<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/world/americas/as-us-and-cuba-relations-warm-property-claims-issue-is-revived.html?_r=1">As U.S. and Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived</a>

As U.S. and Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

WASHINGTON — When Amy Rosoff’s parents boarded a ferry from Cubato Key West, Fla., in April 1961, they took only the clothes they could carry and a wedding band and diamond engagement ring, smuggled in a bundle of her brother’s cloth diapers that her mother had stained brown with vanilla to deter communist soldiers from searching them. …


<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/cuba/11749890/Ask-a-Cuban-if-its-fun-living-in-a-time-warp.html">Ask a Cuban if it’s fun living in a time warp</a>

Ask a Cuban if it’s fun living in a time warp

By David Blair

Fidel Castro was surely guilty of the single most irresponsible act in human history. At the height of the Cuban missile crisis, he dispatched a letter to the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev urging an immediate nuclear strike on the United States. “However harsh and terrible such a decision would be, there is no other way out, in my opinion,” read the missive on October 27 1962. “With fraternal greetings, Fidel Castro.” …


<a href="http://elcomercio.pe/politica/justicia/ollanta-humala-implicado-caso-sobornos-brasil-noticia-1826642">Ollanta Humala es implicado en caso de sobornos en Brasil</a>

Ollanta Humala es implicado en caso de sobornos en Brasil

El presidente Ollanta Humala aparece como implicado en el escándalo de corrupción de Petrobras, a partir del testimonio de uno de los empresarios detenidos en medio de las pesquisas, quien asegura que recibió a un emisario del mandatario en el 2013. …


A Prison for El Chapo

A Prison for El Chapo

By Pascal Beltrán del Río

[Translation by IASW]

It remains unclear why the US government, which says is “disappointed” by the escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, took over a year to raise the possibility of extraditing the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel with the Mexican government.

El Chapo faces several accusations in 13 federal courts of the United States, which range from conspiracy to traffic marijuana to homicide. The oldest of the accusations can be located in the Southern District of ...  

<a href="http://cco.ndu.edu/Portals/96/Documents/prism/prism_5-3/The_Advance_Of_Radical_Populist_Doctrine_in_Latin_America.pdf">The Advance of Radical Populist Doctrine in Latin America</a>

The Advance of Radical Populist Doctrine in Latin America

By Douglas Farah

In July 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina and Brazil. He forgave more than $30 billion in Cuban debt from the Cold War; signed a nuclear energy and gas deals with Argentina and declared the beleaguered administration of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a “top strategic ally;” promised his old friend Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua agricultural assistance and other aid; and signed on as a founding member of the BRICS’ new development bank to challenge the ...  

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/pascal-beltran-del-rio/2015/07/17/1035145">Una cárcel para El Chapo</a>

Una cárcel para El Chapo

Por Pascal Beltrán del Río

Sigue sin aclararse por qué el gobierno de Estados Unidos –que dice estar “decepcionado” por la fuga de Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera– tardó más de un año en plantear a México la posibilidad de extraditar al líder del Cártel de Sinaloa. …


<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/07/17/1742295-como-fueron-los-64-atentados-perpetrados-las-farc-los-ultimos-dos-meses">Cómo fueron los 64 atentados perpetrados por las FARC en los últimos dos meses</a>

Cómo fueron los 64 atentados perpetrados por las FARC en los últimos dos meses

La Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia dio a conocer la lista de los ataques terroristas que perpetraron las FARC en los últimos dos meses dentro del territorio colombiano. …


<a href="http://www.worldcrunch.com/opinion-analysis/venezuela-could-guyana-be-maduro-s-falklands-/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-guyana-falklands-nationalism/c7s19248/#.VakKW864lTb">Venezuela: Could Guyana Be Maduro’s Falklands?</a>

Venezuela: Could Guyana Be Maduro’s Falklands?

BOGOTA — A long-running border dispute between Venezuela and the former British colony of Guyana has been intensifying for weeks, purportedly because of plans by U.S. oil company ExxonMobil to conduct oil exploration in an area known as the Essequibo region. …


<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/criminal-groups-fund-25-percent-guatemalas-politics-32504814">UN: Criminal Groups Fund 25 Percent of Guatemala’s Politics</a>

UN: Criminal Groups Fund 25 Percent of Guatemala’s Politics

By Sonia Perez D.

