<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-03/obama-charm-offensive-targets-venezuela-after-iranians-cubans">Obama Charm Offensive Targets Venezuela After Iranians, Cubans</a>

Obama Charm Offensive Targets Venezuela After Iranians, Cubans

By Nicole Gaouette

The Obama administration’s charm offensive with unfriendly states has rolled through Myanmar, Iran and Cuba. Next stop: Venezuela. …

 

<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/looting-venezuela-shortages_55bcec4de4b0d4f33a0309a3">Looting Turns Deadly In Venezuela Amid Severe Food Shortages</a>

Looting Turns Deadly In Venezuela Amid Severe Food Shortages

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c95a8176-31b2-11e5-8873-775ba7c2ea3d.html#axzz3i3BRCzdF">Brazil: Engine Trouble</a>

Brazil: Engine Trouble

The boardroom of heavy vehicle maker MAN in São Paulo is decorated with a Boys’ Own collection of model trucks, soccer balls and the jerseys of local football teams. …

 

<a href="https://twitter.com/eldailypost">A quick recapture of El Chapo? Don’t bet on it</a>

A quick recapture of El Chapo? Don’t bet on it

By Alejandro Hope

Nothing would make the Mexican government happier than reapprehending El Chapo Guzmán. But, barring a really lucky break, the fugitive kingpin will remain a free man for months, if not years. …  

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com/internacional/150731/69-de-colombianos-es-pesimista-sobre-dialogo-de-paz-con-las-farc">69% de colombianos es pesimista sobre diálogo de paz con las FARC</a>

69% de colombianos es pesimista sobre diálogo de paz con las FARC

Bogotá.- El 69 % de los colombianos es pesimista sobre el futuro del proceso de paz entre el Gobierno y la guerrilla de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), frente a 29 % que se declara optimista, según una encuesta divulgada hoy en Bogotá. …

 

Saqueos en varias ciudades de ‪‎Venezuela‬ por escasez de alimentos y desesperación por sobrevivir (VIDEO)

Saqueos en varias ciudades de ‪‎Venezuela‬ por escasez de alimentos y desesperación por sobrevivir (VIDEO)

Video de supermercado del Estado de Bolívar en Venezuela

 

Looting in several cities in Venezuela today, as hungry people battle for survival (VIDEO)

Looting in several cities in Venezuela today, as hungry people battle for survival (VIDEO)

Video from Bolivar State, Venezuela.

 

<a href="http://colombiareports.com/colombia-declares-war-on-illegal-mining/">Colombia declares war on illegal mining</a>

Colombia declares war on illegal mining

By Emma Rosser

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday declared a war on the $2.5 billion illegal mining industry in the country. …

 

<a href="http://fusion.net/story/175747/el-salvador-is-in-serious-trouble/">El Salvador is in serious trouble</a>

El Salvador is in serious trouble

By Tim Rogers

Central America, it often seems, is a region that lurches from one crisis to the next. So much so that the whole concept of crisis has become somewhat hackneyed and a tad meaningless. …

 

<a href="http://www.dw.com/en/peru-rescues-shining-path-hostages/a-18615614">Peru rescues ‘Shining Path’ hostages</a>

Peru rescues ‘Shining Path’ hostages

In a joint operation, Peru’s armed forces and police rescued 39 people, including 26 children and 13 women, who were held by “Shining Path” rebels in the country’s VRAEM area, the government announced this week. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-extradition-order-issued-fugitive-mexico-kingpin-213250864.html">Judge rules fugitive Mexico kingpin to be sent to US</a>

Judge rules fugitive Mexico kingpin to be sent to US

Mexico City (AFP) – A Mexican judge has issued an order to extradite fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States — if he is recaptured after his jailbreak, authorities said Thursday. …

 

<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-company-struggles-in-venezuela-are-stark-reminder-of-emerging-market-risk-2015-07-30">U.S. company struggles in Venezuela are stark reminder of emerging market risk</a>

