The World Cup week Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean
Yes, the World Cup is front-page news on every newspaper in the hemisphere.
More important news: Santos was re-elected in Colombia.
Don’t tell Maureen Dowd, ‘Coca’ cake for UN chief: Bolivia gives Ban a birthday treat
Costa Rica seizes 4 tons of cocaine at sea
Cy Tokmakjian Canadian fears foregone verdict in Cuban court
Stateless people in Dominican Republic hope to regain citizenship
Ecuador Breaks Its Amazon Deal
JAN BREWER: MS-13 GANG MEMBERS COULD BE CROSSING BORDER WITH CHILDREN; I’d actually be surprised if they weren’t.
Fundamentally changing America by emboldening dictators: Obama’s Budget Fails Democracy Promotion Abroad
The administration is proposing to remove language from next year’s budget that would safeguard American foreign aid from repressive foreign leaders.
The proposed removal from the administration’s budget and appropriations request for next fiscal year of a provision instructing the Secretary of State not to seek the prior approval of host governments when funding nonprofits and civil society groups overseas is infuriating American democracy-promotion and human-rights activists, who argue the omission marks a retreat in U.S. leadership.
They warn the Obama administration is in effect signaling to repressive regimes that they can dictate where U.S. democracy-promotion and human rights money goes in their countries—a problem the provision introduced a decade ago was meant to combat.
Nicaragua shakedown like highway robbery
The results of the welfare state: Some 68% of Babies in Puerto Rico Born to One-Parent Households
What leaving Venezuela means to Jews
TalCual: Repression vs. Inflation
On Tuesday, a group comprised by 9 human rights NGOs released their own figures. These showed that Nicolás Maduro has repressed 485% more than his predecessor, while inflation may exceed 70% by the end of this year
The week’s posts and podcast:
Immigration: And I still ask, who’s organizing this?
At Da Tech Guy:
The case for harmless escapism