Happy St. Patrick’s day! If you would like to read a novel about an Irishman in Latin America, I recommend El sueño del celta / The Dream of the Celt: A Novel, by Mario Vargas Llosa. (Warning: It can be gruesome at times)
Paris Club invites Argentina to hold debt negotiation
Pope Francis a year on: A friend reveals a very special gift
As Pope Francis marks his first anniversary in the Vatican, an Argentine silversmith explains how he has enlisted millions to help him craft the perfect present for his friend
Soaring Prices Fuel Frustrations Among Weary Argentines
Since the peso was devalued, Argentines have grappled with one of the world’s highest inflation rates, tilling the ground for social unrest, including a strike by schoolteachers and police sit-ins.
Petrobras Makes Its Entry into Eastern Bolivia Official
Brazil World Cup: Fifa scraps speeches to avoid protest
His name is Eduardo Campos: Brazilian Politician Heats Up Election
In Brazil’s poor northeast, an upstart presidential hopeful is shaking up this year’s election race by spotlighting a sensitive issue ahead of the Brazilian-hosted soccer World Cup contest: soaring murder rates.
In Crisis, Rio Tries to Pacify Its Slums
Four community police officers have died in line of duty since February.
Chile Earthquake: Magnitude 6.7 Temblor Hits Off Northern Coast Of Chile, Prompting More Than 100,000 To Evacuate
Mysterious underground caves discovered in Chile
A group of researchers in Chile discover 20 underground caves which could help unlock mysteries about how continents are formed
Colombian Left Forms United Front for Presidential Contest
Colombia’s elections; a nation divided
Costa Rica describes as “outrageous” exclusion from Ethical Traveler list
Cuban dictatorship seeks more prison time for 2 imprisoned labor activists
Cuba Participates in “Friends of Assad” Meeting in Iran
Chevron and Ecuador
Out of Hollywood
El Salvador: Officials Confirm Ex-Guerrilla’s Victory
El Salvador’s electoral tribunal on Thursday confirmed that a former guerrilla commander during the country’s civil war emerged from Sunday’s presidential election with the most votes.
Judge, Attorney Gunned Down in Honduras
Jamaica dancehall star Vybz Kartel guilty of murder
CHAIRMAN SALMON TO SECRETARY KERRY: “WE NEED A BETTER STRATEGY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE”
Don’t Celebrate Mexico’s Reforms Just Yet
Deficit spending is heading higher and the rule of law remains weak.
Enrique Peña Nieto Says He Wants To “Hit Crime Hard” During Michoacan Speech
Deal over Panama Canal expansion
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) approves a deal to end a dispute over $1.6bn (£1bn) cost overruns that delayed the work to widen the waterway.
Peru Naked Tourists: Government Wants Visitors To Stop Stripping In Machu Picchu
The Next Financial Catastrophe You Haven’t Heard About Yet: Puerto Rico
Uruguay not seen setting drug liberalisation trend: U.N. official
A Growing Crisis in Post-Chavez Venezuela
The crisis in Venezuela
Another day, more bodies
In Venezuela, Conciliatory Talk but Combative Tactics
One Bottle, Then This: My Afternoon at UCV
Some people never learn: Jennifer McCoy of the Carter Center promotes herself
To Those That Think Maduro Is Not A Dictator: ¿Qué Pasa en Venezuela? by Foro Penal Venezolano
The week’s posts and podcast:
Venezuela: #SOSVenezuela and the war against the Chuckys
#SOSVenezuela: Maria Corina calls for protests today, Maduro warns protesters “We are coming for you”
Ted in tats
Sean Penn: Photoshop, or nitwit?
Colombia: FARC & ELN recruited 1,387 children in the past two years.
#SOSVenezuela in tweets
Puerto Rico: Hedge funds <3 the new bonds
Cuban endurance sports: Meet world-class windsurfer Henry Vergara Negrin
En español: Unidad de quemados
Venezuela: Protesting doctors, 1st foreign casualty
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Biden goes to Chile
#Chile: Bachelet’s inauguration LIVEFEED
Elections in El Salvador plus other US-Latin America issues.