Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Elections: Silva Surges in Brazil Election Race, Threatens Pres. Dilma Rousseff

A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff's lead in Brazil's presidential race, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely second-round runoff in which the popular environmentalist looks well-positioned to win.Silva, who was thrust into the presidential race last week following the death of her party's candidate, has 29 percent of voter support heading into the Oct. 5 vote, according to the survey by polling institute Ibope.

The poll showed Rousseff with 34 percent, down from 38 percent in the previous Ibope survey in early August. The other main opposition candidate, Senator Aecio Neves, had 19 percent support, down from 23 percent in the last Ibope poll. In a likely second-round runoff on Oct. 26 between the top two vote-getters, Silva would defeat Rousseff by a margin of nine percentage points, according to the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Mexican Leader’s Approval Ratings Fall Amid Economic Concerns

Mexican Leader’s Approval Ratings Fall Amid Economic Concerns - NYTimes.com

Friday, August 22, 2014

Colombia: Diálogos entre Gobierno y FARC entran en una fase decisiva que alienta la paz

Diálogos entre Gobierno y FARC entran en una fase decisiva que alienta la paz

Brazil - On TV, Former President Lula Will Ask Voters to Choose Rousseff "Without Fear" - 19/08/2014

Folha de S.Paulo - Internacional - En - Brazil - On TV, Former President Lula Will Ask Voters to Choose Rousseff "Without Fear" - 19/08/2014

A Brazil World Cup Bonanza _ for Other Countries

Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion. But the bank's Friday report says Brazilians themselves spent even more abroad — $4.4 billion during June and July.

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday. Mariano Figueres told The Associated Press that the new administration, which took office May 8, has found no records or information from their predecessors about the U.S. Agency for International Development project, which starting in 2009 sent young Venezuelans, Costa Ricans and Peruvians to Cuba in hopes of stirring opposition to the island’s communist government.

Dominican Republic: Foreign trade grew US$26.3 billion in 2013

Foreign trade grew US$26.3 billion in 2013 - DominicanToday.com

Dominican Republic fifth on unsafe countries list

An international survey ranks Latin America tops for citizen insecurity, with Venezuela in the number one slot as the least safe country in the world. This represents a challenge for the region despite the progress made in other areas, according to experts.

After Venezuela, the countries whose citizens said they felt most unsafe were Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic, despite an improvement in the public perception of security in 2013 in Bolivia and the Dominican Republic compared to 2009. The Gallup study found that Latin American countries were among the world’s most dangerous, more than African nations and Russia, despite a slight improvement in the past five years, said the president of the InterAmerican Dialogue study center Michael Shifter.

Brazil Current Account Deficit Widens More Than Forecast in July - Bloomberg

Brazil’s current account deficit widened last month more than analysts forecast as the central bank supports the currency in an effort to prevent inflation from further accelerating. The deficit in the current account, the broadest measure of trade in goods and services, widened to $6 billion from $3.3 billion a month earlier, the central bank said in a report distributed today in Brasilia. Foreign direct investment during the same period rose to $5.9 billion from $3.9 billion. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast a gap of $5.8 billion and investment of $5.4 billion.