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A Latin American liberal’s testament

Andrew Mullins |The Economist April 28th 2018 – The Americas URL: The Economist April 28th 2018 | The Americas Latin American news in a different sense. It is not every novelist who sits down to write a serious work of political philosophy. But Mario Vargas Llosa has always been as much …

‘The largest foreign bribery case in history’

Timothy Shinkle http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43825294 “It makes the Watergate scandal look like a couple of kids playing in a sandbox” – Deltan Dallagnol. This is a scandal that covers most of the Latin American countries and even reaches as far as Africa. It all started with a car wash scandal that then led investigators …

Priest shot dead in Mexico marks 2nd clerical murder in week

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/priest-shot-dead-in-mexico-marks-2nd-clerical-murder-in-week/2018/04/21/20463edc-459a-11e8-b2dc-b0a403e4720a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.81e48fa14a99   Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, a 33 year old Roman Catholic Priest of just 2 years, was murdered at a Parish on Friday (20 April). It is said that two men shot directly at him, then escaped in a car. Paramedics were not able to keep him alive, due …

His Father Aided a Dictator. Paraguay Elected Him President.

Devin Wright https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/world/americas/paraguay-election-mario-abdo-benitez.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Famericas&action=click&contentCollection=americas&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront   “Paraguay’s governing Colorado Party won Sunday’s presidential election as Mario Abdo Benítez, a conservative former senator, defeated his rival, Efraín Alegre, a former lawmaker from a center-left coalition.” Benítez’s presidential campaign brought back many memories of Paraguay’s dictatorship that lasted from 1954 to 1989. Much of this …

Nicaragua riots: Relatives of US embassy staff told to leave

Sophie Obert http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43860848 U.S. government employees in Nicaragua have been told to leave by the state department. Services at the embassy in Managua will be stopped at the moment. This is a direct result of the rioting violence caused by proposed changes to the country’s social security system. Data from …

Mario Abdo Benítez wins Paraguay’s presidential election

Andrew Leonard 23 April 2018 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43861104 Mario Abdo Benitez’s win will keep the right wing-colorado party in power just like it has been for decades. Benitez has beaten Efraín Alegre by four percentage points. At his acceptance speech, Benitez affirms that they will be committed to gaining confidence from those who …

Nicaragua president scraps pension cuts after deadly riots

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43860848 In Nicaragua, 25 people including two protesters and a policeman have died after demonstrations against President Ortega’s proposed changes to social security turned violent. The protestors have accused riot police and troops of provoking most of the violence. Ortega, who is a former Sandinista rebel leader, was elected in …

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