<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/07/21/border-security-steps-up-but-it-mexico-who-is-making-it-tougher-to-cross/">Border security steps up – but it’s Mexico who is making it tougher to cross</a>

Border security steps up – but it’s Mexico who is making it tougher to cross

Security is going to get tighter on the U.S.-Mexico border – but it will be Mexico stepping up scrutiny of people attempting to enter it from the United States. …

 

<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2015/07/21/in-brazil-the-coup-continues-as-vice-pres-considers-opposition/">In Brazil, The ‘Coup’ Continues As Vice Pres Considers Opposition</a>

In Brazil, The ‘Coup’ Continues As Vice Pres Considers Opposition

By Kenneth Rapoza

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff stands alone.  Her approval rating is 7%. Her vice president is considering joining the opposition in 2018. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/rights-group-says-ecuador-denying-justice-162025502.html">Rights group says Ecuador denying justice</a>

Rights group says Ecuador denying justice

By Gonzalo Solano

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Human Rights Watch says activists convicted in Ecuador of terrorism and sabotage for anti-government protests have been denied justice through political interference that has prevented judges from hearing their appeals under a new penal code. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/22/uk-venezuela-drugs-idUKKCN0PW01520150722">Venezuela detains two ex-military officers over drugs</a>

Venezuela detains two ex-military officers over drugs

Venezuela said on Tuesday it had arrested two former military officers on drug charges including one man linked by the government to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and wanted by the United States. …

 

Poll:  Castro’s Hostility & Human Rights Record Fuel  Strong Disapproval Of Obama’s Concessions To Regime

Poll: Castro’s Hostility & Human Rights Record Fuel Strong Disapproval Of Obama’s Concessions To Regime

 

The more Americans know about the Castro regime’s record on human rights violations and hostility toward the United States, the more likely they are to strongly disapprove of President Obama’s Cuba gambit, according to a national opinion poll released today by Inter-American Security Watch.

            Respondents to the poll initially supported President Obama’s December 17th decision tonormalize diplomatic relations and ease travel and financial restrictions with the island by a margin of 51%-38%. However, when the question was posed along with fresh examples ...  

<a href="http://ntn24.com/noticia/se-derrumba-apoyo-al-gobierno-de-rousseff-aprobacion-alcanzo-el-77-en-nueva-encuesta-60628">Se derrumba apoyo al Gobierno de Rousseff: aprobación alcanzó el 7,7% en nueva encuesta</a>

Se derrumba apoyo al Gobierno de Rousseff: aprobación alcanzó el 7,7% en nueva encuesta

La tasa de aprobación del Gobierno de la presidenta brasileña, Dilma Rousseff, se derrumbó a un escaso 7,7%, según una encuesta divulgada este martes, que ubicó el índice de rechazo a la gestión de la mandataria en un 70,9%. …

 

<a href="http://acento.com.do/2015/actualidad/8268437-portugal-colaborara-con-las-autoridades-brasilenas-en-la-investigacion-a-lula-por-corrupcion/">Portugal colaborará con las autoridades brasileñas en la investigación a Lula por corrupción</a>

Portugal colaborará con las autoridades brasileñas en la investigación a Lula por corrupción

Lisboa, 20 jul (EFE).- La Fiscalía portuguesa va a colaborar con las autoridades brasileñas en el proceso “Lava Jato”, que investiga al ex presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva por supuesto tráfico de influencias a favor de la constructora Odebrecht. …

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/leo-zuckermann/2015/07/21/1035779">México: Ver caer al Presidente</a>

México: Ver caer al Presidente

Por Leo Zuckermann

Estos últimos meses, el presidente Peña me recuerda los créditos que aparecen al principio de la popular serie de televisión Mad Men. Un hombre de traje negro (presumiblemente el personaje principal, Don Draper) llega a su oficina en donde, de repente, se empiezan a caer los cuadros y el mobiliario. Después se observa la silueta del hombre desplomándose al vacío en medio de edificios donde aparece la publicidad que él probablemente diseñó. El mensaje es claro: este tipo, con lo que ...  

<a href="http://spectator.org/articles/63509/mexico-begins-share-its-oil-prize">Mexico Begins to Share Its Oil Price</a>

Mexico Begins to Share Its Oil Price

By Marita Noon

Understanding the connection between energy and economic growth, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto set out to reform his country’s energy policy and invite outside intelligence and investment to boost slumping oil output. In late 2013, he succeeded in getting the constitution amended to allow private and foreign companies to explore and produce oil and gas in Mexico—for the first time in nearly eight decades. The amendments put an end to the government monopoly. …

 

<a href="http://theweek.com/articles/567363/democracy-next-cuba-dont-count">Is democracy next for Cuba? Don’t count on it.</a>

Is democracy next for Cuba? Don’t count on it.

