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Tyre maker Pirelli suspends production in Venezuela

June, 01 2017 (BBC) Tyre manufacturer Pirelli says it is suspending its production in Venezuela indefinitely as it can not get the necessary raw materials. Pirelli is the latest foreign company to suspend its operations in Venezuela amidst a severe economic crisis. The firm said it would cease production at its Guacara plant in Carabobo [...]

If The World Lets Venezuela Fall, Democracy In The Region Will Fall With It

June, 01 2017 (Huffpost) CARACAS, Venezuela ― For the past two months, Venezuelans like myself have taken to the streets to exercise our constitutional right to peaceful protest against the most repressive regime in our nation’s history. While the unconstitutional and failed attempt by the Supreme Court to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly on March 29 sparked these [...]

Brazil court opens case that could unseat President Temer

June, 6 2017 (Reuters) Brazil's top electoral court (TSE) reopened a case on Tuesday about illegal campaign funding by the Rousseff-Temer ticket that could annul their 2014 election victory and unseat President Michel Temer. Temer's opponents see a court ruling as a way out of a political crisis set off by corruption allegations leveled against [...]

President of Dominican Republic Grasps for Legal Counsel as Odebrecht Scandal Gets Closer

June, 5 2017 (Panampost) ESPAÑOLPresident of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina is feeling the heat of the country’s Odebrecht scandal, meeting with his lawyer and friend Ramón Antonio (Negro) Veras for counsel following a wave of arrests. Fourteen people have been detained in the case so far — including ex-officials, political leaders, businessmen and one [...]

200 displaced amid combat between illegal armed groups in southwest Colombia

June, 6 2017 (Colombia reports) Combat between the ELN and an unidentified rival illegal armed group forced more than 200 to flee their communities located in southwest Colombia, Blu Radio reported Tuesday. According to the radio station, 206 inhabitants of four hamlets arrived in the coastal village after combat between Colombia’s last-standing guerrilla group and [...]

Colombia beats Venezuela as South America’s most violent country: Report

June, 1 2017 (Colombiareports) Despite signing an historic peace agreement with the country’s oldest rebel group the FARC, Colombia edged out Venezuela as South America’s most violent country, according to Global Peace Index (GPI) 2017 report. Colombia tied with Turkey ranking 146 out of 163 countries in terms of peacefulness; Venezuela was ranked at 143. [...]

Mexican journalist killed in Sinaloa

May, 16 2017 (CNN) Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who reported extensively on drug trafficking, was killed on Monday in Sinaloa, officials said. He is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. Riodoce, the weekly publication Valdez founded and worked for, reported he was shot to death. Valdez was a well-respected journalist [...]

If The World Lets Venezuela Fall, Democracy In The Region Will Fall With It

CARACAS, Venezuela ― For the past two months, Venezuelans like myself have taken to the streets to exercise our constitutional right to peaceful protest against the most repressive regime in our nation’s history. While the unconstitutional and failed attempt by the Supreme Court to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly on March 29 sparked these protests, [...]

The other border Immigrants eye Canada as US deportation fears grow

May, 22 2017 (CNN) Pass through the pews of Our Lady of Guadalupe church and you'll get a glimpse of this country's newest immigrants. A man from Mexico arrived here as a tourist, but hopes to study French and find a way to stay. A family from El Salvador came here from the United States, [...]

Tyre maker Pirelli suspends production in Venezuela

June, 07 2017 (BBC) Tyre manufacturer Pirelli says it is suspending its production in Venezuela indefinitely as it can not get the necessary raw materials. Pirelli is the latest foreign company to suspend its operations in Venezuela amidst a severe economic crisis. The firm said it would cease production at its Guacara plant in Carabobo [...]

Santos Acknowledges Odebrecht Campaign Funding, Pleads Ignorance

May, 10 2017 (panampost) In an interview with RCN Radio, Juan Manuel Santos said he gave precise instructions to not accept private funds to finance his electoral campaign, and indicated that this prerogative was in writing. The president was talking about money from the corrupt Brazilian construction company Odebrecht that was used to pay for [...]

Bolivia Mobilizes Troops to the Border as Chile Warns of Escalation

May, 10 2017 (panampost) Bolivia has mobilized troops to the Chilean border in an effort to increase efforts against contraband activity. Chile President Michelle Bachelet and officials in her administration said that while the country’s intent is good, they do not want an increased military presence to “escalate into something dangerous.” “This is Bolivia’s sovereign [...]