Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption

first_imgGuatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them havepoured into the streets this month — some 60,000 on May 16 alone — to protest corruption and demand the ouster of President Otto Pérez Molina.Triggered by the scandal over a giant scheme of import tax fraud, the widening crisis already has toppled the nation’s vice president, the energy minister, the Central Bank governor and interior minister.Social upheaval has a deep history in Guatemala, where Marxist-inspired guerrillas battled security forces from 1960 to 1996, leaving 200,000 dead.What’s new, and encouraging, is the popular revolt against resurgent corruption, which has reignited partisan feuds and sapped confidence in the country’s still-wobbly democratic institutions at a time when this nation of more than 14.6 million may need them most.Latin America is no stranger to bureaucrats on the take. The region traditionally merits dismal ratings on Transparency International’s annual corruption perception index. In 2014, Guatemala ranked a lowly 115th among 175 countries.For a while, paying off officials was brushed off as a necessary lubricant for the cumbersome gears of government service. “Rouba mas faz,” — “He steals but gets things done” — was the unofficial disclaimer in the 1940s for the famously light-fingered but much admired São Paulo governor, Ademar de Barros.No one is winking now. That may be because corruption has grown exponentially. In Brazil, it’s as big as Petrobras, the state oil company, which just reported $2.1 billion in losses to kickbacks and graft.The other reason is that wherever corruption spreads, violence generally follows. The link between bent officials and the region’s fevered murder rate, according to a recent report by Insight Crime — a news portal which monitors illicit activity in the Americas — is organized crime.In recent years, international cartels moving cocaine, arms and laundered money have installed themselves in key transshipment locations in Latin America and the Caribbean. As their franchises expanded, they have converted several countries into global crime hubs.More than greasing the odd palm or exploiting the blind spots of flawed institutions, the cartels — Sinaloa and Zetas in Mexico, the Soles of Venezuela, Colombia’s FARC and Barrio 18 of Guatemala — have systematically crippled law enforcement by capturing local governments or buying entire police departments — often to devastating effect.The most blatant example was the kidnapping and apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students by drug traffickers allegedly in service to the mayor of Iguala, in southern Mexico, last August. In a recent poll, Mexican businesses named lack of public safety as the biggest single obstacle to growth.It’s much the same for El Salvador, where powerful gangs forced government to broker a truce with outlaws, which briefly quelled one of the world’s highest murder rates before the deal fell apart.A 2014 study by The Institute for Economics and Peace concluded that “Latin America clearly remains the world’s most violent region in terms of crime.”The violence also bleeds economies. Honduras — Latin America’s third most crooked country, according to Insight Crime — has the world’s highest murder rate and loses 19 percent of its gross domestic product a year to violence.El Salvador is next, forfeiting 14.5 percent of its national wealth on violence, followed closely by Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala, each foregoing around 10 percent of potential GDP on security, prison maintenance and income of workers who were murdered.Though hardly surprising, the cross contamination of corruption and crime suggests that stopping the bloodshed will take more than best practices and government reforms. It means freeing courts, lawmakers and police from the grip of powerful cartels and their official sponsors, who have a vested interest in preserving the shadows.Look for more crowds in the Guatemalan streets in the days ahead.Bloomberg View contributor Mac Margolis is based in Rio de Janeiro. For more columns from Bloomberg View, visit:© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:State Department official: Real improvement in regional security requires ‘new approach’ Biden urges Central America to tackle poverty, violence, impunity Q&A: Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú hails Guatemala’s ‘great awakening’ Guatemala’s Pérez Molina resigns after judge orders him to face corruption chargeslast_img read more