By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

The U.S. this week took another step toward normalizing its relationship with Cuba, with the State Department reopening its embassy in Havana. The conventional wisdom in foreign policy circles is that this is long overdue. Fair enough — but if you believe that opening up to Cuba will somehow lead to a democratic revolution, then you might be smoking something. …

 

<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/venezuela-maduro-orders-food-distribution-state-run-stores-food-shortage/">Venezuela takes drastic measure amid food crisis</a>

Venezuela takes drastic measure amid food crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela – A food industry group said Monday that Venezuela’s government has ordered companies to distribute food staples to a network of state-run supermarkets amid chronic shortages of basic goods. …

 

<a href="http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/072015-762555-what-does-the-us-get-out-of-obamas-restored-ties-to-cuba-nothing-good.htm?p=full">What Does The U.S. Get Out Of Obama’s Restored Ties To Cuba? Nothing Good</a>

What Does The U.S. Get Out Of Obama’s Restored Ties To Cuba? Nothing Good

IBD Editorial

Diplomacy: At the open of the Cuban embassy in Washington, Castroites crowed about their “victory” over the U.S. That’s some relationship President Obama has begun with the brutal regime. And guess what? It’ll get worse. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/us-diplomats-in-cuba-would-do-well-to-focus-on-human-rights/2015/07/20/ad4c0f3e-aba4-455d-883d-74fc96b4c1fb_story.html">U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights</a>

U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights

By Editorial board

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S opening to Cuba is based on the hope that, after more than a half-century of hostility from the United States, a surge of commerce, information and travel will somehow erode the rigid authoritarian state built by Fidel Castro and now presided over by his brother, Raúl. …

 

<a href="http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/toby-dershowitz-argentina-is-still-helping-iran-cover-up-its-role-in-the-bombing-of-a-jewis/">Argentina is Still Helping Iran Cover Up its Role in the Bombing of a Jewish Community Center</a>

Argentina is Still Helping Iran Cover Up its Role in the Bombing of a Jewish Community Center

By Toby Dershowitz

July 18th marks 21 years since the largest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history: the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 individuals and wounded hundreds more. Evidence is mounting that Argentina’s president is seeking to whitewash Iran’s role in the attack. …

 

Avoiding a Democratic Disaster in Haiti

Avoiding a Democratic Disaster in Haiti

By José R. Cárdenas

With no natural disasters or political violence afflicting Haiti for the past several years, it would be easy to assume that the country has finally achieved the level of relative stability that international donors and millions of Haitians have sought since the toppling of the Duvalier dynasty in 1986. Yet this perceived calm is belied by troubling signs that all is not well, as Haiti prepares for the first of up to three ...  

<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/20/open-cuba-doesn-t-mean-reformist-cuba.html">Open Cuba Doesn’t Mean Free Cuba</a>

Open Cuba Doesn’t Mean Free Cuba

By James Bloodworth

HAVANA, CUBA — Perusing the drab shop fronts in Havana, resplendent with fly-blown posters of Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and other “heroes of the revolution,” I alighted on the self-evident problem with communism: communist economies produce not what the worker needs but what a government bureaucrat has decided to make available for purchase.  …

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/article27098392.html">Régimen cubano arremete de nuevo contra Damas de Blanco y activistas de Resistencia Cubana</a>

Régimen cubano arremete de nuevo contra Damas de Blanco y activistas de Resistencia Cubana

Por Sonia Osorio

Integrantes de las Damas de Blanco y activistas de la Resistencia Cubana fueron arrestados el domingo cuando se disponían a participar en un acto cívico…

 

<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/17/lula-is-supporting-corrupt-companies-to-do-corrupt-business-abroad/">‘Lula Is Supporting Corrupt Companies to Do Corrupt Business Abroad’</a>

‘Lula Is Supporting Corrupt Companies to Do Corrupt Business Abroad’

By Bill Allison

When federal prosecutors in Brazil launched a criminal probe into whether Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been involved in influence peddling on behalf of the country’s largest construction firm, they took the comparatively rare step of investigating a past president’s current business dealings — not any wrongdoing he may have committed while still in office. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-19/brazil-in-crisis-means-93-company-downgrades-just-the-beginning">Brazil in Crisis Means 93 Company Downgrades Just the Beginning</a>

Brazil in Crisis Means 93 Company Downgrades Just the Beginning

By Filipe Pacheco and Ney Hayashi Cruz

Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings have dished out 93 corporate downgrades since January 1, already more than in any full year since 2002, and they may not be done. Speculation is mounting that Moody’s — which met with officials in Brazil last week — will lower the country’s rating, a move that would trigger cuts for businesses with close ties to the government, such as state-controlled companies and ...  

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/entrada-de-opinion/articulo/jose-crespo/nacion/2015/07/20/estado-fallido-o-podrido">México: Estado fallido… o podrido</a>

México: Estado fallido… o podrido

Por José Crespo

Algunos interpretan la fuga de El Chapo como nueva confirmación de que en México prevalece un Estado fallido, pues no ejerce control eficaz ni siquiera en sus propios espacios carcelarios. …

 

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