<a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:16b76d972305455dbe60c5866efe2a83">Poll shows Brazil president approval rating at rock bottom</a>

Poll shows Brazil president approval rating at rock bottom

SAO PAULO (AP) — A new poll published Thursday shows Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating at a new low and a growing number of people favoring her impeachment. …


Crimen Organizado diezma cooperación anti drogas en Latinoamérica

Crimen Organizado diezma cooperación anti drogas en Latinoamérica

Por Roger F. Noriega

El alcance e impacto de la delincuencia organizada en las Américas ha crecido profundamente en las últimas décadas. Organizaciones criminales han adoptado las prácticas y la tecnología de una economía globalizada para construir redes transnacionales. En América Latina, la cooperación antidrogas—caracterizada por el avance de la estrategia de seguridad y desarrollo apoyada por Estados Unidos conocida como “Plan Colombia”—ha sido desmantelada en la última década. Un grupo de regímenes anti-estadounidenses, inspirados y financiados por el fallecido líder ...  

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/06/us-venezuela-looting-idUSKCN0QB21420150806">Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets</a>

Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets

Venezuelan supermarkets are increasingly being targeted by looters as swollen lines and prolonged food shortages spark frustration in the OPEC nation struggling with an economic crisis. …


<a href="http://www.thedialogue.org/resources/will-legislative-elections-put-haiti-on-the-right-track/">Will Legislative Elections Put Haiti on the Right Track?</a>

Will Legislative Elections Put Haiti on the Right Track?

Q: Haiti’s electoral council in early July officially opened the campaign season ahead of the long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Aug. 9. Earlier decisions by the Provisional Electoral Council eliminating a number of candidates were controversial, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has proposed a number of bills that would tie U.S. aid to Haiti to free and fair elections. How are Haiti’s elections shaping up? Has enough been done to ensure that they are clean? What role should the United ...  

<a href="http://www.perdue.senate.gov/content/bipartisan-group-senators-call-free-and-fair-elections-haiti">Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Free and Fair Elections in Haiti</a>

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Free and Fair Elections in Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are urging President Obama to collaborate with the international community to ensure the Haitian people have the ability to freely and fairly elect their leaders. … 


<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/argentina-leader-defends-cabinet-chief-accused-crime-32907849">Argentina Leader Defends Cabinet Chief Accused in Crime</a>

Argentina Leader Defends Cabinet Chief Accused in Crime

Argentina’s president defended her Cabinet chief Wednesday against a media report that implicated him as the mastermind in the killing of three men allegedly connected to an ephedrine trafficking ring. …


<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/05/americas/mexico-el-chapo-escape/">Journalist: Documents show Mexico could have foiled ‘El Chapo’ escape</a>

Journalist: Documents show Mexico could have foiled ‘El Chapo’ escape

(CNN)Clues that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was plotting a prison break were seemingly all around, but Mexican officials chose not to act, according to a leading investigative reporter. …


Organized crime eclipses anti-drug cooperation in Latin America

Organized crime eclipses anti-drug cooperation in Latin America

By Roger Noriega

The reach and impact of organized crime in the Americas has grown more profound in recent decades, as criminal organizations have adopted the practices and technology of a globalized economy to build transnational networks. In Latin America, anti-drug cooperation— characterized by the promising progress of the US-backed security and development strategy known as “Plan Colombia”—has been dismantled in the last decade. A cadre of anti-US regimes, inspired and financed by the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, has effectively ended ...  

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33798557">Brazil businessmen sentenced to 16 years over Petrobras scandal</a>

Brazil businessmen sentenced to 16 years over Petrobras scandal

Judge Sergio Moro in Brazil said former OAS president Jose Aldemario Pinheiro and Agenor Medeiros were involved in a major corruption scandal at the state-owned oil company, Petrobras. …


<a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/08/05/bolivia-restrictions-interfere-human-rights-work">Bolivia: Restrictions Interfere With Human Rights Work</a>

Bolivia: Restrictions Interfere With Human Rights Work

(New York) – Bolivia’s restrictions on the work of nongovernmental organizations violate human rights defenders’ right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. …


<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/headhunters-are-taking-advantage-of-venezuelas-decaying-economy-2015-8">A clear sign that Venezuela’s economy is decaying</a>

