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Weekly Report - 21 May 2015 (WR-15-20)

Leader
- Guatemala in turmoil: first Baldetti, next Pérez Molina?
Central America & Caribbean
- GUYANA: PPP/C turfed out of power
- SURINAME: Bouterse has edge in tight elections
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- VENEZUELA: MUD gets ready
- ECUADOR: Pension raid to compensate for plunging oil prices
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: More heads roll in campaign-finance scandal
- BRAZIL: From China with love, and money
- BRAZIL: Rousseff gets supreme court nominee approved
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Morena murder mars elections
- MEXICO: Drug gangs suspected of links to Farc
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- New mining strike piles pressure on Peru’s Cateriano
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 14 May 2015 (WR-15-19)

Leader
- Bachelet, unlike Rousseff, tries to grasp the nettle
Brazil & Southern Cone
- URUGUAY: Opposition shows green shoots of recovery
- BRAZIL: Rousseff’s supreme court appointee faces scrutiny
- BRAZIL: IMF warns Brazil to stick to its targets
- ARGENTINA: Government takes on the supreme court, again
Andean
- BOLIVIA: Another challenged victory for the MAS
- PERU: Mining protests turn violent
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: PRI leads polls after a month of campaigning
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: All roads lead to Rome, or is it Havana?
- HAITI: France promises Haiti ‘moral debt repayments’
- GUATEMALA: Vice President quits as political crisis intensifies
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Colombia ends controversial use of glyphosate
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 7 May 2015 (WR-15-18)

Leader
- Costa Rica’s opposition unites to isolate Solís
Central America & Cribbean
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Crunch time for re-election
Andean
- VENEZUELA: The ‘revolcón’ rolls over
- VENEZUELA: Military officers arrested in alleged coup plot
- BOLIVIA-CHILE: Hiding to nothing in The Hague
- COLOMBIA: Pessimism spreads about peace talks
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Government targets the supreme court
- BRAZIL: Supreme court releases accused in Petrobras scandal
- BRAZIL: Dengue epidemic denied despite record deaths
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Jalisco erupts
- MEXICO: Progress on anti-corruption measures?
Postscript
- El Salvador’s electoral uncertainty endures
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 30 April 2015 (WR-15-17)

Leader
- Honduran supreme court lifts constitutional ban on re-election
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Eerie echoes of civil war
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Squeeze on firms engaging in ‘economic war’
- BOLIVIA: Boosting energy ties with Brazil
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Senate committee approves electoral changes
- BRAZIL: Corruption cost and losses at Petrobras hit Brazil’s development bank
- ARGENTINA: Strange bedfellows: Fernández travels to Moscow
- ARGENTINA: Primary successes mark start of Macri’s presidential campaign
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Unrest in the north threatens electoral preparations
- MEXICO: Government ‘must disclose’ data on missing persons
Postscript
- Pérez Molina bows to pressure over CICIG
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 23 April 2015 (WR-15-16)

Leader
- Farc attack damages Santos and guerrillas
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Gerrymandering infuriates the opposition
- BOLIVIA: And then there were two…
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Opposition notches up electoral successes
- BRAZIL: FHC plays down impeachment idea
- BRAZIL: Weak PT defeated again over outsourcing law
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Successes and failures of militarisation strategy
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: PP cracks up over corruption crackdown
- COSTA RICA: Solís parts company with chief lieutenant
- CUBA: Cuomo falls for Cuban beauty
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Correa denounces death threat
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 16 April 2015 (WR-15-15)

Leader
- Cuba-US ties prosper at Summit of the Americas
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Massive march for peace but Santos resumes air strikes
- TRACKING TRENDS
- VENEZUELA: The adjustment in numbers
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: In preventive detention, Vaccari quits the PT
- BRAZIL: Things can only get better?
- ARGENTINA: Kirchnerismo passes first test in Salta
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Security forces under attack in Jalisco
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- PANAMA: Martinelli to face the music?
- GUATEMALA: Electoral concerns build ahead of September
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Chile’s Bachelet feeling the strain
- Quotes from the Summit of the Americas

Weekly Report - 09 April 2015 (WR-15-14)

