<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-22/guatemala-s-government-nears-collapse-as-two-more-ministers-quit">Guatemala’s Government Nears Collapse as More Ministers Quit</a>

Guatemala’s Government Nears Collapse as More Ministers Quit

Guatemala’s government neared collapse as two ministers quit in the wake of a prosecutor’s report saying President Otto Perez Molina may have been involved in a corruption scandal that has already battered his administration. …


<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/150824/decreto-1950-suspende-seis-garantias-durante-60-dias">Venezuela Decreto suspende seis garantías durante 60 días</a>

Venezuela Decreto suspende seis garantías durante 60 días

El gobernador del estado Aragua, Tareck El Aissami, como miembro del Puesto de Comando Presidencial, leyó el Decreto 1.950, contentivo de 18 artículos, mediante el cual el presidente Nicolás Maduro suspendió en los municipios Bolívar, Ureña, Junín, Independencia y Libertad del estado Táchira, las garantías previstas en los artículos 47, 48, 50, 53, 68 y 112 de la Constitución. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/judge-seeks-investigation-of-brazil-president-dilma-rousseffs-2014-campaign-funds-1440261299">Judge Seeks Investigation of Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s 2014 Campaign Funds</a>

Judge Seeks Investigation of Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s 2014 Campaign Funds

BRASÍLIA—A judge at Brazil’s federal electoral court has asked prosecutors to investigate donations to President Dilma Rousseff’s 2014 re-election campaign, citing signs that money from a high-profile corruption scandal ended up financing her campaign. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-23/mexico-s-president-can-t-shake-cronyism-doubts-after-probe">Mexico’s President Can’t Shake Cronyism Doubts After Probe</a>

Mexico’s President Can’t Shake Cronyism Doubts After Probe

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto last week was cleared of wrongdoing in a six-month investigation of whether his government improperly awarded construction contracts, a development that should have been good news. …


<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2015/08/21/companies-interested--new-corporate-frontiers-but-hurdles-remain/32010755/">Cuba and Iran not quite open for business</a>

Cuba and Iran not quite open for business

Cuba and Iran, nations that have been mostly off limits to U.S. visitors for decades, are on the brink of opening up. And companies are clamoring to explore new commercial frontiers. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/24/world/americas/9-opposition-candidates-barred-from-venezuelas-december-ballot.html?_r=2&assetType=nyt_now">9 Opposition Candidates Barred From Venezuela’s December Ballot </a>

9 Opposition Candidates Barred From Venezuela’s December Ballot

SAN DIEGO, Venezuela — When he handily won a primary to run for the National Assembly, Enzo Scarano hoped to be part of a wave carrying the opposition to a legislative majority that would alter the political balance in Venezuela. …


<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/757586a2-44c5-11e5-af2f-4d6e0e5eda22.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3jjaDLT5C">Venezuela’s neighbours will feel its pain</a>

Venezuela’s neighbours will feel its pain

In 1812, scarcely a year into Venezuela’s independence, an earthquake levelled Caracas, spurring panicked survivors to expel the republican army and return the colony to Spanish rule. Simón Bolívar remained unbowed: “If nature opposes us,” the revolutionary leader declared, “we shall fight nature and force her to obey us.” Two centuries later, the new “revolutionary” government that has co-opted Bolívar’s name has also adopted his obdurate attitude, while perhaps eschewing other qualities — adaptability, diplomacy, competence — that allowed him ...  

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/08/24/give-castros-embassy-in-washington-the-address-it-deserves/">Give Castro’s embassy in Washington the address it deserves</a>

Give Castro’s embassy in Washington the address it deserves

Raising the flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Aug. 14 was a historically symbolic act, but equally symbolic were the absence of dissidents and the failure to talk about Cuba’s repressive regime at this public moment. The 45-minute ceremony illustrated everything that is wrong with Washington’s Cuba policy. …


<a href="http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/08/20/opinion/1440079949_687917.html">Venezuela, al límite</a>

Venezuela, al límite

Venezuela atraviesa una grave crisis socioeconómica; de seguridad ciudadana y de libertades básicas. El país necesita un Gobierno que “gobierne”, sin buscar culpables fuera de su ámbito de responsabilidad; que abra un espacio de diálogo con la oposición y con los sectores productivos para intentar enfrentar los desafíos con una visión de los intereses generales de todos los venezolanos. Un diálogo capaz de reconciliar a una sociedad fracturada que sufre el fracaso y el sectarismo de los gobernantes. …


