<a href="http://spectator.org/articles/63509/mexico-begins-share-its-oil-prize">Mexico Begins to Share Its Oil Price</a>

Mexico Begins to Share Its Oil Price

By Marita Noon

Understanding the connection between energy and economic growth, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto set out to reform his country’s energy policy and invite outside intelligence and investment to boost slumping oil output. In late 2013, he succeeded in getting the constitution amended to allow private and foreign companies to explore and produce oil and gas in Mexico—for the first time in nearly eight decades. The amendments put an end to the government monopoly. …


<a href="http://theweek.com/articles/567363/democracy-next-cuba-dont-count">Is democracy next for Cuba? Don’t count on it.</a>

Is democracy next for Cuba? Don’t count on it.

By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

The U.S. this week took another step toward normalizing its relationship with Cuba, with the State Department reopening its embassy in Havana. The conventional wisdom in foreign policy circles is that this is long overdue. Fair enough — but if you believe that opening up to Cuba will somehow lead to a democratic revolution, then you might be smoking something. …


<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/venezuela-maduro-orders-food-distribution-state-run-stores-food-shortage/">Venezuela takes drastic measure amid food crisis</a>

Venezuela takes drastic measure amid food crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela – A food industry group said Monday that Venezuela’s government has ordered companies to distribute food staples to a network of state-run supermarkets amid chronic shortages of basic goods. …


<a href="http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/072015-762555-what-does-the-us-get-out-of-obamas-restored-ties-to-cuba-nothing-good.htm?p=full">What Does The U.S. Get Out Of Obama’s Restored Ties To Cuba? Nothing Good</a>

What Does The U.S. Get Out Of Obama’s Restored Ties To Cuba? Nothing Good

IBD Editorial

Diplomacy: At the open of the Cuban embassy in Washington, Castroites crowed about their “victory” over the U.S. That’s some relationship President Obama has begun with the brutal regime. And guess what? It’ll get worse. …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/us-diplomats-in-cuba-would-do-well-to-focus-on-human-rights/2015/07/20/ad4c0f3e-aba4-455d-883d-74fc96b4c1fb_story.html">U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights</a>

U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights

By Editorial board

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S opening to Cuba is based on the hope that, after more than a half-century of hostility from the United States, a surge of commerce, information and travel will somehow erode the rigid authoritarian state built by Fidel Castro and now presided over by his brother, Raúl. …


<a href="http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/toby-dershowitz-argentina-is-still-helping-iran-cover-up-its-role-in-the-bombing-of-a-jewis/">Argentina is Still Helping Iran Cover Up its Role in the Bombing of a Jewish Community Center</a>

Argentina is Still Helping Iran Cover Up its Role in the Bombing of a Jewish Community Center

By Toby Dershowitz

July 18th marks 21 years since the largest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history: the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 individuals and wounded hundreds more. Evidence is mounting that Argentina’s president is seeking to whitewash Iran’s role in the attack. …


Avoiding a Democratic Disaster in Haiti

Avoiding a Democratic Disaster in Haiti

By José R. Cárdenas

With no natural disasters or political violence afflicting Haiti for the past several years, it would be easy to assume that the country has finally achieved the level of relative stability that international donors and millions of Haitians have sought since the toppling of the Duvalier dynasty in 1986. Yet this perceived calm is belied by troubling signs that all is not well, as Haiti prepares for the first of up to three ...  

<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/20/open-cuba-doesn-t-mean-reformist-cuba.html">Open Cuba Doesn’t Mean Free Cuba</a>

Open Cuba Doesn’t Mean Free Cuba

By James Bloodworth

HAVANA, CUBA — Perusing the drab shop fronts in Havana, resplendent with fly-blown posters of Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and other “heroes of the revolution,” I alighted on the self-evident problem with communism: communist economies produce not what the worker needs but what a government bureaucrat has decided to make available for purchase.  …


<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/article27098392.html">Régimen cubano arremete de nuevo contra Damas de Blanco y activistas de Resistencia Cubana</a>

Régimen cubano arremete de nuevo contra Damas de Blanco y activistas de Resistencia Cubana

Por Sonia Osorio

Integrantes de las Damas de Blanco y activistas de la Resistencia Cubana fueron arrestados el domingo cuando se disponían a participar en un acto cívico…


<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/17/lula-is-supporting-corrupt-companies-to-do-corrupt-business-abroad/">‘Lula Is Supporting Corrupt Companies to Do Corrupt Business Abroad’</a>

‘Lula Is Supporting Corrupt Companies to Do Corrupt Business Abroad’

By Bill Allison

When federal prosecutors in Brazil launched a criminal probe into whether Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been involved in influence peddling on behalf of the country’s largest construction firm, they took the comparatively rare step of investigating a past president’s current business dealings — not any wrongdoing he may have committed while still in office. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-19/brazil-in-crisis-means-93-company-downgrades-just-the-beginning">Brazil in Crisis Means 93 Company Downgrades Just the Beginning</a>

Brazil in Crisis Means 93 Company Downgrades Just the Beginning

By Filipe Pacheco and Ney Hayashi Cruz

Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings have dished out 93 corporate downgrades since January 1, already more than in any full year since 2002, and they may not be done. Speculation is mounting that Moody’s — which met with officials in Brazil last week — will lower the country’s rating, a move that would trigger cuts for businesses with close ties to the government, such as state-controlled companies and ...  

