Casa Blanca confirma arresto de venezolanos en Haití por narcotráfico

Casa Blanca confirma arresto de venezolanos en Haití por narcotráfico

Washington – La Casa Blanca indicó hoy que dos personas fueron detenidas en Haití acusadas de “conspirar para llevar una cantidad importante de cocaína a Estados Unidos”, pero dijo no poder confirmar si se trata del ahijado y un sobrino del presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. “Puedo confirmar que hay dos personas que fueron arrestadas en Haití por cargos de que estaban conspirando para llevar una cantidad importante de cocaína a Estados Unidos”, comentó en su rueda de prensa diaria ...  

Vowing shift to right, Argentina’s presidential front-runner makes gains

Vowing shift to right, Argentina’s presidential front-runner makes gains

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Mauricio Macri, the front-runner in Argentina’s impending presidential runoff, is casting himself as the pragmatic candidate whose ideology is to “get things done,” promising to steer his country away from the socialism espoused by many of the region’s leaders. Speaking to foreign correspondents Tuesday, the business-friendly opposition candidate described his vision of governing as “21st century development” as opposed to “21st century socialism” — a term used by supporters of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and ...  

Mexico would be an economic superstar without corruption

Mexico would be an economic superstar without corruption

Mexico is losing billions of dollars to corruption that could instead be pumping the country’s slowing economy. Corruption could be costing Mexico some $890 billion pesos a year ($53 billion), or 5% of the country’s GDP, according to calculations by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO in Spanish.) The think tank, which released a report dubbed “Corruption in Mexico: We Cheat and We Don’t Advance” on Nov. 9, said that amount would cover three times the budget of Mexico’s department of ...  

Lessons from Venezuela in tough economic times

Lessons from Venezuela in tough economic times

Economists studying Venezuela often have a hard time convincing colleagues that our work is relevant. Understanding the reasons for Venezuela’s current economic problems certainly matters to Venezuelans. But it is only natural to want to explain away as an anomaly a country where the currency trades at 120 times the official exchange rate, yet filling up a sport utility vehicle costs less than a bottle of water. The whole region may be suffering from the same downturn in commodity prices, ...  

EE.UU. apresa a un ahijado de Maduro por narcotráfico

EE.UU. apresa a un ahijado de Maduro por narcotráfico

Estados Unidos ha detenido a un ahijado de Nicolás Maduro, criado por su esposa, Cilia Flores, y a un sobrino de esta, cuando realizaban un importante transporte de droga dirigido a EE.UU. Efraín Antonio Campo Flores, que creció en el hogar de Maduro-Flores, y Francisco Flores de Freites han sido puestos a disposición de la Justicia estadounidense acusados de narcotráfico. Los dos jóvenes fueron apresados este martes en Haití, en una operación encubierta coordinada por la DEA, la agencia antinarcóticos ...  

U.S. Says It Arrests Two Relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges

U.S. Says It Arrests Two Relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges

WASHINGTON—U.S. agents have arrested two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on charges they conspired to transport 800 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S., according to two people familiar with the matter, a potentially explosive incident that comes amid U.S. accusations that the top echelon of Venezuela’s government is involved in the narcotics trade. The two men, Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas, were first arrested in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday by local police, turned over to U.S. ...  

Colombia’s Farc rebel group ‘ordered to stop buying guns’

Colombia’s Farc rebel group ‘ordered to stop buying guns’

The leader of Colombia’s largest armed rebel group, the Farc, has said he ordered the organisation in September to stop buying guns and ammunition. Rodrigo Londono Echeverri, known as Timochenko, said the decision showed the Farc’s commitment to scaling down the conflict with the Colombian army. …

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157 congresistas de EEUU, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, y Perú envían carta a Nicolás Maduro exigiendo elecciones justas y transparentes

157 congresistas de EEUU, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, y Perú envían carta a Nicolás Maduro exigiendo elecciones justas y transparentes

11 de Noviembre de 2015

Su Excelencia, Nicolas Maduro Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela Palacio de Miraflores Caracas

Estimado Presidente Maduro:

Dada la importancia que tienen para su país y para la región las elecciones legislativas que sucederán en Venezuela el seis de Diciembre de este año, es de nuestro mayor interés que éstas se lleven a cabo bajo condiciones libres, transparentes y democráticas. Dado que la Asamblea Nacional juega un papel vital en la toma de decisiones que afectan la vida cotidiana de ...  

U.S. Senators and Leading Latin American Legislators Send Letter to President Maduro Calling for Transparent and Democratic Legislative Elections in Venezuela

U.S. Senators and Leading Latin American Legislators Send Letter to President Maduro Calling for Transparent and Democratic Legislative Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON – In an unprecedented display of unity, 157 leading legislators from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru sent a joint letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calling for “free, transparent, and democratic” legislative elections on December 6th.

The letter was spearheaded by Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senador Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Federal Senate of Brazil; Senador Luis Fernando Velasco Chaves, President, Senate of ...  

