<a href="http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/062415-758828-ecuador-weakens-us-dollar-as-its-official-currency.htm?p=full">The End Of Dollarization In Ecuador: The Crisis Has Begun  </a>

The End Of Dollarization In Ecuador: The Crisis Has Begun

By Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger

Every year major companies, organizations and even countries pay big bucks to advertise during the Super Bowl in hopes of reaching its multimillion viewers. This past February, a small sliver of time on Super Bowl Sunday was dedicated to Ecuador in a 30-second commercial coining the hashtag “#AllYouNeedisEcuador.” …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/r-chinese-firms-do-brisk-business-in-venezuela-despite-idle-factories-2015-6">Chinese firms do brisk business in Venezuela despite idle factories</a>

Chinese firms do brisk business in Venezuela despite idle factories

By Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons

SAN FRANCISCO DE YARE, Venezuela (Reuters) – Five years after Chinese home appliance maker Haier agreed to build a $912 million factory in Venezuela, its washing machines and refrigerators are almost the only ones available in the country’s department stores. …

 

<a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/23/jailed-venezuelan-opposition-leader-ends-hunger/">Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader ends hunger strike</a>

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader ends hunger strike

By Fabiola Sánchez

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jailed Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez has ended a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date for legislative elections, a key demand of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist administration. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/23/editorial-obama-saving-dictators-havana-caracas/">Preserving dying satrapies in Havana and Caracas is not a legacy Obama needs</a>

Preserving dying satrapies in Havana and Caracas is not a legacy Obama needs

The Obama administration has been holding high-level talks with the Venezuelan dictatorship, this time in Haiti of all places, and that makes prudent men and women nervous. Washington’s moral compass — or whatever they’re using for one at the White House — has been spinning as if out of control, and pointing in odd directions.

 

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB11021741326745413664304581020103630034440">When Helping ‘the Cuban People’ Means Bankrolling the Castros</a>

When Helping ‘the Cuban People’ Means Bankrolling the Castros

By Mauricio Claver Clarone

Three bills full of lofty but disingenuous rhetoric about “supporting the Cuban people” were recently filed in the U.S. Senate to ease sanctions. …

 

Colombia’s Peace Talks Are On The Brink Of Failure-By José R. Cárdenas

Colombia’s Peace Talks Are On The Brink Of Failure-By José R. Cárdenas

The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere is holding a hearing this week on the status of ongoing peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the narco-terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym FARC), who have been wreaking havoc on the country since the early 1960s.

The hearing could not be timelier — the talks are not going well. The latest troubles began last April when the FARC violated a de facto truce (whereby they declared a cease-fire, while the government ...  

<a href="http://www.ntn24.com/noticia/venezolana-es-agredida-por-autoridades-chilenas-antes-de-partido-entre-brasil-y-venezuela-por-portar-56641">Autoridades chilenas arrebatan y agreden a venezolana que portaba pancarta contra Maduro durante partido</a>

Autoridades chilenas arrebatan y agreden a venezolana que portaba pancarta contra Maduro durante partido

Este domingo antes de iniciar el partido entre Brasil y Venezuela, una venezolana fue agredida y despojada de una pancarta  de protesta por la situación del país, por parte de miembros de seguridad del estadio Monumental en Santiago de Chile. …

 

<a href="http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2015/6/23/55470/Report-sinks-Dominican-leaders-deeper-into-Odebrecht-quagmire">Report sinks Dominican leaders deeper into Odebrecht quagmire</a>

Report sinks Dominican leaders deeper into Odebrecht quagmire

Santo Domingo.-  On April 30 Epoca magazine, part of Brazilian media group O Globo, which politically opposes president Dilma Rousseff, reported ex-president Luis Inazio Lula da Silva lobbied abroad for the Odebrecht construction company, which has contracts worth billions in Dominican Republic. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article25183966.html">Cuba investments are a high risk for U.S. companies, new report says  </a>

Cuba investments are a high risk for U.S. companies, new report says

By Nora Gámez Torres

A firm that specializes in commercial real estate and investment management has issued a report stating that the time to invest in Cuba has not yet come. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-22/singapore-shipbuilders-alleged-to-be-part-of-brazil-bribe-scheme">Singapore Yards Alleged to Be Part of Brazil Bribe Scandal</a>

