President Felipe Calderón Acknowledges Threat Against His Life Early in His Administration
Having lost two of his Cabinet secretaries to aircraft accidents during his administration, President Felipe Calderón revealed a bombshell on his 50th birthday: that he could have met the same fate during his early years in office. In a candid address to guests at his party, the president said military intelligence had warned him that there was information that the presidential airplane would be sabotaged during a planned tour of Tamaulipas state.
NotiCen, August 23, 2012
The administration of US President Barack Obama sent Nicaragua a volley of economic warning shots in recent months, withholding several million dollars of aid money and threatening even bigger "sanctions" should the government of President Daniel Ortega fail to improve its tarnished democratic credentials.
Fallout from Costa Rican Tax Scandal Ceases after Congress-Government Tug of War
President Laura Chinchilla's decision not to prosecute some members of her administration who got caught in a tax-fraud scandal in March created tensions with the unicamiera Asamblea Legislativa (AL). , which delayed a couple of important financial bills that the executive was promoting. After intense negotiations, an agreement was reached on passing bills both sides were promoting.
The US military has taken some steps to expand its presence in Central and South America, despite recent efforts by Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Rafael Correa of Ecuador to convince other government sin the region al to declare a ban on allowing foreign military bases in Latin America. Agreements have been reached to expand the US presence in Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama , Peru, Chile, and Colombia Conversely, Argentina's central government nixed a deal that the US military had reached with a provincial government in 2009.
Studies Look at Labor Situation, Tax Havens in Latin America
Amid a global crisis that has converted the world's largest economies into labor exporters, Latin America continues showing enviable employment indices, and, in 2012, its performance is expected to continue improving. That is the asssmessment of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the joint report in the May 2012 bulletin The Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The two UN agencies say that this year the region will reduce its unemployment rate by 0.2%, from the 6.7% of the economically active population (EAP) posted in December 2011 to an average of 6.5%. The rate could be even lower for the 12 South American countries.