The big news of the week was yesterday’s Peruvian election of Ollanta Humala as their next president:
Financial markets, which have been riding a roller coaster during the long campaign, are sure to take a win by Mr. Humala badly, analysts said. Investors viewed Ms. Fujimori as the candidate who would maintain the policies of openness toward foreign investment and trade, which helped Peru grow by 9% last year. Mr. Humala, who has made sharply contradictory statements on economic policy, would face pressure to immediately send signals to the market by revealing who would serve in key positions, such as Prime Minister and Economy Minister.
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Colombia kills FARC commander
Colombian authorities said they killed the top-ranking security chief of the rebel group FARC, Alirio Rojas Bocanegra, known as “El Abuelo,” member of the FARC Central Command.
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Ethics and politics get divorced
SUMMARY: Congressman James McGovern traveled in Ecuador from November 13 to 18, to visit sites at issue in the Chevron-Texaco oil pollution case, and Ecuadorian border communities affected by refugees and other aspects of the violence in Colombia. Congressman McGovern met with Government of Ecuador (GOE) Ministers and President Correa, and while taking no position on the unresolved Chevron-Texaco suit, expressed concern about the humanitarian, health and environmental impacts of oil contamination on local affected communities and the humanitarian situation on the border, and pledged to draw greater attention to the plight of refugees. Foreign Minister Salvador and Vice Defense Minister Miguel Carvajal asked McGovern for the U.S. Congress to investigate the March 1 Colombian attack against a FARC camp in Angostura, along the northern border of Ecuador, which McGovern did not agree to.
Mexico City Retailers Pause
Retailers have put expansion plans on hold in the Mexican capital after the megacity’s government enacted a virtual three-year moratorium on openings of grocers, convenience stores and hypermarkets in an effort to shield traditional markets and small family-run bodegas from corporate competition.
A pun gone wrong: Coors Light “Emboricuate” Ads Brews Outrage Among Puerto Ricans
Venezuela: The Brazil connection
Why I am not blogging much lately: the “gimme!” culture of Venezuela. Venezuela’s not alone.
At Real Clear World,
Bolivia Invites, Then Disinvites, Accused Iranian Terrorist