U.S. company struggles in Venezuela are stark reminder of emerging market risk

By Claudia Assis

U.S. companies are writing off their Venezuelan assets amid a currency crisis in the South American country, a stark reminder that as some developing markets have found firmer footing in recent years, others remain perilous for investors. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-seizes-warehouses-from-empresas-polar-other-companies-1438294617">Venezuela Takeover Order Riles Companies</a>

Venezuela Takeover Order Riles Companies

By Kejal Vyas

CARACAS, Venezuela—The government ordered major food companies, including units of Pepisco and Nestlé Inc., to evacuate warehouses in an area where the state plans to expropriate land to build low-cost housing. …

 

<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21660140-will-ecuador-turn-latin-americas-greece-scraping-barrel?fsrc=rss%7Came">Will Ecuador turn into Latin America’s Greece? </a>

Will Ecuador turn into Latin America’s Greece?

Visitors arriving at Quito’s new airport are swept to Ecuador’s capital, 35km (22 miles) away, along a brand new six-lane motorway. Together with new hospitals, schools, social housing and benefits and student grants, the vastly improved road network is the work of President Rafael Correa’s “Citizens’ Revolution”. With his melange of technocratic modernisation and leftist populism, Mr Correa leads a strong and hitherto popular government that has lasted eight years in a country where none of his three predecessors completed ...  

<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/hillary-clintons-cuban-ghosts-120841.html">Hillary Clinton’s Cuban ghosts</a>

Hillary Clinton’s Cuban ghosts

By Marc Caputo

When Hillary Clinton calls on Congress to lift the Cuban embargo, she’ll try to make history in two ways Friday: she’ll be the first presidential candidate to make the demand in the heart of Miami’s Cuban-exile community and she’ll be exorcising a political ghost from her family’s past. …

 

<a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/defender-fidel_1001523.html">Defender of Fidel</a>

Defender of Fidel

By Ronald Radosh

Juan Reinaldo Sánchez was drafted into the Cuban Army in 1967 and assigned to the Department of Personal Security, the branch dedicated to protecting Fidel Castro. Starting at the lowest rung, where he was assigned to the blocks where Cuba’s top revolutionary leaders worked, Sánchez quickly rose through the ranks because of his good performance and revolutionary attitude. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-07-28/immigration-s-americas-problem">The Americas’ Immigration Problem</a>

The Americas’ Immigration Problem

Their numbers may have declined, but the violence they are trying to escape persists. As Congress considers the plight of the thousands of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who still head north every month, it should keep this fact in mind. …

 

<a href="https://twitter.com/eclac_un">Latin America and the Caribbean Will Grow Just 0.5% in 2015</a>

Latin America and the Caribbean Will Grow Just 0.5% in 2015

The countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will grow 0.5% on average in 2015, according to new projections released today by ECLAC during a press conference in Santiago, Chile. Although the deceleration is a generalized phenomenon in the region, the organization forecasts heterogeneous growth among subregions and countries; South America will contract -0.4%, Central America and Mexico will grow 2.8%, and the Caribbean will expand 1.7%. …

 

<a href="http://en.mercopress.com/2015/07/27/guyana-warns-in-washington-about-the-venezuelan-threat-to-its-territory">Guyana warns in Washington about the Venezuelan threat to its territory</a>

Guyana warns in Washington about the Venezuelan threat to its territory

“Guyana at the moment is facing a challenge to its survival by a larger state,” Granger told guests at the William Perry Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies. …

 

Organized crime in the Americas: A call to action

Organized crime in the Americas: A call to action

By Roger F. Noriega

Key Points

Transnational organized crime (TNOC), in some cases abetted by hostile and lawless regimes in Latin America, is a principal threat to US security; however, US officials have failed to respond effectively. A narcostate has emerged in Venezuela, but US diplomats have coddled the criminal regime in defiance of ongoing US investigations and in violation of the president’s explicit anti-TNOC strategy. The United States should use law-enforcement tools to expose and punish senior Latin American ...  

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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.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the elections of radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, and lackluster support for regional counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives.

We are a group of concerned policy experts that fear the results of these destructive agendas for individual freedom, prosperity, and the well-being of the peoples of the region. Our goal is to inform American policymakers and American and international public opinion of the dangers of these radical populist regimes to inter-American security.