<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2015/08/11/brazils-political-crisis-has-created-a-bottomless-pit-for-economy/2/">Brazil’s Political Crisis Has Created A Bottomless Pit For Economy</a>

Brazil’s Political Crisis Has Created A Bottomless Pit For Economy

An impeachment process is now more likely than it was a few months ago, but it is not the base case among investment houses, says Joao Ribeiro, a fixed income analyst at Nomura Securities in New York. The substitution of Dilma could help temporarily fix the political crisis and improve sentiment among foreign investors who don’t understand the nuances of Brazilian politics. More likely, an impeachment process will carry more political uncertainties surrounding PMDB and its involvement in the Petrobras ...  

Venezuela: Rise of a narcostate

Venezuela: Rise of a narcostate

By Roger F. Noriega

Venezuela is a narcostate, controlled by senior political leaders and security officials who have used state resources and state-owned companies in the cocaine trade. For example, US authorities have gathered documents and eyewitness testimonies implicating officers of the state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), in engaging in transactions and money laundering on behalf of cocaine smugglers within the government. Sources also have informed US authorities that the campaigns of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela ...  

<a href="http://country.eiu.com/article.aspx?articleid=93425393&Country=Argentina&topic=Politics&subtopic=Forecast&subsubtopic=Election+watch&u=1&pid=313392015&oid=313392015&uid=1">Primary elections give Scioli the lead in a close race</a>

Primary elections give Scioli the lead in a close race

Daniel Scioli, of the ruling Frente para la Victoria (FV), the dominant faction of the Peronist party, was the top-voted candidate in open primary elections on August 9th, making him favourite to win the presidential election on October 25th. But his 8-point margin of victory over the Cambiemos alliance leaves the race open. …


<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article30652860.html">Observers: Haiti elections weren’t perfect, but they happened — finally</a>

Observers: Haiti elections weren’t perfect, but they happened — finally

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s long-overdue legislative elections were not perfect, but it’s significant that they happened, the Organization of American States’ observer mission said Monday. …


Venezuela: El surgimiento de un narcoestado

Venezuela: El surgimiento de un narcoestado

Por Roger F. Noriega

Venezuela es un narcoestado controlado por líderes políticos de alto rango y funcionarios de seguridad que han utilizado los recursos del Estado y de empresas estatales para el trasiego de cocaína. Por ejemplo, autoridades estadounidenses han recopilado documentos y testimonios de testigos oculares que implican a funcionarios de la empresa petrolera estatal, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) en la participación de transacciones y lavado de dinero a nombre de traficantes de cocaína dentro del gobierno. Fuentes también ...  

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/world/americas/primaries-in-argentina-point-to-a-close-presidential-race.html?_r=1">Primaries in Argentina Point to a Close Presidential Race</a>

Primaries in Argentina Point to a Close Presidential Race

BUENOS AIRES — The future of Argentine politics was fuzzy on Monday after an all-party presidential primary, billed as a measure of the nation’s desire for change, proved close enough to cast doubt on who would prevail in general elections. …


<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/08/11/uk-brazil-rousseff-impeachment-idUKKCN0QG0BU20150811">Fiscal probe for Brazil’s Rousseff poses impeachment threat</a>

Fiscal probe for Brazil’s Rousseff poses impeachment threat

The biggest threat to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s hold on office may come not from a corruption scandal that has ensnared the country’s business and political elite but from a less-heralded probe into accounting practices led by a computer science graduate turned lawyer. …


<a href="http://nationalinterest.org/feature/coming-soon-another-rigged-election-venezuela-13544">Coming Soon: Another Rigged Election in Venezuela</a>

Coming Soon: Another Rigged Election in Venezuela

Each time there’s an election in Venezuela, the “Chavista” regime performs a weird type of geopolitical striptease, gradually revealing to the world its most-intimate parts. The result is to repel, rather than seduce. …


<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/10/opinions/ghitis-venezuela-woes/">Venezuela’s disastrous course</a>

Venezuela’s disastrous course

(CNN)For a fleeting few years the South American nation of Venezuela and its histrionic late President Hugo Chavez made waves on the global stage. While he upended the country’s economy and exploited class conflict at home, he blamed the world’s woes on the U.S., insulted the American president at the United Nations, and exhorted other leftists in the region to challenge the prevailing economic model and follow his path to “21st century. …


<a href="http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2394180&CategoryId=10717">Well-Known American Lawyer John Pate Murdered in His Apartment in Venezuela</a>

Well-Known American Lawyer John Pate Murdered in His Apartment in Venezuela

CARACAS — The well-known American lawyer John Pate, a US citizen, was stabbed to death by assailants in his apartment at the Vista Real on Avenue Panorama in Lomas de San Román section of Caracas on Sunday evening. …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/10/argentina-debt-ruling-idUSL1N10L16920150810">U.S. appeals court narrows debt claims against Argentina</a>

