<a href="http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/09/05/mexican-president-praises-progress-and-safety-despite-failed-security-strategy/">MEXICAN PRESIDENT PRAISES PROGRESS AND SAFETY DESPITE FAILED SECURITY STRATEGY</a>

MEXICAN PRESIDENT PRAISES PROGRESS AND SAFETY DESPITE FAILED SECURITY STRATEGY

The Mexican government continues to claim progress in all areas despite its failing economy and failed security strategy. Mexico’s economy continues to be in a downward spiral and the security conditions of that country continue to be alarming. …

 

<a href="http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/09/08/actualidad/1441748012_271402.html">Un juez de Guatemala ratifica la orden de prisión contra Otto Pérez Molina</a>

Un juez de Guatemala ratifica la orden de prisión contra Otto Pérez Molina

El juez Miguel Ángel Gálvez ha dictado este martes un auto de prisión preventiva en contra del expresidente de Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, y lo deja ligado al proceso en su contra. El exmandatario está acusado por la Fiscalía y la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) de liderar de una mafia que expoliaba los recursos del Estado desde las aduanas. …

 

<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/09/09/1754105-juan-manuel-santos-la-revolucion-bolivariana-se-esta-autodestruyendo">Juan Manuel Santos: “La revolución bolivariana se está autodestruyendo”</a>

Juan Manuel Santos: “La revolución bolivariana se está autodestruyendo”

En un discurso con motivo del Día Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, el presidente colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, arremetió contra el gobierno de Venezuela por haber desatado una crisis fronteriza sin precedentes en la región. …

 

<a href="http://www.elespectador.com/noticias/elmundo/oposicion-venezolana-rechaza-medidas-zulia-y-llama-dial-articulo-584886">Oposición venezolana rechaza medidas en Zulia y llama a diálogo con Colombia</a>

Oposición venezolana rechaza medidas en Zulia y llama a diálogo con Colombia

La coalición opositora venezolana Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD)rechazó este miércoles el decreto de estado de excepción en tres municipios del noroccidental estado Zulia por “inadecuado” y llamó a los gobiernos de Colombia y Venezuela a dialogar para encontrar una solución a la problemática fronteriza. …

 

<a href="http://colombiareports.com/referendum-on-peace-talks-would-be-suicide-santos/">Referendum on Colombia’s peace talks would be ‘suicide’: Santos</a>

Referendum on Colombia’s peace talks would be ‘suicide’: Santos

After years of promising the Colombian people they could vote on a possible peace deal with the FARC in a referendum, President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday ruled out a popular vote, claiming this would be “suicide.” …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/r-leading-political-party-pulls-out-of-haitis-legislative-elections-2015-9">Leading political party pulls out of Haiti’s legislative elections</a>

Leading political party pulls out of Haiti’s legislative elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – A leading political party in Haiti announced on Tuesday that it was pulling out of next month’s legislative elections, saying it was the primary victim of violence during the first round of voting in August. …

 

<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanielparishflannery/2015/09/08/investor-insight-how-strong-is-mexicos-economy/">Investor Insight: How Strong Is Mexico’s Economy?</a>

Investor Insight: How Strong Is Mexico’s Economy?

On September 2, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto gave his annual state of the union address at the regal Palacio Nacional in Mexico City’s historic center. The speech tacitly acknowledged Mexico’s government’s struggles to improve public security and kick-start meaningful economic growth. …

 

<a href="http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/09/08/actualidad/1441667653_119546.html">La Corte Interamericana condena a Venezuela por el cierre de RCTV</a>

La Corte Interamericana condena a Venezuela por el cierre de RCTV

Venezuela ha sido condenada este lunes por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos por cerrar en 2007 la frecuencia de transmisión en abierto al canal televisivo Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), un acto calificado como “una restricción indirecta al ejercicio del derecho a la libertad de expresión” y que provocó entonces fuertes protestas contra el gobierno de Hugo Chávez, además de reacciones de condena desde España y Estados Unidos contra un acto “antidemocrático”. …

 

<a href="http://www.infobae.com/2015/09/08/1753775-santos-puso-condiciones-un-encuentro-maduro">Santos puso condiciones a un encuentro con Maduro</a>

Santos puso condiciones a un encuentro con Maduro

María Ángela Holguín afirmó que el presidente Juan Manuel Santos no se reunirá con su par Nicolás Maduro hasta que no se cumplan las tres condiciones que puso la semana pasada. …

 

<a href="http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/09/07/actualidad/1441658221_156953.html">Comienza el proceso para la reelección indefinida en Bolivia</a>

