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 ...  

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/print/entrada-de-opinion/columna/carlos-loret-de-mola/nacion/2015/07/30/en-almoloya-escucharon-por-dias">En Almoloya escucharon por días los taladros del ‘Chapo’</a>

En Almoloya escucharon por días los taladros del ‘Chapo’

Por Carlos Loret de Mola

Al difundir los videos de cómo se escapó El Chapo del penal de “máxima seguridad” de Almoloya, el gobierno federal exhibió imágenes pero no sonidos. Las cámaras sí tienen micrófono y lo que registraron ya fue analizado por peritos. Ellos descubrieron que por días y noches enteras se escucharon los sonidos de taladros y martilleos. Los trabajos de la construcción del túnel sucedían prácticamente las 24 horas. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21659738-foreign-businesses-eye-new-frontiers-many-obstacles-lie-their-way-when-sanctions?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fpe%2Fed%2FWhenTheSanctionsComeOff">Cuba and Iran: When the sanctions come off</a>

Cuba and Iran: When the sanctions come off

If the lobbies of Tehran’s more expensive hotels are any guide, the rush is already on. Six months ago they sported only the odd Chinese businessman. Now they are alive with Westerners jostling for deals. Trade delegations have started to arrive. First off the mark after Iran struck a nuclear deal with world powers earlier this month was Germany’s vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, who took a group of executives to Iran’s capital on July 18th. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/31/world/americas/mexican-presidents-ties-to-contractor-raise-questions.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=2">Mexican President’s Ties to Contractor Raise Questions</a>

Mexican President’s Ties to Contractor Raise Questions


SAN FRANCISCO XOCHICUAUTLA, Mexico — Armando García has filed lawsuits, joined protests and gotten arrested trying to stop a highway from slicing through his hilly backyard in a nature reserve. …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/29/us-brazil-economy-levy-idUSKCN0Q321V20150729">Brazil’s Levy battles for influence as anti-austerity sentiment grows</a>

Brazil’s Levy battles for influence as anti-austerity sentiment grows

By Alonso Soto

Finance Minister Joaquim Levy’s role as Brazil’s dominant economic policymaker is slipping as he tries to push through unpopular austerity measures aimed at saving the country’s investment grade rating. …


<a href="http://en.mercopress.com/2015/07/30/argentina-asks-if-iran-nuke-deal-includes-delisting-iranian-wanted-in-major-bomb-attack-in-buenos-aires">Argentina asks if Iran nuke-deal includes delisting Iranian wanted in major bomb attack in Buenos Aires</a>

Argentina asks if Iran nuke-deal includes delisting Iranian wanted in major bomb attack in Buenos Aires

In an open letter on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Argentina was concerned by a news reports in The Wall Street Journal that said the secret deal reached with Iran included the European Union’s agreement to remove former Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi from its sanctions list. …


<a href="http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2015/07/mexico-delays-oil-auction-as-industry-stays-back.html/">As Mexico delays oil auction, a reckoning on terms</a>

As Mexico delays oil auction, a reckoning on terms

By James Osborne

On Wednesday Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell told the Mexican television channel Televisa  after a disastrous first round of bidding on oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico bidding on deepwater blocks would be postponed to give Mexico time to work on the terms of the contracts. …


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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.