Brazil Needs to Move Past Dilmageddon

Brazil Needs to Move Past Dilmageddon

The vote by Brazil’s lower house to push forward the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff promises an end to the country’s long political impasse. Markets have been responding with an optimistic surge. But once Rousseff is out of office, Brazil’s next leaders will need to appreciate that the window for new cooperation and reform will be narrow.

The wide margin of the lower house vote suggests the Senate may conclude impeachment proceedings as early as mid-May. Vice President Michel Temer, the ...  

More Olympic projects under investigation for corruption

More Olympic projects under investigation for corruption

A sweeping investigation into corruption in Brazil is targeting more infrastructure projects for this year’s Olympic Games than previously made public, a federal prosecutor told Reuters, citing testimony from construction companies and executives.

Carlos Lima said the probe into corruption on projects for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August was not limited to Porto Maravilha, or the “Marvelous Port”, a regeneration of the city’s waterfront that includes five high-rises bearing the name of U.S. property mogul and presidential candidate ...  

Washington approves Mexico’s pick for ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Sada

Washington approves Mexico’s pick for ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Sada

Mexico says Washington has approved its pick for the country’s ambassador to the United States. Foreign Relations Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu says the Mexican Senate has been informed of the decision and must now summon Carlos Sada as part of the ratification process.

Sada’s nomination in early April is part of a new strategy to respond to what Mexico considers distorted portrayals of the country during the U.S. presidential campaign. Mexico also appointed a new deputy secretary for North American affairs ...  

Venezuela faces oil production disruption

Venezuela faces oil production disruption

Venezuela’s economic and political woes are set to curtail Opec member’s oil production, adding to a growing list of supply disruptions that are helping to prop up global crude prices. Analysts believe chronic power shortages in the country could soon affect the oil sector, with output declining 100,000-200,000 barrels per day this year.

Dangerously low water levels at Venezuela’s giant Guri dam — which provides more than a third of the country’s electricity — may also force the country to shut ...  

Facing Impeachment, Dilma Rousseff Fights for Political Survival

Facing Impeachment, Dilma Rousseff Fights for Political Survival

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is likely to be kicked out of office based on allegations that she used money from state banks to balance the budget. But that fundamental issue appeared almost an afterthought as lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies cited a litany of grievances before resoundingly supporting a motion to impeach her by a vote of 367 to 137.

The case against Ms. Rousseff is about much more than taking liberties in balancing the budget, which other elected ...  

Mexico Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ by Trump’s Threat to Fund Border Wall

Mexico Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ by Trump’s Threat to Fund Border Wall

Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray called billionaire Donald Trump’s proposal to force the country to pay for a wall along the U.S. border, or face economic consequences if it doesn’t, a kind of diplomatic harassment that’s doomed to fail.

“Mexico will not pay for that wall, not only because it doesn’t make any sense for either Mexico or the U.S. to enter into that type of threat rhetoric, but it’s also a matter of dignity,” Videgaray said Saturday in an interview ...  

Colombia resumes anti-coca spray dropped over cancer fears

Colombia resumes anti-coca spray dropped over cancer fears

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will resume using weed killer to destroy illegal coca crops less than a year after suspending its use due to cancer concerns, the government said Monday.

Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said that instead of dumping glyphosate from American-piloted crop dusters, as Colombia did for two decades, the herbicide will now be applied manually by eradication crews on the ground.

“We’ll do it in a way that doesn’t contaminate, which is the same way it’s applied in ...  

Carnival Launches the ‘Hate Boat’ to Cuba

Carnival Launches the ‘Hate Boat’ to Cuba

Ordinarily taking a cruise to Cuba would not rate high in my house.

Being trapped on a ship packed with “wild and crazy” middle-agers eager to “partay” on a conga line would be my wife’s idea of Hades. As for me, I have vowed not to return to Cuba until it’s free, and have not returned in 44 years.

But I must admit that Carnival Cruises is making it very tempting to try to book passage. Their recently announced discriminatory policy of ...  

Priorities for Mexico’s New U.S. Ambassador

Priorities for Mexico’s New U.S. Ambassador

The principal task of Ambassador Carlos Sada Solana should not be to respond in a direct manner, to the anti-Mexican discourse that is rampant during this electoral period, but rather to address this rhetoric in a strategic fashion.”

Mexico has named their new ambassador to the United States, Carlos Manuel Sada Solana. The priority of the new ambassador is clear: to represent Mexico in a more constructive and positive manner, especially to the American people and the U.S. Congress, and to ...  

How Brazil, the darling of the developing world, came undone

How Brazil, the darling of the developing world, came undone

BRASILIA — It was called the “Brazil model,” or simply “the Lula model,” back when this country’s economy was roaring and its president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was a superstar of the developing world.

By balancing support for big business with big social-welfare programs, the union boss turned statesman presided over an era of growth that lifted tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. Lula’s presidency cut a new template for a Latin American left that had long insisted ...  

Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power

Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power

President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday punitive electricity rationing would be imposed on 15 shopping malls and drought-hit Venezuela’s time zone would also be modified to save power.

