"Cities across Argentina are still unnerved by all the looting that broke out last month after police officers went on strike, protesting salaries eroded by rampant inflation.
Residents fumed over blackouts that left them sweltering during a recent heat wave. Then the currency plunged this week, the steepest decline since the nation's economic collapse in 2002, stirring fears that another major financial crisis could be around the corner. "In 80 years, there've been tough times, but it's never been as bad as this," Irma Herrera, 80, a retired psychologist, said Friday after the government announced that it would make it easier for Argentines to buy dollars amid the financial upheaval."I'm not going to buy dollars when my monthly pension doesn't even stretch to buy food," Ms. Herrera said."
Mexico is a mixed record. There are energy reforms that will benefit US companies. There is also a war in Michoacan between the cartels and armed citizens."Demonstrators and police have clashed in Sao Paulo during the first in a planned series of anti-World Cup protests called by radical activist group Anonymous across Brazil.
With less than five months before the June 12 kick-off - when the five-time champions and hosts take on Croatia - Brazil is facing the same kind of social rumblings that marred last year's Confederations Cup dress rehearsal. Anonymous called for protests against the event via its Facebook page under the slogan, "The Cup will not take place.""
We understand that Americans have other concerns on their plate, such as jobs. However, Latin America matters to our national security and economy.
Again, it's sad that President Obama did not say a word in the SOTU. For example, he could have praised President Pena-Nieto for bringing together the parties and governing. On the other hand, why would President Obama want to praise another leader governing rather than giving meaningless "class warfare" speeches?
Speaking of national security, Fausta Wertz reminded us of the Iranian influence in the region.
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