Reports

True Ethics, True Grit: Compliance is Leadership’s Toughest Challenge

Jed Hepworth spent 39 years working on international matters at Cargill, Inc, the biggest privately held corporation in the USA. As Latin American General Counsel for 20 of those years, he led 70 professionals living and practicing in the region. Amid the continuing torrent of corruption scandals in Latin America, implicating senior executives and presidents [...]

True Ethics, True Grit: Compliance is Leadership’s Toughest Challenge2018-08-23T17:33:55+01:00

Temer Escapes Bribery Trial: ‘We are all Criminals’ say Rio gangsters

Rio de Janeiro, November 2, 2017: In a shanty town or "favela" that tumbles down one of the mountains close to Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue, the steps reach a house with a sign above its door: “God is my protector.” A dozen young drug gang members holding AR-15 semi-automatic rifles and radios [...]

Temer Escapes Bribery Trial: ‘We are all Criminals’ say Rio gangsters2017-11-03T14:08:10+00:00

President Maduro: Going, Going… ?

Caracas, May 10, 2017: Going, going – but not yet gone. The toppling and dismemberment of a statue of Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chávez, in the state of Zulia, and the continued public insubordination of the attorney general, Luisa Ortega Díaz, have failed to elicit a visible reaction from Chávez’s annointed and flailing successor, President [...]

President Maduro: Going, Going… ?2017-05-11T14:07:57+01:00

Trump Blazes Trail for Populism in LatAm

Miami, December 5, 2016: Brazil’s rightwing, pro-torture, anti-gay Jair Bolsonaro was one of the first politicians in Latin America to celebrate Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency. Predicting that the shock result heralded his own victory in two years time, he tweeted on US Election Night: “The winner fought against everyone and everything. It is [...]

Trump Blazes Trail for Populism in LatAm2017-01-13T11:58:44+00:00

Bribery Laws Underscore Argentina Corruption Crackdown

Buenos Aires, October 25, 2016: A quiet revolution is underway in Argentina where this week Congress will debate a package of laws aimed at curbing corporate corruption. This follows a stream of controversies engulfing former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her associates. Ms Fernández, who left office in December 2015, is being investigated by [...]

Bribery Laws Underscore Argentina Corruption Crackdown2017-01-13T11:58:46+00:00

Colombia FARC Deal tees up Peace or War Plebiscite

With Colombia's epic peace deal signed into effect last week, a big question hangs over the country: Will the roughly 7,000 guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) not only be willing but also able to demobilize and re-enter civilian life after decades of fighting in the jungle? National opinion on this issue [...]

Colombia FARC Deal tees up Peace or War Plebiscite2017-08-31T16:39:09+01:00

Obama to Castros: Gimme Shelter…

Havana, March 28, 2016: It was not exactly a warm embrace. After a perfunctory handshake concluding their joint news conference in Havana on March 21, Cuban President Raul Castro tried to raise the left hand of visiting U.S. President Barack Obama in a double salute for the cameras. But Obama demurred, leaving his hand flopping [...]

Obama to Castros: Gimme Shelter…2017-08-31T16:40:39+01:00

Feds eye Miami real estate as the Magic City blooms – and floods…

Last month the new owners of the Miami Beach mansion once occupied by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar demolished the property citing its “negative energy.” It was a symbolic reminder of how South Florida’s drug-infested, crime-ridden days are being erased and replaced by “the new Miami” – boasting sophisticated cultural attractions, luxury real estate, improved [...]

Feds eye Miami real estate as the Magic City blooms – and floods…2017-01-13T11:59:03+00:00

Close, but No Cigar: Flags Up but Cuba Offers No Returns Yet

The hoisting of Cuba’s flag over the communist-ruled island’s fully-fledged embassy in Washington this week marks an early milestone in President Barack Obama’s move to shift U.S. policy towards a former Cold War foe from estrangement to engagement. A similar flag-raising ceremony planned next month at the U.S. embassy on Havana’s seafront will complete the [...]

Close, but No Cigar: Flags Up but Cuba Offers No Returns Yet2017-01-13T11:59:21+00:00

Scandal Hit Bachelet Fights To Protect Chile’s Saintly Image

Santiago, May 1, 2015: President Michelle Bachelet has had to deal with more than her fair share of natural disasters since she returned to power just over a year ago, from powerful earthquakes, to fires ravaging major cities, and last month, the awe-inspiring eruption of the Calbuco volcano that blanketed the area for miles around in [...]

Scandal Hit Bachelet Fights To Protect Chile’s Saintly Image2017-01-13T11:59:22+00:00

Venezuela – Democracy Dies As Bond Holders Bite Their Nails

Caracas, March 13, 2015: Alcedo Mora, a high-ranking employee in the Mérida state government, left for work on 27 February but never arrived. According to human rights defenders, Mora, a veteran leftwing activist, had been attempting to expose corruption in the national oil corporation, PDVSA. He had expressed concern that the government intelligence agency, SEBIN, was [...]

Venezuela – Democracy Dies As Bond Holders Bite Their Nails2017-01-13T11:59:22+00:00

Chinese State Lurks Behind $50bn Nicaragua Canal Magnate

Managua, January 10, 2015: Just two years after Nicaragua’s signing of a memorandum whereby a start-up company run by the CEO of a Chinese military communications provider, Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group, assumed the responsibility for financing the construction of a $30bn, 173-mile canal between the Caribbean and the Pacific, the Grand Canal of Nicaragua officially [...]

Chinese State Lurks Behind $50bn Nicaragua Canal Magnate2017-01-13T11:59:22+00:00