A very big deal we haven’t been paying attention to: Russia is building an electronic intelligence-gathering facility in Nicaragua.
Argentina raises Falklands negotiations at UN meeting – is that why Macri is so desperate to have Malcorra named as UN Secretary General?
A Cautionary Tale of ‘Stem Cell Tourism’
Ephedrine Traffic: Kirchner’s Cabinet Chief in the Crosshairs Again
Sex, lies and paternity claims: Bolivia’s president reels amid tumultuous scandal
The Jewish year is 5776, and the Chinese is 4712; now Bolivia’s leader wants you to know: It’s the year 5524. Set Your Clocks Forward: Bolivia’s President Says That It’s the Year 5524
As the Olympics Near, Brazil and Rio Let the Bad Times Roll
WADA Suspends The Only Doping Lab in Brazil
Brazil’s Shuttered Anti-Doping Lab
Come to the Olympics in Brazil — Zika is under control, says Brazil’s health minister.
#Rio2016: World is ready, but is Brazil?
Chile to preserve Colonia Dignidad cult archive
Colonia Dignidad’s documents spelling out the torture and other abuses that happened in the cult are important in investigating crimes of the Chilean military dictatorship, the National Monuments Council said while announcing its decision to preserve the archive.
The closed, cult-like community was set up in 1961 by former Nazi and convicted pedophile Paul Schäfer, ushering his decades-long rule over hundreds of mostly German expats. Schäfer and other cult members molested children and prevented adults from leaving the estate in central Chile.
After General Augusto Pinochet took power in Chile in 1973, the cult leadership started cooperating with the regime and offering their premises as a torture camp and a warehouse for weapons and poison gas.
Chile returned to democracy with Pinochet stepping down in 1990, leading to a public shift on the status of the German enclave. Schäfer was forced to flee the country in 1997, but was arrested in 2005 and died in prison in 2010.
Peace, at last, in Colombia
Historic Peace Agreement in Colombia
Let’s hope it holds.
House lawmakers blocked from visiting Cuba. Chairman McCaul’s Cuban Visa Crisis
Obama dispatches Shaquille ‘Kazaam’ O’Neal to apartheid Cuba as ‘Sports Envoy’
Venezuela vs. Ecuador (Chavismo vs. Chavismo Dollarized)
Sweden asks to meet Julian Assange inside Ecuador embassy
New Criminal Justice System now in effect throughout Mexico, Office of the Mexican Presidency
‘The Vulture of Impunity’ casts a Shadow over ‘Mexico’s Moment,’ by J. Tadeo (openDemocracy)
Three Key Takeaways from Mexico’s Regional Elections, by Ben Raderstorf and David Alzate (Inter-American Dialogue)
As Cartels Ebb, Kidnapping is on the Rise in Mexican States, by Patrick Corcoran (InSight Crime)
Is Moscow preparing for new Cold War? Russia agrees to build spy base in Nicaragua and prepares to deploy missiles on Polish border
Russia and Nicaragua have agreed a deal for an electronic spy base
Moscow will also give Nicaragua 50 tanks as part of the deal
In the 1980s Nicaragua’s Sandinista regime was a sworn enemy of US
Russia has also announced plans to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad enclave
Panama Canal Expansion Opens Tomorrow
Redone Panama Canal deepens port rivalries
Panama Canal expansion will affect shipping — but how?
Drug Czar Steps Down After Deadly Anti-Cannabis Operation
PICTURED Peru Two drugs ‘mule’ living the high life with her cocaine-smuggling pal after being released from jail. Northern Irish stunner Michaella McCollum Connolly pictured enjoying her glamorous new-life in capital city Lima
Puerto Rico Governor suspends payments on infrastructure debt
CHAIRMAN ROYCE: FORMER GITMO DETAINEE’S ESCAPE FROM URUGUAY UNDERSCORES NEED TO HALT FUTURE RELEASES. He was in Brazil, doing what?
Venezuela petition signatures ‘validated’. Venezuelan opposition leaders say they have validated enough signatures on a petition to move to the next stage in a process to remove President Maduro.
Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By
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