<a href="http://fusion.net/story/176401/media-investigation-claims-chapo-was-on-the-run-for-43-minutes-before-prison-alarm-sounded/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialshare&utm_content=desktop+top">Media investigation claims El Chapo was on the run for 43 minutes before prison alarm sounded</a>

Media investigation claims El Chapo was on the run for 43 minutes before prison alarm sounded

Prison guards first arrived at drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s empty prison cell a full 28 minutes after he escaped through a secret tunnel, and they didn’t sound the alarm until he had been on the run for 43 minutes, according to an investigation by Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández. …

 

<a href="http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/08/03/venezuelan-president-blames-us-for-supermarket-riot-that-left-one-dead/">VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT BLAMES US FOR SUPERMARKET RIOT THAT LEFT ONE DEAD</a>

VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT BLAMES US FOR SUPERMARKET RIOT THAT LEFT ONE DEAD

Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is blaming a United States conspiracy for a supermarket riot over the weekend that left one 21-year-old man dead–a man witnesses say was shot to death by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/08/03/uk-chile-politics-idUKKCN0Q81KJ20150803">Disapproval of Chile’s President Bachelet hits record high – poll</a>

Disapproval of Chile’s President Bachelet hits record high – poll

Disapproval of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet reached an historic high of 70 percent in July, as her government scaled back its reform programme and struggled with a sluggish economy, an opinion poll showed Monday. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazils-federal-police-charge-jose-dirceu-in-petrobras-probe-1438612314">Brazil’s Federal Police Charge José Dirceu in Petrobras Probe</a>

Brazil’s Federal Police Charge José Dirceu in Petrobras Probe

SÃO PAULO—Brazilian federal police arrested the former chief of staff of ex-PresidentLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva early Monday as part of a widening investigation into an alleged corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras. …

 

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/entrada-de-opinion/columna/hector-de-mauleon/nacion/2015/08/3/infiltraron-el-altiplano-para-liberar">Infiltraron el Altiplano para liberar a ‘El Chapo’</a>

Infiltraron el Altiplano para liberar a ‘El Chapo’

Por Hector De Mauleón

En el boquete abierto en la celda número 20 del penal de máxima seguridad del Altiplano, por el que el narcotraficante Joaquín Guzmán Loera se fugó el pasado 11 de julio, no hay residuos de ácido ni huellas de calor, según señalan los dictámenes que los peritos encargados del caso han entregado a la Procuraduría General de la República. …

 

<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/gobierno/imagen-del-presidente-juan-manuel-santos/16185136">Imagen positiva de Santos está en 29 %: encuesta</a>

Imagen positiva de Santos está en 29 %: encuesta

A punto de cumplirse el primer año del segundo mandato del presidente Juan Manuel Santos se conocieron nuevas encuestas sobre la imagen y la aprobación del Jefe de Estado. …

 

<a href="http://colombiareports.com/santos-low-approval-rating-recovers-but-only-slightly/">Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly</a>

Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos continues to suffer abysmal approval ratings in the country’s cities due to ongoing dissatisfaction over unemployment, crime and a lack of progress in ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC. …

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article29668549.html">Obama’s mistaken policies could carry a heavy price</a>

Obama’s mistaken policies could carry a heavy price

President Barack Obama took office amid widespread hopes. Within a year the Nobel Peace Prize was his. Today, those hopes have dimmed and the prize is tarnished. …

 

<a href="http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/andes/venezuela/b033-venezuela-unnatural-disaster.aspx">Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster</a>

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in growing political instability. With legislative elections due in December, there are fears of renewed violence. But there is a less widely appreciated side of the drama. A sharp fall in real incomes, major shortages of essential foods, medicines and other basic goods and breakdown of the health service are elements of a looming social ...  

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-needs-to-read-up-on-the-castros-1438551451">Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros</a>

Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros

Getting to the left of Vermont senator and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is no easy feat. But Hillary Clinton’s speech in Miami Friday was an excellent effort. What could be more reassuring to the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party (i.e., primary voters) than a candidate who uses the talking points of Fidel and Raúl Castro to explain Cuban isolation and misery? …

 

<a href="http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Venezuela-demands-Gov-t-of-Guyana-to-correct-aspects-of-maritime-boundary">Venezuela demands Gov’t of Guyana to correct aspects of maritime boundary</a>

Venezuela demands Gov’t of Guyana to correct aspects of maritime boundary

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Venezuela has issued a formal demand to Guyana for the government to immediately correct an aspect of its maritime boundary related to the Essequibo River. …

 

<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. …

 

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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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