05/iron-fist-hides-behind-rafael-correas-national-dialogue/">An Iron Fist Hides behind Rafael Correa’s “National Dialogue”</a>

An Iron Fist Hides behind Rafael Correa’s “National Dialogue”

Following several weeks of protests across Ecuador, in which citizens demonstrated against the president’s wealth-redistribution policies, the country’s legislators finally came to the rescue of Rafael Correa. On July 21, the National Assembly, controlled by the ruling party País Alliance, passed a resolution repudiating the protesters. …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/05/venezuela-is-basically-bankrupt-again/">Venezuela is basically bankrupt again</a>

Venezuela is basically bankrupt again

Venezuela is running out of food, running out of beer, and running out of dollars. In other words, it’s not going bankrupt gradually anymore. It’s going bankrupt much more suddenly. And the government is to blame. …


<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/4/editorial-obama-hides-evidence-of-castro-cruelty/">Mr. Obama’s Cuban legacy</a>

Mr. Obama’s Cuban legacy

The French, as they usually do, have a word for it: the tendency of a man to judge problems solely on the basis of his professional skills. The French call this “deformation professionelle.” If you’re a lawyer, you want to litigate difficulties away, a physician wants to prescribe medicines to wipe them out, a surgeon is eager to cut them out. If you’re a diplomat, you want to bargain them away — whatever the sacrifice and cost, to reach the ...  

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexico-journalist-seeking-refuge-in-capital-never-felt-safe/2015/08/05/14ebd8f6-3b27-11e5-b34f-4e0a1e3a3bf9_story.html">Mexico journalist seeking refuge in capital never felt safe</a>

Mexico journalist seeking refuge in capital never felt safe

MEXICO CITY — Everything was fine as of 2:13 p.m. Friday. Ruben Espinosa got a text from a friend. The two had made a pact to stay in touch when Espinosa moved to Mexico City in self-exile. A news photographer for eight years in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz state, he had left in early June after being followed and harassed by three men in a state where 11 journalists have been killed just since 2010. …


<a href="http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/250190-chevron-wins-96m-award-from-equador">Chevron wins $96M award from Ecuador</a>

Chevron wins $96M award from Ecuador

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that handed Chevron a $96 million award from the Republic of Ecuador. …  


<a href="http://www.dw.com/en/rights-group-cuba-arrested-674-dissidents-in-july/a-18628220">Rights group: Cuba arrested 674 dissidents in July</a>

Rights group: Cuba arrested 674 dissidents in July

In its latest monthly study, the opposition Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported that the government arrested 674 people on “political motives” in July. According to the group, at least 21 of those arrested were treated violently while in custody. …


<a href="http://cointelegraph.com/news/115058/venezuela-a-severe-case-of-bolivaritis">Venezuela: A Severe Case of Bolivaritis</a>

Venezuela: A Severe Case of Bolivaritis

For outsiders, Venezuela is a big unknown. For insiders, the country is a subsidiary of economic hell. Everybody knows Venezuela’s struck with hyperinflation, but that’s like knowing someone with Ebola has a fever. It is a symptom, not a cause, and the disease is called Bolivaritis. …


<a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/08/245683.htm">Venezuela: Banning of Opposition Members from Holding Office</a>

Venezuela: Banning of Opposition Members from Holding Office

The United States views with concern reports of recent decisions by the Venezuelan National Electoral Council and Comptroller General banning certain members of the political opposition from running for or holding public office. These decisions clearly have the intention of complicating the ability of the opposition to run candidates for the legislative elections, and limiting the range of candidates that can be presented to the Venezuelan people. …


<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article29996205.html">Venezuela congressional election: campaign amid chaos, or chaos as campaign?</a>

Venezuela congressional election: campaign amid chaos, or chaos as campaign?

As Venezuela gears up for a key congressional election, sometime it’s hard to know if the campaign is taking place amid chaos — or if chaos is part of the campaign strategy. …


<a href="http://panampost.com/rebeca-morla/2015/08/04/leaked-documents-blow-rafael-correas-spying-ways-wide-open/">Leaked Documents Blow Rafael Correa’s Spying Ways Wide Open</a>

Leaked Documents Blow Rafael Correa’s Spying Ways Wide Open

Ecuador Transparente, a website dubbed the “Ecuadorian Wikileaks,” has released 31 documents that could prove systematic spying from the government of President Rafael Correa on opposition politicians, journalists, and activists. …


<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/04/cuba-removed-from-us-human-trafficking-blacklist-overruling-experts-report-says/">Obama officials overruled experts to remove Cuba, others from human trafficking list</a>

Obama officials overruled experts to remove Cuba, others from human trafficking list

The 2015 U.S. report on human trafficking has come under fire amid allegations that senior State Department officials ignored experts’ recommendations and took Cuba and Malaysia off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery. …


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