Comienza el proceso para la reelección indefinida en Bolivia

Este martes concluye la redacción del proyecto de ley que la Coordinadora Nacional para el Cambio— la cual agrupa a las organizaciones sociales que apoyan al presidente boliviano— presentará a la Asamblea Legislativa para viabilizar la reelección indefinida de Evo Morales, tanto en 2019, cuando concluye su actual tercer mandato, como en 2024, pues el oficialismo quiere ver a Morales en el poder el 6 de agosto de 2025, cuando se celebre el bicentenario de la independencia del país. …

 

<a href="http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2015/09/08/extension-de-cierre-de-frontera-intensifica-crisis-entre-venezuela-y-colombia/">Extensión de cierre de frontera intensifica crisis entre Venezuela y Colombia</a>

Extensión de cierre de frontera intensifica crisis entre Venezuela y Colombia

La decisión del gobierno venezolano de extender el cierre de las fronteras con Colombia al principal paso del estado occidental de Zulia alejó las posibilidades de que la crisis bilateral, que lleva casi tres semanas, pueda superarse en breve tiempo. …

 

Why is China Bankrolling Venezuela?

Why is China Bankrolling Venezuela?

BY JOSÉ R. CÁRDENAS

When Chinese leader Xi Jinping meets with President Barack Obama in Washington later this month, there will be no shortage of items of the highest strategic order to discuss. Still, President Obama ought to carve out a few moments to discuss Chinese activity in our own neighborhood. Specifically, he should raise the issue of why China is continuing to loan billions of dollars to Venezuela, whose problematic government is in a political and economic ...  

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/colombia-seizes-1-ton-of-cocaine-on-flight-bound-for-mexico-1441672245">Colombia Seizes 1 Ton of Cocaine on Flight Bound for Mexico</a>

Colombia Seizes 1 Ton of Cocaine on Flight Bound for Mexico

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Authorities in Colombia said they seized more than one metric ton of cocaine disguised as printer ink and bound for Mexico. The police said officers at Bogotá’s El Dorado airport were tipped off when an antidrug dog named Mona detected the narcotics hidden in 48 boxes of cargo shipment bound for a company in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. There were no arrests, and police wouldn’t say on which airline the illegal…

 

 

<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/09/07/438354799/mass-deportations-fuel-tension-along-venezuela-colombia-border">Mass Deportations Fuel Tension Along Venezuela-Colombia Border</a>

Mass Deportations Fuel Tension Along Venezuela-Colombia Border

The deportation of thousands of Colombians from Venezuela and the sealing of the border is provoking chaos. Throngs of deportees are crowding into shelters, families have been separated, and the normally bustling frontier outpost of Villa del Rosario is a ghost town. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/rights-experts-challenge-mexicos-probe-of-student-killings-1441566028">Rights Experts Challenge Mexico’s Probe of Student Killings</a>

Rights Experts Challenge Mexico’s Probe of Student Killings

MEXICO CITY—Critical parts of Mexico’s investigation into the abduction and probable killing of 43 teaching students a year ago are being challenged by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as seriously flawed, including the assertion that their bodies were incinerated in a garbage dump. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.excelsior.com.mx/opinion/jorge-fernandez-menendez/2015/09/08/1044513">Iguala: los “expertos” especulan</a>

Iguala: los “expertos” especulan

Por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

El grupo de expertos de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que estuvieron investigando el caso Iguala han llegado a una serie de conclusiones que lo único que demuestran es que su indagatoria no pasa más allá de lo que ha dicho cualquier investigación periodística y es igual de poco concluyente. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/graft-weary-guatemalans-choose-president-201554560.html">Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala</a>

Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala

Guatemala City (AFP) – A comedian who played a simpleton cowboy who almost became president emerged Monday as the man to beat in Guatemala’s presidential race amid disgust over a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing incumbent. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/09/08/world/americas/ap-lt-venezuela-colombia.html?_r=1">Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure</a>

Venezuela Expands Anti-Smuggling Crackdown With New Closure

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expanded an anti-smuggling offensive along the country’s frontier with Colombia and ordered the closure of the main border crossing in the country’s biggest state. …

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/08/venezuela-tv-idUSL1N11E00M20150908">Rights court tells Venezuela to restore opposition TV</a>

Rights court tells Venezuela to restore opposition TV

A regional human rights court criticized Venezuela on Monday for forcing an opposition TV channel off the air in 2007 and told President Nicolas Maduro’s government to grant the broadcaster its old frequency…

 

<a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/guineaNews/idAFL1N1182RO20150902">Brazil’s economic troubles threaten to spill over into Peru -finmin</a>

Brazil’s economic troubles threaten to spill over into Peru -finmin

LIMA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Brazil’s sinking economy is a new risk to Peru’s fragile recovery and builds on worries about China’s slowdown and an exodus of capital ahead of an expected U.S. interest rate hike, Peru’s finance minister said Wednesday. …

 

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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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