A quarter of the money fueling Guatemalan politics comes from criminal organizations, primarily drug traffickers, according to a report released Thursday by a United Nations commission. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-07-17/-no-why-argentina-refuses-to-pay-its-debts">Why Argentina Consistently, and Unapologetically, Refuses to Pay Its Debts</a>

Why Argentina Consistently, and Unapologetically, Refuses to Pay Its Debts

By Michael Smith

Argentina’s fight with foreign banks and bondholders is more than just business. It’s part of the national psyche, enshrined in a special museum at the business school at the University of Buenos Aires. The Museum of Foreign Debt is nothing fancy. There are a few flimsy panels plastered with grainy photos, dates, text, and graphs. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazil-probes-ex-leader-da-silva-in-criminal-matter-1437076505">Brazil Jolted by Probe of Ex-Leader ‘Lula’</a>

Brazil Jolted by Probe of Ex-Leader ‘Lula’


SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s ruling party was newly buffeted on Thursday as federal prosecutors opened an investigation into former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for alleged influence peddling on behalf of a Brazilian construction giant. …


<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/from-colombia-to-new-york-city-the-economics-of-cocaine-2015-7">From Colombia to New York City: The economics of cocaine </a>

From Colombia to New York City: The economics of cocaine

By Scott Stewart

As we analyze the Mexican cartels, we recognize that to understand their actions and the interactions between them, we need to acknowledge that at their core they are businesses and not politically motivated militant organizations. …


<a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/venezuela-bans-another-politician-running-parliament-000916096.html#Fc2DipO">Venezuela bans another politician from running for parliament</a>

Venezuela bans another politician from running for parliament

By Diego Ore

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has banned a second opposition member, former mayor Vicencio Scarano, from holding public office for a year, meaning he will not be able to run in December’s parliamentary election. …


<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/07/16/abren-investigacion-penal-contra-expresidente-brasileno-lula-da-silva/">Abren investigación penal contra expresidente brasileño Lula da Silva</a>

Abren investigación penal contra expresidente brasileño Lula da Silva

(CNN Español) - CNN confirmó este jueves que el Ministerio Público Federal de Brasil abrió una investigación penal contra el expresidente brasileño Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva para averiguar si incurrió en delito de tráfico de influencias para favorecer una constructora. …


<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c32d571a-2b40-11e5-8613-e7aedbb7bdb7.html#axzz3fy006tjQ">Historic Mexican oil tender fails to attract investors</a>

Historic Mexican oil tender fails to attract investors

By Jude Webber

Crestfallen Mexican officials admitted that the historic tender to open the country’s oil sector to private investors for the first time in 80 years had fallen well short of expectations after only two of the 14 exploration blocks on offer were awarded. …


<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/07/el_chapo_s_next_move_will_he_rebuild_his_empire_or_simply_disappear.html">El Chapo’s Next Move</a>

El Chapo’s Next Move

By Malcolm Beith

“I’m a farmer,” Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera told reporters the first time he was arrested in 1993. The second time he was caught, in 2014, he reportedly admitted to Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola that he had killed 2,000 or 3,000 people. …



<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-15/oil-majors-shun-mexico-offshore-auction-as-blocks-go-unsold">Mexico Energy Reform Starts With Thud in Offshore Oil Auction</a>

Mexico Energy Reform Starts With Thud in Offshore Oil Auction

By Adam Williams, Andrea Navarro and Eric Martin

Mexico’s first auction of offshore oil leases fell short of the country’s expectations as several majors decided not to participate. …


<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/brazils-president-says-im-not-guilty-but-even-allies-wonder-if-she-can-survive/2015/07/15/44177414-24ca-11e5-b621-b55e495e9b78_story.html">Brazil’s president says, ‘I’m not guilty,’ but even allies wonder if she can survive</a>

Brazil’s president says, ‘I’m not guilty,’ but even allies wonder if she can survive

By Dom Phillips

CURITIBA, Brazil — Last week Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, looking increasingly isolated in a deepening political crisis, gave a newspaper interview to insist: “I’m not going to fall.” …



<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-passes-peru-coca-cultivation-report-32470595">Colombia Surpasses Peru in Coca Cultivation, UN Report Says</a>

Colombia Surpasses Peru in Coca Cultivation, UN Report Says

Colombia surpassed Peru last year in land under coca cultivation, with Peru experiencing a 14 percent drop in acreage for the plant used to make cocaine, according to U.N. data released Wednesday. …


<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/15/uk-venezuela-politics-idUKKCN0PP2JA20150715">Venezuela’s Machado says will defy ban and run for parliament</a>

Venezuela’s Machado says will defy ban and run for parliament

Venezuelan hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado on Wednesday vowed she would run for parliament despite a one-year ban on her holding public office, which she said was a ploy by the government to avoid defeat in December’s vote. …


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