Thank God Papa Che came and left without incident. Yet, as Rich Lowry put it,
The Catholic Church’s traditional discomfort with modernity has cachet at this moment in American politics, especially when it is wrapped in the fashionable causes of income inequality and climate change. In this sense, Pope Francis is (inadvertently) a genius marketeer by taking crackpot attitudes about economic development and getting them a respectful hearing.
Taking the Pope to School
Argentina’s Presidential Hopefuls Aim to Further Militarize Drug War. Experts Warn “Failed Policy” Will Lead to More Violence, Corruption
Can Argentina responsibly develop its massive shale oil and gas potential?
Lost in translation: KIM KARDASHIAN SPARKS OUTRAGE IN ARGENTINA AFTER TWEETING ‘POPE IS DOPE’
Bolivia row with Chile over strip of land to Pacific Ocean goes to The Hague.
Anger in Chile as International Court of Justice at the Hague declares it has jurisdiction to rule on Bolivia’s claim
Gates Foundation sues Petrobras. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sues the Brazilian state-owned oil company, Petrobras for investment losses due to corruption.
Chile refuses bilateral negotiations over Bolivia border dispute
Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC leaders signed an accord in Havana under the aaegis of Raul Castro. Alvaro Uribe refers to it as an “Agreement of Impunity” (#AcuerdoDeImpunidad):
“Santos, it’s not peace that’s near, it’s the surrender to FARC and the tyranny of Venezuela.”
Santos no es la paz la que está cerca, es la entrega a Farc y a la tiranía de Venezuela
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) September 23, 2015
The accord does not address the issue of drug trafficking.
Colombia Peace Process: Theatre of the Politically Absurd.
The accord is one of the biggest stories of the year, and U.S. media has barely mentioned it, even when the pope was involved (link in Spanish).
Violence in Costa Rica Reaching ‘Pandemic’ Levels?
Governor Cuomo and Raúl Castro of Cuba Meet
Haiti border crisis grows as Dominican Republic expels ‘migrants’
Ecuador’s President Used Millions Of Dollars Of Public Funds To Censor Critical Online Videos. Exclusive: BuzzFeed News has seen leaked documents that reveal Rafael Correa used the intelligence budget to delete content critical of him and the first lady from YouTube, Facebook, and other sites.
Testing the limits on crazy immigration policies, a New plan: we’ll pay to import formerly deported illegals with mental illnesses
Jamaican Anti-Gay Rally to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Even Though No One Has Proposed It. Like it or not, Jamaica is leapfrogging over decriminalization and straight to relationship equality. Here are four reasons LGBTI activists should embrace the issue.
State capitalism, populism, extractive economies and corruption don’t work: Support for Latin American Leaders Has Fallen Steadily, Poll Shows: Latin America’s political leaders face a bleak future and a potent backlash from citizens regionwide who feel increasingly disillusioned as economies stumble and corruption flourishes, a new poll across 18 countries by a respected Chilean firm shows.
Latin America cracks open its doors as Syrian refugee crisis mounts. Syrian Issa Hassan is one of the first to land in Mexico today as citizen pressure to do more mounts. Many countries in the region have had their own experiences with authoritarian rule and brutality.
Mexico’s Peña Nieto meets Iguala parents and vows to “search for truth”. President holds first face-to-face with families of the 43 missing teaching students
Dozens of Clandestine Graves Found During Search for Missing Mexican Students
Nicaragua says planned canal will cut sailing time for mega-ships, if it ever gets started, that is.
Companies building controversial dam in Panama hit with $1.2 mn in fines
Paraguay Homicides Drop, But Border Remains Violent
The figures show high concentrations of violence in the states of Amambay and Alto Parana, with those provinces registering 50 and 31 homicides respectively. Both of these states are major border crossings between Paraguay and Brazil. Amambay in particular isone of the most dangerous border regions in Latin America, registering a murder rate of 66.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014.
British tourists held overnight by Peruvian protesters. Tour party hijacked by indigenous campaigners angered by halt in road construction
Puerto Rico Funds May Face Federal Oversight. Legislation that would subject Puerto Rico mutual funds to the same regulations as mainland funds is expected to be introduced in Congress on Friday, a sign Puerto Rico’s financial crisis is drawing greater scrutiny.
Dozens Injured, Arrested in Student Protest in Uruguay
Antonio Ledezma: Seven Months under House Arrest, Still No Hearing for Caracas Mayor. Venezuelan Opposition Fears a Repeat of Leopoldo López Case Leaked Government Study Reveals Extent of Shortage Crisis in Venezuela. Report Exposes “Economic War” as Fraud, Says Center for Documentation Director
Venezuelan defector reveals secret meetings between Maduro and Hezbollah
Kim Kardashian’s “Pope is dope” tweet would have been clearer, if she hadn’t forgotten to insert “a” between the second and third word.
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