This week’s big story: Three dead, several dozen wounded in Venezuela’s ongoing riots as the country enters a new stage of repression:
Nos corrieron de la autopista con ballenas y bombas. Y esto fue hace unos 20min en chacao. Si pueden RT pic.twitter.com/qVrBSqhKem
— IG: andres0k (@SrMoj0n) February 15, 2014
Tomorrow Leopoldo López will lead a march from Venezuela Square and then go to the office of Ministry of Interior and Justice, to hand a petition and hand himself in:
The nationwide index released on Feb. 13 will replace the benchmark greater Buenos Aires index that has shown inflation at less than half the pace of private estimates since 2007, when former PresidentNestor Kirchner replaced senior staff at the statistics agency. The move comes a year after Argentina became the first nation to becensured by the International Monetary Fund for failing to report accurate economic data.
Soon after, Argentina Fines Retailers
A day after reporting the highest inflation in over a decade, Argentina’s government fined several retail chains for failing to stock certain price-capped products.
Brazil’s Economy Seen in a Major Downturn
Data released Friday suggest economic growth has weakened over the past two quarters, illustrating how far a country once considered the darling of emerging-market investors has fallen.
WaPo editorial: Cuba’s changes are no more than window-dressing
Haitian migrants caught, repatriated to Haiti
Castaway back in El Salvador in an emotional homecoming (+video)
After 13 months adrift at sea, and a flight across the Pacific, José Salvador Alvarenga returns to his native El Salvador — and is too overcome for words
Honduras has suspended eight of its 10 consuls in the United States.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said there would be an investigation into whether the eight had illegally issued identity papers.
Vicente Fox says: For Mexico, legalization is freedom
Changes to the Nicaraguan constitution that allow President Daniel Ortega to run for re-election as many times as he wishes entered into force Tuesday with their publication in the official gazette.
More on the Chong Chon Gang, U.N.: Cuba weapons shipment to North Korea violated arms embargo
CNN gets its panties in a bunch over this, but they don’t have time to report on Venezuela: First on CNN: Christie vacationing in Puerto Rico
The bong show:
Following legalization in US, Uruguay, marijuana gets second look
Experiments with legalizing marijuana in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay have countries as diverse as Morocco and the Netherlands rethinking how they approach the drug.
Uruguay President Jose Mujica urges US and Europe to change drug policy
After legalising the production and sale of cannabis in his own country, Uruguayan President Jose Mucjica calls on rich, “developed countries” to re-evaluate their strategy for dealing with narcotics
Venezuelan dissenter Leopoldo López: Maduro waits for orders from Havana
On Thursday night, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro rejected violent events and, without naming opposition leader Leopoldo López or ex Venezuelan ambassador to Colombia Fernando Gerbasi, said they were “fugitives from justice”
Maduro says the solution to shortages is to eat less:
“The final stage of socialism isn’t Communism. It’s an empty shelf.” Gone With the Whine
The week’s posts and podcast:
Panama: World-wide port expansions
At Da Tech Guy Blog: The truth about Che.
This week’s podcast: A book about Fidel Castro PLUS US-Latin America issues of the week