<a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/18/honduras-charges-no-2-in-congress-with-fraud-in/">Honduras charges No. 2 in congress with fraud in scandal</a>

Honduras charges No. 2 in congress with fraud in scandal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Honduras charged the vice president of the nation’s congress with fraud, falsification of documents and crimes against public health in a widening corruption investigation Thursday. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/uk-peru-politics-fiscal-idUKKBN0OZ02P20150619">Peru’s Congress grants Humala special powers on economy</a>

Peru’s Congress grants Humala special powers on economy

By Marco Aquino and Mitra Taj

Peru’s Congress on Thursday granted President Ollanta Humala special powers to pass new economic reforms, a rare congressional victory for his government as a year-long slowdown shows signs of recovery.

 

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/east-coast-ports-could-see-a-substantial-traffic-boost-from-panama-canal-expansion-report-1434603601">East Coast Ports Could See a Substantial Traffic Boost From Panama Canal Expansion -Report</a>

East Coast Ports Could See a Substantial Traffic Boost From Panama Canal Expansion -Report

By Erica E. Phillips

A new report estimates that up to 10% of cargo moving from Asia to the U.S. could shift from West Coast to East Coast ports after the Panama Canal expansion is completed next year. …

 

<a href="http://www.dw.de/brazil-senators-blocked-in-venezuela-en-route-for-visit-to-jailed-opposition-leader/a-18526211">Brazil senators blocked in Venezuela en route for visit to jailed opposition leader</a>

Brazil senators blocked in Venezuela en route for visit to jailed opposition leader

“Our bus was under siege; they were beating and trying to break it,” one of the senators, Ronaldo Caiado wrote via his Twitter account. “I filmed them throwing stones against the bus.” …

 

<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-18/ecuador-exports-its-kangaroo-courts">Ecuador Exports Its Kangaroo Courts</a>

Ecuador Exports Its Kangaroo Courts

By Mac Margolis

Forget for a moment that Brazil is in its worst recession in a quarter century, Latin America’s exports are in the tank, and citizens across the region are marching against corruption.

 

<a href="http://lta.reuters.com/article/topNews/idLTAKBN0OY2U820150618">Senadores brasileños denuncian ataque y bloqueo a su comitiva en Caracas</a>

Senadores brasileños denuncian ataque y bloqueo a su comitiva en Caracas

CARACAS (Reuters) – Una comitiva de senadores de Brasil denunció el jueves que el vehículo que los trasladaba a Caracas fue atacado por manifestantes y luego se les bloqueó el acceso cuando iban camino a visitar al líder opositor preso Leopoldo López. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-oil-loans-go-awry-for-china-1434656360">Venezuela Oil Loans Go Awry for China</a>

Venezuela Oil Loans Go Awry for China

By Prudence Ho

HONG KONG—As Venezuela’s economy totters thanks to low oil prices and years of mismanagement, a Chinese government-owned bank is badly on the hook. …

 

<a href="http://www.ft.com/fastft/347371">Venezuela sells US refinery as reserves collapse</a>

Venezuela sells US refinery as reserves collapse

Venezuela has sold off yet another piece of its US oil operations as it copes with dwindling foreign reserves and a deepening recession following last year’s collapse in crude prices. …

 

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/06/18/antonio-de-la-cruz-entendimiento-entre-las-administraciones-obama-maduro-y-cabello/">Entendimiento entre las Administraciones Obama-Maduro y Cabello</a>

Entendimiento entre las Administraciones Obama-Maduro y Cabello

Por Antonio de la Cruz

El reciente encuentro -el tercero- de la Administración Obama con el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro en Haití muestra, en el registro fotográfico, una perspectiva distinta a la agenda política inicial de la Casa Blanca. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/18/petrobras-biofuels-sale-idUSL1N0Z403420150618">Brazil’s Petrobras mulls sale of ethanol plants </a>

Brazil’s Petrobras mulls sale of ethanol plants

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier

(Reuters) – Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is looking to sell some of its biofuel assets as it tries to raise cash to cover investment for new offshore oilfields and service its debt, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. …

 

<a href="http://www.abc.es/internacional/20150618/abci-militares-muertos-colombia-201506180420.html">Mueren cuatro militares colombianos tras caer en una trampa de las FARC</a>

Mueren cuatro militares colombianos tras caer en una trampa de las FARC

Cuatro militares murieron y otros cuatro resultaron heridos hoy al caer en un campo minado de las FARC en una zona rural del municipio colombiano de Cartagena del Chairá, en el departamento del Caquetá (sur), confirmó el Ejército. …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuela-is-about-to-get-a-5-billion-loan-from-china-for-oil-2015-6">Venezuela is about to get a $5 billion loan from China for oil </a>

Venezuela is about to get a $5 billion loan from China for oil

By Alexander Ulmer

MARACAIBO (Reuters) – Venezuela will receive a loan of $5 billion from China in the coming months for crude oil projects, a director at state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela said on Tuesday. …

 

<a href="http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2390428&CategoryId=10717">VenEconomy: Questions Arise Over U.S.-Venezuela Relations </a>

VenEconomy: Questions Arise Over U.S.-Venezuela Relations

From the Editors of VenEconomy

More questions arise over the relations between the U.S. and Venezuela since March 9 of this year.

