Friday, April 29, 2016

Explainer: What Is the Recall Referendum Process in Venezuela? | AS/COA

Explainer: What Is the Recall Referendum Process in Venezuela? | AS/COA

How Brazil’s Crisis Is Bleeding into the Rest of South America | Americas Quarterly

How Brazil’s Crisis Is Bleeding into the Rest of South America | Americas Quarterly

The U.S. can’t afford to end its global leadership role - The Washington Post

The U.S. can’t afford to end its global leadership role - The Washington Post

Facing a Shifting Latin America, Venezuela’s Maduro Doubles Down

Facing a Shifting Latin America, Venezuela’s Maduro Doubles Down

Jamaica to take full advantage of CARICOM benefits

The government of Jamaica will be appointing a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission, aimed at positioning the country to take full advantage of benefits under the organization. This was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday. “I think the time has come for Jamaica to fully assess the benefits, opportunities and challenges of CARICOM and to assert ourselves in such a way that Jamaica gets the benefit of CARICOM,” he said.

Mercosur unmoved by Brazilian Pres. Rousseff''s invocation of the "democratic clause" — MercoPress

“We respect the Brazilian constitutional process” and thus Argentina does not have plans to follow on president Dilma Rousseff announcement that she will appeal to Mercosur to implement the “democratic clause” if the impeachment process to remove the head of state from office advances in the country's Senate.

Cuba and United Kingdom extend bilateral cooperation

Cuba and the United Kingdom strengthened bilateral cooperation relations after signing in Havana four memoranda of understanding (MOU) during the official visit here by British secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Philip Hammond.

The MOUs aim at strengthening cooperation links in the areas of energy, higher education, culture, finances and professional services. Hammond is the first British foreign secretary to visit Havana after the 1959 revolution. He was welcomed by Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez, who said that it is a priority for Cuba to maintain relations with Britain and with the rest of European nations.

Major New Hotel Coming to the Dominican Republic

Major New Hotel Coming to the Dominican Republic

Vice Pres. Temer Government Would Press Ahead With Brazil Corruption Fight: Document - The New York Times

A government led by Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer would press ahead with the country's corruption fight by strengthening anti-graft institutions and enacting tougher controls over state-run companies, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The 17-page document serves as a blueprint for policies on health, education and social issues under a future Temer government and is expected to be released next week. Temer could be leading Brazil in a matter of weeks if, as expected, the Senate suspends President Dilma Rousseff for allegedly breaking budget laws.

Is this Maduro’s final year in office in Venezuela? | Miami Herald

Ever since Nicolás Maduro put on Venezuela’s tri-colored presidential sash on April 19, 2013, people have been wondering how long he might get to wear it. And as the 53-year-old, mustachioed former union organizer begins his fourth year in power, speculation that this year might be his last is once again hitting fever pitch.

At issue is a recall referendum that could potentially end Maduro’s term and trigger new elections. And polls show a vast majority in the ailing country favor doing just that. But Maduro — like his predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chávez — has spent his career defying expectations, particularly those that write him off as a short-timer. There’s no question that Maduro is bracing for pain. Hounded by an ailing economy, rampant crime and a newly emboldened opposition, he’s now facing an existential crisis.