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15 August 2021 Edition - 15/21

Rising geopolitical tensions with China and the pandemic’s economic disruptions are prompting the US government to shorten supply chains and bring manufacturing closer to home. In this quest to promote “friend-shoring,” the US can have few better partners than its Latin American neighbours....  

The labels encouraging Chileans to buy healthier food
 
Faced with what experts described as a "health time-bomb", Chile in 2016 introduced food labels to warn consumers of high saturated fats, sugar, or salt to tackle high obesity rates. Five years on, have they worked?....
Venezuelans desperately ditching bolivars as inflation bites

Venezuela announced Thursday it would knock six zeroes off its currency – the third time in 13 years it has redenominated the bolivar. Faith in physical bank notes is at an all-time low, and people want rid of them.......

Goodbye to Acapulco, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas: NASA warns that this is how Mexican beaches will sink

If we take into account the melting of the ice at the ends of the globe, the coasts of Guerrero would be submerged 0.44 meters under the sea by 2050.....

Maduro poised to launch talks with Venezuela's opposition. He seems to have the upper hand.
 
Representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the U.S.-backed opposition recently launched talks in Mexico City aimed at restoring democracy in Venezuela.....


Mexico marks 500 years since Spanish conquest of Aztec empire

A branchless, free Mexican bank account for foreigners

Many foreigners living in or visiting Mexico might find it useful to have one of the new and easily obtainable Mexican fintech (financial technology) bank cards, which provide you with a mobile and branchless Mexican bank for no monthly fee....

Nicaragua editor detained in latest move seen to target president's critics

A top editor of Nicaraguan daily La Prensa was jailed Saturday after police raided the newspaper, making him the latest of dozens of critics of President Daniel Ortega to face arrest....

As Colombian protests dissipate, activists hit by wave of arrests

Colombia’s Primera Linea protesters accuse authorities of using arrests, prosecutions to weaken the push for change......  

Avianca adds slew of new flights in 23-route expansion

Avianca will dramatically increase its presence in the U.S. and Latin America, part of broad 23-route expansion in five Central and South American countries....

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Putin’s vaccine PR backfires in Latin America
 
A recent post on Sputnik V’s Twitter account boasts that Chile has become the 69th country to register the Russian vaccine. “Sputnik V is now authorized in 69 countries with a total population of over 3.7 billion people,” reads the text......

As the US struggles to suppress the rapidly advancing coronavirus Delta variant, new evidence has emerged that the latest Lambda mutation — ravaging parts of South America — won’t be slowed by vaccines.....

LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE & ARTS
In 1519, as Spain began brutally ravaging Mesoamerica, conquistador Hernán Cortés encountered the secret weapon who would help seal his victory: La Malinche. An enslaved Aztec girl who had been sold across the Yucatán Peninsula, Malinche was skilled at speaking both Yucatec and Nahuatl—Maya and Aztec languages, respectively. Drawing on her interpretation ability and navigation experience, she made herself essential to Cortés, providing him with access to envoys and steering his men through the unfamiliar landscape......



An evocative portrait of Cuba’s agricultural communitiesLos campesinos

A new photo book from Richard Sharum documents rural Cuba, shedding light on the often overlooked communities which make up the country’s backbone....., 

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