Leader
- Peru’s new prime minister: a red rag to the opposition
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Washington and Caracas prepare for the Summit
- BOLIVIA: Gearing up for run-off elections
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Bachelet in damage limitation mode
- BRAZIL: PT-PMDB: Peace in our time?
- BRAZIL: A lot of inflation, a little growth
- ARGENTINA: Putin and Pope to host Fernández on final trips
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Fiery campaigning for midterms kicks off
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: CEP passes first test
- NICARAGUA: Complaints continue against ‘Gran Canal’
Postscript
- Paraguay’s guerrilla war takes mysterious turn
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 01 April 2015 (WR-15-13)

Leader
- Morales suffers electoral setback in Bolivia
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Tracking Petrocaribe
- ECUADOR: Correa critics emerge from hiding
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Another multi-billion dollar scandal
- BRAZIL: Government cuts anti-deforestation funds
- ARGENTINA: Strikes cause transport problems, government unmoved
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Peña Nieto’s popularity dwindling
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Slow electoral count ends in stalemate
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Ruling PLD split over re-election
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Peru plunged into uncertainty as prime minister censured
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 26 March 2015 (WR-15-12)

Leader
- Peru’s Humala faces threat of spiralling social conflicts
Andean
- ECUADOR: Correa faces down large-scale protests
- BOLIVIA: Democracy concerns build ahead of elections
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Not downgraded yet
- BRAZIL: Calheiros and Cunha try to slow fiscal adjustment
- ARGENTINA: UK accused of “cheap nationalism” over Falklands
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Grim electoral prospects for PRD
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Press freedom concerns ahead of elections
- CUBA: EU chases up Havana
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Disturbing security development in Dominican Republic
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 19 March 2015 (WR-15-11)

Leader
- Rousseff responds to Brazil protests with anti-corruption measures
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: UDI head and mining CEO fall over Pentagate
- ARGENTINA: Big boost for Macri as UCR joins primary coalition
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Corruption scandal has far-reaching repercussions
- VENEZUELA: Nicolás Maduro – nothing if not a survivor
- ECUADOR: Outspoken Correa’s domestic political agenda
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Violence heightens concerns over Guerrero vote
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: Martelly sets the date (again)
- CENTRAL AMERICA: Boosting ties with Mexico
Postscript
- Will spectre of drug-trafficking haunt Suriname’s Bouterse?
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 12 March 2015 (WR-15-10)

Leader
- Colombian peace process enters uncharted waters
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro rallies the troops
- PERU: Dialogue process yields electoral reform
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Politicians implicated in Petrobras scandal named
- BRAZIL: Few reasons to be cheerful
- ARGENTINA: Gearing up for primary season
- ARGENTINA-URUGUAY: Nin Novoa tries to get ties back on track
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Former ‘self-defence group’ leaders released
- MEXICO: Slammed by the UN over record yet again
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- REGION: Biden back in the region
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Vázquez placates opposition but not FA radicals
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 05 March 2015 (WR-15-09)

Leader
- Mexico’s ‘La Tuta’ captured; Murillo Karam released
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Santos makes decisive gesture in peace talks
- VENEZUELA: Maduro launches ‘reciprocal’ sanctions against US
Brazil & Southern Cone
- URUGUAY: Vintage Vázquez on display
- ARGENTINA: Nisman case: not over yet
- BRAZIL: ‘Operation Car Wash’ hits PMDB-PT alliance
- BRAZIL: Real down, interest rates up
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Voting fiasco but no fraud
- CUBA: Another suspicious arms shipment rocks the boat
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Violent protests prompt closure of Dominican consulates in Haiti
- A ‘best of’ tribute to José Mujica as he leaves office

Weekly Report - 26 February 2015 (WR-15-08)

Leader
- Caracas mayor arrested, protester killed as Maduro’s conspiracy claims grow
Andean
- PERU: Humala accuses Chile of spying
- COLOMBIA: Broader ‘transitional justice’ — but which way?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Bachelet suffers popularity plunge
- BRAZIL: Moody’s downgrades Petrobras to junk
- BRAZIL: Government seeks swift resolution to truckers’ strike
- ARGENTINA: Fernández tunes up for her swan song
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Polls suggest dim prospects for PRI in June
Central America & Caribbean
- PANAMA: Varela marks another difference with his predecessor
- CUBA: Discord in the Damas
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Opposition ends Douglas dominance in St Kitts
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 19 February 2015 (WR-15-07)

