Top justices suspended in Bolivia

On 28 July Bolivia’s 130-member lower chamber voted to suspend two magistrates from the seven-member plurinational constitutional court (TCP), Ligia Velásquez and Zoraida Chanez, so they could face trial for negligence of duties and prevarication.

Is Mexico’s Left impotent over energy reform?

The concluding phase of Mexico’s landmark energy reform – a combination of 21 new secondary bills and amendments to existing laws, which are intended to open up the country’s oil and gas sector to foreign investors – appeared this week to be progressing relentlessly through congress. For some, the apparently irresistible advance of the pro-reform steamroller, led by the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and the right-wing opposition Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN), confirms the divisions and impotence of the Mexican Left. Others say the Left is still in the game, and may yet be able to block or significantly alter the proposed shake-up of the oil and gas sector.

BRAZIL: After football and politics – the economy

Brazilian growth has disappointed this year. Many economists argue that the country needs new and more dynamic ‘pro-growth’ policies. But the country has been distracted; first by the Fifa World Cup, and second by the long presidential election campaign, which most likely will stretch to two rounds, with a run-off in late October. The result is that major new policy announcements are not likely until early 2015.

Honduras accuses the US of blocking the repair of its military aircraft

For a short spell in early June it seemed that relations between Honduras and the US were on the mend. Congratulations and honours were exchanged when General John Kelly, chief of the US Southern Command (Southcom), visited Tegucigalpa. Within days, though, President Juan Orlando Hernández was publicly castigating unnamed US officials for blocking his plans to upgrade his military aircraft, and the US ambassador was riposting in kind over the impunity enjoyed by drug traffickers in Honduras.

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