That day President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order declaring a national emergency because of an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to homeland security and the foreign policy that caused the U.S. the situation of Venezuela, plus sanctions to seven Venezuelan officials with the blocking of their U.S. assets and a prohibition on entering that country. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-students-join-opposition-leaders-hunger-strike-protest-132627919.html">Venezuela students join opposition leader’s hunger-strike protest</a>

Venezuela students join opposition leader’s hunger-strike protest

By Andrew Cawthorne

CARACAS (Reuters) – Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has lost 12 kilograms (26 pounds) on a partial hunger-strike now in its fourth week, his family said, while students around the country escalate similar protests in solidarity.  

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/ecopetrol-pipeline-idUSL1N0Z314O20150617">Colombia’s No. 2 oil pipeline shut after rebel bombings</a>

Colombia’s No. 2 oil pipeline shut after rebel bombings

Colombia’s Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, the country’s second biggest by volume, has been shut due to damage from bomb attacks by leftist FARC rebels that caused a significant spill that has contaminated a nearby river, the army said on Wednesday. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/06/15/whats-behind-mexicos-military-buying-binge/">What’s behind Mexico’s military buying binge?</a>

What’s behind Mexico’s military buying binge?

By Joshua Partlow

MEXICO CITY–It started with 27 rail cars full of ammunition rolling down the tracks into Mexico.

That load of 30 million bullets was soon followed by fleets of Black Hawk helicopters and thousands of Humvees: in all more than $1 billion of American military equipment sold to Mexico within the past two years. …

 

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/06/17/a-billetazo-limpio-intentan-lavarle-la-cara-a-maduro-en-eeuu-documento/">A billetazo limpio intentan lavarle la cara a Maduro en EEUU</a>

A billetazo limpio intentan lavarle la cara a Maduro en EEUU

Les traemos el registro ante US Foreign Agents Registration Unit (FARA) del contrato por “public relations strategy and media relations services” (estrategia de relaciones públicas y servicios de relaciones con medios) entre la Embajada de Venezuela en Estados Unidos y la empresa estadounidense FitzGibbon Media Inc. para que actúe como agente del gobierno de Venezuela ante  las autoridades de EE.UU. en territorio estadounidense. …

 

<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/245075-the-many-victims-of-el-salvadors-gang-violence">The many victims of El Salvador’s gang violence</a>

The many victims of El Salvador’s gang violence

By Sarnata Reynolds

In January 2015, El Salvador’s media reported live as almost 50 residents of an apartment building furiously packed up everything they could before fleeing. This was not an organized evacuation for an oncoming hurricane or some other natural disaster. It was a frantic movement of people who had been ordered to get out of their homes within 24 hours or be killed by the dominating gang in that area of Mejicanos, a municipality that runs alongside San ...  

<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/16/an-oil-strike-in-no-mans-land/">Venezuela: An Oil Strike in No Man’s Land</a>

Venezuela: An Oil Strike in No Man’s Land

By Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez

At first glance, it looks like the miracle Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has been holding out for has finally happened. Exxon Mobil recently announced a “significant” oil find, and the drilling of its first offshore well, in the Stabroek Block, just a few miles off the Venezuelan coast. While details remain murky, some estimates claim that this new cache of crude could approach 1.5 billion barrels. And that potentially constitutes a significant windfall for Caracas, especially since the national oil company, PDVSA, ...  

<a href="http://inhomelandsecurity.com/cuban-intelligence-following-reconciliation-with-the-us/">Cuban Intelligence Following Reconciliation with the US</a>

Cuban Intelligence Following Reconciliation with the US

By William Tucker

Nearly a year after floating the idea, the Obama administration instructed the State Department to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The delisting will have minimal impact on U.S. policy as the embargo of the island nation remains in place. In most instances, inclusion on the State Departments State Sponsor of Terrorism list comes with economic and political consequences, but for Cuba the delisting was certainly important, though mostly symbolic. …

 

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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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