<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/rights-experts-challenge-mexicos-probe-of-student-killings-1441566028">Rights Experts Challenge Mexico’s Probe of Student Killings</a>

Rights Experts Challenge Mexico’s Probe of Student Killings

MEXICO CITY—Critical parts of Mexico’s investigation into the abduction and probable killing of 43 teaching students a year ago are being challenged by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as seriously flawed, including the assertion that their bodies were incinerated in a garbage dump. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jorge-fernandez-menendez/2015/09/08/1044513">Iguala: los “expertos” especulan</a>

Iguala: los “expertos” especulan

Por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

El grupo de expertos de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que estuvieron investigando el caso Iguala han llegado a una serie de conclusiones que lo único que demuestran es que su indagatoria no pasa más allá de lo que ha dicho cualquier investigación periodística y es igual de poco concluyente. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/graft-weary-guatemalans-choose-president-201554560.html">Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala</a>

Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala

Guatemala City (AFP) – A comedian who played a simpleton cowboy who almost became president emerged Monday as the man to beat in Guatemala’s presidential race amid disgust over a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing incumbent. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/09/08/world/americas/ap-lt-venezuela-colombia.html?_r=1">Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure</a>

Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expanded an anti-smuggling offensive along the country’s frontier with Colombia and ordered the closure of the main border crossing in the country’s biggest state. …

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/venezuela-tv-idUSL1N11E00M20150908">Rights court tells Venezuela to restore opposition TV</a>

Rights court tells Venezuela to restore opposition TV

A regional human rights court criticized Venezuela on Monday for forcing an opposition TV channel off the air in 2007 and told President Nicolas Maduro’s government to grant the broadcaster its old frequency…

 

<a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/guineaNews/idAFL1N1182RO20150902">Brazil’s economic troubles threaten to spill over into Peru -finmin</a>

Brazil’s economic troubles threaten to spill over into Peru -finmin

LIMA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Brazil’s sinking economy is a new risk to Peru’s fragile recovery and builds on worries about China’s slowdown and an exodus of capital ahead of an expected U.S. interest rate hike, Peru’s finance minister said Wednesday. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/embattled-mexico-leader-acknowledges-national-outrage-183406662.html">Embattled Mexico leader acknowledges national ‘outrage’</a>

Embattled Mexico leader acknowledges national ‘outrage’

By Laurent Thomet

Mexico City (AFP) – His popularity plunging, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto used his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday to acknowledge national anger over violence and scandals that have shaken the country. …

 

<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21663157-government-economic-holeand-still-digging-brazil-prepares-make-grave-fiscal-error">Brazil’s disastrous budget</a>

Brazil’s disastrous budget

Plenty of countries run deficits. And when recessions occur, loosening the public purse strings makes sense for many of them. But Brazil is not most countries. Its economy is in deep trouble and its fiscal credibility is crumbling fast. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelan-leader-says-colombia-plotting-assassination-201344352.html">Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination</a>

Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination

By Libardo Cardona

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused Colombia’s government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors. …

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andres-oppenheimer/article33568107.html">Andres Oppenheimer: Maduro’s dirty tricks to rig Venezuela’s elections </a>

Andres Oppenheimer: Maduro’s dirty tricks to rig Venezuela’s elections

It’s no secret that Venezuela is a cosmetic democracy in which President Nicolás Maduro resorts to all kinds of dirty tricks to retain absolute powers, but his latest move — designing ballot sheets designed to confuse opposition voters — would be almost amusing if it weren’t so devious. …

 

<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21663169-cash-be-invested-oil-will-deliver-dubious-benefits-both-parties-why-china-loaning-5">Why China is lending $5 billion to struggling Venezuela</a>

Why China is lending $5 billion to struggling Venezuela

SITTING in front of a blown-up Chinese watercolour portrait of Hugo Chávez, President Nicolás Maduro announced a new $5 billion loan from China in his weekly television programme, which aired on September 1st. In the two-hour show (“In contact with Maduro”, “En contacto con Maduro”), he briefly announced that the deal had been signed, before panning to footage of marching Chinese soldiers and a clip of himself playing drums with Chinese dignitaries. …

 

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/03/guatemalan-judge-orders-president-detained-in-corruption-probe/?intcmp=hplnws">Guatemalan president resigns amid corruption investigation</a>

Guatemalan president resigns amid corruption investigation

Guatemala’s president resigned early Thursday, hours after a judge ordered him to appear in court amid an ongoing investigation into a customs fraud ring involving members of his government. Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega told the Associated Press that Otto Perez Molina submitted his resignation at midnight local time. …

