<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/28/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKCN0P80I920150628">Venezuela’s struggling socialists hold primaries for parliamentary vote</a>

Venezuela’s struggling socialists hold primaries for parliamentary vote

By Alexander Ulmer

Venezuela’s ruling socialists held primaries on Sunday ahead of December’s parliamentary election they are forecast to lose due to a biting recession and discontent with the late Hugo Chavez’s uncharismatic successor. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/brazil-economists-increase-selic-outlook-to-highest-since-2006">Brazil Economists Increase Selic Outlook to Highest Since 2006</a>

Brazil Economists Increase Selic Outlook to Highest Since 2006

By David Biller

Brazil analysts raised their forecast for the benchmark rate at the end of this year as Latin America’s largest economy faces above-target inflation and slides into recession. …

 

<a href="http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/argentina-orders-asset-seizure-from-falkland-oil-firms-115062800012_1.html">Argentina orders asset seizure from Falkland oil firms</a>

Argentina orders asset seizure from Falkland oil firms

An Argentine judge today ordered the seizure of USD 156 million and other assets from British and US oil companies looking for crude in waters off the disputed Falkland Islands. …

 

“<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/brazil-is-facing-a-serious-setback-2015-6">Brazil is facing a serious setback</a>

Brazil is facing a serious setback

Editorial Board, The Washington Post

Just A couple of years ago, it was widely concluded that Brazil had finally overcome the decades-old gibe about the world’s fifth-largest country: that it would always be “the country of the future.” …

 

Latin America: Impressions of a troubled region

Latin America: Impressions of a troubled region

By Roger F. Noriega

Key Points

Apart from the controversial recognition of Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba, the Obama administration has largely ignored Latin American relations, indifferent to the economic decline and instability in several countries. Washington’s disengagement has allowed China to establish an economic foothold in the region using predatory business practices and exploitive projects. It’s not too late for the Obama administration to proactively support free-market exchanges and restore ...  

Influyente senador estadounidense prevé viajar a Venezuela

Influyente senador estadounidense prevé viajar a Venezuela

Por Antonio Maria Delgado

El influyente senador estadounidense, Robert Corker, tiene previsto viajar a Venezuela a inicios del próximo mes para evaluar el grave deterioro económico y social por el que atraviesa el país sudamericano y las graves acusaciones formuladas contra algunos integrantes claves del régimen de Nicolás Maduro.

Fuentes cercanas a la situación dijeron a el Nuevo Herald que presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado había aceptado la invitación de viajar a Caracas en ...  

<a href="http://es.panampost.com/panam-staff/2015/06/25/vicepresidente-argentino-amado-boudou-a-un-paso-de-enfrentar-juicio/">Vicepresidente argentino Amado Boudou a un paso de enfrentar juicio</a>

Vicepresidente argentino Amado Boudou a un paso de enfrentar juicio

La Cámara de Casación confirmó el procesamiento del vicepresidente argentino, Amado Boudou, por el denominado caso Ciccone. Dicha decisión prepara el terreno para el juicio oral contra el funcionario, si bien el juez Arie Lijo es quien detenta la potestad para dar por concluida la investigación y elevarla a un tribunal oral. …

 

<a href="http://www.eluniverso.com/noticias/2015/06/26/nota/4985700/municipio-calcula-que-375000-personas-estuvieron-marcha-guayaquil">375.000 personas estuvieron en marcha de Guayaquil, según datos preliminares</a>

375.000 personas estuvieron en marcha de Guayaquil, según datos preliminares

Miles de personas hicieron eco del llamado del alcalde de Guayaquil, Jaime Nebot, a rechazar las políticas del régimen de Rafael Correa. El Municipio de Guayaquil informó que unas 375.000 personas participaron en la protesta la tarde del jueves. …

 

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-25/brazil-s-real-stocks-sink-on-report-lula-trying-to-avert-jail">Surprise Request to Prevent Lula’s Arrest Spurs Brazil Selloff</a>

