December 2011

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Argentina 26/12/2011

A foreign policy win as Mercosur shuts its ports to Falklands boats, while the new government’s legislative onslaught continues.


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Peru 26/12/2011

Peru sets five goals for 2012; Changes proposed to terrorism laws; Alberto Fujimori debate continues; a decision to be made on the Conga Mining Project; New student scholarships announced; Political…



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Venezuela 19/12/11

‘Carlos the Jackal’ demands extradition to Venezuela; Simón Bolívar honoured with new coffin; former Miss Venezuela dies of cancer aged 28.


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Mexico 18/12/2011

PAN’s presidential pre-candidates launch their campaigns; the Mexican state admits to violation of human dignity and the country is swept by Guinness world record fever.


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The Economy this week

Brazilian regulator approves TAM, LAN Merger; OECD removes Uruguay from gray list of tax evasion, Argentine economy grows 9.3 percent in third quarter; Ecuador will build nearly 9,000 homes for…


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Colombia 19/12/11

Nule cousins sentenced for embezzlement, Human Rights Watch criticizes justice reform and Gabriel García Márquez reaches a million copies in China. 


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Brazil 19/12/11

Brazilian soldiers accused of abuses in Haiti, Brazil makes record donation for Palestine’s refugees, and a court victory for the Belo Monte dam project.


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Peru 19/12/2011

Prime-minister resigns; radical changes in government; fears of militarisation of the Peruvian state


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Chile 19/12/2011

Leading directors of La Polar sent to prison in fallout from economic scandal, while electoral reform moves closer to reality, and a Chilean football side are victorious in the Copa…


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Paraguay 19.12.11

Protesting indigenous communities threaten to build housing in public spaces; The UN calls for a new social agreement to help fight poverty; Paulino Rojas is named head of the National…


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Cuba 19/12/2011

Anti-corruption efforts indict Tecnotex execs, record number of tourists welcomed, U.S. Congress debates rescinding relaxation on travel, Castro and Chávez celebrate 17 years of friendship.


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Argentina 19/12/2011

Moyano lets loose against the government, Scioli deals with some unhappy police, and a bill on newsprint stirs up (predictable) opposition.


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The Caribbean 19/12/2011

Political turmoil in Guyana and Barbados, calls for more transparency over political finances in the Dominican Republic, and a Jamaican candidate discovers his doppelgänger.


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Uruguay 18/12/11

Uruguay is removed from an OEDC grey list, Uruguay’s government denied access to Falklands ships while launching plan to support the youth. Judge Parker’s illustrator passed away.


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Ecuador 19/12/11

Army seizes 1,100 coca plants in the bordering areas with Colombia, Ivonne Baki claims to have hit Yasuní target and Ecuadorian Leo Rojas wins talent contest in Germany.


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Haiti 19/12/11

Dollar debate wages on, Minustah address allegations and Oprah visits Haiti.


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Brazil 12/12/2011

Voters in Pará reject plans to divide state, Labour Minister Carlos Lupi steps down, and João Havelange resigns Olympic membership.


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Cuba 12/12/2011

President Castro travels to Trinidad for Cuba-CARICOM summit, Elián González turns 18, and exiles launch fireworks off Havana in support of human rights.


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The Caribbean 12/12/2011

Protesters of Haitian descent assert nationality rights in the Dominican Republic, and Jamaican ministers release conflicting statements about US involvement in security operations.


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Chile 12/12/2011

Tightly fought student elections dominate the news, while the pressure and commitment to tax reform grows.


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Venezuela 12/12/11

Local residents protest over death of 5 year-old abuse victim; heavy rain leaves eight dead and almost five thousand houses damaged; controversy over Nativity Scene that features Chávez in place…


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The Economy last week

National Consumer Price Index rises in Brazil, the UN`s Economic Comission for Latin America reported a decrease in poverty in the region,while Dollar exchange control in Argentina suffers a setback.


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Colombia 12/12/11

Protest against the FARC takes place, Timochenko calls for a humanitarian exchange and ‘La Niña’ causes grave damage aross the country.


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Ecuador 12/12/11

Ecuador signs mining agreement with Kinross and Petroecuador announces its production target for 2012.