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US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

San José (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said. The gathering, officially the 16th Tuxtla Summit, named after the Mexican city where the first took place in 1991, will […]

Venezuela Blames Climate Change after Its Troops Invade Colombia

Venezuela Blames Climate Change after Its Troops Invade Colombia

The government of Venezuela confirmed soldiers who invaded neighboring territory were part of a group carrying out operations to combat supposed criminal acts by Colombians near the border. (Flickr) TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week by claiming the constantly changing direction of a river near […]

Maduro Can’t Hide the Crisis, Even on his Own TV Program

Maduro Can’t Hide the Crisis, Even on his Own TV Program

Maduro has recently fielded embarrassing questions on his TV program from hungry citizens (El Universal). TODAY VENEZEULA – Television broadcasts of Nicolás Maduro are increasingly sinking him in Venezuelan public opinion. This is because the president has made it impossible to hide the humanitarian crisis facing the country even on his own television program. First […]

Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) A recent study of El Salvador’s gang phenomenon has shown that, while it is possible for gang members to abandon these groups, desistance depends on several factors, including the gangs’ own acquiescence. A study carried out by Florida International University, shows that desistance from gangs in El Salvador is possible and takes place […]

Foreign Journalists Not Welcome in Venezuela

Foreign Journalists Not Welcome in Venezuela

Without a free press there is dictatorship TODAY VENEZUELA (Paris, France) – Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has called on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to stop blocking the international media’s reporting in Venezuela. In recent months, the obstruction has included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and outright censorship. The […]

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Two young boys in rural Nicaragua, photographed by Australian photojournalist Josh Mcdonald. The sugarcane-growing community in which they live is blighted by a renal disease whose cause remains unclear. Photograph: 2017 Wellcome Image Awards TODAY NICARAGUA (Theguardian.com) – Two brothers stand in a dusty alley in the town of Chichigalpa in Nicaragua. They stare with […]

Nicaragua Tourism Revenues Up 10%

Nicaragua Tourism Revenues Up 10%

Hotel Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa en Little Corn Island. TODAY NICARAGUA – Companies in the tourismt sector expect to generate US$660 million in revenue this year, mainly driven by an increase in visitor spending. In addition to an increase in the number of visitors to the country, the tourism industry also expect a rise […]

Central America, Colombia and The Needle Trade

Central America, Colombia and The Needle Trade

Q BUSINESS – Two Colombian companies in the textile and apparel sector are expanding in Central America, with the expectation of some new 1,700 jobs, mostly in a Nicaraguan apparel operation, the result of a US$8 million investment by Cali-based Supertex. A subcontractor for sportswear brands, which include Adidas, Nike y Under Armour, Supertex expects […]

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Francisca Ramírez, the head of the peasant movement that is leading the fight against the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua, which has made her a victim of harassment by the administration of Daniel Ortega. Credit: Luis Martínez/IPS TODAY NICARAGUA – MANAGUA (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging […]

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban hospitals have begun to issue “symbolic” bills to their patients (Cubanet). TODAY CUBA – A report from Cuban television noted that Cuban medical institutions have begun to provide their patients with symbolic bills with the actual cost of services rendered. Miosotis Moreno, director of Economics and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) […]

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Teachers claim their main reason for leaving is low salaries. (Flickr) TODAY CUBA, MAYABEQUE, CUBA — Teachers and other education professionals started leaving their jobs at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Cuba’s Mayabeque province. Over the next few months, many followed suit. This year’s figure constitutes the biggest exodus of teachers since […]

Venezuelan Gov’t Seizes Immigrant-Owned Bakeries

Venezuelan Gov’t Seizes Immigrant-Owned Bakeries

The Venezuelan government has been closing or expropriating bakeries throughout Caracas (Twitter). TODAY VENEZUELA – More than 20 closed bakeries, 2 occupied by the government and 4 closed, is the balance that has been left by the new regimen of bakery inspections implemented by the regime of Nicolás Maduro at Caracas locales. There are more […]

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

A peasant walks among coca crops in Cauca, Colombia. Picture taken January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga – RTSXUBA TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s current peace process is facing numerous challenges. In a country that has suffered the worst impacts of the international drug war, one main dilemma is this: what to do with rural regions which […]

How Costa Rica Used Overprint On 1922 Stamps To Promote Its Coffee

How Costa Rica Used Overprint On 1922 Stamps To Promote Its Coffee

Q24N via Classic Stamps of the World –  Costa Rica, in Central America next to Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, and the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, was visited by Christopher Columbus in 1502. The explorer supposedly gave the country its name — “Rich Coast” in Spanish — because he believed, or wishfully thought, that it was […]

Why Did US Blacklist Most LatAm Countries for Money Laundering?

Why Did US Blacklist Most LatAm Countries for Money Laundering?

