<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. …

 

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/07/13/venezuela-guyana-esequibo-maduro-granger/">Why Venezuela wants to annex two-thirds of the country next door</a>

Why Venezuela wants to annex two-thirds of the country next door

By Nick Miroff

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a staggering array of problems far too numerous and severe to list here. Things were already going badly before global oil prices tanked, so now they’re a lot worse. …

 

<a href="http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/index.cfm/articles/the-approaching-implosion-of-venezuela/2015/07/10">The Approaching Implosion of Venezuela and Strategic Implications for the United States</a>

The Approaching Implosion of Venezuela and Strategic Implications for the United States

By Dr. R. Evan Ellis

The U.S. response to the ever deepening political and economic crisis in Venezuela, and the regime’s increasingly aggressive behavior toward its neighbors and the international community, is compelling evidence that the Barack Obama administration is sincere in respecting the sovereignty of nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, and allowing the region to address its own governance issues. …

 

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/nacion/2015/07/13/eu-sabia-de-intentos-de-fuga-de-el-chapo-segun-ap">EU sabía de intentos de fuga de “El Chapo”, según AP</a>

EU sabía de intentos de fuga de “El Chapo”, según AP

Documentos del gobierno de Estados Unidos muestran que la DEA tenía información de inteligencia sobre al menos dos intentos previos para ayudar al capo mexicano Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán a escapar de una prisión de máxima seguridad en México. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jorge-fernandez-menendez/2015/07/13/1034382">La fuga de la confianza y la credibilidad</a>

La fuga de la confianza y la credibilidad

Por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

El desafío obviamente no es sólo atacar la situación, buscar responsables, descubrir qué custodios u otros funcionarios de la prisión (y de la zona aledaña) trabajaban en realidad para El Chapo Guzmán, sino realizar los cambios profundos que se requieren en la seguridad del país…

 

Is Colombia Getting Played by the FARC?

Is Colombia Getting Played by the FARC?

By José R. Cárdenas

News that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym FARC) have agreed to “de-escalate” a renewed round of armed conflict is the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to rescue a peace process on the brink of collapse.

The agreement is essentially a return to the status quo ante, before the FARC violated the last de facto truce in mid-April by ambushing a Colombian military patrol that left a ...  

<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/death-of-a-prosecutor">Alberto Nisman accused Iran and Argentina of colluding to bury a terrorist attack. Did it get him killed?</a>

Alberto Nisman accused Iran and Argentina of colluding to bury a terrorist attack. Did it get him killed?

BY DEXTER FILKINS

In the last days of his life, Alberto Nisman could hardly wait to confront his enemies. On January 14th of this year, Nisman, a career prosecutor in Argentina, had made an electrifying accusation against the country’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. …

 

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33483653">How videos of supermarket raids show what life is like in Venezuela</a>

How videos of supermarket raids show what life is like in Venezuela

With a collapsing currency and the highest inflation rate in the world, shortages of basic products have become the norm in Venezuela over the last few years. The situation reached crisis point earlier this year when thousands posted pictures online of empty shelves - and now it seems to be getting even worse. …

 

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33502355">Colombia agrees to reduce attacks against the Farc</a>

Colombia agrees to reduce attacks against the Farc

Government forces will pull back from military action against the rebels from 20 July if the Farc fulfils their promise of a unilateral ceasefire. …

 

Dismay in US over Guzman’s escape from Mexican prison

Dismay in US over Guzman’s escape from Mexican prison

CHICAGO –  Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S. …

 

<a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-drug-lord-escapes-mexico-prison-20150711-story.html#page=1">Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece</a>

Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece

By Tracy Wilkinson

The tunnel stretched a mile long, from the jailhouse shower to an empty building in a cornfield, and was deep enough for drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand upright as he made his escape. …

 

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/john-bolton-obama-outrageous-cuba-capitulations-article-1.2288591">Obama’s outrageous Cuba capitulations</a>

Obama’s outrageous Cuba capitulations

By John Bolton

President Obama’s decision to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba on July 20 represents the purest form of ideological diplomacy. By exchanging ambassadors, reopening embassies and calling for Congress to lift decades-old trade and travel restrictions, Obama has untethered our foreign policy from any discernible American interests. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/who-is-el-chapo-and-how-did-he-become-a-dark-legend-in-mexico/ar-AAcUkuF?ocid=HPDHP">Who is ‘El Chapo’ and how did he become a dark legend in Mexico?</a>

Who is ‘El Chapo’ and how did he become a dark legend in Mexico?

By Tracy Wilkinson

MEXICO CITY — Chicago compared him to Al Capone. Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the richest men in the world. And in Mexico, he was a renegade outlaw whose exploits were the stuff of legend and song. …

 

Escandalo de Odebrecht amenaza a presidente dominicano

Escandalo de Odebrecht amenaza a presidente dominicano

Por Roger F. Noriega

13/07/15

Informes publicados recientemente sugieren que el escándalo de corrupción que involucra a la multinacional brasileña Odebrecht puede haber llegado a la República Dominicana. También, un mes después de que partidarios del presidente Danilo Medina elaboraran una enmienda constitucional que le permite buscar la reelección, la popularidad del presidente Danilo Medina ha sufrido una caída.

Como parte de la investigación por corrupción y malos manejos en la compañía petrolera estatal de Brasil, Petrobras, Odebrecht ha sido acusada de sobornar ...  

Odebrecht scandal threatens Dominican president

Odebrecht scandal threatens Dominican president

By Roger F. Noriega

Recently published reports suggest that the public corruption scandal involving Brazilian multinational Odebrecht may have reached the Dominican Republic. President Danilo Medina’s popularity already has suffered, a month after his supporters engineered a constitutional amendment to allow him to seek reelection.

As part of the investigation into Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras, Odebrecht has been accused of bribing public officials to obtain government contracts. In a dramatic development, the powerful president of ...  

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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.

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