<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/scioli-expands-lead-argentina-presidential-race-runoff-seen-154820452--business.html">Scioli expands lead in Argentina presidential race, runoff seen</a>

Scioli expands lead in Argentina presidential race, runoff seen

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Daniel Scioli, the leftist frontrunner in Argentina’s presidential election, widened his lead over his more business-friendly rival, but not enough to avoid a runoff, the first poll since Aug. 9 primaries showed on Sunday. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/central-americas-next-flashpoint-1440975128">Central America’s Next Flashpoint</a>

Central America’s Next Flashpoint

A peaceful demonstration in Guatemala City on Thursday calling for the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina drew tens of thousands of marchers from across the political spectrum. The protesters were brought together by a widening graft scandal allegedly involving the president, and by a common belief that rampant corruption without consequence is costing the country its future. …



<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/30/rolls-royce-cooperate-brazil-investigation-petrobras-bribery">Rolls-Royce cooperating with Brazilian investigation into Petrobras bribery</a>

Rolls-Royce cooperating with Brazilian investigation into Petrobras bribery

One of Britain’s biggest corporate names has been dragged into a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal after Rolls-Royce admitted it was cooperating with Brazilian authorities investigating bribery in the country’s state oil business. …


<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/31/venezuela-police-shootings-raise-concerns-about-crime-crackdown-but-also-draw/">Venezuela police shootings raise concerns about crime crackdown, but also draw support</a>

Venezuela police shootings raise concerns about crime crackdown, but also draw support

MARACAY, Venezuela –  Workers in the industrial complex had been hiding in bathrooms and closets for hours when the shooting stopped. The last of the four suspected thieves, a slightly built man in yellow rain boots, surrendered on the roof, crying out, “Jesus saves!” …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelas-maduro-visit-china-vietnam-finance-deals-221003119.html">Venezuela’s Maduro to visit China, Vietnam for finance deals</a>

Venezuela’s Maduro to visit China, Vietnam for finance deals

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he will visit China and Vietnam to sign economic and financing deals, as the OPEC nation struggles to make ends meet at a time of low oil prices. …


<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-08-27/how-hugo-chavez-trashed-latin-america-s-richest-economy">How Hugo Chavez Trashed Latin America’s Richest Economy</a>

How Hugo Chavez Trashed Latin America’s Richest Economy

When Hugo Chavez first took office as Venezuela’s president in 1999, the country wasn’t exactly anybody’s economic model. Great oil riches had been squandered, repeatedly. Inflation was a recurrent problem — it had topped 100 percent in 1996. The economy wasn’t growing much. Almost half the population was below the country’s poverty line. One political scientist, sizing things up a few months into the Chavez presidency, went so far as to declare that the nation was “in ruins.” …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/28/us-venezuela-colombia-idUSKCN0QW2R220150828">Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis</a>

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis

Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when socialist-run Venezuela closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21662569-government-wrongly-blames-colombia-its-high-murder-rate-justice-decayed?fsrc=email_to_a_friend">Crime in Venezuela: Justice decayed</a>

Crime in Venezuela: Justice decayed

IT STARTED with a shooting. Two men, apparently on a motorbike, attacked a Venezuelan army anti-smuggling convoy on August 19th, close to the main border crossing with Colombia. Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, quickly went on television and vowed to hunt down the “murderers” (though the four victims were injured, not killed). He decreed a state of emergency in six municipalities in the frontier province of Táchira and expelled more than 1,000 Colombians living in Venezuela. The Simón Bolívar International Bridge ...  

<a href="https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/ecuador/2015-08-27/ecuadors-authoritarian-drift">Ecuador’s Authoritarian Drift</a>

Ecuador’s Authoritarian Drift

During his visit to Ecuador last month, Pope Francis delivered a speech on environmental stewardship and urged the administration of President Rafael Correa to “open spaces for dialogue” on how to manage the country’s resources. The 4,000-square-mile Yasuní National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet but also contains vast untapped oil reserves. Correa assured the pope that he shared the pontiff’s concern for nature but has instead taken aggressive steps to curtail public debate: harassing, intimidating, and punishing environmental activists ...  