The Week Ahead A Tough Call for the Fed

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News With the economic picture on the path of improvement, many in the industry are wondering why the Fed was dovish in their decision to keep rates at their current level, while some expect the Committee to return hawkish for future meetings.This week’s minutes from the meeting, released on Wednesday, April 6  2 p.m. (EST), are expected to provide explanation and insight into what the Fed’s plans are this month.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) stated in a press release  following their March meeting that economic activity expanded at a moderate pace despite the global economic and financial developments of recent months.”Against this backdrop, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent,” the FOMC stated. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting further improvement in labor market conditions and a return to 2 percent inflation.””The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run,” the release said. “However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.”In recent speech at the Economic Club of New York Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen remained dovish when questioned about future rate hikes. “A key factor underlying such modest revisions is a judgment that monetary policy remains accommodative and will be adjusted at an appropriately gradual pace to achieve and maintain our dual objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. Reflecting global economic and financial developments since December, however, the pace of rate increases is now expected to be somewhat slower,” Yellen said.National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Chief Economist Curt Long said in response to Yellen’s speech, “These were dovish remarks by Chair Yellen. In focusing on the downside risks to the economic outlook, she bolstered the case for the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision not to increase rates in March and for taking a very gradual approach to normalization. Moreover, she was somewhat dismissive of the hawkish claim that inflation has moved higher recently. Instead, she said, the evidence is flimsy at this stage and that inflation expectations have actually declined. Overall, the comments add serious doubt to the prospect for a rate hike in April.”Steve Murphy U.S. Economist at Capital Economics added, “The Fed opted to leave its key policy rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent today, while also lowering its projections for the pace of future rate hikes. Nevertheless, as inflation continues to rise and global risks diminish further, we expect the Fed will resume raising interest rates in June. Thereafter, we think a marked acceleration in inflation will force the Fed to raise rates much faster than is widely appreciated.”Also this week:Tuesday, April 5Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 a.m. ESTHearing, “Assessing the Effects of Consumer Financial Regulations,” Senate Banking Committee, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, April 6FOMC Minutes, 2 p.m.Thursday, April 7Jobless Claims, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8:30 a.m. ESTHearing, “CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress,” Senate Banking Committee, 10 a.m. EST Share Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve Interest rates 2016-04-04 Staff Writercenter_img April 4, 2016 544 Views The Week Ahead: A Tough Call for the Fedlast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — At some point recently you may hav

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — At some point recently, you may have heard that the NFL has become a passing league. It’s true. Quarterbacks are piling up yards while receivers are putting up monster totals. Records are continually falling, and while it’s not quite the Arena Football League, defenses are still left trying to add pass rushers and cornerbacks to combat the aerial assault. “Yeah, probably since the last time they emphasized the rules after the New England/Indianapolis stuff that went on and it got hard for a couple years,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if it is more difficult to play cornerback now than at any other time in NFL history. “I like the new rules. I think our guys are athletic enough to play without their hands on defense, and people need to keep their hands off peoples’ facemask. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   “I think the rules are good.”Spoken like a coach whose background is on the offensive side of the ball.According to, referees are flagging teams for an average of 0.99 defensive holding, 0.891 defensive pass interference, 0.457 illegal contact and 0.761 illegal use of hands penalties per game. Those numbers, while not necessarily high, are all up from last season, when there was less emphasis on enforcing certain rules.You will not find anyone in the Cardinals’ secondary complaining about the referees and attributing any struggles they may have to the way the games are being called. However, the already difficult task of containing the opponent’s receivers is now even more so.“Oh no question, no question,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said when asked the same question as his coach. “I mean, you can’t touch them. After five yards you can’t touch them. Football is a physical game; we all understand as defensive players it’s becoming more of an offensive game. The NFL wants TV ratings and wants the game to be exciting. We understand that part.“But it’s definitely tough to be a defensive back in this league because all the rules favor the receiver, and it’s just our job to adjust.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

Harry Meghan choose wedding photographer with roy

first_imgHarry, Meghan choose wedding photographer with royal link LONDON – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen as their official wedding photographer a man with a royal pedigree who has photographed Beyonce, Julia Roberts and other stars.Kensington Palace said Friday that Alexi Lubomirski will take pictures at the gala event on May 19 at Windsor Castle.He also took the couple’s engagement photos, which included a very personal black and white portrait of the couple embracing.Lubormirski holds the title His Serene Highness Prince Alexi. He is descended from a powerful Polish family that received the hereditary title of prince of the Holy Roman Emperor in the 17th century.He was born in England but now lives in New York.___For complete royal wedding coverage, visit by The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2018 7:35 am PDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2018 at 8:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