Surprise Request to Prevent Lula’s Arrest Spurs Brazil Selloff

By Denyse Godoy and Filipe Pacheco

A surprise request to prevent former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from being arrested amid a widening graft probe spurred a rout in Brazil’s stocks and sent the real to the biggest slide among global major currencies. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/protesters-in-ecuador-demonstrate-against-correas-policies-1435279037">Protesters in Ecuador Demonstrate Against Correa’s Policies</a>

Protesters in Ecuador Demonstrate Against Correa’s Policies

By Mercedes Alvaro

QUITO, Ecuador—Thousands of protesters on Thursday took to the streets of Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, to protest against the policies of President Rafael Correa, especially new tax proposals. …

 

Mexican energy and lessons from Brazil

Mexican energy and lessons from Brazil

By Roger F. Noriega and Felipe Trigos

Mexico’s 2013 energy reform aims to jumpstart the country’s energy sector and state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) by reversing the historical opposition to private sector participation in the exploration and exploitation of natural resources. By launching the first round of tenders under the new rules of the game this summer, Pemex seeks to attract private capital to resuscitate Mexico’s energy industry. The dramatic drop in petroleum prices had already changed the ...  

<a href="http://www.ntn24hoy.info/noticia/miles-de-ecuatorianos-marchan-en-guayaquil-contra-politicas-de-rafael-correa-57128">Miles de ecuatorianos marchan en Guayaquil contra políticas de Rafael Correa</a>

Miles de ecuatorianos marchan en Guayaquil contra políticas de Rafael Correa

Miles de ciudadanos vestidos con camisetas de color blanco se concentran en la principal avenida de Guayaquil (Ecuador), para rechazar las políticas del presidente Rafael Correa. …

 

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/26/opinion/why-hondurass-judiciary-is-its-most-dangerous-branch.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0">Why Honduras’s Judiciary Is Its Most Dangerous Branch</a>

Why Honduras’s Judiciary Is Its Most Dangerous Branch

By BRIAN SHEPPARD and DAVID LANDAU

The Honduran Constitution — which limited presidents to a single four-year term — includes an extraordinary provision that makes the term limit unamendable by any process whatsoever and mandated harsh penalties for any politician who tried to change it. …

 

<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/buenos-aires-gov-daniel-scioli-as-fernandezs-chosen-successor-for-argentina-president-2015-6">Everyone who was hoping that Argentina’s baloney would end next year just got hosed  </a>

Everyone who was hoping that Argentina’s baloney would end next year just got hosed

By Linette Lopez

Argentina watchers hoping that the country would repay its debts and come out of default once Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner left the presidency in 2016 just had their hopes dashed. …

 

<a href="http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/150625/venezuela-e-iran-reafirman-lazos-de-cooperacion"> Venezuela e Irán reafirman lazos de cooperación </a>

Venezuela e Irán reafirman lazos de cooperación

Caracas.- Venezuela e Irán reafirmaron este jueves los lazos de cooperación bilateral, mediante la firma de acuerdos entre representantes de ambos gobiernos. …

 

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andres-oppenheimer/article24993673.html">Andres Oppenheimer: Move over, China: Latin America may welcome India</a>

Andres Oppenheimer: Move over, China: Latin America may welcome India

There is a little-noticed phenomenon in the world economy that helps explain why Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim — the world’s richest man after Bill Gates — reportedly made a quiet visit to India last month: for the first time in recent memory, India will grow more than China this year. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazil-central-bank-raises-2015-inflation-forecast-1435146798">Brazilian Inflation and Growth Get Worse</a>

Brazilian Inflation and Growth Get Worse

By JEFFREY T. LEWIS And ROGERIO JELMAYER

SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s central bank issued a double whammy of bad economic news, sharply raising its outlook for inflation and cutting its forecast for growth. …

 

 

<a href="http://tbo.com/news/cuba/cuban-activists-daughter-brings-campaign-for-plebiscite-to-tampa-20150625/">Cuban activist’s daughter in Tampa pushing for referendum</a>

Cuban activist’s daughter in Tampa pushing for referendum

By Paul Guzzo

Rosa Maria Paya, one of Cuba’s best-known young dissident leaders, has a message for those who stand on both sides of the major question facing the communist island nation: Will normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba hasten real freedom for its people? …

 

<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. …

 

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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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