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/article32525133.html">Contraloría General de Guatemala pide renuncia del presidente Pérez</a>

Contraloría General de Guatemala pide renuncia del presidente Pérez

La Contraloría General de Cuentas de Guatemala recomendó este jueves al presidente, Otto Pérez, renunciar al cargo para “evitar consecuencias insospechadas” ante la acusación en su contra de dirigir una banda de defraudación aduanera. …



<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/08/26/prision-preventiva-en-la-carcel-santa-teresa-para-roxana-baldetti/">Prisión preventiva en la cárcel Santa Teresa para Roxana Baldetti</a>

Prisión preventiva en la cárcel Santa Teresa para Roxana Baldetti

(CNN Español) - El juez de Guatemala Migue Ángel Gálvez dictó prisión preventiva para ex vicepresidenta Roxana Baldetti, quien será trasladada a la cárcel de mujeres Santa Teresa, confirmó la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala, CICIG. …


<a href="http://lat.wsj.com/articles/SB11056317725599113738404581195133228517182?tesla=y">La escasez de alimentos genera colas, hambre y saqueos en Venezuela</a>

La escasez de alimentos genera colas, hambre y saqueos en Venezuela

La Sibucara, Venezuela-A comienzos de mes, horas después de haber saqueado e incendiado un puesto de la Guardia Nacional en este soleado rincón de Venezuela, una turba enfurecida por la creciente escasez de alimentos estrelló camiones contra el humeante edificio, reduciéndolo a escombros. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-27/venezuela-marks-d-for-demolition-on-illegal-immigrants-houses">Venezuela Marks ‘D’ for Demolition on Illegal Immigrants’ Houses</a>

Venezuela Marks ‘D’ for Demolition on Illegal Immigrants’ Houses

Venezuelan security forces swept through the border city of San Antonio marking a ‘D’ for demolition on the doors of houses where illegal Colombian immigrants and squatters live, seven days after President Nicolas Maduro closed stretches of the frontier with Colombia. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-sweetens-oil-auction-to-draw-firms-hit-by-low-oil-prices-1440616643">Mexico Sweetens Oil Auction to Draw Firms Hit by Low Oil Prices</a>

Mexico Sweetens Oil Auction to Draw Firms Hit by Low Oil Prices

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s hydrocarbons regulator has improved the terms for its September oil auction to drum up more interest among cash-strapped international oil firms reeling from falling prices, with industry analysts applauding the move Wednesday as a step in the right direction. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-27/forget-the-economy-in-anxious-brazil-it-s-the-politics-stupid">Forget the Economy. In Anxious Brazil, It’s the Politics, Stupid</a>

Forget the Economy. In Anxious Brazil, It’s the Politics, Stupid

Gone are the days when Brazilian investment decisions were based largely on economic reports and company earnings. Now, asset managers and analysts say they’re more likely to scour the headlines of local newspapers for the latest political developments. …


<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34073104">Anger as Venezuela border remains closed despite talks</a>

Anger as Venezuela border remains closed despite talks

Venezuela says a key border crossing with Colombia will remain closed. The announcement follows talks by the two countries’ foreign ministers on Wednesday aimed at normalising the situation in the border region. …


Encuesta revela cifras devastadoras para el régimen de Maduro

Encuesta revela cifras devastadoras para el régimen de Maduro

Por Roger F. Noriega

Desabastecimiento, inseguridad, corrupción y abusos a los derechos humanos se han convertido en la cruda realidad para el pueblo venezolano tras 16 años de chavismo.

Aunque el autoritarismo de este régimen—con la ayuda de sus titireteros cubanos—ha tratado de encubrir la gravedad de la situación, la crisis ha llegado a tal grado que el país se encuentra al borde de un estallido social.

Los resultados de la última encuesta realizada por el Instituto Venezolano de Análisis de Datos (IVAD) ...  

Poll reveals implosion in Venezuela

Poll reveals implosion in Venezuela

By Roger F. Noriega

Shortages, insecurity, corruption, and human rights abuses have become the harsh reality for the Venezuelan people after 16 years of chavismo.

Although the regime—along with its Cuban puppeteers—has tried to obscure the gravity of the situation, the compounding crises have pushed the country to the brink of a social explosion.

The latest poll results published by the Venezuelan Institute of Data Analysis (IVAD) are devastating for the regime of Nicolás Maduro. For example, 87%  of the ...  

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-26/ecuador-reveals-the-pain-inside-opec-it-s-pumping-oil-at-a-loss">Ecuador Reveals the Pain Inside OPEC: It’s Pumping Oil at a Loss</a>

Ecuador Reveals the Pain Inside OPEC: It’s Pumping Oil at a Loss

Ecuador has revealed the financial stress inside OPEC created by low oil prices, becoming the first member of the group to say it’s pumping at a loss. President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday that the South American nation is receiving as little as $30 a barrel for its crude, while production costs average about $39. The warning comes after several other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, including Algeria and Libya, said the group should consider holding an ...  

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/25/black-market-money-dealer-says-brazil-president-knew-kickback-scheme-at/">Black market money dealer says Brazil president knew of kickback scheme at Petrobras</a>

Black market money dealer says Brazil president knew of kickback scheme at Petrobras

SAO PAULO –  A convicted black market money dealer who turned state’s evidence told lawmakers on Tuesday that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, knew of the sprawling corruption kickback scheme that has engulfed state-run oil company Petrobras. …


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