Top news of the week: Even when president Jose Mujica insists it won’t all be party-time, Uruguay is now the first country to legalize the production and mass distribution of marijuana.
Argentina Captures One of its Leading Homegrown Narcos
Argentina appeals New York Judge Griesa’s order regarding banks’ disclosures
The Argentine government yesterday appealed an order by US Judge Thomas Griesa who asked some private banks to turn over information about Argentina’s assets abroad. The case had been started by hedge fund Elliott Management Corp’s NML Capital Ltd which is demanding in court full 100% payment of Argentine sovereign bonds face value.
Argentina Rivals Square Off
The important question isn’t whether the ruling Peronist movement will win, but which of its dueling factions will gain the upper hand in the run-up to presidential elections in 2015.
Flashback: Hillary Clinton questions Cristina Kirchner’s mental health
Secret cable sent to US embassy in Argentina asks diplomats to find out how president handles stress
Bolivian Police Arrest 15 for Anti-Drug Agents’ Murders
Brazil’s main city again rocked by riots and vandalism over transport facilities and costs
Chile soldiers’ widows want Communist leader jailed
The widows of three Chilean soldiers have launched legal action against the country’s Communist Party leader.
Rights Activist Slain in Colombia
The Cuban Missile Crisis: Kennedy’s “Victory”?
Imprisoned couple Sonia Garro and Ramón Muñoz to stand ‘trial’ Nov. 1
Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court
Ecuador’s Worn-Out War on Chevron
Racketeering aside, the case also looks rather weak on its own merits. For starters, Texaco operated as a minority partner under state-owned Petroecuador when the pollution occurred, so it is difficult to argue the damage is all its doing. Through agreements in 1995 and 1998, the Ecuadorian government also freed the company of further liability following a $40 million cleanup. An arbitration panel in The Hague cited the government’s sign-off when it ruled last month that Ecuador’s lawsuit should have never proceeded in the first place.
Oil, Ecuador and The Economist
A volcano erupts
Rafael Correa lambasts us and “the empire of capital”
Ecuador Judge Says He Inflated Bribery Claims to Chevron
Ecuador vs Chevron:
Donziger: from Hans Solo to Darth Vader
Arrest of Haiti government critic triggers protests
POLL NUMBERS!!! Economic problems in Honduras
‘Cool Runnings’ 2? Jamaican bobsled team aims for Sochi Olympics
How Mexico’s EPR Insurgents Have Changed Course
Government sources have linked one of Mexico’s most prominent guerrilla organizations to a series of recent social protests
Paco Almaraz is having Obama burnout (in Spanish),
Panama Says It Will Release Most From Ship to North Korea
Paraguay leader’s son arrested [in Miami] after Bal Harbour party guest is punched
Are There Puerto Rico Bonds in Your Muni Fund?
You may own Puerto Rico’s troubled bonds, popular for their high yields and special tax benefits, without even knowing it.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Gangs Are the New Law in Urban Trinidad & Tobago
Chavista Freddy Bernal calls for investigation of Derwick Associates
The week’s posts and podcast:
Bolivia: What the “Bolivarian revolution” means, in practice
Venezuela: The ministry of Supreme Happiness
Is Brazil ready for the World Cup?
Remembering the invasion of Grenada
Mexico: Clown union disavows killing
Ecuador: Chevron racketeering trial roundup – the corrupt judge
Uruguay: The dollar doobie
Mexico: Don’t write off the Zetas
Ecuador: Who’s Financing the Pollution-Liability Suit Against Chevron?
Nicaragua: What it was like to be on the receiving end of the sandinistas
Mexico: Is Peña Nieto backtracking?
Celia Google day
Venezuela & US-Latin America stories of the week
Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Princeton:
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