Weekly Chart: The Costs of Crime in Latin AmericaInfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, February 23, 2017
Crime and violence take a toll on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the cost adds up to $261 billion annually, or 3.5 percent of GDP, according to an Inter-American Development Bank report out this month. The study surveyed 17 countries in the region and estimated costs based on not just public- and private-security spending, but also the social costs: diminished quality of life for victims and lost income of the countries’ imprisoned populations.
Crime and violence cost the region some $261 billion annually, or more than 3.5 percent of GDP.
Update: Macri Visits Spain to Boost Investor ConfidenceHemispheric UpdatesRodrigo RiazaWednesday, February 22, 2017
Argentina is back on tour. The country’s president, Mauricio Macri, arrived in Madrid on February 21, marking the first official state visit to Spain by an Argentine president since 2009.
Bilateral relations were rocky during the prior administrations, and the Argentine president seeks to reset the tone during a three-day official visit.
Weekly Chart: Tallying Argentina's and Brazil's Exports to MexicoInfographicsLuisa LemeFriday, February 17, 2017
The looming threat of unknown changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement could mean an opportunity for South American countries to deepen their trade relations with Mexico. After a presidential meeting in Brasília this month between Brazil’s Michel Temer and Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, the two leaders said they would pursue closer ties with Mexico and other Latin American c
With Washington looking inward, South American economies are looking to step up trade with Mexico. Here’s where the ties stand now.
Explainer: Venezuela's Oil and Military Ties with China and RussiaExplainersHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, February 15, 2017
On February 12, Chinese officials arrived in Venezuela on a fact-finding mission. Specifically, they were looking for oil. According to internal documents obtained by Reuters, the state oil firm PDVSA is behind on 27 shipments to China totaling almost 9 million barrels as of the end of January.
From crude to AK-47s, we map out Caracas’ bonds with Beijing and Moscow.
Weekly Chart: A Snapshot of U.S.-Cuba Travel and Trade TodayInfographicsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, February 7, 2017
Don’t wait much longer to book your trip to Cuba. On February 3, the new U.S. administration announced it would conduct a “full review” of U.S.
As the Trump administration reviews U.S. policy towards Cuba, American exports and visitors to the island are on the rise.
Weekly Chart: Get the Facts on Immigration and Crime in the United StatesInfographicsThursday, February 2, 2017
Citing a “recent surge of illegal immigration,” U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 25 that directs the U.S.
For all the talk of deporting criminal immigrants, native-born men are twice as likely to be incarcerated than are foreign-born.
Weekly Chart: Who's in and Who's out among U.S Ambassadors in the AmericasInfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, January 26, 2017
One week into the Trump administration, the U.S. State Department finds itself with 11 of 30 top-level posts in the Western Hemisphere vacant, including ambassadorships to Argentina and Canada. Part of this is due to the fact that, despite running several weeks behind on making diplomatic appointments, President Donald Trump’s team asked multiple ambassadors to resign their posts on the first day of his term, January 20, and not stay in until their successors could be confirmed as is customary.
A week into the Trump administration, the U.S. State Department finds itself without ambassadors to Argentina and Canada, among other top spots in the Americas.
Explainer: How Are Trump's Cabinet Picks Linked to Latin America?ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandThursday, January 19, 2017
No Latinos were selected to serve in the next cabinet, but here’s how some of the key nominees are connected to Latin America.
Five Things Mexico Wants to Talk about with TrumpHemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisThursday, January 12, 2017
From a U.S. presidential candidate’s controversial visit to Mexico City in August 2016 to the Central Bank’s attempts to stop the free fall of the peso, Mexico has been trying to figure out how to prepare itself for a Trump presidency. In fact, it’s been a veritable round of “he said/he said,” as Donald Trump repeatedly insists that Mexico will pay for a border wall and President Enrique Peña Nieto repeatedly insists that it won’t.
President Enrique Peña Nieto laid out his own agenda for relations with the United States on January 11.
Weekly Chart: Mexico's Auto IndustryInfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, January 11, 2017
Mexico might have to face the threat of losing automaker investments over fear of a future U.S. “big border tax,” but it can celebrate a record year for its auto industry. December 2016 saw more car sales and more vehicles produced than any other month in the country’s history, according to the Mexican Automotive Industry Association.
2016 brought some good news for Mexico: a record year for car sales and manufacturing.
Explainer: Who's Who in the Venezuelan OppositionExplainersHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, January 10, 2017
Given that President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating is hovering at 20 percent, challenging him seems like the easy part for Venezuela’s opposition.
Beneath the umbrella of the MUD opposition coalition are more than two dozen groups—with differing ideas about how to challenge embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
Update: Mexico Wakes up to New Year, New Gas PricesHemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisTuesday, January 3, 2017
Mexicans woke up with a headache on January 1, but less because of New Year’s hangovers and more because they were feeling the pinch of price hikes on everything from produce to transportation. The culprit?
The country kicked off 2017 by dismantling fuel subsidies, setting off a gasolinazo for consumers.
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