<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. …


<a href="http://en.mercopress.com/2015/07/20/guyana-to-stoutly-resist-venezuela-plans-to-issue-ids-to-disputed-essequibo-residents?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=main&utm_campaign=twitter">Guyana to ‘stoutly resist’ Venezuela plans to issue IDs to disputed Essequibo residents</a>

Guyana to ‘stoutly resist’ Venezuela plans to issue IDs to disputed Essequibo residents

 “We will stoutly resist any effort to have our people issued with cards and things like that, and whatever we need to do as a nation to ensure that we are not distracted in any way from our path of development we are going to do it,” said Minister of State Joseph Harmon. However he did not provide any details. …


<a href="http://www.el-nacional.com/siete_dias/Moises-Naim-convencido-situacion-insostenible_0_667733241.html">Moisés Naím: “Estoy convencido de que la situación actual es insostenible”</a>

Moisés Naím: “Estoy convencido de que la situación actual es insostenible”

Por Patricia Spadaro G.

Nadie puede creer que el gobierno puede mantener a una población hambreada, desabastecida y reprimida por mucho tiempo. Lo hace porque no hay que olvidar que ha importado las mejores tecnologías del Estado policial cubano, que sabe cómo se reprime y se mantiene a una población en pasividad. …


<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21657827-latin-americas-oil-firms-need-more-foreign-capital-historic-auction-mexico-shows?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2FTheGoodOilBoysClub">A a historic oil auction in Mexico shows that investors can be hard to attract</a>

A a historic oil auction in Mexico shows that investors can be hard to attract

It should have been a day of high excitement. A public auction on July 15th marked the end of a 77-year monopoly on oil exploration and production by Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, and ushered in a new era of foreign investment in Mexican oil that until a few years ago was considered unimaginable. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-richer-iran-will-target-the-americas-1437342912">A Richer Iran Will Target the Americas</a>

A Richer Iran Will Target the Americas

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady

In the foreword to the 2014 book “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America,” former Colombian Defense Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez wrote that Venezuela’s “ ‘axis of unity’ with Iran embodies Latin America’s growing distance” from the U.S. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/argentina-opposition-set-win-buenos-aires-mayoral-vote-040356718.html">Conservative wins mayoral election in Argentina’s capital</a>

Conservative wins mayoral election in Argentina’s capital

By Almudena Calatrava

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservative Horacio Rodriguez Larreta won Sunday’s mayoral run-off election in Buenos Aires, in a closer race than his opposition party had hoped for in the capital ahead of presidential voting later this year. …


<a href="http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2015/07/19/mexico-potential-oil-close-far-away/30396399/">Mexico: Potential, oil so close, but so far away</a>

Mexico: Potential, oil so close, but so far away

By Ken Stickney

As oil companies this week pondered leases for exploration and production in offshore, shallow water Mexico, Lafayette and Louisiana companies were watching from afar — interested but not committed. …


<a href="https://twitter.com/hartfordcourant">Trust In Mexico Should Vanish Like El Chapo</a>

Trust In Mexico Should Vanish Like El Chapo

By Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Adios “El Chapo.” You mean to tell me that a notorious Mexican drug lord who was arrested in February of last year, and whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes to be about $1 billion, managed to escape from the Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City in a poor country where many people earn as little as $6 per day? …



<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-20/brazil-s-house-leader-says-he-s-not-trying-to-create-chaos-">Brazil’s House Leader Says He’s Not Trying to Create ‘Chaos’</a>

Brazil’s House Leader Says He’s Not Trying to Create ‘Chaos’

By Randy Woods

Brazil’s lower house President Eduardo Cunha is downplaying concerns that his decision to abandon the government alliance will worsen the country’s economic turmoil. …


<a href="http://mexidata.info/id4184.html">On Guerrillas and Gangs and Sham Truce Talks in Latin American</a>

On Guerrillas and Gangs and Sham Truce Talks in Latin American

By Jerry Brewer

While truces have come and gone so frequently between Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and the Colombian government in Bogota, as well as the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) criminal gang in Central America, a no nonsense approach now is most certainly warranted. …


<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/18/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKCN0PS0P020150718">Venezuela bans another opposition politician from holding office</a>

Venezuela bans another opposition politician from holding office

Former Venezuelan state Governor Pablo Perez said on Saturday he had been barred from holding public office for 10 years, the third ban on an opposition politician in the last week. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/world/americas/as-us-and-cuba-relations-warm-property-claims-issue-is-revived.html?_r=1">As U.S. and Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived</a>

As U.S. and Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

WASHINGTON — When Amy Rosoff’s parents boarded a ferry from Cubato Key West, Fla., in April 1961, they took only the clothes they could carry and a wedding band and diamond engagement ring, smuggled in a bundle of her brother’s cloth diapers that her mother had stained brown with vanilla to deter communist soldiers from searching them. …


<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/cuba/11749890/Ask-a-Cuban-if-its-fun-living-in-a-time-warp.html">Ask a Cuban if it’s fun living in a time warp</a>

Ask a Cuban if it’s fun living in a time warp

By David Blair

Fidel Castro was surely guilty of the single most irresponsible act in human history. At the height of the Cuban missile crisis, he dispatched a letter to the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev urging an immediate nuclear strike on the United States. “However harsh and terrible such a decision would be, there is no other way out, in my opinion,” read the missive on October 27 1962. “With fraternal greetings, Fidel Castro.” …


<a href="http://elcomercio.pe/politica/justicia/ollanta-humala-implicado-caso-sobornos-brasil-noticia-1826642">Ollanta Humala es implicado en caso de sobornos en Brasil</a>

Ollanta Humala es implicado en caso de sobornos en Brasil

El presidente Ollanta Humala aparece como implicado en el escándalo de corrupción de Petrobras, a partir del testimonio de uno de los empresarios detenidos en medio de las pesquisas, quien asegura que recibió a un emisario del mandatario en el 2013. …


A Prison for El Chapo

A Prison for El Chapo

By Pascal Beltrán del Río

[Translation by IASW]

It remains unclear why the US government, which says is “disappointed” by the escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, took over a year to raise the possibility of extraditing the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel with the Mexican government.

El Chapo faces several accusations in 13 federal courts of the United States, which range from conspiracy to traffic marijuana to homicide. The oldest of the accusations can be located in the Southern District of ...  

<a href="http://cco.ndu.edu/Portals/96/Documents/prism/prism_5-3/The_Advance_Of_Radical_Populist_Doctrine_in_Latin_America.pdf">The Advance of Radical Populist Doctrine in Latin America</a>

The Advance of Radical Populist Doctrine in Latin America

By Douglas Farah

In July 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina and Brazil. He forgave more than $30 billion in Cuban debt from the Cold War; signed a nuclear energy and gas deals with Argentina and declared the beleaguered administration of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a “top strategic ally;” promised his old friend Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua agricultural assistance and other aid; and signed on as a founding member of the BRICS’ new development bank to challenge the ...  

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