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Turkey Turns to Central America

Turkey Turns to Central America

Q24N – Guatemala last week opened an embassy in Ankara, at the same time as Turkey hosted the second annual meeting with foreign ministers from the Central American Integration System (SICA in Spanish), which includes the seven countries of the Isthmus  and the Dominican Republic. Turkey would make a $500,000 contribution to the group, as […]

Venezuela under Maduro is reeling

Venezuela under Maduro is reeling

A woman throws a bottle during anti-government protests in Caracas. AP Photo TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela sits on the world’s largest oil reserves. It had been South America’s longest-running democracy. Now it is an economic and democratic basket case with even electricity rationed by the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro. Before the opposition coalition could […]

Death toll rises in worsening Venezuela unrest

Death toll rises in worsening Venezuela unrest

TODAY VENEZUELA – Three people have been killed during another day of protests in Venezuela, state television reported, bringing the total number of deaths in this month’s political unrest to 24. Anti-government protests entered a fourth week on Monday with mass sit-ins to press for early elections. Rival protests were also held. A 42-year-old man who worked […]

Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua (IPS) – The effects of climate change have hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coastal regions hard in the last decade and have forced the authorities and local residents to take protection and adaptation measures to address the phenomenon that has gradually undermined their safety and changed their way of life. Bluefields, the capital city of […]

Yes, giving money to very poor people will make their lives better — just ask Ecuador

Yes, giving money to very poor people will make their lives better — just ask Ecuador

Q24N – Is eradicating poverty, a goal the United Nations’ hopes to achieve by 2030, actually feasible? New research out of Ecuador says yes – if governments are willing to pay for it. According to a United Nations University (UNU) – Merit study of Ecuador’s Human Development Bonus (Bono de Desarrollo Humano, or BDH), direct […]

Trump Holds Secret Meeting With Former Colombian Presidents

Trump Holds Secret Meeting With Former Colombian Presidents

Doubts remain regarding Donald Trump’s meeting with former Colombian presidents Andres Pastrana and Alvaro Uribe (Flickr). TODAY COLOMBIA  (Bogota) President Donald Trump quietly met a pair of former Colombian presidents last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, thrusting his administration into an ugly power struggle in Latin America that threatens to undermine the country’s […]

Cuba’s Ladies in White Claim Normalization Made Repression Worse

Cuba’s Ladies in White Claim Normalization Made Repression Worse

“Look at Cuba. What is happening on the island is very hard to handle.” (Twitter) TODAY CUBA – The Cuban opposition group Ladies in White has spoken out again about increased repression against political dissidents on the island. In Miami, Florida this week, the group spoke about the current political situation, which they claim is […]

Why Maduro May Be about to Leave Power in Venezuela

Why Maduro May Be about to Leave Power in Venezuela

TODAY VENEZUELA – The Venezuelan dictatorship faces massive citizen protests, which for the first time include far more poor people than those of the middle and upper class, an unmanageable economic crisis, and increasing isolation from the international community. All of this is due to strongman Nicolás Maduro’s incompetence; his henchmen are equally inept. The […]

Honduras makes 37.2% more from banana exports

Honduras makes 37.2% more from banana exports

Q24N – The revenue generated from Honduran banana exports in January 2017 was 37.2% higher than that of the same month in 2016, totalling 46.5 million dollars, as reported by official sources. The value of banana sales increased by 12.5 million dollars (+37.2%), compared to the 33.9 million dollars exported in January 2016, according to […]

Panama Papers Law Firm Founder Says Scandal Set Off Tax Shelter Boom in US

Panama Papers Law Firm Founder Says Scandal Set Off Tax Shelter Boom in US

Q24N (AFP) – The co-founder of the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal says the fallout has set off a “thriving” boom in the creation of tax shelters in the United States. Juergen Mossack, who partnered with Ramon Fonseca to create the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, said in a document obtained […]

