Easing Venezuela’s crash

Easing Venezuela’s crash

By Jackson Diehl

For months, Venezuelans have been reading reports that one of the most powerful figures in their autocratic and virulently anti-American government, National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello, is a principal target of a U.S. criminal investigation into a Caracas-based drug trafficking cartel. So imagine their surprise when media linked to Cabello began displaying a photograph of the alleged kingpin meeting with a smiling senior State Department official in Haiti this month.

Why would Thomas Shannon, a senior counselor to Secretary of State John ...  

Dancing With Another Dictatorship

Dancing With Another Dictatorship

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady

What was a senior U.S. diplomat doing in Haiti recently meeting with a Venezuelan politician who is reportedly being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for running a giant cocaine-smuggling operation?

That’s the question raised by photos that surfaced on the Internet last week showing State Department counselor Tom Shannon posing with Venezuelan National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello in Port-au-Prince. Also in the photos: Haitian President Michel Martelly, the Venezuelan foreign minister, and a French chavista with Venezuelan citizenship who is currently posted in ...  

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/mexico-is-facing-a-cental-americans-migrant-crisis-2015-6">Mexico is facing a deadly Central American migrants crisis  </a>

Mexico is facing a deadly Central American migrants crisis

By Christopher Woody

Bloody clashes have left hundreds of Mexican security personnel, gang members, and civilians dead or wounded in the past few weeks. …

 

<a href="http://www.worldcrunch.com/default/ecuador-raffael-correa-amp-39-s-quot-dictatorship-of-the-heart-quot-/correa-politics-propaganda-freedom-of-expression-social-networks/c0s19096/#.VYgK5864lTa">Ecuador: Rafael Correa’s “Dictatorship Of The Heart”</a>

Ecuador: Rafael Correa’s “Dictatorship Of The Heart”

BOGOTA — The government of Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa released a somewhat Orwellian video last month that tries to turn the concept of dictatorship on its head.

The soundtrack of the video, which touts the administration’s various achievements, is a schmaltzy pop song that goes: “If this is a dictatorship, then we’ve been had. Until recently I thought dictator meant a tyrant… If this is a dictatorship, then let’s applaud the dictating heart.” …

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/20/us-venezuela-colombia-border-idUSKBN0P00VV20150620">Colombia protests Venezuela fixing of maritime border</a>

Colombia protests Venezuela fixing of maritime border

Colombia’s foreign ministry has sent a letter of protest to neighboring Venezuela after the government of President Nicolas Maduro decreed maritime borders in a disputed area of the Atlantic Ocean, a ministry source said on Saturday.

 

 

<a href="http://www.uca.edu.sv/noticias/texto-3716">El Salvador-El caso ENEL</a>

El Salvador-El caso ENEL

Hoy en día, y después de la venta de acciones del Estado a la compañía italiana ENEL, no puede dudarse ya de que es político el caso que se mantiene contra quienes autorizaron o firmaron el contrato de privatización progresiva de la empresa estatal LaGeo. Todos sabemos que la negativa a que se diera el traslado de la mayoría de acciones a ENEL tiene una motivación corrupta. …

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article24958867.html">Senadores exigen que Brasil denuncie a Venezuela en el Mercosur y la Unasur</a>

Senadores exigen que Brasil denuncie a Venezuela en el Mercosur y la Unasur

BRASILIA-Los senadores brasileños que intentaron ayer visitar a opositores venezolanos presos y que fueron rodeados por partidarios del Gobierno de Caracas que protestaban por su presencia en Venezuela, reclamaron el viernes que el Ejecutivo de Brasil denuncie la “falta de libertades” en Venezuela ante el Mercosur y la Unasur. …

 

 

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/brazil-petrobras-scandal-idUSL1N0Z50JB20150619">Brazil arrests powerful Odebrecht CEO in Petrobras probe</a>

Brazil arrests powerful Odebrecht CEO in Petrobras probe

By Caroline Stauffer and Walter Brandimarte

(Reuters) – Brazilian police on Friday arrested Marcelo Odebrecht, the head of Latin America’s largest engineering and construction company Odebrecht SA, local media said, pulling the most high-profile executive into the corruption investigation at state-run oil firm Petrobras.

 

<a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/18/honduras-charges-no-2-in-congress-with-fraud-in/">Honduras charges No. 2 in congress with fraud in scandal</a>

Honduras charges No. 2 in congress with fraud in scandal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Honduras charged the vice president of the nation’s congress with fraud, falsification of documents and crimes against public health in a widening corruption investigation Thursday. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/uk-peru-politics-fiscal-idUKKBN0OZ02P20150619">Peru’s Congress grants Humala special powers on economy</a>

Peru’s Congress grants Humala special powers on economy

By Marco Aquino and Mitra Taj

Peru’s Congress on Thursday granted President Ollanta Humala special powers to pass new economic reforms, a rare congressional victory for his government as a year-long slowdown shows signs of recovery.