<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/mundo/latinoamerica/miguel-henrique-otero-maduro-debe-renunciar-adelantar-elecciones-o-sera-el-caos/16266435">Miguel Henrique Otero: ‘Nicolás Maduro debe renunciar, adelantar elecciones o será el caos’</a>

Miguel Henrique Otero: ‘Nicolás Maduro debe renunciar, adelantar elecciones o será el caos’

Miguel Henrique Otero, editor del diario venezolano ‘El Nacional’, está convencido de que la crisis venezolana ha llegado a un punto tal que el presidente Nicolás Maduro debería “renunciar o adelantar elecciones”, pues sino “será el caos”. …


<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/08/21/ros-lehtinen-las-acusaciones-de-maduro-parecen-algo-de-una-telenovela/">Ros-Lehtinen: Las acusaciones de Maduro parecen algo de una telenovela</a>

Ros-Lehtinen: Las acusaciones de Maduro parecen algo de una telenovela

La congresista estadounidense Ileana Ros-Lehtinen respondió a las acusaciones del presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro que dice que ella habría ayudado a financiar las protestas de la oposición en ese país en 2014 y que está detrás de un plan para desestabilizar su gobierno. …


<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/08/21/detienen-a-roxana-baldetti-exvicepresidenta-de-guatemala-por-presunto-caso-de-corrupcion/">Detienen a Roxana Baldetti, exvicepresidenta de Guatemala por presunto caso de corrupción</a>

Detienen a Roxana Baldetti, exvicepresidenta de Guatemala por presunto caso de corrupción

Autoridades de Guatemala detuvieron este viernes a la exvicepresidenta de de ese país, Roxana Baldetti, a quien se le vincula con una trama de corrupción, según informó el Ministerio Público guatemalteco. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/two-brazilian-lawmakers-charged-in-petrobras-case-1440106249">Brazil House Leader Charged With Graft in Petrobras Case</a>

Brazil House Leader Charged With Graft in Petrobras Case

BRASÍLIA—The powerful speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha,was charged with corruption on Thursday, intensifying a political crisis that has paralyzed the nation’s leadership and worsened a painful economic downturn. …


<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/21/guatemala-detains-former-vp-roxana-baldetti-who-resigned-as-graft-scandal/">Guatemala detains former VP Roxana Baldetti, who resigned as graft scandal implicated aide</a>

Guatemala detains former VP Roxana Baldetti, who resigned as graft scandal implicated aide

GUATEMALA CITY –  Guatemalan authorities have detained former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned earlier this year after a corruption scandal reached into her inner circle. …


<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/20/oils-latest-casualty-mexico.html">Oil’s latest casualty: Mexico</a>

Oil’s latest casualty: Mexico

“Another disappointing year” looms for Mexico, with growth hit by the rout in the oil price and falling crude production, amid concerns as to the impact of the upcoming U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike. …


<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34013557">Peru approves shooting down of drug smuggling planes</a>

Peru approves shooting down of drug smuggling planes

The Peruvian Congress has approved legislation that allows the country’s air force to shoot down small planes suspected of carrying illegal drugs. Peru produces more cocaine than any other country and anti-narcotics agents say most of it is smuggled to the US. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelan-leader-closes-colombia-border-crossing-3-days-044604427.html">Venezuelan leader sends more troops to Colombia border</a>

Venezuelan leader sends more troops to Colombia border

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the temporary closure of a major border crossing with Colombia and said Thursday he would bolster military forces there following an attack on three soldiers who were looking for smugglers. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/obamas-new-cuban-partners-my-old-jailers-1440113007">Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers</a>

Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers

All Rosa Maria Payá wants is a copy of her father’s autopsy report. All her father wanted before he was murdered by Castro’s thugs was free elections. These are simple requests that those of us living in freedom enjoy without issue. …


<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/20/125-killed-in-3-days-gang-violence-in-el-salvador-government-says/">125 killed in 3 days of gang violence in El Salvador, government says</a>

125 killed in 3 days of gang violence in El Salvador, government says

At least 125 people have been killed in El Salvador in the last three days, authorities said Wednesday as a wave of violence continues to plague the Central American nation. …


<a href="http://www.elpais.com.uy/economia/empresas/empresas-que-produciran-cannabis-seran.html">Empresas que producirán cannabis serán definidas en septiembre</a>

Empresas que producirán cannabis serán definidas en septiembre

El gobierno pretende definir el próximo 3 de septiembre las empresas que producirán, bajo el control del Estado, la marihuana de uso recreativo que será comercializada en las farmacias del país, conforme la ley aprobada en 2013, informaron hoy a Efe fuentes del Ejecutivo. …


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