A clear sign that Venezuela’s economy is decaying

Headhunters across Latin America are tapping Venezuela for low-cost professionals as a deepening economic crisis has left many skilled workers earning less money than taxi drivers and waiters. …


<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/08/05/1746274-la-oposicion-busca-llevar-juicio-politico-dilma-rousseff-corrupcion-petrobras">La oposición busca llevar a juicio político a Dilma Rousseff por corrupción en Petrobras</a>

La oposición busca llevar a juicio político a Dilma Rousseff por corrupción en Petrobras

Legisladores de la oposición en Brasil planean llevar a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff a juicio político a raíz del escándalo de corrupción en la petrolera estatal que salpica de lleno al seno del Partido de los Trabajadores (PT). …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/08/05/why-boycotting-cuba-makes-sense/">Why boycotting Cuba makes sense</a>

Why boycotting Cuba makes sense

I have an idea. Instead of merely lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, let’s impose another. By all means, Washington should end its 54-year-old failed effort to strangle the Castro regime. But what the government couldn’t do, others should attempt: Liberals (and others) should boycott Cuba. …


<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/05/us-offers-5m-for-information-on-escaped-mexican-drug-lord/">U.S. offers $5M for information on escaped Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman</a>

U.S. offers $5M for information on escaped Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman

The U.S. government on Wednesday announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the recapture of one of the world’s most wanted drug kingpins, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of Mexico. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/argentine-ex-president-carlos-menem-faces-trial-1438805940">Argentine Ex-President Carlos Menem Faces Trial</a>

Argentine Ex-President Carlos Menem Faces Trial

BUENOS AIRES—Twenty-one years after a suicide bomber killed 85 people at a Jewish center here, a dozen Argentine officials, including a former president, go on trial Thursday on charges that they conspired to derail the investigation into the attack. …


<a href="http://panampost.com/thabata-molina/2015/08/04/string-of-driver-murders-invoke-militarized-transport-for-el-salvador/">String of Driver Murders Invoke Militarized Transport for El Salvador</a>

String of Driver Murders Invoke Militarized Transport for El Salvador

By Thabata Molina

Last week, members of the two largest and most violent gangs in El Salvador — Barrio 18 and the Mara Salvatrucha — brought the country’s public transportation system to a standstill. …


<a href="http://gizmodo.com/why-wont-julian-assange-condemn-ecuadors-spying-softwar-1721071529">Why Won’t Julian Assange Condemn Ecuador’s Spying Software? </a>

Why Won’t Julian Assange Condemn Ecuador’s Spying Software?

Wikileaks’ most recent document dump reveals emails leaked from an Italian company called Hacking Team that sells intrusive spyware to governments, exposing myriad government agencies from Bangladesh to the US for purchasing this surveillance software. It also exposes an oily hypocrisy. …


<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-executioners-of-el-salvador">The Executioners of El Salvador </a>

The Executioners of El Salvador

By Daniél Alarcón

Earlier this year, the International Business Times ran this bewildering headline: “El Salvador to Become Deadliest Peace-Time Country in the World.” It’s an odd turn of phrase; something about it doesn’t quite scan. Perhaps, given the context of life in El Salvador, it’s best to reëxamine what we mean when we say “peacetime.” …


<a href="http://blog.panampost.com/paz-gomez/2015/08/05/iron-fist-hides-behind-rafael-correas-national-dialogue/">An Iron Fist Hides behind Rafael Correa’s “National Dialogue”</a>

An Iron Fist Hides behind Rafael Correa’s “National Dialogue”

Following several weeks of protests across Ecuador, in which citizens demonstrated against the president’s wealth-redistribution policies, the country’s legislators finally came to the rescue of Rafael Correa. On July 21, the National Assembly, controlled by the ruling party País Alliance, passed a resolution repudiating the protesters. …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/05/venezuela-is-basically-bankrupt-again/">Venezuela is basically bankrupt again</a>

Venezuela is basically bankrupt again

Venezuela is running out of food, running out of beer, and running out of dollars. In other words, it’s not going bankrupt gradually anymore. It’s going bankrupt much more suddenly. And the government is to blame. …


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