Why Venezuelans are protesting

Why Venezuelans are protesting

(CNN)Venezuela has been riven by violent protests in recent weeks as opposition leaders face off with President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters. Anti-government protesters want Maduro to step down, accusing him eroding democracy. Maduro, meanwhile, has ordered the Venezuelan armed forces onto the streets to maintain order. The political turmoil comes against the backdrop of […]

Mother of All Marches Rages Across Venezuela for Second Day

Mother of All Marches Rages Across Venezuela for Second Day

In the wake of three dead in yesterday’s march, Venezuelans took to the streets for a second day to demand a return to democracy and Constitutional order (VOA). TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s marches showed no signs of stopping as protests rage throughout the country for a second day. Yesterday’s death toll stood at three, with a […]

Clashes Erupt At Anti-Government Protests In Venezuela

Clashes Erupt At Anti-Government Protests In Venezuela

TODAY VENEZUELA – Tens of thousands of people were out protesting Wednesday in Venezuela, demanding that Socialist President Nicolas Maduro leave office. Organizers called this the mother of all marches, but there were clashes shortly after the march started. Police responded with tear gas. At least two people have died. the government established roadblocks, deployed […]

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

Bogota, Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA – In its annual outlook, a Panama-based publication recently ranked the best global locations to buy real estate this year, and two of the largest cities in Colombia — the “irresistible” Cali and gentrifying Bogotá — made the top five. Only two markets in Portugal — Algarve in first place and Lisbon […]

Nicaragua’s economy is growing, but the poor may be falling behind

Nicaragua’s economy is growing, but the poor may be falling behind

TODAY NICARAGUA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s recent assessment of Nicaragua reinforces the narrative that the country has made tremendous strides in fighting poverty, but many experts stress the importance of staying vigilant against the country’s still deep inequalities and precarious economy. The routine assessment of Nicaragua’s economy was conducted by a group led by the […]

Nicaragua Annual Inflation up to March 2017 is 3.66%

TODAY NICARAGUA – The monthly variation in March was 0.12%, mainly explained by the behavior of prices of various goods and services and furniture and household items. From a report by the Central Bank of Nicaragua: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed a monthly variation of 0.12 percent (0.63% in March 2016), mainly explained by […]

Venezuela’s Millions in Debt to Russia Led to Confiscation of Oil Cargo

Venezuela’s Millions in Debt to Russia Led to Confiscation of Oil Cargo

Workers stand in front of a drilling rig at an oil well operated by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA in Morichal. Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA has been racking up debts around the world (El Ají). TODAY VENEZUELA – Russia is losing patience with ally Venezuela because of the country’s million-dollar debt. Russia confiscated an oil tanker […]

Venezuela Slams Latin American Countries for ‘Rude Interference’

Venezuela Slams Latin American Countries for ‘Rude Interference’

TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticized as “rude meddling” a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peaceful protest”. The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay rejected the violence, which led to the […]

80 Cuban Doctors Desert Venezuela, Await US Visas in Bogota

80 Cuban Doctors Desert Venezuela, Await US Visas in Bogota

Q24N – Some 180 Cuban doctors, up to now part of their island’s medical mission in Venezuela, have deserted that country and are now waiting in Bogota in hopes the United States will provide them with visas, their spokesman told EFE. The doctors’ problems multiplied last Jan. 12 when then-US President Barack Obama suspended the […]

Mob Justice: Venezuelans Celebrated Easter By Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro

Mob Justice: Venezuelans Celebrated Easter By Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro

As a symbol of “mob justice”, this Easter Sunday Venezuelans burned effergies of Nicolas Maduro in the religious tradition of “burning Judas”. (NotiHoy) TODAY VENEZUELA – This year, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro was burnt instead of Judas, in the religious Easter tradition of the “quema de Judas” (burning of Judas). All over Venezuela, rag dolls with […]