 

<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/09/02/1752360-hezbollah-y-farc-el-nuevo-narcoterrorismo-que-crece-al-amparo-nicolas-maduro">Hezbollah y FARC: el nuevo narcoterrorismo que crece al amparo de Nicolás Maduro</a>

Hezbollah y FARC: el nuevo narcoterrorismo que crece al amparo de Nicolás Maduro

Es un triángulo que comenzó a gestarse hacia 2008. Se trata del entramado de terrorismo, narcotráfico y territorialidad que fue pactado entre Hugo Chávez, las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia(FARC) y el grupo terrorista islámico Hezbollah. Ese acuerdo recibió su impulso definitivo aquel año, cuando los regímenes de Venezuela y de Irán estrecharon sus lazos definitivamente. Eran tiempos del caudillo bolivariano y del presidente Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. El pacto, desde luego, fue continuado por Nicolás Maduro al pie de la letra. …

 

<a href="http://www.eldiarioexterior.com/cuba-entrena-a-los-matones-46323.htm">Cuba entrena a los “matones” venezolanos</a>

Cuba entrena a los “matones” venezolanos

Uno diría que eso excluye definitivamente a Cuba de la posibilidad de seguir promoviendo o de promover la violencia en nuestra región, como ciertamente lo hiciera -activa y constantemente- durante la década de los 70, alimentando y armando a quienes salieron a matar civiles inocentes en los distintos “conflictos armados internos” de la década de plomo. Pero ello, como veremos enseguida, no es necesariamente tan así. Hay distintos tipos de engaños y variantes infames que todavía se están utilizando. …

 

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/venezuela-manufactures-a-dispute-with-neighboring-colombia/2015/09/01/d0ed9c20-50d4-11e5-933e-7d06c647a395_story.html">Venezuela manufactures a dispute with neighboring Colombia</a>

Venezuela manufactures a dispute with neighboring Colombia

WITH INFLATION and violent crime soaring and supplies of food and medicine shrinking, Venezuela’s populist government appears headed toward a major defeat in legislative elections scheduled for December, if the vote is free and fair. So it’s no surprise that President Nicolás Maduro is resorting to the assaults on the opposition and manipulations of the electoral system that have been a staple of the regime created by the late Hugo Chávez. A number of opposition leaders have been banned from participating ...  

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/opinion/ecuadors-political-eruption.html?ref=opinion">Ecuador’s Political Eruption</a>

Ecuador’s Political Eruption

QUITO, Ecuador — There is a strange connection between volcanoes and political crises in Ecuador: They seem to erupt together. According to Pedro Cieza de León, who chronicled the Spanish conquistadors’ arrival in the Incan Empire, when Pedro de Alvarado entered the land that is now Ecuador in 1534, the Cotopaxi volcano erupted, sending massive gusts of fire and ash into the air, practically reducing the soldiers themselves to dust. …

 

<a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/el-salvador-homicide-rate-civil-war-era-level-192224833.html#OxQFGrw">El Salvador: homicide rate up to civil war-era level</a>

El Salvador: homicide rate up to civil war-era level

Violence fueled mainly by street gangs left 907 people dead in El Salvador last month, a level of bloodshed unseen since the civil war of the 1980s, authorities said Tuesday. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/world/americas/mexicans-remain-pessimistic-on-economy-despite-signs-of-progress.html?_r=1">Pessimism Pervades Mexico as Economic Promises Fall Short</a>

Pessimism Pervades Mexico as Economic Promises Fall Short

Jesús Rascón embodies the sort of success story that was supposed to epitomize “Mexico’s moment.” The plastics company he founded 13 years ago now employs 350 people in two factories. He sells parts to global companies like Volkswagen and Whirlpool. Even the slide in the value of the Mexican peso this year works in his favor because it makes his products cheaper overseas. …

 

<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/01/americas/guatemala-president-immunity-stripped/index.html">Guatemalan President stripped of immunity</a>

Guatemalan President stripped of immunity

Guatemala’s Congress voted Tuesday to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity. It’s a key step that paves the way for Pérez Molina’s possible prosecution as part of a corruption investigation that has shaken his government and sparked protests calling for his resignation. …

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/02/us-venezuela-china-oil-idUSKCN0R201V20150902">China signs off on $5 billion loan to boost Venezuela oil output: Maduro</a>

China signs off on $5 billion loan to boost Venezuela oil output: Maduro

Venezuela and China have signed a deal for a $5 billion loan designed to increase the OPEC country’s oil production, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said. …

 

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