<a href="http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2390428&CategoryId=10717">VenEconomy: Questions Arise Over U.S.-Venezuela Relations </a>

VenEconomy: Questions Arise Over U.S.-Venezuela Relations

From the Editors of VenEconomy

More questions arise over the relations between the U.S. and Venezuela since March 9 of this year.

That day President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order declaring a national emergency because of an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to homeland security and the foreign policy that caused the U.S. the situation of Venezuela, plus sanctions to seven Venezuelan officials with the blocking of their U.S. assets and a prohibition on entering that country. …


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Venezuela students join opposition leader’s hunger-strike protest

By Andrew Cawthorne

CARACAS (Reuters) – Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has lost 12 kilograms (26 pounds) on a partial hunger-strike now in its fourth week, his family said, while students around the country escalate similar protests in solidarity.  

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/ecopetrol-pipeline-idUSL1N0Z314O20150617">Colombia’s No. 2 oil pipeline shut after rebel bombings</a>

Colombia’s No. 2 oil pipeline shut after rebel bombings

Colombia’s Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, the country’s second biggest by volume, has been shut due to damage from bomb attacks by leftist FARC rebels that caused a significant spill that has contaminated a nearby river, the army said on Wednesday. …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/06/15/whats-behind-mexicos-military-buying-binge/">What’s behind Mexico’s military buying binge?</a>

What’s behind Mexico’s military buying binge?

By Joshua Partlow

MEXICO CITY–It started with 27 rail cars full of ammunition rolling down the tracks into Mexico.

That load of 30 million bullets was soon followed by fleets of Black Hawk helicopters and thousands of Humvees: in all more than $1 billion of American military equipment sold to Mexico within the past two years. …


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A billetazo limpio intentan lavarle la cara a Maduro en EEUU

Les traemos el registro ante US Foreign Agents Registration Unit (FARA) del contrato por “public relations strategy and media relations services” (estrategia de relaciones públicas y servicios de relaciones con medios) entre la Embajada de Venezuela en Estados Unidos y la empresa estadounidense FitzGibbon Media Inc. para que actúe como agente del gobierno de Venezuela ante  las autoridades de EE.UU. en territorio estadounidense. …


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The many victims of El Salvador’s gang violence

By Sarnata Reynolds

In January 2015, El Salvador’s media reported live as almost 50 residents of an apartment building furiously packed up everything they could before fleeing. This was not an organized evacuation for an oncoming hurricane or some other natural disaster. It was a frantic movement of people who had been ordered to get out of their homes within 24 hours or be killed by the dominating gang in that area of Mejicanos, a municipality that runs alongside San ...  

<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/16/an-oil-strike-in-no-mans-land/">Venezuela: An Oil Strike in No Man’s Land</a>

Venezuela: An Oil Strike in No Man’s Land

By Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez

At first glance, it looks like the miracle Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has been holding out for has finally happened. Exxon Mobil recently announced a “significant” oil find, and the drilling of its first offshore well, in the Stabroek Block, just a few miles off the Venezuelan coast. While details remain murky, some estimates claim that this new cache of crude could approach 1.5 billion barrels. And that potentially constitutes a significant windfall for Caracas, especially since the national oil company, PDVSA, ...  

<a href="http://inhomelandsecurity.com/cuban-intelligence-following-reconciliation-with-the-us/">Cuban Intelligence Following Reconciliation with the US</a>

Cuban Intelligence Following Reconciliation with the US

By William Tucker

Nearly a year after floating the idea, the Obama administration instructed the State Department to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The delisting will have minimal impact on U.S. policy as the embargo of the island nation remains in place. In most instances, inclusion on the State Departments State Sponsor of Terrorism list comes with economic and political consequences, but for Cuba the delisting was certainly important, though mostly symbolic. …


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Correa’s Back-Track on Tax Bills Fails to Halt Ecuador Protests

By Nathan Gill

Ecuador President Rafael Correa’s attempt to defuse nationwide protests by back-tracking on two controversial tax proposals failed to prevent opposition supporters marching for a ninth straight day Tuesday.


<a href="http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2015/06/17/commentary/888633.txt">Castro, Obama and a ‘thing called Congress’ </a>

Castro, Obama and a ‘thing called Congress’

By Everett Ellis Briggs

President Obama’s chief negotiator for “normalizing” relations with Cuba, Roberta Jacobson, at her final news-media briefing last month, expressed strong optimism that the two countries eventually would restore full diplomatic ties. But said she is a “realist” about how long it might take, after 54 years of what she referred to as misunderstandings between the two countries.


