Venezuelan president says he wants CNN out of country after report on passport sales

Venezuelan president says he wants CNN out of country after report on passport sales

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, alleging it misrepresents the truth and meddles in issues that are not of its concern.

“CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela,” said Maduro during a political act.

He made the comment after blaming the U.S. network of distorting the facts when reporting on irregularities at a Caracas public ...  

Secretary of State Tillerson planning trip to Mexico amid tense relations

Secretary of State Tillerson planning trip to Mexico amid tense relations

In what could be his first official trip abroad since becoming secretary of state, the State Department announced on Wednesday that Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico sometime in the next few weeks.

What would normally be a fairly routine visit for the United States’ top diplomat looks to be anything but as the trip comes at a time of newly strained relations between Washington and one of its closest allies. President Trump’s executive order on immigration and the border wall ...  

Panama seeks arrest of 2 sons of ex-president in graft case

Panama seeks arrest of 2 sons of ex-president in graft case

PANAMA CITY — Prosecutors in Panama are seeking international help in detaining two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli in relation to an alleged scheme to launder bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

The Associated Press obtained on Monday a copy of a request filed by anti-corruption prosecutor Tania Sterling asking for an Interpol red alert against Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli.

Prosecutors claim the sons helped deposit part of $22 million that Odebrecht allegedly paid in bribes to win contracts ...  

Venezuelan Vice President Said to Be Targeted for U.S. Sanctions

Venezuelan Vice President Said to Be Targeted for U.S. Sanctions

The Trump administration is preparing sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, who’s been under investigation for years by U.S. authorities for alleged participation in drug trafficking and money laundering, according to two people familiar with the matter.

El Aissami would be the highest-ranking Venezuelan official hit by U.S. sanctions. The penalties are still in the works but could be issued by the Treasury Department early this week, according to one person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ...  

El Miedo de los Eurocratas a Donald Trump

El Miedo de los Eurocratas a Donald Trump

Por Sebastián Martínez Ferrate’

Es bastante habitual que los que consumen dogmas en abundancia para fundamentar sus posiciones, tengan miedo a un hombre como Donald Trump, ya que esto de ser librepensador como la mayoría de políticos europeos tiene sus riesgos tal y como nos demuestra la historia de la humanidad.

Pero que ha dicho el Presidente de los EEUU para que se le tenga miedo en Bruselas? y no solamente en la capital europea, sino fíjense en lo que dice sin ningún ...  

Mexico is gearing up for a wave of deportations from the US

Mexico is gearing up for a wave of deportations from the US

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers deported Guadalupe García de Rayos from Phoenix to Nogales, Mexico, on Thursday.

Rayos had lived in the US for 21 years, after crossing the border when she was 14. Her lawyer said the removal was a “direct result” of Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Her family and others tried to block the deportation, with one man going so far as to wrap himself around the front wheel of the van transporting her out of an ICE ...  

Founders of law firm at center of Panama Papers scandal arrested

Founders of law firm at center of Panama Papers scandal arrested

Police in Panama arrested the founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, on money-laundering charges Thursday after authorities raided the firm’s headquarters as part of investigations into Brazil’s largest-ever bribery scandal.

The firm’s founding partners, Ramón Fonseca and Jürgen Mossack, spent Thursday night in police cells, according to the men’s lawyer. Kenia Porcell, Panama’s attorney general, released a statement that said evidence gathered by her office indicated that the law firm was a ...  

Brazil’s huge corruption scandal is spreading to the rest of Latin America

Brazil’s huge corruption scandal is spreading to the rest of Latin America

LIMA, Peru — For more than two years the “Car Wash” corruption mega-scandal engulfing Odebrecht, Latin America’s largest construction company, has roiled Brazil.

It contributed to the drive to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, landed numerous powerful people behind bars, helped stall the world’s ninth-largest economy, and led to a $3.5 billion corporate fine — a world record in a graft case.

Now the scandal is metastasizing across Latin America, where Odebrecht had numerous contracts to build huge public infrastructure projects in 10 ...  

Will a ‘Miami scandal’ turn the tide of Ecuador’s presidential race?

Will a ‘Miami scandal’ turn the tide of Ecuador’s presidential race?

With just 10 days to go before Ecuador’s presidential elections, ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno is still leading the polls but unlikely to avoid a runoff amid a punishing corruption scandal with Miami ties.

A series of polls released this week give Moreno more than a 10-point lead over his nearest rival, banker Guillermo Lasso.

A Feb. 8 poll by Quito-based CEDATOS found Moreno has 32 percent of the vote versus Lasso’s 21 percent. Former Congresswoman Cynthia Viteri and former Quito Mayor ...  

Venezuela delays crude shipments amid operational mishaps, low output

Venezuela delays crude shipments amid operational mishaps, low output

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has delayed and canceled crude deliveries to commercial partners in recent months, according to documents seen by Reuters, a further sign of the steady production decline of the country’s top export.

From October through January, PDVSA canceled or delayed delivery of almost 7 million barrels of crude due to cargoes being rescheduled or skipped, often because it did not have enough oil available, according to internal company documents seen by Reuters.