 

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/east-coast-ports-could-see-a-substantial-traffic-boost-from-panama-canal-expansion-report-1434603601">East Coast Ports Could See a Substantial Traffic Boost From Panama Canal Expansion -Report</a>

East Coast Ports Could See a Substantial Traffic Boost From Panama Canal Expansion -Report

By Erica E. Phillips

A new report estimates that up to 10% of cargo moving from Asia to the U.S. could shift from West Coast to East Coast ports after the Panama Canal expansion is completed next year. …

 

<a href="http://www.dw.de/brazil-senators-blocked-in-venezuela-en-route-for-visit-to-jailed-opposition-leader/a-18526211">Brazil senators blocked in Venezuela en route for visit to jailed opposition leader</a>

Brazil senators blocked in Venezuela en route for visit to jailed opposition leader

“Our bus was under siege; they were beating and trying to break it,” one of the senators, Ronaldo Caiado wrote via his Twitter account. “I filmed them throwing stones against the bus.” …

 

<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-18/ecuador-exports-its-kangaroo-courts">Ecuador Exports Its Kangaroo Courts</a>

Ecuador Exports Its Kangaroo Courts

By Mac Margolis

Forget for a moment that Brazil is in its worst recession in a quarter century, Latin America’s exports are in the tank, and citizens across the region are marching against corruption.

 

<a href="http://lta.reuters.com/article/topNews/idLTAKBN0OY2U820150618">Senadores brasileños denuncian ataque y bloqueo a su comitiva en Caracas</a>

Senadores brasileños denuncian ataque y bloqueo a su comitiva en Caracas

CARACAS (Reuters) – Una comitiva de senadores de Brasil denunció el jueves que el vehículo que los trasladaba a Caracas fue atacado por manifestantes y luego se les bloqueó el acceso cuando iban camino a visitar al líder opositor preso Leopoldo López. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-oil-loans-go-awry-for-china-1434656360">Venezuela Oil Loans Go Awry for China</a>

Venezuela Oil Loans Go Awry for China

By Prudence Ho

HONG KONG—As Venezuela’s economy totters thanks to low oil prices and years of mismanagement, a Chinese government-owned bank is badly on the hook. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/fastft/347371">Venezuela sells US refinery as reserves collapse</a>

Venezuela sells US refinery as reserves collapse

Venezuela has sold off yet another piece of its US oil operations as it copes with dwindling foreign reserves and a deepening recession following last year’s collapse in crude prices. …

 

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/06/18/antonio-de-la-cruz-entendimiento-entre-las-administraciones-obama-maduro-y-cabello/">Entendimiento entre las Administraciones Obama-Maduro y Cabello</a>

Entendimiento entre las Administraciones Obama-Maduro y Cabello

Por Antonio de la Cruz

El reciente encuentro -el tercero- de la Administración Obama con el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro en Haití muestra, en el registro fotográfico, una perspectiva distinta a la agenda política inicial de la Casa Blanca. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/18/petrobras-biofuels-sale-idUSL1N0Z403420150618">Brazil’s Petrobras mulls sale of ethanol plants </a>

Brazil’s Petrobras mulls sale of ethanol plants

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier

(Reuters) – Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is looking to sell some of its biofuel assets as it tries to raise cash to cover investment for new offshore oilfields and service its debt, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. …

 

<a href="http://www.abc.es/internacional/20150618/abci-militares-muertos-colombia-201506180420.html">Mueren cuatro militares colombianos tras caer en una trampa de las FARC</a>

Mueren cuatro militares colombianos tras caer en una trampa de las FARC

Cuatro militares murieron y otros cuatro resultaron heridos hoy al caer en un campo minado de las FARC en una zona rural del municipio colombiano de Cartagena del Chairá, en el departamento del Caquetá (sur), confirmó el Ejército. …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuela-is-about-to-get-a-5-billion-loan-from-china-for-oil-2015-6">Venezuela is about to get a $5 billion loan from China for oil </a>

Venezuela is about to get a $5 billion loan from China for oil

By Alexander Ulmer

MARACAIBO (Reuters) – Venezuela will receive a loan of $5 billion from China in the coming months for crude oil projects, a director at state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela said on Tuesday. …

 

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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.