<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/07/us-brazil-ratings-analysis-idUSKCN0PH1X820150707">Brazil’s investment grade credit rating at risk again</a>

Brazil’s investment grade credit rating at risk again

By Walter Brandimarte

Concerns that Brazil may lose its coveted investment grade credit rating are again on the rise among government officials and investors who worry that President Dilma Rousseff’s austerity push won’t fully offset plunging government revenues. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-07-07/the-pope-s-visit-won-t-cure-ecuador">The Pope’s Visit Won’t Cure Ecuador</a>

The Pope’s Visit Won’t Cure Ecuador

By Mac Margolis

No one has ever accused Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa of modesty. In his welcome to Pope Francis, who arrived in Quito on Sunday to begin a weeklong, three-country visit of the region, the Andean strongman didn’t disappoint. …

 

<a href="http://www.eldiario.es/politica/Vivanco-quisieron-amedrentarle-Dominicana-HRW_0_405260430.html">Vivanco dice que quisieron amedrentarle en R. Dominicana por informe de HRW</a>

Vivanco dice que quisieron amedrentarle en R. Dominicana por informe de HRW

El director ejecutivo de la división para las Américas de Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, aseveró a Efe que la retención que sufrió hoy en el aeropuerto de Santo Domingo tuvo como intención amedrentarle por un informe de la organización sobre los dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana. …

 

<a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/nationworld/mexico/20150703-as-mexico-takes-down-kingpins-pace-of-killings-only-accelerates.ece">As Mexico takes down kingpins, pace of killings only accelerates</a>

As Mexico takes down kingpins, pace of killings only accelerates

By Alfredo Corchado

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — In this border city across from El Paso, Mexican soldiers discovered and dismantled a car bomb this week in a highly populated neighborhood. …

 

<a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/colombia-peace-talks-farc-rebels-could-collapse-negotiations-head-final-stretch-1996975">Colombia Peace Talks With FARC Rebels Could Collapse As Negotiations Head Into Final Stretch</a>

Colombia Peace Talks With FARC Rebels Could Collapse As Negotiations Head Into Final Stretch

By Brianna Lee

Colombia is lurching into the home stretch of high-stakes peace talks with guerrilla fighters in hopes of putting a close to 51 years of civil strife. But the continued fallout from an abrupt attack and disrupted ceasefire earlier this year has put the talks in the most jeopardy since the peace process began nearly three years ago. …

 

<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/06/bolivia-economy-idUKL1N0ZM0SH20150706">Bolivia eyes bond sale but U.S. rate hike uncertainty a snag</a>

Bolivia eyes bond sale but U.S. rate hike uncertainty a snag

By Sarah Marsh and Daniel Ramos

(Reuters) – Bolivia may issue up to $1 billion in international bonds this year to help finance new state-run industries and roads, but uncertainty over when the United States will raise interest rates is complicating timing, its economy minister said. …

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article26612806.html">As Francis woos Ecuador, government dissenters await their chance to meet the pope </a>

As Francis woos Ecuador, government dissenters await their chance to meet the pope

By Jym Wyss

As hundreds of thousands battled the heat and crowds to hear Pope Francis’ first sermon on Spanish-speaking soil Monday, the 78-year-old pontiff used the occasion to defend family unity and promise the faithful that better times were ahead. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article26624479.html">Cuban dissidents report being attacked by government security forces</a>

Cuban dissidents report being attacked by government security forces

By Nora Gámez Torres

The dissidents said the attacks sent some to the hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church is defending Cardinal Jaime Ortega against accusations that he used harsh language to refer to the Miami media. …

 

Opositor cubano sometido a operación tras golpiza de la seguridad cubana

Por Nora Gámez Torres

Fuerzas de la seguridad cubana golpearon al opositor Antonio Rodiles y detuvieron a casi 100 activistas el pasado domingo, a solo días de la prometida apertura de embajadas en Washington y La Habana. …

 

<a href="http://www.informantn24.info/noticia/aprobacion-a-la-presidenta-bachelet-alcanza-el-nivel-mas-bajo-de-sus-dos-mandatos-58487">Aprobación a la presidenta Bachelet alcanza el nivel más bajo de sus dos mandatos</a>

Aprobación a la presidenta Bachelet alcanza el nivel más bajo de sus dos mandatos

La aprobación de la presidenta chilena, Michelle Bachelet, se situó en junio en un 27%, el porcentaje más bajo del actual mandato y del anterior (2006-2010), informó este lunes la firma encuestadora Adimark. …

 

