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Venezuela’s opposition descends into chaos

On 8 December the president of the Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly, Henry Ramos Allup, declared the opposition-government dialogue “dead”, for lack of results.

Argentina advances anti-drug strategy but Paraguay could hold key

Argentina’s federal security ministry is taking the first steps towards President Mauricio Macri’s utopian objective of delivering a country “free from drug trafficking”. The security minister, Patricia Bullrich, celebrated a major anti-drug operation this week disbanding two criminal networks. She is also negotiating the purchase of at least four Shaldag class fast patrol boats from Israel for high speed interceptions along the Paraná river of vessels carrying marijuana from Paraguay. The real potential game changer for the Macri administration, however, is taking place not at home but in Paraguay’s congress where deputies are starting to debate the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use.

What will Trumponomics mean for Latin America?

While the policies of the next government of the United States are not yet clear, a picture is beginning to emerge. President-elect Donald Trump will follow a more protectionist agenda, will introduce deep corporate tax cuts, and will spend heavily on infrastructure. This could boost US growth in the short term – a good thing for Latin America – but there is a lot more to worry about, with Mexico probably the main loser and other economies also facing serious threats.

The security implications of President Trump

What will Donald Trump do to Mexico? There may be a difference between what candidate Trump said he would do and what President Trump will actually do. If there is a gap between those two things – and it is not certain – it will begin to emerge as the president-elect names more members of his transition team and gets ready to take office on 20 January. The difference could be crucial for Mexico since the majority of the country has seen the policies of candidate Trump as unremittingly bad for relations between the two countries.

Without Fidel, Cuba eyes up Trump

After nine days of mourning, Fidel Castro was interred in Santiago de Cuba on 4 December, close to the remains of Cuba’s independence hero, José Martí – the plain boulder chosen for the Revolutionary’s leader’s final resting place standing in marked contrast to a decorative chapel built in honour of Martí. The 85-year old President Raúl Castro cut a solitary figure as he placed his brother’s ashes in the tomb and many Cubans have voiced their own feelings of loss, tinged with foreboding about the future, as the shadow of the incoming US president, Donald Trump, looms large over the island.

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