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/entrada-de-opinion/articulo/jose-crespo/nacion/2015/07/20/estado-fallido-o-podrido">México: Estado fallido… o podrido</a>

México: Estado fallido… o podrido

Por José Crespo

Algunos interpretan la fuga de El Chapo como nueva confirmación de que en México prevalece un Estado fallido, pues no ejerce control eficaz ni siquiera en sus propios espacios carcelarios. …


<a href="http://en.mercopress.com/2015/07/20/guyana-to-stoutly-resist-venezuela-plans-to-issue-ids-to-disputed-essequibo-residents?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=main&utm_campaign=twitter">Guyana to ‘stoutly resist’ Venezuela plans to issue IDs to disputed Essequibo residents</a>

Guyana to ‘stoutly resist’ Venezuela plans to issue IDs to disputed Essequibo residents

 “We will stoutly resist any effort to have our people issued with cards and things like that, and whatever we need to do as a nation to ensure that we are not distracted in any way from our path of development we are going to do it,” said Minister of State Joseph Harmon. However he did not provide any details. …


<a href="http://www.el-nacional.com/siete_dias/Moises-Naim-convencido-situacion-insostenible_0_667733241.html">Moisés Naím: “Estoy convencido de que la situación actual es insostenible”</a>

Moisés Naím: “Estoy convencido de que la situación actual es insostenible”

Por Patricia Spadaro G.

Nadie puede creer que el gobierno puede mantener a una población hambreada, desabastecida y reprimida por mucho tiempo. Lo hace porque no hay que olvidar que ha importado las mejores tecnologías del Estado policial cubano, que sabe cómo se reprime y se mantiene a una población en pasividad. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21657827-latin-americas-oil-firms-need-more-foreign-capital-historic-auction-mexico-shows?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2FTheGoodOilBoysClub">A a historic oil auction in Mexico shows that investors can be hard to attract</a>

A a historic oil auction in Mexico shows that investors can be hard to attract

It should have been a day of high excitement. A public auction on July 15th marked the end of a 77-year monopoly on oil exploration and production by Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, and ushered in a new era of foreign investment in Mexican oil that until a few years ago was considered unimaginable. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-richer-iran-will-target-the-americas-1437342912">A Richer Iran Will Target the Americas</a>

A Richer Iran Will Target the Americas

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady

In the foreword to the 2014 book “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America,” former Colombian Defense Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez wrote that Venezuela’s “ ‘axis of unity’ with Iran embodies Latin America’s growing distance” from the U.S. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/argentina-opposition-set-win-buenos-aires-mayoral-vote-040356718.html">Conservative wins mayoral election in Argentina’s capital</a>

Conservative wins mayoral election in Argentina’s capital

By Almudena Calatrava

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservative Horacio Rodriguez Larreta won Sunday’s mayoral run-off election in Buenos Aires, in a closer race than his opposition party had hoped for in the capital ahead of presidential voting later this year. …


<a href="http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2015/07/19/mexico-potential-oil-close-far-away/30396399/">Mexico: Potential, oil so close, but so far away</a>

Mexico: Potential, oil so close, but so far away

By Ken Stickney

As oil companies this week pondered leases for exploration and production in offshore, shallow water Mexico, Lafayette and Louisiana companies were watching from afar — interested but not committed. …


<a href="https://twitter.com/hartfordcourant">Trust In Mexico Should Vanish Like El Chapo</a>

Trust In Mexico Should Vanish Like El Chapo

By Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Adios “El Chapo.” You mean to tell me that a notorious Mexican drug lord who was arrested in February of last year, and whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes to be about $1 billion, managed to escape from the Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City in a poor country where many people earn as little as $6 per day? …



<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-20/brazil-s-house-leader-says-he-s-not-trying-to-create-chaos-">Brazil’s House Leader Says He’s Not Trying to Create ‘Chaos’</a>

Brazil’s House Leader Says He’s Not Trying to Create ‘Chaos’

By Randy Woods

Brazil’s lower house President Eduardo Cunha is downplaying concerns that his decision to abandon the government alliance will worsen the country’s economic turmoil. …


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