Q24N via Insightcrime.org – The United States has blacklisted nearly all Latin American countries for money laundering in 2017. InSight Crime explores why this is the case, and discusses some of the achievements and failings of regional anti-money-laundering efforts over the past year. Of the 88 countries and territories included in the US State Department’s […]

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

TODAY CUBA – A short documentary was shown this Thursday in Miami to raise awareness of struggles of the residents on neighboring Cuba. The 29-minute “Political Prisoners in Cuba, Avatars of the Family,” directed by Orlando Rodríguez Lobaina, aimed to highlight and denounce the isolation and social exclusion of Cuban dissidents often suffering and in prison on […]

Panama Toughens Immigration Policies To Prevent Permanent Tourists

Panama Toughens Immigration Policies To Prevent Permanent Tourists

TODAY PANAMA – There appears to be a lot of confusion , that affects expats living in Panama preferring and their ‘visitor’ status, as Panama cracks down on permanent tourists. The new measure applies to foreigners residing in the country as tourists. Photo Telemetro On March 6 2017, Panamanian authorities announced new guidance for Panamanian […]

Panama Deported 170 Foreigners In First Two Months Of The Year

Panama Deported 170 Foreigners In First Two Months Of The Year

Foreigners deported from Panama. Photo Newsroom Panama TODAY PANAMA – Panama’s immigration service reports having deported or expelled in the first two months of the year, a total of 170 foreigners, mostly Colombians, for being in the country undocumented. Of the the total, 106 were deported and 64 expelled: 137 were men and 33 women, […]

Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

(TODAY VENEZUELA via Insightcrime.org) The recent discovery of a mass grave in a Venezuela prison highlights the dangerous conditions that prevail in the country’s penitentiary system, as well as the inability of authorities to effectively maintain order in penal facilities. Venezuela’s General Penitentiary, the site of the mass grave At least 14 bodies have been […]

Audio Reveals Details of Guatemala Fire that Killed 40 Girls

Audio Reveals Details of Guatemala Fire that Killed 40 Girls

(Q24N) Recordings of three survivors from a massive fire in Guatemala that killed 40 has been released by a local media outlet, revealing shocking details about the moments leading up to the event. Nómada, a Guatemalan media outlet, interviewed young survivors of the tragedy that happened at a girls’ shelter, and subsequently published the recordings. During the interviews, […]

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Reuters TODAY VENEZUELA – “The evidence will give them cold sweats and diarrhea,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), of paying former Chavista leaders to fabricate evidence with which to accuse the his government of drug trafficking. Maduro vowed to […]

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Photo: Oleg Yasinsky TODAY COLOMBIA – Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been handing their weapons over to the United Nations as part of the peace agreement they signed with the Colombian government on November 24, 2016, to end Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict. In an interview with Sputnik Mundo, Camilo […]

First Real Estate Fund in Nicaragua

First Real Estate Fund in Nicaragua

INVERCASA TODAY NICARAGUA – The fund managed by Invercasa will focus on acquiring both commercial and residential properties, and the minimum stake will be us$5,000. Sociedad Nicaragüense de Inversión, a subsidiary of Invercasa Group, has received authorization from the Superintendency of Banks to begin operating the first real estate investment fund, which buys buildings to […]

Venezuelan Gov’t Threatens to Expropriate Bakeries, Jeopardizing Bread

Venezuelan Gov’t Threatens to Expropriate Bakeries, Jeopardizing Bread

The Venezuelan government is making moves to expropriate bakeries that it deems to be non-compliant with its new regulations (El Estimulo). TODAY VENEZUELA – The baking industry in Venezuela is hanging by a thread, after a new threat of expropriation by the regime of president Nicolás Maduro. Bakeries in the South American country must not […]

US Captures First Cuban Refugees in Post “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Era

US Captures First Cuban Refugees in Post “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Era

TODAY CUBA – On Sunday, March 12th, 29 Cuban refugees were caught trying to reach Florida by boat. According to authorities, the group of Cubans were with five other people who tried to flee, but were caught and turned over to the United States Coast Guard. According to officials of Customs and Border Protection, the group of […]

Time Is Running Out for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy

Time Is Running Out for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy

Q24N – An opinion poll has suggested the next President of Ecuador is set to be the man who has promised to kick Julian Assange out of the country’s embassy in London, but the WikiLeaks founder claims it is a “sellout” to the US. On Wednesday (March 8) WikiLeaks published 8,700 files, the first part […]

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

CARACAS April 13, 2005 .- El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez. EFE/Miraflores TODAY VENEZUELA – Hugo Chavez, the people’s president, led Venezuela from 1998 to 2013. It’s been four years since Nicolas Maduro went on national TV to announce the tragic death of beloved revolutionary leader, Hugo Chavez. The size and intensity of the outpouring that […]

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