Argentina’s opposition wins in key constituencies

On 5 July opposition candidates won key elections in the City of Buenos Aires and Córdoba province.

More symbolism than substance as Rousseff travels to US

“From now on, I hope that next time President Obama wants to know what is going on in Brazil, he will call me directly.” President Dilma Rousseff’s answer to the inevitable question about US-Brazil relations in the wake of spying revelations raised a smile from the US president. Almost two years have passed since Rousseff cancelled a trip to Washington following reports that the US had spied on her personal emails. But whereas in 2013, Rousseff could afford such a gesture, her position is much weaker now. From the US perspective, the relationship with Brazil is far from essential, though some of the praise lavished on Rousseff and her country suggest that Washington wants to ensure Brazil does not wander too far into China’s sphere of influence. Though the two presidents inked a number of agreements, most significantly on climate change, the real value of the visit was that it happened at all.

Corruption embedded in Latin American football business model?

On 27 May the US attorney general Loretta Lynch filed a 160-page indictment against 14 top officials in FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the world football’s top body. Senior FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland or put on Interpol’s wanted lists. Lynch alleged that corruption was deeply embedded in FIFA’s affairs. According to the indictment, much of the foul play has taken place in Latin American and Caribbean football. Despite initially shrugging off the scandal and securing his re-election, the longstanding FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, was days later forced to announce that he would step down by the end of this year (although his actual departure still looks to be up in the air). Here, we look at the state of the regional football business.

Venezuela’s new ‘maritime defence zones’ encroach upon Guyana and Colombia

On 27 May Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro issued a decree establishing  four ‘operational integral defence maritime and insular defence zones’ (Zodimains in the Spanish acronym). The easternmost of these cover the seas off the states of Sucre and Delta Amacuro and what figures in Venezuelan maps as the ‘Reclamation Zone’ ― the territory administered by Guyana which Venezuela considers its own. This last part would leave Guyana without its maritime exclusive economic zone, in which Mobil recently announced that it had found oil. The westernmost Zodimain encroaches upon the Gulf of Venezuela, or Coquivacoa, as it is called in Colombia, which disputes sovereignty with Venezuela over oil-bearing areas and fisheries.

Midterm elections - the verdict

Mexico’s midterm federal legislative, state and local elections, held on 7 June, offered a political X-ray of the country. The results threw up a complicated picture. The ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) did better than many had expected, but few would claim that it managed an undisputed victory. Below we analyse the results and highlight some implications for the next general elections, due in 2018.

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