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MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

“(They are) saying that if MORENA wins Mexico, it’s going to be like Venezuela. That’s a lie!” Lopez Obrador told a crowd of thousands of supporters who rallied at a monument in the nation’s capital.

“We’re not taking inspiration from any foreign government … Neither Maduro, nor Donald Trump.”

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis Visits Colombia to Boost Peace Process After 50 Years of War

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis Visits Colombia to Boost Peace Process After 50 Years of War

The Argentine pope had delayed accepting a government and Church invitation to visit Colombia, where about 80 percent of the population is Catholic, until a viable peace process was under way.

“He had wanted to go for a long time. Now the moment has come,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Activists vs Police: 27 Protesters Detained, 17 Injured

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Activists vs Police: 27 Protesters Detained, 17 Injured

The protesters were asking authorities do more to find Maldonado who travelled to Argentina’s far south to protest the eviction of an indigenous group from lands owned by Italian clothing company, Benetton.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: FARC Reborn as ‘Common Alternative Revolutionary Force’ Party

COLOMBIA POLITICS: FARC Reborn as ‘Common Alternative Revolutionary Force’ Party

Some FARC leaders wanted to keep the “revolutionary” element while others favored softening the group’s image by dropping it in favor of “New Colombia.” Londono, also known as Timochenko, said 628 delegates at the congress voted for Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, with 264 for “New Colombia.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: NAFTA Nations Plan Talks Progress Under Barrage of Trump Treats

MEXICO POLITICS: NAFTA Nations Plan Talks Progress Under Barrage of Trump Treats

“We want to see positive signs of progress at the negotiating tables,” said Moises Kalach, head of the international negotiating arm of Mexico’s CCE business lobby, which is leading the private sector in the talks. “Hopefully we’ll get it, even if it doesn’t have to be stated publicly. Hopefully we’ll start getting closure on some issues.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela to Sue Promoters of US Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela to Sue Promoters of US Sanctions

Member of the assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said charges of treason would be pressed.

“We accept the call of President Nicolas Maduro to initiate, together with the competent state authorities, a historical judgment of treason against those engaged in the promotion of these immoral actions against the interests of the Venezuelan people,” said Cabello.

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GUATEMALA POLITICS: Guatemalans Demand Morales Ouster Over Corruption

GUATEMALA POLITICS: Guatemalans Demand Morales Ouster Over Corruption

“Bring Jimmy Morales to justice,” chanted protesting students in unison as they marched towards the presidential palace in the downtown area of the capital city.

“The president wants to guarantee impunity by avoiding criminal prosecution for illicit finance. It is shameful,” said Andrea Ixchiu, an activist from the indigenous area of Totonicapan.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘US Wants to Recolonize Venezuela’: Daniel Shaw

VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘US Wants to Recolonize Venezuela’: Daniel Shaw

Daniel Shaw, a Latin America expert said, President Trump’s so-called smart sanctions on Venezuela are in line with Washington’s agenda for “regime change” and “recolonization. America is using a propaganda campaign on elections and democracy in Venezuela as a pretext to hurt the oil-rich country.”

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VENEZUELA POLTICS: Maduro Launches War Games in Face of Trump Military Intervention Threat

VENEZUELA POLTICS: Maduro Launches War Games in Face of Trump Military Intervention Threat

Trump warned earlier this month that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, “including a possible military option if necessary.” War planes, tanks and 200,000 troops of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) deployed along with 700,000 reservists and civilians as socialist President Nicolas Maduro launched two days of military exercises on Saturday.

“Yankees out!” 60-year-old Erica Avendano yelled as she bashed a rag dummy with her rifle on an assault course. “I hope nothing will happen, but we are ready for anything,” she told AFP.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Signs New Sanctions Against Venezuela ‘Dictatorship’ PDVSA Debt

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Signs New Sanctions Against Venezuela ‘Dictatorship’ PDVSA Debt

“These measures are carefully calibrated to deny the Maduro dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule, protect the United States financial system from complicity in Venezuela’s corruption and in the impoverishment of the Venezuelan people,” the White House said in a statement.

“We will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles,” it said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico, Canada Dismiss Trump Threats to Scrap NAFTA Trade Pact

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico, Canada Dismiss Trump Threats to Scrap NAFTA Trade Pact

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray sought to brush off Trump’s threat, saying his remarks were simply a tactic and Mexico would keep negotiating. The comments were not a surprise, nor would they scare Mexico, he added.

“He’s negotiating in his own particular style,” he told local television.

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EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Court Quashes Arrest Order for Soldiers Over 1989 Murders

EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Court Quashes Arrest Order for Soldiers Over 1989 Murders

El Salvador’s government made the announcement after a Spanish judge had sent a new petition to international police agency Interpol, ordering the arrests of the soldiers. Among the wanted men were three generals and four colonels.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said that he and U.S. President Donald Trump should be respectful of each other and that relations between Venezuela and the United States should be normalized and a dialog established. “You and I should talk,” said Maduro. “Only by speaking can we understand each other.”

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EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Suffering ‘Hidden Tragedy’ Due to Gang-Related Violence: UN

EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Suffering ‘Hidden Tragedy’ Due to Gang-Related Violence: UN

Special Rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, who examines the human rights of internally displaced persons, after visiting violence-hit areas including Mejicanos in San Salvador said:

“El Salvador is suffering a hidden tragedy of people who have had to leave their homes because of the high levels of gang-related violence. The problem is more significant and widespread than the Government is currently accepting,” she added. “The Government needs to acknowledge the full extent of internal displacement and act to tackle it and the gang violence which is driving it.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Brazil Wasn’t Meant to Be the Crap That It Has Become’: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says

BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Brazil Wasn’t Meant to Be the Crap That It Has Become’: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says

“There’s still hope for this country. It wasn’t meant to be the crap that it has become. The country is too great for this”, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says the former president told supporters at a rally in Feira de Santana (Bahia). Lula has stated that he plans on running for the presidency again in 2018.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider machinations and sabotage by Maduro’s opponents. Since the constitutional assembly convened two weeks ago, Maduro has moved swiftly to jail opposition mayors and neutralize an outspoken critic from within his leftist ranks: chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

“They will have to kick us out with bullets,” said Freddy Guevara, Venezuela congress’ vice president, who tore up a copy of the edict while presiding over the special session. “But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

One socialist party leader said for Venezuela lawmakers to continue meeting in the congressional building, they would need to seek permission from the NCA.

“We will teach them a historic lesson,” NCA President Delcy Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister, said as delegates broke into loud applause while voting for the measure. We will not permit any more diverting of power” by the opposition, added Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister. “The constituent assembly is here to impose order.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor said, “It will be a point of honor for the public prosecutor’s office to identify who was responsible for each of the hate crimes that occurred in this country. We will search the cameras, videos, photographs. We will get images of each one of them to make sure they pay for having killed, for having hurt people and left orphans behind.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office denied his campaign took bribes from Odebrecht, calling such suspicions “absurd.” But the scandal threatens to deepen perceptions that the Mexican government is festering with corruption, less than a year out from presidential elections.

“The accusations against Lozoya will reinforce the already widespread discontent against President Pena Nieto’s administration, which is largely driven by voter perception that corruption is rampant. The PRI will have a hard time crafting a campaign strategy that allows them to be competitive,” said political analyst Carlos Petersen of consulting firm Eurasia Group.

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