Leader
- ‘March of silence’ and other Nisman-related events have major political implications
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Petrobras investigation moves into the political realm
- BRAZIL: Water levels rise, and so do electricity prices
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- VENEZUELA: López remains defiant one year on
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Enforced disappearances come under international scrutiny
- MEXICO-US: Lawsuit halts Obama’s immigration plan
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Strengthening ties with Moscow
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Uruguay’s Mujica makes way for Vázquez
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 12 February 2015 (WR-15-06)

Leader
- Peru’s Humala responds to “political noise”
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Complex ‘new’ exchange system unveiled
- BOLIVIA: Morales names crucial appointment
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Real weakens as political realities begin to bite
- BRAZIL: New Petrobras CEO worries investors
- PARAGUAY: Protests mount against Cartes
- ARGENTINA: Waiting for the post-Kirchner era
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Awaiting outcome of critical UN hearings
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: PLD moots reform to permit Medina’s re-election
- COSTA RICA: Solís suffers setback
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- A Northern Triangle customs union?
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 05 February 2015 (WR-15-05)

Leader
- Pope Francis and Giuliani vie for influence in El Salvador
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Main opposition on the ropes
- VENEZUELA: Maduro warns of “an international attack”
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: CEO and five directors quit Petrobras
- ARGENTINA: Pressure and incompetence mar Nisman probe
- PARAGUAY: Missing cocaine fuels ‘narcopolitics’ concerns
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Will mid-terms bring a realignment of the Left?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: Solís struggles with key pledges
Postscript
- Chile and Dominican Republic ignite abortion debate
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 29 January 2015 (WR-15-04)

Leader
- Mexico’s Peña Nieto might be losing his mojo
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Commemorating ‘Democracy Day’
- VENEZUELA: Reading Maduro’s mood swings
- BOLIVIA: Morales reshuffles cabinet for third term
- PERU: Humala dealt humbling defeat by congress
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Fernández plans reform of intelligence services
- BRAZIL: São Paulo plans further water rationing in April
Central America & Caribbean
- GUYANA: Ramotar goes to polls to end political crisis
- CUBA: Fidel gives the nod, Raúl demands Guantánamo back
- PANAMA: Swings and roundabouts for Martinelli
Postscript
- Colombia’s Santos moots post-conflict gendarmerie
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 22 January 2015 (WR-15-03)

Leader
- Nisman’s death rocks Argentina’s Fernández
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: UDI thirsting for revenge
- BRAZIL: Consumers hit by package of tax hikes
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- PERU: Humala struggles to fend off spying accusations
- VENEZUELA: Maduro’s speech falls short of expectations
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Long wait over for Mexican truckers
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: US officials descend on Havana en masse
- GUATEMALA: Pérez Molina presents balance sheet
- HAITI: ‘Consensus cabinet’ fails to convince
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Correa looks beyond oil
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 15 January 2015 (WR-15-02)

Leader
- Lighting the fuse on Venezuelan powder keg
Andean
- PERU: Humala promises to clamp down on corruption
- ANDEAN: Ecuador’s CAN-do attitude riles neighbours
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Cracks widen between PT and PMDB
- BRAZIL: Tax rises imminent, but no “bagful of horrors”
- ARGENTINA: Amia prosecutor accuses Fernández of cover-up
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Unrest in troubled states raises electoral doubts
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: Five years on Haiti remains on shaky ground
- HONDURAS: Turning a corner
Postscript
- Tension mounts ahead of key elections in El Salvador
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 08 January 2015 (WR-15-01)

Leader
- Tough start to second term for Brazil's Rousseff
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Abortion gaffe claims first cabinet casualty
- ARGENTINA: Presidential candidates begin to make their moves
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- VENEZUELA-ECUADOR: China offers lifeline – cost unknown
- COLOMBIA: ELN joins peace process
- BOLIVIA: MAS completes line-up ahead of elections
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Peña Nieto takes up arms against sea of troubles
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: What does 2015 hold in store for Cubans?
- HAITI: New Year’s resolution to political crisis looks unlikely
Postscript
- Uruguay’s First Lady to run for election in Montevideo
- Quotes of the week

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