<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’

By ROGERIO JELMAYER and LUCIANA MAGALHAES

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. …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/r-prisoner-release-not-on-the-table-in-us-talks-venezuela-2015-7">Prisoner release not on the table in U.S. talks: Venezuela </a>

Prisoner release not on the table in U.S. talks: Venezuela

By Brian Ellsworth

CARACAS (Reuters) – Talks to improve diplomatic relations between the United States and Venezuela’s socialist government do not include discussion of releasing opposition demonstrators jailed as a result of protests in 2014, Venezuela’s foreign minister told Reuters. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-police-search-hotels-hospitals-drug-lord-022233959.html;_ylt=AwrXnCIqHadV5nsAwR7QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByYnR1Zmd1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--">Mexico police search hotels, hospitals for drug lord</a>

Mexico police search hotels, hospitals for drug lord

Mexico City (AFP) – Mexican authorities are searching hotels, hospitals and funeral homes in a massive manhunt for fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, while boosting operations at the Guatemala border, officials said. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/af4f2b46-2a97-11e5-8613-e7aedbb7bdb7.html#axzz3fsFNBVFP">Brazil police raid homes of former president and two congressmen</a>

Brazil police raid homes of former president and two congressmen

By Joe Leahy

Brazilian police raided the homes of former president and current Senator Fernando Collor and two other sitting congressmen on Tuesday in a sharp escalation of an investigation into corruption at state-owned oil company Petrobras. …

 

<a href="http://www.dineroenimagen.com/2015-07-15/58557">Arranca licitación histórica de la Ronda Uno</a>

Arranca licitación histórica de la Ronda Uno

En punto de las ocho de la mañana, el comité licitatorio de la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos comenzó con la recepción de sobres que contiene las propuestas económicas y garantías de las empresa privadas que estarán pujando para adjudicarse alguno de los 14 bloques para la exploración y extracción de hidrocarburos en el Golfo de México. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-14/argentina-s-macri-must-be-more-aggressive-to-defeat-government">Argentina’s Macri Must Be More Aggressive to Win Elections</a>

Argentina’s Macri Must Be More Aggressive to Win Elections

By Charlie Devereux, Juan Pablo Spinetto and Camila Russo

Argentine presidential candidate Mauricio Macri needs to be more aggressive in his criticism if he wants to close a gap with the government’s candidate, political analyst Rosendo Fraga said at a Bloomberg event in Buenos Aires. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-bars-opposition-leader-holding-office-004309812.html">Venezuela bars opposition leader from holding office</a>

Venezuela bars opposition leader from holding office

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders announced Tuesday that she had been barred from holding public office as a critical election looms. …

 

<a href="http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2015/07/15/mexico-el-chapo-guzman-U.S.-extradition.html">Why did Mexico insist on holding ‘El Chapo’ Guzman?</a>

Why did Mexico insist on holding ‘El Chapo’ Guzman?

(CNN) — Hearing “I told you so” always stings, perhaps never more than when one of the world’s most-wanted men slips out of a maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel that took months in the making. …

 

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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.

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