Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 30-June 1: Danilo Medina New Dominican President; Ministerial Crisis in Peru; Recognition for Huichol Sacred Lands

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SourceMex, May 30, 2012

High-level Corruption Cases Add Drama to Presidential Campaign
 * Three generals arrested on suspected connections to drug cartels
 * Timing of arrests questioned
 * Ex-Tamaulipas governor under investigation in US
 * Former Baja California Sur governor accused of embezzlement

Huichol Indians Gain Protected Status for Sacred Lands in San Luis Potosí
 * Canadian mining company cedes land back to government
 * Wide area to be protected

NotiCen, May 31, 2012

Scarcity of Funds Poses Risk for Haiti's Post-quake Humanitarian Operations and for Sudden Disaster Response
 * UN agency warns of problems
 * Emergency relief slated
 * IMF provides assistance

Danilo Medina Wins Dominican Republic's Presidential Election
 * The politics of power and money
 * New government will have to tackle crime and economic stagnation

NotiSur, June 1, 2012

Health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Clouds Elections
 * Foreign support for opposition counterproductive
 * Former State Department official leads foreign campaign against Chávez
 * Colombia's former president backs Capriles

Second Ministerial Crisis for Peruvian President Ollanta Humala
 * Rescue operation questioned
 * From bad to worse

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 23-25: U.S. Sales of Fighter Jets to Brazil; Mexican University Students Organize against PRI on Social Media; Land Problems Continue in Honduras

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SourceMex, May 23, 2012

 * Students use social media to organize
 * Gabriel Quadri, Josefina Vázquez Mota smaller targets
 * López Obrador benefits, but how much?
 * Peña Nieto promises democratic presidency

 * Biggest problems again in central, northern states
 * Gunshots fired at firefighters battling blaze at Jalisco preserve

NotiCen, May 24, 2012

 * Situation repeats itself over time
 * And the cycle restarts
 * Different area, same problems

 * Migratory barriers, in detail 
 * In the labyrinth: without a visa and under suspicion

NotiSur, May 25, 2012

 * Uribe's actions in paramilitary demobilization subject of investigation
 * Uribe's attacks unprovoked and personal

  * High-level delegations to Brazil have mixed motives
  * US making up for lost time?
  * US pushes Boeing fighter planes

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 16-18: Sandinista Co-Founder Dies; Disagreement over PEMEX Deep-Water Drilling Plans; Bolivia Re-nationalizes Electric Company

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SourceMex, May 16, 2012

State-run Oil Company PEMEX, Hydrocarbons Regulator Disagree on Deepwater Drilling
 * Exploratory wells planned near maritime border with US
 * Regulator concerned about safety
 * Presidential candidates discuss PEMEX

NotiCen, May 17, 2012

Sandinista Co-founder Tomás Borge, 81, Dies In Nicaragua
 * Plotter, prisoner, poet
 * The stain of "Red Christmas"
 * "Neither a good example nor a bad one"

Two People Killed in Panama in Logging Dispute
 * Environmentalists call for end to logging permits

NotiSur, May 18, 2012 
 Bolivian Government Renationalizes Spanish Electric Company
 * Nationalization comes on International Workers' Day
 * Bolivia alleges company failed to reinvest

 * Hope lies in separating referendum from presidential elections
 * IOM calls vote for emigrants "justice issue"
 * Opposition fears emigrants will back FA

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 9-11: Water Dilemma in El Salvador; Contentious Presidential Debate in Mexico; Senate vs. Judiciary Conflict in Paraguay

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SourceMex, May 9, 2012

First Presidential Debate Marked By Attacks on Front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto
 * Voter preferences little changed
 * Citizen candidate Gabriel Quadri excels

Mexican Congress Approves Landmark Legislation to Protect and Compensate Victims of Organized Crime
 * Victim-assistance law wins unanimous support
 * Congress also approves witness-protection law

NotiCen, May 10, 2012

El Salvador's Government Sends General Water Law Into Legislative Pipeline
 * Demanding government action
 * Prioritizing human consumption
 * Shifting political currents

Guatemalan Workers Face Uphill Struggle in Fight for Safe Working Conditions
 * Labor laws are not enforced

NotiSur, May 11, 2012

Criticism of Inter-American Human Rights System
 * Correa reacts to allegations of abusive policies
 * Collective rights and the Sarayaku case

Political and Institutional Chaos in Paraguay
 * PLRA holds secret primary survey
 * CSJ out of control

Friday, May 4, 2012

May 2-4: Argentina Nationalizes Oil Industry; Belize and Guatemala Revisit Border Dispute; Mexico Migration at "Standstill"

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SourceMex, May 2, 2012

 * Mexico touts improvements in domestic economy
 * Increased surveillance, weak US economy greater factors
 * US Supreme Court might uphold controversial provision in Arizona law

 * Mario Acosta Chaparro protected Juárez cartel

NotiCen, May 3, 2012

 * Pros and cons of going to The Hague
 * Easing tensions on the border

 * Cabinet ministers involved in tax-evasion scandal
 * New unit created to fight tax evasion

NotiSur, May 4, 2012

 * Well-planned takeover
 * Spanish company accused of redirecting YPF earnings to other projects

 * Coming apart at the seams
 * Banking on Bachelet
 * The independent option