Everything old is new again, so this week’s word is Putinesco, the 21st century non-Soviet.
DEBKA investigation: A fake Iranian “defector” assassinated Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman
Argentina, Iran and the strange death of Alberto Nisman
The death of a prosecutor investigating links between Buenos Aires and Tehran has quickly gone from being a criminal case to a political affair It always was.
Bolivia’s “spaceship architecture” showcases the new wealth of indigenous people
Brazil Rio carnival: Beija-Flor wins despite ‘Obiang link’
A Brazilian samba school, which is alleged to have received funding from Equatorial Guinea, has been crowned champion of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival. Equatorial Guinea?
Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex has announced it will stop shipping ready-to-use petrol and diesel through its pipelines, in an effort to curb fuel thefts.
Pemex says it will use its pipelines across Mexico only for unfinished fuel.
That fuel will go through a last phase of mixing when it reaches the company’s storage plants.
More than $1bn (£650,000) worth of fuel was stolen by Mexican gangs in 2014, an increase of 70% over the previous year.
TOWERS OF SECRECY
Mexican Political Family Has Close Ties to Ruling Party, and Homes in the U.S.
The properties stand in contrast to the working-man image promoted by José Murat Casab, a longtime party insider, and his son, a top housing official.
Trouble Brewing in Nicaragua