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To Venezuelans, Heir of Chávez Is a Poor Copy

October 2, 2013 12:46 pm0 comments

Source: William Neuman New York Times, October 1 CARACAS, Venezuela — The start of the season for two premier teams in this baseball-loving nation was thrown into doubt after thieves stripped vast amounts of copper wire from the lights in this city’s main stadium. Basic items are often so hard […]

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Subcommittee Hearing: A Closer Look at Cuba and its Recent History of Proliferation

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  A Closer Look at Cuba and its Recent History of Proliferation Opening Statement of Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05),Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere As prepared for delivery Earlier this summer, on July 16th,, the Panamanian government discovered and detained the North Korean flagged Chong Chon Gang cargo vessel traveling from […]

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“Gringo-Phobia;” Venezuela’s Maduro Ramps Up Anti-Americanism

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“Gringo-Phobia;”  Venezuela’s Maduro Ramps Up Anti-Americanism

Associated Press, Published: September 30 | Updated: Tuesday, October 1 CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that Venezuela will not have cordial relations with the United States as long as U.S. diplomats continue what he alleges are attempts to destabilize his country. He said “new points of contact” can be […]

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Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger: Créditos Chinos, ¿a quién benefician?

September 14, 2013 11:32 am1 comment
Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger: Créditos Chinos, ¿a quién benefician?

El país sudamericano se encuentra casi fuera de los mercados internacionales y China lo financia a cambio de hipotecar sus reservas petroleras Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger | ElPaís.Com En los últimos días se hizo pública la noticia de que Ecuador recibió un préstamo chino por 1.200 millones de dólares en concepto de […]

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Venezuela’s economic woes: Sabotage or mismanagement?

September 6, 2013 12:32 pm0 comments
Venezuela’s economic woes: Sabotage or mismanagement?

BBC News by Irene Caselli Theories abound in Venezuela regarding Tuesday’s blackout which affected more than two-thirds of the country.  While President Nicolas Maduro has accused political opponents of sabotaging the power system, the opposition blames government incompetence for the largest power cut in five years. As parts of the […]

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Andres Oppenheimer: U.N. affiliate may sponsor “modern-day slavery”

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Andres Oppenheimer: U.N. affiliate may sponsor “modern-day slavery”

  Source Miami Herald by Andres Oppenheimer The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is doing great things in Latin America, but I wonder whether its latest role as a middleman to help place 4,000 Cuban doctors in remote areas of Brazil does not amount to sponsoring slavery. Under a deal […]

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US Treasury Designates Venezuela National Guard Officer as Drug Kingpin

August 22, 2013 7:12 pm0 comments
US Treasury Designates Venezuela National Guard Officer as Drug Kingpin

Source: LAHT Former National Guard Captain Vassyly Kotosky Villarroel Ramirez was Previously Indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York for Aiding Mexican Drug Cartels. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Venezuelan national, Vassyly Kotosky Villarroel Ramirez, as a drug kingpin […]

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Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger ¿Ecuador Arriesga su Dolarización?

August 14, 2013 11:29 am0 comments
Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger ¿Ecuador Arriesga su Dolarización?

Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger | Infobae.com Un irresponsable manejo en la política económica por parte del Gobierno deRafael Correa podría estar dejando al país en una difícil situación, poniendo en riesgo a la propia dolarización. Anuncios desmedidos tales como la renuncia alATPDEA, sumado el creciente balance en dólares que el Banco Central de Venezuela posee con Ecuador debido al uso del Sistema Único […]

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With lure of religious classes, Iran seeks to recruit Latin Americans

August 12, 2013 4:22 pm0 comments
With lure of religious classes, Iran seeks to recruit Latin Americans

Source: Washington Post The Mexican law student was surprised by how easy it was to get into Iran two years ago. By merely asking questions about Islam at a party, he managed to pique the interest of Iran’s top diplomat in Mexico. Months later, he had a plane ticket and […]

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Andres Oppenheimer: U.S. may reassess Iran-Latin American ties

August 8, 2013 2:47 pm0 comments

Source: Miami Herald By Andres Oppenheimer The U.S. State Department said this week it will reevaluate a recent report in which it downplayed Iran’s links to terrorism in Latin America. But don’t expect an immediate change in U.S. policy. Judging from what I’m told by senior U.S. officials, the Obama […]

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