157 congresistas por comicios libres Venezuela

157 congresistas por comicios libres Venezuela

WASHINGTON – Un total de 157 congresistas de Estados Unidos, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica y Perú solicitaron el miércoles al presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro que las elecciones legislativas previstas para el 6 de diciembre sean “libres, transparentes y democráticas”. En tres versiones idénticas en inglés, español y portugués los legisladores de diferentes agrupaciones políticas solicitaron a Maduro que acepte la observación electoral de la Organización de Estados Americanos y la Unión Europea.

En tres versiones idénticas en inglés, español y ...  

Argentine Election Front-Runner Criticizes Leftist Gov’ts

Argentine Election Front-Runner Criticizes Leftist Gov’ts

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri, the front-runner in Argentina’s impending presidential runoff, criticized leftist governments in South America on Tuesday while also promising that he would govern for the common good. The business-friendly Macri described his vision of governing as “21st century development,” contrasting it to the “21st century socialism” espoused by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro as well as their regional allies. …

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Thank Mexico for a U.S. Gas Market That Isn’t Even More Terrible

Thank Mexico for a U.S. Gas Market That Isn’t Even More Terrible

Think the slide in U.S. natural gas prices has been bad? Well, it would be even worse if Mexico wasn’t picking up at least some of the slack. Gas flowing south over the border jumped 60 percent to average a record 3.26 billion cubic feet a day in August from the end of last year. Increased exports, helped by new pipelines, are shrinking the discounts for supplies at the West and South Texas gas hubs versus the U.S. benchmark. …

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Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Here’s why that’s a blow to the U.S.

Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Here’s why that’s a blow to the U.S.

TIERRADENTRO, Colombia — Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy and threatening to send a burst of cheap cocaine through the smuggling pipeline to the United States. Just two years after it ceased to be the world’s largest producer, falling behind Peru, Colombia now grows more illegal coca than Peru and third-place Bolivia combined. …

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OAS chief says conditions don’t ensure fair Venezuela vote

OAS chief says conditions don’t ensure fair Venezuela vote

Washington (AFP) – The Organization of American States’ chief questioned Tuesday whether legislative elections next month in Venezuela will be transparent and fair. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said in an 18-page letter to the head of the Venezuelan election commission that conditions for the vote “do not ensure transparency and electoral justice.” …

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<a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/11/10/ecuador-crackdown-protesters">Ecuador: Crackdown on Protesters</a>

Ecuador: Crackdown on Protesters

(New York) – Ecuadorian security forces used excessive force to disperse anti-government protests in August 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities appear to have made no serious effort to investigate officials who committed abuses. Instead, the government congratulated security forces for their performance, dismissed the protests as violent, and brought criminal charges against nonviolent protesters and bystanders. …

 

<a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/11/09/mexican-drug-lord-chapo-guzman-is-not-in-argentina-govt-says/">Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzmán not in Argentina, government official says</a>

Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzmán not in Argentina, government official says

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzmán is not in Argentina, that country’s government said Monday. Officials ruled out the possibility that the Mexican drug lord was in the Argentina-Chile border region. “The judge handling the case has completely ruled out the veracity of that information and everything is back to normal,” Security Secretary Sergio Berni told La Red Radio. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/9/editorial-an-upsurge-in-misery-in-cuba/">An upsurge in misery in Cuba</a>

An upsurge in misery in Cuba

Barack Obama’s attempt to woo Fidel and Raul Castro away from their regime’s totalitarian roots has turned from disaster to catastrophe, giving a new and ugly meaning to President Obama’s campaign slogan of “hope and change.” So far there’s been no change and no hope, but more misery. …

 

<a href="http://www.voanews.com/content/colombia-rebels-reject-proposal-for-ratifying-peace-agreement/3051140.html">Colombia Rebels Reject Proposal for Ratifying Peace Agreement</a>

Colombia Rebels Reject Proposal for Ratifying Peace Agreement

HAVANA—Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels on Monday rejected a proposed law under debate in the Andean country’s Congress for creating a plebiscite to give the voters final approval over any peace plan. Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos are negotiating in Cuba to end Latin America’s longest war, which has killed 220,000 people and displaced millions over the last 51 years. …

 

José Cárdenas: It’s Time for the U.S. to Tackle Corruption in Central America

José Cárdenas: It’s Time for the U.S. to Tackle Corruption in Central America

BY JOSÉ R. CÁRDENAS

November 9, 2015

In the wake of the 2014 crisis that saw thousands of Central Americans overwhelm the U.S. southern border, the Obama administration drew up a $1 billion assistance plan to help Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador improve security conditions, as local drug and gang violence remains the primary factor pushing people to flee their homes there for the dangerous trek north. While the administration proposal has yet to clear the congressional appropriations process, the regional security situation ...  

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-olive-branches-are-lifelines-for-authoritarian-regimes/2015/11/08/87a1b2b2-83e8-11e5-a7ca-6ab6ec20f839_story.html">Obama’s olive branches are lifelines for authoritarian regimes</a>

Obama’s olive branches are lifelines for authoritarian regimes

At the heart of President Obama’s foreign policy is a long bet: that American engagement with previously shunned regimes will, over time, lead to their liberalization, without the need for either a messy domestic revolution or a bloody U.S. use of force. By definition, it will be years before we know whether the policy works. …

 

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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.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the elections of radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, and lackluster support for regional counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives.

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