Paraguay’s Cartes collides with senate

On 5 May Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes announced his decision to formally veto the senate’s appointment of Linneo Ynsfrán as new supreme court (CSJ) justice.

Honduran supreme court lifts constitutional ban on re-election

Events in Honduras in late April have begun to look like a mirror image (that is, an image in reverse) of those that led in June 2009 to the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009). The constitutional panel of the supreme court has ruled ‘inapplicable’ the very constitutional provisions whose violations by Zelaya triggered his removal from office. As in 2009, the course of  current events has been anything but straightforward — to the point that Zelaya has become one of the most vocal critics of the court’s ruling, on the grounds that it is “illegal and arbitrary”.

Saving the Petrossauro

At last, after months of delay, Petrobras has published its accounts. The state-owned Brazilian oil company, sometimes described as a Petrossauro, a prehistoric and cumbersome giant from the past, has taken a series of punishing blows to its balance sheet because of the impact of a corruption scandal and the fall in international oil prices. Revealing the depth of the damage may be a first step to beginning a recovery.

After the deadliest Farc attack both sides agree to go on talking

For those who are sceptical about or oppose the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, now about to enter its 36th round, a guerrilla attack which in mid-April claimed the lives of 11 soldiers was proof that President Juan Manuel Santos had been too naive or trusting, and that the unilateral, indefinite ceasefire declared by the Farc in December had been a sham. As the noise recedes, the facts outline a more complex picture.

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