<a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/why-is-a-chinese-tycoon-building-a-dollar50-billion-canal-in-nicaragua-that-no-one-wants/ar-AAbGonx?ocid=HPDHP">Why is a Chinese tycoon building a $50 billion canal in Nicaragua that no one wants?</a>

Why is a Chinese tycoon building a $50 billion canal in Nicaragua that no one wants?

By Lily Kuo

A Chinese billionaire is building one of the world’s largest engineering projects, a canal in Nicaragua that is three times the size of world’s largest, the Panama Canal, and is estimated to cost at least $50 billion. Of the many Chinese infrastructure projects spanning the globe, the new canal seems to make the least commercial sense. …


Time to take a stand on Venezuela-By Roger F. Noriega

Time to take a stand on Venezuela-By Roger F. Noriega

By Roger F. Noriega

Decent Venezuelans must be appalled by news that a senior US diplomat met Saturday with Diosdado Cabello, a regime hard-liner who published reports say is a principal target of an ongoing US Justice Department drug smuggling investigation.  Coming just a week after Venezuela’s leftist President Nicolás Maduro threatened “massacre and death” if his revolution falls to “imperialism,” many observers wondered why State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon would meet with any regime leader, least of all one suspected ...  

Es hora de asumir una posición firme sobre Venezuela-Por Roger F. Noriega

Es hora de asumir una posición firme sobre Venezuela-Por Roger F. Noriega

Por Roger F. Noriega

Una gran cantidad de Venezolanos seguramente están consternados por la noticia de que un alto diplomático estadounidense se reunió el sábado con Diosdado Cabello; un político de línea dura del régimen que de acuerdo con varios reportes es objeto de una investigación por parte del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos por sus nexos con el narcotráfico. A solo una semana de que el presidente izquierdista Nicolás Maduro amenazara con “masacre y la muerte” si su revolución ...  

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article24506167.html">Reunión entre Shannon y Diosdado Cabello causa estupor en EEUU</a>

Reunión entre Shannon y Diosdado Cabello causa estupor en EEUU

Por Antonio María Delgado

El senador por Florida, Marco Rubio, unió el lunes su voz al coro de críticas formuladas en contra del “inverosímil” encuentro de este fin de semana entre el consejero del Departamento de Estado, Thomas Shannon, y el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, investigado en Estados Unidos por tráfico de droga. …


<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/06/16/senadores-brasilenos-denuncian-que-el-gobierno-de-maduro-impide-su-visita/">Senadores brasileños denuncian que el gobierno de Maduro impide su visita</a>

Senadores brasileños denuncian que el gobierno de Maduro impide su visita

Senadores brasileños denunciaron en la noche del lunes que Venezuela no autorizó el aterrizaje de una aeronave de la Fuerza Aérea Brasileña que los trasladaría a Caracas en una anunciada misión para verificar la situación política en el país. …


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Russia, US Competing for Space Partnership With Brazil

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO—The United States and Russia are competing for a strategic role in Brazil’s plan to launch commercial satellites from its base near the equator, opening up a new theater in their rivalry for allies and influence. …


Crime and punishment: Mexico suffers the costs of lawlessness

Crime and punishment: Mexico suffers the costs of lawlessness

Security, or rather the lack of it, is the number one issue for Mexican voters. They consistently rank it higher than economic growth, unemployment or the state of public services that generally concern their peers in other middle-income nations. In fact, midterm elections held this month were marred by more than 70 violent attacks on candidates or their staff. …



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Poll: Popularity of Peru’s Humala Sinks to New Low

LIMA—Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating sank this month to its lowest level during his four-year term, dragged down by criticism of his wife’s finances, according to an Ipsos poll. …



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The Only Internet Most Cubans Know Fits in a Pocket and Moves by Bus

It’s called El Packete, and it arrives weekly in the form of thumb drives loaded with enormous digital files. Those drives make their way across the island from hand to hand, by bus, and by 1957 Chevy, their contents copied and the drive handed on. …


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By John Suarez

President Obama’s engagement policy with the Castro regime, announced in 2009, has led to a massive increase in arbitrary detentions, violence against activists and the deaths of high-profile opposition leaders under circumstances that point to extrajudicial executions carried out by Cuban state security.


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