Former Brazil president Lula poised for corruption trial, associates fear

Former Brazil president Lula poised for corruption trial, associates fear

Family members and associates of former Brazilian president Luiz Ináçio Lula da Silva fear he will soon be put on trial for what is alleged to be a central role in a massive corruption scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras.

The Workers’ party leader – who is unquestionably the most influential figure in Brazil’s recent history – has been named in plea bargains by former allies and business executives who have been arrested in the Lava Jato investigation into revelations ...  

W.H.O. Says Olympics Should Go Ahead in Brazil Despite Zika Virus

W.H.O. Says Olympics Should Go Ahead in Brazil Despite Zika Virus

The Olympic Games should go on as planned, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, and athletes and spectators, except for pregnant women, should not hesitate to attend so long as they take precautions against infection with the Zika virus.

Pregnant women were advised not to go to Brazil for the event or the Paralympics. The W.H.O. previously told them to avoid any area where Zika is circulating.

Some attendees may contract the mosquito-borne infection and even bring it back home, but the ...  

John Kerry adds to calls for Nicolas Maduro to step down in Caracas

John Kerry adds to calls for Nicolas Maduro to step down in Caracas

Secretary of State John F. Kerry threw his weight Tuesday behind international calls for a referendum that could force Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the South American nation faces a deepening crisis, rife with food shortages and political unrest.

Mr. Maduro’s government should “honor its own constitutional mechanisms, including a fair and timely recall referendum,” Mr. Kerry told regional leaders gathered in the Dominican Republic for the annual general assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).

With ...  

Brazil’s New Central Bank Chief Takes Post With a Pledge to Pursue Lower Inflation

Brazil’s New Central Bank Chief Takes Post With a Pledge to Pursue Lower Inflation

Brazilian central Bank Monday inaugurated a new leader to deal with the old task. Tame stubborn inflation amid a faltering economy and political chaos

Private sector economist Ilan Goldfajn took over the function of Alexandre of thrombin in the hour long ceremony at the imposing building is a bank here. An appointee of the suspended president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, Pan of thrombin held the job since January 2011. On his watch, Brazil has never fulfilled its 4.5% annual inflation target, ...  

What 10,000 Brazilians Think About Ousted President Dilma Rousseff

What 10,000 Brazilians Think About Ousted President Dilma Rousseff

Can 10,003 Brazilians be wrong? Out of that number, only 5% of them think ousted Workers’ Party president Dilma Rousseff will survive her impeachment trial in the Senate. A total of 92% say Dilma is a goner. The survey did not ask whether or not people felt she should be removed from office, however. No trial date has been set, but rumor has it that it will take place before the Summer Olympics in early August.

Washington DC based Brazil Institute ...  

Displacement Rising as Colombia’s Conflict Moves into New Phase

Displacement Rising as Colombia’s Conflict Moves into New Phase

Monitoring groups say displacement in Colombia is once again rising, a trend likely linked to clashes between armed groups positioning themselves to capitalize on criminal opportunities created by the expected demobilization of the country’s biggest guerrilla force.

At least 225,842 people in 961 municipalities were forcibly displaced from their homes during 2015 — a 10 percent increase from the 204,832 victims recorded in 2014, according to a report by the Human Rights and Displacement Consultancy (Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y ...  

Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro says no referendum this year

Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro says no referendum this year

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has said that a referendum the opposition is trying to call to oust him will not take place this year. There was no time to organise the recall referendum, said Mr Maduro.

On Friday the National Electoral Council (CNE) declared more than 600,000 signatures on a petition for the referendum invalid. The opposition says the electoral authorities are working alongside the government to derail the process. Opposition leaders say their signatures on the petition have also been ...  

Friendless in Venezuela

Friendless in Venezuela

Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo López, celebrated with Mauricio Macri when he was elected president of Argentina in November. Ms. Tintori’s joy was rooted in the hope that the new Macri government would be a leading voice for human rights in Venezuela.

Seven months later Mr. Macri’s government holds the rotating presidency of the permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS). Yet Argentina is using the post to block a discussion, at the OAS General ...  

La oposición en Venezuela, sin amigos

La oposición en Venezuela, sin amigos

Por Mary Anastasia O’Grady

Los venezolanos, con la esperanza de revocar el mandato del presidente Nicolas Maduro, están pidiendo ayuda internacional a través de la Organización de los Estados Americanos. Pero incluso conseguir que comiencen las conversaciones en la OEA es difícil sin la ayuda del gobierno Obama.

Lilian Tintori, esposa del preso político venezolano Leopoldo López, celebró al lado de Mauricio Macri cuando este fue elegido presidente de Argentina en noviembre. La alegría de Tintori se basaba en la esperanza de ...  

Peru’s rise

Peru’s rise

By The Editorial Board

AT THE turn of the century, Peru was a struggling South American country with a poverty rate of 52 percent, while Venezuela was slightly richer, with 46 percent of the population rated poor. Today the difference between the two countries could hardly be more dramatic. After 17 years of Hugo Chávez’s autocratic populism, poverty in Venezuela has soared to 76 percent, according to a recent survey. Meanwhile, in Peru, it plunged to just 22.7 percent in 2014, ...  

