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Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Head of international group threatens military response in Venezuela
Venezuela’s crackpot president has another reason not to sleep well at night. The head of the Organization of American States joined President Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention there to restore democracy and ease the country’s humanitarian crisis. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro delivered the warning in a visit Friday to Colombia’s border with Venezuela. He also denounced Maduro’s socialist “dictatorship” for spurring a region-wide migration crisis
Peru says repatriated Venezuelans a tiny fraction of daily influx
Venezuela would have to dramatically step up efforts to fly its citizens home under its new “repatriation plan” in order to come anywhere close to offsetting the 1,300 Venezuelans who enter Peru every day, Peru’s top immigration official said on Friday. Venezuela launched the program last month after hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans migrated across the region to escape hyperinflation and food shortages at home.
Ecuador: Thousands Protest Govt's Economic, Foreign Policies
Protesters condemned the policies of President Moreno, who has been accused of betraying the programs that won him the country's last election. Thousands of Ecuadoreans marched in the country's capital city of Quito Thursday to condemn a series of economic, social and foreign policy decisions taken by the government of President Lenin Moreno. Among the policies, which came under harsh criticism, were the government's austerity measures, an increase in the price of gasoline; tax measures, which offered debt forgiveness for wealthy individuals and companies; and Moreno's closeness with the United States government on foreign and domestic policy.
While the mass exodus of more than 2.3 million Venezuelans and the murder of more than 300 anti-government protesters in Nicaragua are making big headlines, it may be time to pay attention to another country in the region that is also moving rapidly toward totalitarian rule: Bolivia. Bolivian President Evo Morales announced last week that he will submit to his country’s Congress - where he enjoys a comfortable majority - a “law against lies,” which would penalize news about his government that he doesn’t like.
Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child sex abuse
Pope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
US officials secretly met with Venezuelan military officers plotting a coup against Maduro
US officials met secretly with Venezuelan military officers who were plotting a coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, both a current and a former US official confirmed to CNN. American officials met with the renegade Venezuelan military officers several times over the last year after the Venezuelan officers made contact, but Washington ultimately decided against supporting the coup, the two sources said.
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US officials meeting with Venezuelan officers
Nicaragua's strike brings country to standstill as crisis continues
Civic Alliance group called for the strike to demand release of activists charged with terrorism. Shops, banks and businesses across Nicaragua stayed closed on Friday in the latest 24-hour strike called by opposition leaders since protests against the government of Daniel Ortega broke out in April
Guatemala's president is dismantling the U.N. anti-corruption group that is investigating him
The United Nations-backed commission has investigated hundreds of cases of corruption, drug trafficking and even genocide, probing the misconduct of political leaders, drug lords and others who had long been viewed as above the law. The group, known as the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, has been hailed as one of the most effective anti-crime efforts in Latin America. It has also been criticized as violating Guatemalan sovereignty and failing to stay above the fray of politics. One of those critics is Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, who is the target of a commission investigation into illegal campaign financing. Last week he announced plans to end the commission’s mandate, and on Tuesday said its head, Ivan Velasquez, would not be allowed to return to Guatemala from Washington, where he has been meeting with American lawmakers.
The assassination attempt that upended Brazil’s presidential race is also resetting the outlook for the country’s markets. Brazil equities, the currency and sovereign bonds have all rallied since front-runner Jair Bolsonaro suffered a near-fatal stabbing at a campaign rally Thursday, and RBC Capital Markets to Aberdeen Asset Management have made favorable comments about Brazilian assets in the aftermath. The surprising reaction stems from speculation that the right-wing Bolsonaro -- who is expected to stage a full recovery -- will get a boost of sympathy, elevating the chances he can burst through a crowded field of contenders to win the ballot next month.
The former president of Mexico believes Canada forced Mexico to go it alone in the NAFTA fight with Trump
Mexico's former president thinks Canada left Mexico out to dry in the recent North America's Free Trade Agreement talks, and now it's coming back to bite them. In an interview with Business Insider, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vehemently pro-Canada stance forced Mexico to go it alone in NAFTA talks with President Donald Trump