Caribbean & International

The cars of the Cuban trade embargo

(BBC)  Two things have arguably shaped modern Cuba above all others – Fidel Castro and Washington’s answer to him… its decades-long trade embargo. When US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Cuba on Friday to unveil the new US embassy he will find one effect of the embargo staring him in the face, on […]

Chile Mines Turn to Renewable Energy

(WSJ)   CALAMA, Chile—The three industrial boilers at the state-owned Codelco mine high in the mountains here once consumed 67,000 barrels of diesel a year to turn out shiny copper sheets for export. Now, the job is powered by nearly 3,000 solar panels that take advantage of the Atacama Desert’s cloudless blue sky. As the cost […]

Suriname’s Bouterse sworn in for second presidential term

(Reuters)  Desi Bouterse,  a former military ruler convicted of drug trafficking in the Netherlands, was sworn in for a second five-year term as president of Suriname on Wednesday. Bouterse’s National Democratic Party (NDP) in May won a slim majority in the small South American country’s National Assembly. The country’s parliament then automatically ratified the 69-year-old’s […]

Brazil probes aquarium fish deaths

(BBC)  Prosecutors in Brazil have begun investigating the deaths of about 10,000 fish that had been brought in to fill a huge freshwater aquarium. Building work on the project, in the western city of Campo Grande, overran and the fish died in temporary tanks. The company contracted to look after them, Anambi, blamed the deaths […]

Mexican drug lord escapes jail

(BBC)  Top Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo or “Shorty”, has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time, officials say. In a statement, Mexico’s National Security Commission said Guzman was last seen in the showers of the Altiplano jail late on Saturday night. He was the leader of the […]

Venezuela faces national beer shortage

(BBC)  Venezuela is facing the prospect of a national beer shortage because of striking workers at two breweries. Unions linked to President Nicolas Maduro have forced the closure over a pay dispute with the brewer Polar. The company makes up to 80% of Venezuela’s beer. Half of their breweries are now shut, with others already […]

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