Today’s top story: Macri won yesterday’s runoff in Argentina. I’m working on a longer post for this afternoon. [Update: Post is up]
Keep it all in the family: Kirchner Supporters Urge Voters to Steal Relatives’ ID Cards.Facebook Page behind the Campaign Claims It Was All a “Joke”
Outgoing Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will be leaving not only the Central bank reserves exhausted but also a budget deficit which is estimated at 7% of GDP by the end of the fiscal year, equivalent to 400.000 million Pesos, according to the country’s National Auditing Office, AGN.
Economic activity in Brazil contracted for the fourth straight quarter, central bank data showed this week as Latin America’s biggest economy plunges further into recession. The bank’s IBC-Br economic activity index indicates economic activity fell 1.41% in the third quarter from the previous three months.
Por qué crece el narco tráfico en el Gbno Santos? pic.twitter.com/hDPJH4uLsa
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) November 18, 2015
Regional Bloc to Consider Cuban Migrants
With a name like Carlos Marx, what’s not to love? Ecuador the First LatAm Nation to Convict a Twitter Activist. Opposition Leader Given 15 Days in Prison for Libeling Labor Minister Carlos Marx
Extradition in Latin America: How to handle a drug gang. The pros and cons of outsourcing justice to the United States (emphasis added)
Extradition can create dependency by reducing pressure to clean up local justice systems. Although Colombia has broken up gangs, increased drug seizures and cut its murder rate, its courts and jails remain inefficient and corruptible by global standards. Because it now extradites even mob foot-soldiers, no one knows if it could jail a proper capo safely. Just 9% of murders there lead to a conviction.
Paraguay Strikes Blow Against Guerrilla Group the ACA, Armed Peasant Association, not to be confused with the US’s Affordable Care Act.
File this one under “No s**t, Sherlock!”: Uruguay Authorities Discover ‘Gray Market’ for Pot
Authorities in Uruguay say the country’s legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of “gray market.”
Venezuela pair held by US for drugs ‘were kidnapped’. First direct comment on the case from a high-ranking Venezuelan official, who claims relatives of President Nicolas Maduro were ‘kidnapped’