Most pending cargoes were supposed to ...  

Killings in Mexico climbed to new highs in 2016, and the violent rhythm may only intensify

Killings in Mexico climbed to new highs in 2016, and the violent rhythm may only intensify

Mexico recorded the deadliest year of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s four-year-old sexenio, or six-year term, in 2016.

The country saw a 22% increase in homicide cases, rising from 17,034 in 2015 to 20,789 in 2016.

Individual homicide cases can contain more than one victim, and data released by the government showed that the number of homicide victims jumped 22.8%, from 18,673 in 2015 to 22,932 last year.

Government data released by the interior ministry each year since 1997 indicates that Peña Nieto’s first ...  

Can Oil Rescue Guyana from the Brink of Calamity?

Can Oil Rescue Guyana from the Brink of Calamity?

Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with a small population of fewer than one million people. Most of its population hugs the Atlantic coast. Despite a wealth of natural resources, Guyana’s location on the relatively remote northeast shoulder of South America, political dysfunction until the 1990s, and a longstanding border dispute with neighboring Venezuela have left the country in challenged economic straits. The recent discovery of a large offshore track of oil could change this, ...  

7 months in, expanded Panama Canal still faces challenges

7 months in, expanded Panama Canal still faces challenges

COCOLI, Panama – Loaded with more than 6,000 cargo containers, the ship Ever Living prepared for the final leg of its journey through the newly expanded Panama Canal when things hit a snag: The last of the massive steel lock doors failed to open all the way.

The pilots controlling the ship and the captains of the tugboats tethered to huge vessel opted to continue guiding it through the narrowed passageway, passing nerve-wrackingly close to the side of the locks to ...  

Rex Tillerson Meets With Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Will Visit Mexico City

Rex Tillerson Meets With Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Will Visit Mexico City

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Mexico’s foreign minister on Wednesday and will visit Mexico City, the White House announced.

The meeting with Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray in Washington, D.C., came one week after Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in.

“They had a constructive conversation on a range of U.S.-Mexico collaboration including law enforcement, migration, and security,” acting State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement.

Trump’s executive order on construction of ...  

Ecuador presidential hopeful promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy

Ecuador presidential hopeful promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy

Julian Assange will be given a month’s notice to leave the Ecuadorian embassy if the country’s main opposition candidate wins the presidency in next week’s election.

In an interview with the Guardian, Guillermo Lasso, of the rightwing Creo-Suma alliance, said it was time for the WikiLeaks founder to move on because his asylum was expensive and no longer justified.

“The Ecuadorian people have been paying a cost that we should not have to bear,” he said during an interview in Quito. “We ...  

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism

The stunning postcard-perfect vista surrounding Misael Lopez in this town about one hour from Madrid belies his constant anxiety, even fear.

That’s because the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq is revealing secrets he says his government doesn’t want disclosed. “I’m concerned about my safety and my family’s safety everywhere I go,” Lopez said as he walked the cobble-stoned streets of Toledo.

Lopez, 41, says he reported what he says was a scheme to sell passports and visas for ...  

Will U.S.-Mexico Relations Continue Deteriorating?

Will U.S.-Mexico Relations Continue Deteriorating?

Originally published in the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor

Question: Tensions boiled over between the United States and Mexico recently, amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s advancement of a plan to build a multi-billion-dollar wall along the countries’ shared border and his continued insistence that he will force Mexico to pay for it. The situation led Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel a planned meeting with Trump in Washington and reiterate that his country would not pay for the wall. Are ...  

Trump Tough Talk Pushes Argentina, Brazil to Embrace Trade

Trump Tough Talk Pushes Argentina, Brazil to Embrace Trade

Two of South America’s most pro-market presidents are struggling to shake off the protectionist policies of the past when it comes to international trade.

Tuesday’s state visit by Argentine President Mauricio Macri to his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer brought together the leaders of the largest two economies in Mercosur, the regional trade bloc. Both men took office amid deep economic crises in their respective countries and both have won investor accolades for dismantling the anti-competitive policies of their leftist predecessors in ...  

Just rewards of Brazil’s anti-corruption triumphs

Just rewards of Brazil’s anti-corruption triumphs

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 —Virtue is supposed to be its own reward. Yet for Brazilians, the reward may be more tangible.

Since 2013, millions of people in the world’s fifth most populous country have protested for honest government. Their call was met by an impressive prosecution of corrupt officials and their resulting removal. That in turn has led to recent reforms, such as a new president, a cap on government spending, and big changes at Petrobras, the state-run oil company that was ...  

Bipartisan US lawmakers urge Trump to sanction Venezuela

Bipartisan US lawmakers urge Trump to sanction Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — A bipartisan group of 34 U.S. lawmakers has sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to step up pressure on Venezuela’s government by immediately sanctioning officials responsible for corruption and human rights abuses, The Associated Press has learned.

The letter was partly prompted by an AP investigation, which it cites, that found corruption in Venezuela’s food imports. It also calls for a thorough probe into alleged drug trafficking and support for Middle ...  

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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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