Venezuelan NGO: 105 detainees during protests this week

Venezuelan NGO: 105 detainees during protests this week

The Venezuelan Criminal Forum reported that 105 demonstrators have been arrested this week TODAY VENEZUELA – The Non-governmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal Venezolano  – Venezuelan Criminal Forum – reported that 105 people arrested during the recent anti-government demonstrations throughout Venezuela; 67 of them remain detained indefinetely. Most demonstrations called by the Venezuelan opposition leaders were […]

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Colombians marched in Bogota on April 1 against corruption, the FARC peace process and national politics in general. Fredy Builes/Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA (The Conversation) Civil unrest seems to be the order of the day – and the coming weeks – in Latin America. The sprawling Odebrecht bribery scandal that started in Brazil is now complicating […]

Venezuelans to Protest Worldwide April 15 Against Nicolas Maduro’s Dictatorship

Venezuelans to Protest Worldwide April 15 Against Nicolas Maduro’s Dictatorship

TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuelans plan to protest against President Nicolás Maduro’s regime on a global scale this Saturday, April 15. NGOs across the world are organizing efforts to demonstrate against Maduro’s oppressive and violent government, which is feeling international pressure to restore constitutional order amid widespread famine and medical shortage. The NGO “A World Without […]

“Castro’s Wikipedia” Removed an Article that Labeled Homosexuality a Perversion

“Castro’s Wikipedia” Removed an Article that Labeled Homosexuality a Perversion

The article about homosexuality was removed from the “Castro version” of Wikipedia after multiple complaints considered it an “act of homophobia” (IPS). TODAY CUBA – After several representatives of the LGBTI community in Cuba complained about an article published in the collaborative encyclopedia EcuRed in which homosexuality was described as a “sexual deviance or perversion,” […]

Smuggling Ring From Pakistan and Afghanistan to United States Through Latin America Exposed

Smuggling Ring From Pakistan and Afghanistan to United States Through Latin America Exposed

Q24N – A human smuggling ring that helped people from Pakistan and Afghanistan illegally enter the United States by way of Brazil and South and Central America was publicly revealed as the ring’s Brasilia contact pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Wednesday. Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, who U.S. authorities said is a Pakistani […]

Amazon Web Services Opens Office in Bogotá

Amazon Web Services Opens Office in Bogotá

TODAY COLOMBIA – Amazon Web Services has opened its first office in Bogotá. This makes Colombia home to another Latin American office established by the online retail giant’s cloud services arm, with the first regional location established previously in São Paulo, Brazil. The Seattle-based company reportedly plans to build a local team of account executives, solution architects, […]

American Apparel To Be Made In Nicaragua

American Apparel To Be Made In Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – For the first time in it’s 28 year history, American Apparel, The company, which prided itself on being the largest domestic apparel maker, is now producing shirts in Honduras and Nicaragua. Gildan Activewear, which bought American Apparel out of Chapter 11 earlier this year, confirmed that labels denoting “Made in Nicaragua” and […]

Is Putin building a base in Nicaragua to spy on US citizens?

Is Putin building a base in Nicaragua to spy on US citizens?

TODAY NICARAGUA – US officials are keeping a keen eye on a Russian complex nestled on the edge of a volcanic crater in Nicaragua. The center, which is believed to be a satellite station, has been built near the Laguna de Nejapa in Managua – the capital. The Washington Post reports the local government described […]

Move Aside Castro, Cubans Want Capitalism

Move Aside Castro, Cubans Want Capitalism

Sixty years after the communist revolution it is obvious that Cubans do not abhor, but desire a more capitalist and free society. (Interbusca) TODAY CUBA (By Maximilian Wirth0 Cuba is sometimes idealized as a successful alternative to capitalism. This month, however, the University of Chicago’s NORC released a study about the opinions of Cuba’s population. The findings […]

Venezuela: What’s Next?

Venezuela: What’s Next?

Venezuela: What’s next? Only a strategy that targets Cuba and the army will produce results. (Twitter) Venezuela: What’s Next? Venezuela is again in the news. It has become an annual event. As Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, clings to power, the true dictatorial nature of the regime is finally revealed. Most English language analyses of […]

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