U.S. appeals court narrows debt claims against Argentina

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Argentina on Monday won the reversal of a U.S. judge’s ruling that a group of bondholders suing over its defaulted debt said entitled them to $700 million. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa had improperly expanded a class of bondholders who were seeking repayment following the country’s $100 billion default in 2002. …


<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/09/americas/mexico-missing-students-activist-killed/">Activist who helped search for Mexico’s 43 missing students found slain</a>

Activist who helped search for Mexico’s 43 missing students found slain

(CNN)When he felt authorities weren’t doing enough to protect his hometown, he organized more than 100 women to police the streets. …


<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/10/hugo-chavez-daughter-is-richest-individual-in-venezuela-report-claims/">Hugo Chávez daughter is the richest individual in Venezuela, report claims</a>

Hugo Chávez daughter is the richest individual in Venezuela, report claims

On more than one occasion the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez declared that being rich is bad, often adding “Rich people attack me for saying that, but I claim it is bad.” His favorite daughter, however, may disagree. …


<a href="http://www.elsalvador.com/articulo/internacional/grupo-globo-rousseff-pretende-hacer-ministro-lula-para-blindarlo-84072">Grupo Globo: Rousseff pretende hacer ministro a Lula para “blindarlo”</a>

Grupo Globo: Rousseff pretende hacer ministro a Lula para “blindarlo”

BRASILIA. El exgobernante brasileño Lula da Silva podría ser nombrado ministro por la actual presidenta, Dilma Rousseff, como una desesperada búsqueda de salida a la crisis política que golpea al gobierno. Lo sostiene el analista político Gerson Camarotti, del grupo Globo. …


<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/leo-zuckermann/2015/08/10/1039351">31 meses del sexenio de Peña: 23,758 ejecuciones</a>

31 meses del sexenio de Peña: 23,758 ejecuciones

Por Leo Zuckermann

En abril de este año ocurrieron un total de 589 ejecuciones relacionadas con el crimen organizado. Esta cifra fue prácticamente igual que la observada en el mes inmediato anterior (marzo con 592). No obstante, en mayo se dio un incremento de 34% con 787 ejecuciones. Para junio, la cifra cayó en 21% a 625 eventos. Esto de acuerdo con la base de datos de Lantia, consultora especializada en temas de seguridad. Contabilizando el total de este tipo de ...  

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-patients-resort-pet-medications-051544596.html">Venezuela patients resort to pet medications</a>

Venezuela patients resort to pet medications

Caracas (AFP) – Kevin Blanco got a life-saving kidney transplant 15 years ago, but the chronic shortages gripping crisis-hit Venezuela have put his life at risk again. …


<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-10/cuba-arrests-90-dissidents-at-protest-march/6684596">Cuba detains dozens of activists during anti-Castro, anti-Obama protest ahead of John Kerry visit</a>

Cuba detains dozens of activists during anti-Castro, anti-Obama protest ahead of John Kerry visit

With tense bilateral ties recently renewed after five decades and top US diplomat John Kerry due in Havana in days, Cuba briefly detained dozens of activists who were advocating that the United States should do more to curb ongoing human rights abuses. …


<a href="https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/bolivia-will-president-serve-another-term">Bolivia: Will the President Serve Another Term?</a>

Bolivia: Will the President Serve Another Term?

Bolivian President Evo Morales is not even a year into his third term but already appears to be considering a fourth. The government plans to convene a Cabinet meeting in December to discuss whether Morales should try to change the constitution to allow him to run again in 2019. Meanwhile, some of his supporters have begun calling for a national referendum that would pave the way for those changes. With the economy growing and the political opposition weak, it is ...  

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/08/world/americas/vice-president-of-brazil-emerges-from-shadows-as-scandal-engulfs-dilma-rousseff.html?ref=americas">Brazil’s Vice President Sees Influence Grow as Scandal Engulfs Dilma Rousseff</a>

Brazil’s Vice President Sees Influence Grow as Scandal Engulfs Dilma Rousseff

RIO DE JANEIRO — Few Brazilians gave much thought until recently to their vice president, a 74-year-old scholar of constitutional law with a bearing so formal that a political rival once compared him to “a butler from a horror movie.” …


<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexicos-economy-was-supposed-to-soar-its-starting-to-flop/2015/08/07/ecbf00dc-3ab4-11e5-b759-e3c43f009486_story.html">Mexico’s economy was supposed to soar. It’s starting to flop.</a>

Mexico’s economy was supposed to soar. It’s starting to flop.

Largely lost amid the frantic scramble after drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s dramatic prison escape, one of the biggest leaps of faith for the Mexican economy landed with a flop. …


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