Top Five on Latin America this Week 

My good bud, Mike Derham at Novam Portam does a weekly “What we’re reading this week” post that I really like. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I’m starting a similar weekly post of the top five “things” on Latin America – posts, articles, events, developments, etc. Here’s the first one – thoughts and comments welcomed.

  1. Ana Swanson, Trump and U.S. car companies are fighting over what it means to be made in America. Washington Post, August 16, 2017. In addition to Chapter 19 on dispute resolution, the debate over Rules of Origin is shaping up to be a central issue in the NAFTA talks that started this week in Washington. Swanson does a good job of outlining the areas of contention.
  2. Ximena Cassab, Oath to Focus on Latin America Mobile Users., August 17, 2017. Portada spoke with Armando Rodriguez, VP & Managing Director, LATAM & U.S. Hispanic Region at Oath – the Yahoo! re-name following the Verizon acquisition – about how the new brand will position itself in the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic market.
  3. James Bossworth, Five Points on Argentina’s PASO. Bloggings by boz, August 14, 2017. Boz, as he known by his readers, is the founder of Hxagon and has one of the best Latin America blogs out there. He was a must-read for anyone working on LatAm in the Obama Administration. I especially like his poll analysis. In this post, he explains the primary process in Argentina and what it means for the Administration of President Mauricio Macri.
  4. J. Weston Phippen, What to Do With Venezuela?, August 16, 2017. Phippen does a good job in this piece explaining the dynamics between the United States and regional governments following President Donald Trump’s mention of a possible “military option,” even going back to the failed coup attempt against Hugo Chavez, the late President of Venezuela.
  5. Investors seem confident that an economic recovery is underway. The Economist Print edition, August 17, 2017. When will Brazil’s future arrive? Despite expected GDP growth rate of 0.3% this year, 13% unemployment, fiscal deficit equal to 9% of GDP, and political corruption scandals galore, some investors think Brazil might be coming out of the longest recession in its history.

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