Minister of sport: ‘Brazil has prepared very well for these Games’

Minister of sport: ‘Brazil has prepared very well for these Games’

Less than two months before the start of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, Brazil’s new minister of sport played down international concerns over the Zika virus, infrastructure delays, street crime and political upheaval, equating them with similar concerns before the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Games and promising that the country will deliver an “extraordinary” event.

“I think given the size [and] importance of the Olympic Games . . . it’s natural that such concerns would be raised,” Leonardo ...  

Party Says Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Likely Has Won Peru’s Presidential Election

Party Says Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Likely Has Won Peru’s Presidential Election

The party of presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Wednesday said its candidate likely will clinch Peru’s tightly contested election this past weekend by a small margin over rival Keiko Fujimori.

Martin Vizcarra, Mr. Kuczynski’s vice presidential running mate, said his center-right Peruvians for Change party has completed is own analysis of ballots outstanding, showing Mr. Kuczynski will maintain a winning margin of a few thousand votes.

“With the analysis and counting 100% of the ballots, we’ll maintain this margin of close ...  

Venezuela Opposition Said to Be Divided on Path to Oust Maduro

Venezuela Opposition Said to Be Divided on Path to Oust Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition is divided on which is the best path to remove President Nicolas Maduro, according to four people with direct knowledge of internal discussions. While a group led by National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup would be open to negotiating a release of political prisoners in exchange for delaying a referendum on Maduro, another set of parties led by Governor Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez, currently in jail, is unwilling to budge on demands to hold a recall vote this ...  

Cocaine seizures have jumped in Colombia, and it’s likely a sign of a dangerous shift by traffickers

Cocaine seizures have jumped in Colombia, and it’s likely a sign of a dangerous shift by traffickers

Cocaine seizures along Colombia’s Pacific Coast have spiked so far this year, suggesting criminal groups and traffickers in the country have undertaken a significant shift that could mean trouble for the country in the future.

Authorities intercepted 34 tons of cocaine between January and May this year, 65% more than was seized over the same period last year, according to Colprensa. Moreover, naval forces in the region seized 15 tons of cocaine during the first five months of this year, more ...  

With Peru’s Election So Close, Results May Not Be Known for Days

With Peru’s Election So Close, Results May Not Be Known for Days

LIMA, Peru—Peruvian presidential candidates Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori settled in for a photo finish as election officials slowly counted the final ballots to determine the outcome of one of the tightest races ever here.

When the result will be final, however, is uncertain as an electoral board will need to rule on disputed ballots that could decide the close election, and as votes trickle in from rural areas and expatriates elsewhere.

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Fernando Tuesta, a political analyst ...  

Brazil Prosecutor Seeks Arrests of Top Members of Interim President’s Party

Brazil Prosecutor Seeks Arrests of Top Members of Interim President’s Party

Brazil’s attorney general requested the arrest of four senior members of interim President Michel Temer’s party in connection to the country’s long-running corruption probe, a person familiar with the matter said, creating new political uncertainty for the government that stepped in for the country’s impeached leader.

The politicians include the former speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, who is accused of interfering with congressional affairs though he was suspended from his post in May in an earlier phase of the ...  

Venezuelan protesters clash with police, demand recall

Venezuelan protesters clash with police, demand recall

CARACAS, Venezuela — Police in Venezuela’s capital clashed Tuesday with thousands of protesters demanding that election authorities allow to move forward a recall referendum on cutting short President Nicolas Maduro’s term.

Demonstrators tried to march to the electoral board’s downtown Caracas headquarters but were turned back by long lines of police in riot gear.

Tuesday’s protest is at least the fourth in as many weeks. Each time, police have stopped protesters from reaching downtown. The government began a tentative dialogue process with the ...  

Should China Let Venezuela Collapse?

Should China Let Venezuela Collapse?

With Venezuela increasingly resembling a failing state, it seems there is no solution or savior capable of pulling the country out of its downward spiral towards chaos. While the country is going through an unprecedented economic and political crisis, its population of almost 30.5 million is being hit with mounting crime, triple-digit annual hyperinflation, a collapse of all essential public services, and widespread shortages of basic supplies.

At the backstage of the crisis taking place in Venezuela, there is an ongoing ...  

Peru’s Presidential Election Continues Latin America’s Shift Rightward

Peru’s Presidential Election Continues Latin America’s Shift Rightward

By José Cárdenas

06/07/2016

Whether or not underdog Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski can hold on to his surprise razor-thin lead over opponent Keiko Fujimori, the biggest winners from last weekend’s election are the Peruvian people and, more broadly, the citizens of Latin America. That’s because both candidates are pragmatic, market-friendly democrats — the polar opposite of the kind of radical populists that are fast wearing out their welcome elsewhere in the region.

But even with no ideological chasm separating the final ...  

Ending Colombia’s Guerrilla War, Securing the Peace

Ending Colombia’s Guerrilla War, Securing the Peace

Colombia has endured for more than half a century a bloody internal war, costing too many lives and causing severe pain to millions of victims. The conflict has forcefully displaced millions of peasants from their home and impeded the country’s capacity to grow and prosper.

For decades, successive Colombian governments have sought peace unsuccessfully. President Juan Manuel Santos, after decisively leading military efforts to defeat the guerrillas known as the FARC (for the Spanish name of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of ...  

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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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