Yes, the World Cup is front-page news on every newspaper in the hemisphere.
More important news: Santos was re-elected in Colombia.
Argentine VP Defends Self Before Judge in Corruption Case
Guantanamo Uighurs Stranded in Bermuda
Don’t tell Maureen Dowd, ‘Coca’ cake for UN chief: Bolivia gives Ban a birthday treat
How Brazil’s Hubris Jeopardized Its World Cup
5 pieces of World Cup hosting advice for Brazil
Comparing Brazilian states with countries
Brazil’s closest matches
Bachelet’s Education Reforms Fall Short, Chilean Students Say
Chile: Patagonia Dams Rejected
For war-weary rebels, Colombia invites defections with comforts and kindness
Colombia poised for knife-edge presidential election
Costa Rica seizes 4 tons of cocaine at sea
Cy Tokmakjian Canadian fears foregone verdict in Cuban court
Four people found murdered in Cuba
Note From the Pro-Cuba, Anti-Castro Lobby
ALICIA ALONSO IS SHOCKED!
Stateless people in Dominican Republic hope to regain citizenship
Ecuador Breaks Its Amazon Deal
Central America Newspapers Tout Open US Door for Illegal Minors
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.
BIKERS RIDE TO MEXICO TO FREE JAILED MARINE
Nicaragua shakedown like highway robbery
Panama Canal chief says new locks operational by January, 2016
After Eight Decades, Sweden Returns Textile Artifacts to Peru
The results of the welfare state: Some 68% of Babies in Puerto Rico Born to One-Parent Households
What leaving Venezuela means to Jews
Venezuelan Government Tightens Noose Around Its Citizens
Can we get a grand unified theory of political physics for Venezuela?
Venezuela: The Protesters’ Power Is Rising
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?
En español: El Foro de Sao Paulo, creación de Castro y da Silva
Mexico: Drug gangs with tanks attack shale wells
Brazil: #WorldCup inaugural today
Venezuela: Tricks for bucks, Trix from Doral
Brazil: Who made out from the #WorldCup money?
Ecuador: The bond and pony show
At Da Tech Guy:
The case for harmless escapism
Immigration and the new vulnerabilities of fundamental transformation
Kids on the US-Mexico border & other US-Latin America stories of the week