Singapore Yards Alleged to Be Part of Brazil Bribe Scandal

By Sabrina Valle

Singaporean shipbuilders Keppel Fels Ltd. and Jurong Shipyard Pte. are sinking deeper into a graft scandal that has transfixed Brazil and buffeted local oil industry suppliers. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-23/confidence-in-rousseff-suffers-new-blow-as-brazil-probe-expands">Confidence in Rousseff Suffers New Blow as Brazil Probe Expands</a>

Confidence in Rousseff Suffers New Blow as Brazil Probe Expands

By Raymond Colitt and David Biller

Just when Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had started making progress in getting her political alliance to fall in line behind spending cuts, she faces fresh headwinds. …

 

<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/el-salvador-reaches-new-level-violence-n379626">El Salvador Reaches New Level of Violence</a>

El Salvador Reaches New Level of Violence

El Salvador is experiencing one of its most violent months since its civil war more than two decades ago.

As of May, there were 635 homicides reported, and June is building up to break that mark.

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-22/venezuelans-to-elect-congress-december-6-amid-plunging-economy">Venezuela’s Maduro Faces His Biggest Test in December 6 Vote</a>

Venezuela’s Maduro Faces His Biggest Test in December 6 Vote

By Anatoly Kurmanaev Venezuela’s opposition is set to gain control of congress for the first time in 16 years in a Dec. 6 vote seen as the biggest test yet for the Socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. …    

<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/justicia/cae-helicoptero-del-ejercito-en-catatumbo/15988622">Ejército colombiano confirma 4 muertos en aterrizaje de Black Hawk en zona minada</a>

Ejército colombiano confirma 4 muertos en aterrizaje de Black Hawk en zona minada

El Ejército confirmó que un helicóptero UH 60 (Black Hawk) adscrito a la Brigada 30 fue afectado por una carga explosiva cuando aterrizó en un campo minado en zona rural de Teorama (Norte de Santander). Los explosivos, según fuentes oficiales, fueron sembrados por las Farc. …

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article25163200.html">Fijan fecha para las elecciones legislativas en Venezuela</a>

Fijan fecha para las elecciones legislativas en Venezuela

Por Jorge Rueda

CARACAS-El Consejo Nacional Electoral de Venezuela fijó la fecha de las elecciones parlamentarias para el 6 de diciembre, informó el lunes la presidenta de ese organismo. …

 

<a href="http://colombiareports.com/farc-attacked-more-than-150-times-since-lifting-ceasefire/">FARC attacked more than 150 times since lifting ceasefire</a>

FARC attacked more than 150 times since lifting ceasefire

Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, have carried out more than 150 attacks since they lifted their self-imposed unilateral ceasefire last month, reported a conflict monitoring group.

 

<a href="http://www.ntn24ya.info/noticia/violento-fin-de-semana-en-mexico-deja-22-muertos-en-el-estado-de-nuevo-leon-56460">Violento fin de semana en México deja 22 muertos en el estado de Nuevo León</a>

Violento fin de semana en México deja 22 muertos en el estado de Nuevo León

Los cuerpos de cinco personas fueron halladas este domingo en el estado mexicano de Nuevo León, sumando 22 asesinatos desde el viernes en esta región que acaba de elegir a su nuevo gobernador y había vivido varios años en relativa paz, informaron autoridades. …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuelan-inflation-leads-to-a-47000-iphone-2015-6">Inflation is so bad in Venezuela that an iPhone costs more than $47,000  </a>

Inflation is so bad in Venezuela that an iPhone costs more than $47,000

By Cale Guthrie Weissman

Venezuela is currently in an economic crisis, and it’s causing the price of everyday gadgets to skyrocket.

It’s so bad that, according to the official exchange rate, an iPhone 6 costs over $47,000, reports Bloomberg.

 

<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/06/21/farc-rebels-knock-out-power-to-5-cities-in-colombia/">FARC rebels knock out power to 5 cities in Colombia</a>

FARC rebels knock out power to 5 cities in Colombia

FARC guerrillas blew up an electricity transmission tower in southwestern Colombia, knocking out power to Tumaco, one of the country’s main Pacific ports, the Nariño Power Company, or Cedenar, said. … 

 

<a href="http://freebeacon.com/issues/documents-reveal-ecuadorian-government-organized-protests-on-u-s-soil/">Documents Reveal Ecuadorian Government Organized Protests on U.S. Soil</a>

Documents Reveal Ecuadorian Government Organized Protests on U.S. Soil

By Lachlan Markay

The government of Ecuador organized protests that took place outside the building where a legal dispute between the South American nation and oil giant Chevron was being hashed out, documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reveal. …

 

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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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