Many of the South American OPEC nation’s 29 million people are suffering daily, unscheduled water and electricity cuts as levels recede at the Guri dam complex providing nearly two-thirds of power needs.

Maduro, 53, whose popularity has suffered amid a national economic crisis and stuttering public services, said some major shopping centers had failed ...  

Allies Deserting Brazil’s Rousseff as Impeachment Vote Nears

Allies Deserting Brazil’s Rousseff as Impeachment Vote Nears

SÃO PAULO—Political allies are deserting President Dilma Rousseff, reducing her chances of surviving a crucial impeachment vote in Congress set for Sunday.

The Social Democratic Party, or PSD, which is a member of the governing coalition, decided Wednesday to recommend its members vote in favor of impeachment, reversing an earlier decision to support the president, according to a spokeswoman. Of the party’s 36 deputies, 26 are in favor of impeachment, five are against and five are undecided, she added.

Another party, the ...  

Carnival cruise to Cuba faces federal lawsuit

Carnival cruise to Cuba faces federal lawsuit

MIAMI — The first cruise ship scheduled to sail to Cuba from the United States is under fire and now faces a federal lawsuit, because people born on the island are forbidden from the voyage.

Two Cuban-Americans who were turned down when they tried to book a seat on a Fathom cruise set to visit Cuba filed the lawsuit late Tuesday, claiming the inability of a group of Americans to participate in a public activity violates the Civil Rights Act. The ...  

Mexico’s scandal-plagued president is obviously having a rough time

Mexico’s scandal-plagued president is obviously having a rough time

Much heralded when he took office in late 2012, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been dogged by scandals and bad press throughout his first three years in office.

And, despite his movie-star good looks and his administration’s efforts to influence the media’s coverage of him, his time in office has been marked by photos that portray “Mexico’s savior” in a less-than-flattering light.

Peña Nieto also used a helicopter owned by one of Hinojosa’s companies free of charge during his presidential campaign. ...  

Argentina’s Fernandez Defiant in Face of String of Law Cases

Argentina’s Fernandez Defiant in Face of String of Law Cases

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accused judges of conspiring with the country’s new government to seek her imprisonment on Wednesday after testifying about alleged irregularities in the dollar market during her administration.

“They can call me in 20 times, they can put me in prison, but they will never shut me up,” Fernandez told thousands of flag-waving supporters outside the courts. Many in the crowd had camped overnight to see her first major appearance in Buenos Aires since leaving ...  

Carnival Cruise discrimination controversy exposes hypocrisy of Obama’s Cuba strategy

Carnival Cruise discrimination controversy exposes hypocrisy of Obama’s Cuba strategy

By Ambassador Roger F. Noriega

April 13, 2016

All hell would break loose if a US cruise line refused to sell tickets to Americans of Irish, Italian, or African ancestry who wished to visit their native land — and for good reason. The decision of Carnival Cruise Line to exclude Cuban-born Americans from its newly permitted journeys to the island confirms predictions that Obama’s normalization won’t improve the regime’s values, but it will lower ours.

One of the central pillars of US Cuba ...  

Brazil’s economic free fall could bring wider fallout

Brazil’s economic free fall could bring wider fallout

Economists call it the resource curse. These days, Brazil seems doubly jinxed by the oil riches that once propelled it into the ranks of the world’s fastest growing economies.

On Tuesday, a committee of Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, whose government is being consumed by a bribery scandal involving the state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

The political chaos comes as falling oil and other commodity prices have cut deeply into Brazil’s export-heavy economy. Now, the political upheaval ...  

Here are the 3 (big!) challenges facing Peru’s next president

Here are the 3 (big!) challenges facing Peru’s next president

Peru’s presidential candidates squared off in the first round of voting April 10. Keiko Fujimori, the first-place winner, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in second place, now face a runoff vote in June.

Regardless of who wins, Peru’s next president will have to juggle tough challenges. With global commodity demand down and tight competition for foreign investment, it won’t be easy to keep the country’s economy afloat. Balancing environmental trade-offs and other concerns of the rural population without sacrificing economic growth puts ...  

Venezuela is in desperate need of a political intervention

Venezuela is in desperate need of a political intervention

AN OPPOSITION victory in parliamentary elections in December gave Venezuela a fragile opportunity to arrest what has been an accelerating spiral toward an economic and political crash. Had it chosen to accommodate and negotiate with opposition leaders, the deeply unpopular government of Nicolás Maduro might have been able to ease mounting political tensions and build consensus around desperately needed economic stabilization measures. It was urged to pursue this course by the Obama administration and most Latin American governments, with the ...  

Journalists demand justice for 22 colleagues murdered in Honduras

Journalists demand justice for 22 colleagues murdered in Honduras

Journalists and defenders of free expression gathered in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, on Monday to demand justice for the 22 journalists who have been murdered in the country since 2014.

“We demand the investigation and trial of those responsible for the deaths of those journalists,” said Wendy Funez, a representative of the Freedom of Expression Committee (C-Libre), during a protest outside the attorney general’s office. The demonstrators placed coffins at the entrance to the office in memory of the 22 journalists ...  

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