<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/proceso-de-paz/entrevista-con-humberto-de-la-calle-jefe-negociador-del-gobierno/16045897?hootPostID=858a8884a2bc59a1c86c485718214486">Jefe negociador del Gobierno afirma que es la hora de un acuerdo o de dar fin a la negociación</a>

Jefe negociador del Gobierno afirma que es la hora de un acuerdo o de dar fin a la negociación

Por Juan Gossaín

Ha llegado la hora de hacerle un balance sincero a las negociaciones de paz entre el Gobierno y las Farc. Desde noviembre del 2012, cuando se iniciaron las conversaciones, el país ha ido pasando de la ilusión al desencanto y de la esperanza a la frustración. …

 

<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/02/americas/colombia-bogota-explosions/">Colombian President blames ELN for blasts that injured eight</a>

Colombian President blames ELN for blasts that injured eight

By Kevin Gallagher and Edwin Mesa

Two explosions rocked Colombia’s capital on Thursday, injuring at least eight people.

 

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/latin-america-celebrates-greek-austerity-no-vote-095822566.html;_ylt=AwrC1Cg9bJpVrUEAykvQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBydDI5cXVuBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM2BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--">Latin America celebrates Greek austerity ‘No’ vote</a>

Latin America celebrates Greek austerity ‘No’ vote

Buenos Aires (AFP) – A handful of countries across Latin America congratulated Greece on its Sunday referendum in which voters rejected creditors’ austerity demands. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/5/editorial-obamas-cuba-diplomacy-gives-america-noth/">‘Opportunity’ in Cuba, but for whom?</a>

‘Opportunity’ in Cuba, but for whom?

Washington Times Editorial

After 50 years an American flag will again fly over the American Embassy in Havana. The Cubans, no doubt eager to sample the sweet life in the West, will open their diplomatic representation in Washington. …

 

With respect to Cuba: Is Obama Guileful, Duped or a Dim Bulb?

With respect to Cuba: Is Obama Guileful, Duped or a Dim Bulb?

By Jerry Brewer

An interview with Pedro Riera Escalante, a cashiered former Cuban spymaster now living in exile, as regards to U.S.-Cuba détente

On July 1, President Barack Obama formally announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals.

President Obama stated, “This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas.”

He continued to say that, “later this ...  

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/popes-social-message-puts-him-on-tricky-terrain-in-south-america-1436134007">Pope’s Social Message Puts Him on Tricky Terrain in South America</a>

Pope’s Social Message Puts Him on Tricky Terrain in South America

By SARA SCHAEFER MUÑOZ and MERCEDES ALVARO

QUITO, Ecuador—In two years as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has accused multinational companies of stripping poor countries of natural resources, beatified a slain Salvadoran archbishop who is an icon of the Latin American left, and criticized unfettered capitalism for promoting “exclusion and inequality.” …

 

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB11301772451238044816904581086313392621434">Ecuador’s Correa Wants to Co-Opt Pope Francis</a>

Ecuador’s Correa Wants to Co-Opt Pope Francis

By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY

Pope Francis’ journey to Ecuador, which kicks off on Monday, “is to cultivate the virtues of the people and not to politicize his presence,” Quito Archbishop Fausto Trávez said late last week in public remarks. …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/days-pope-visit-ecuador-protests-aim-president-32197546">3 Days Before Pope Visit, Ecuador Protests Aim at President</a>

3 Days Before Pope Visit, Ecuador Protests Aim at President

Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. …

 

<a href="http://ntn24.com/noticia/fiscalia-colombiana-cree-que-explosiones-en-bogota-fueron-causadas-por-grupos-terroristas-58131">Fiscalía colombiana cree que explosiones en Bogotá fueron causadas por la “guerrilla”</a>

Fiscalía colombiana cree que explosiones en Bogotá fueron causadas por la “guerrilla”

La Fiscalía colombiana afirmó que los primeros indicios de la autoría de las dos explosiones que sacudieron sendas oficinas del fondo de pensiones Porvenir en Bogotá apuntan a la “guerrilla”, si bien no especificó si se trata de las FARC o el Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/colombian-coca-crop-increases-in-2014-raising-concern-about-resurgent-cocaine-trafficking-1435858661">Colombian Coca Crop Increases in 2014, Raising Concern About Cocaine Trafficking</a>

Colombian Coca Crop Increases in 2014, Raising Concern About Cocaine Trafficking

By RYAN DUBE

Colombia posted a sharp increase in coca cultivation for 2014, the United Nations said on Thursday, raising concerns about a resurgence in cocaine trafficking after years of steady declines backed by billions of dollars in aid from Washington. …

 

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