October 23 2009 The Different Skies musicians

first_imgOctober 23, 2009 The Different Skies musicians gave a special performance to a group of students from the neighboring ORME School, as well as to a group of 50 students from the Facultad de Arquitectura y Diserto, Extension Ensenada, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. The students from Ensenada visited Arcosanti for an extensive architectural tour and enjoyed the impromptu liveliness of the music. [photo: Anna Tran & text: hk] 2009 Different Skies participants: [back row from left] Ivan Schwartz, Allen Goodman, Brian Good, Bill Marx, Rus Foster, Jonathan Mills, John Rossi III, Giles Reaves and John Krikawa. [front row from left] Greg Hurley, Bill Fox, Kevin Haller, Mike Metlay, Otso Pakarinen and Tim Walters. The weeks practice sessions culminate into a public performance on Saturday, October 24. 2009. The evening event will start with a complimentary tour at 5 pm, followed by Dinner in the Cafe at 6 pm, and the Concert starts at 7:30 pm. For ticket information call 928 632-7135. [photo & text: hk]last_img read more

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Share several alternative to YAHOO Site Explorer tools

because in the past we just use YAHOO Site Explorer to check the reverse link itself, more important is the reverse link we also check our competitors through this tool, link quality information etc.. Bing webmaster tools only provide website owners own web sites and data need to install code verification. I really don’t understand why this move will be, but I think it is not wise. So I began to look for other tools. What is the author thinks that some tools can replace Yahoo Site Explore. read more

Born to die for ranking, ranking

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Search network how to seize the network hot spots, so that traffic rankings by leaps and bounds

network hot topic, this is every Internet users are concerned about the problem, observe the network hot spot will naturally become one of our webmaster must do one of the daily homework. The use of network hotspot website promotion to bring traffic, the rankings, is a shortcut to hundred-percent, how to take this shortcut, I think most of the webmaster is not very clear, today with my CAITONG network to sum up.

my search network is a professional TV Announcement website, and provides services such as TV play, movie introduction, star gossip, information file introduction and so on. And entertainment circles can be regarded as the most concerned topic by Chinese netizens, and also the most explosive topic of news. Let’s say a few news after 2010, Shoushou pornographic, North Zhang Yaru, ICBC female Zheng Xuan, Chao Xi Li Ge I’m just a beggar, amusement and so on during the outbreak of these events do not know how to bring traffic to the site, rankings. The materials are there every day, but how to pay attention to the news for the first time, how to collect materials, how to edit news, how to promote it, let me tell my experience. read more

Electricity supplier research focus on local meat products mobile electricity supplier AgLocal

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Read and analyze the website statistics as you see the financial statements

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statistics system will first tell you about your site’s hourly and daily visits and visits, and be sure to pay attention to the changes in these visits.

, for example, if your site always has the largest one hour visit at 21 p. m. and it’s already 21:40 today, the bar chart at 21 this hour is still only a little bit high. It may have been unable to access your site, you must immediately check whether your site can access or access is not very slow, if not unusual, hurried with other city to help users to contact the test is not a certain area can not visit your site. If it is a site problem, it should be dealt with immediately. read more

Tips for opening a special clothing store

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clothing, is a basic necessities of life, at the same time, now in the apparel industry, has a broad market prospect, and people for clothing products demand is also increasing, so how to make money to open a clothing store?

if your clothing store for bulk cargo, ran well around the city wholesale market, understand where what style, where the price is cheap, where there are clothing, shoes and hats where there is, find a reliable freight company (wholesale market on the edge will have). Ahead of time to prepare for you to run a lot less wronged Road, open their own clothing store to save money is necessary, sometimes the same clothes you visit a few, you can save a lot of money. Do not go shopping, must be ready to go. Brand goods: brand awareness, joining fee, return rate, shelf money, decoration, the company’s staff to investigate the gold, the company requires the size of the clothing store location, the first into the purchase price, we must ask. read more

How to prepare the details of the women’s clothing store

women’s stores, in the preparatory stage, the need to do the details of the work? Many beginners are interested in this question. If you want to do a good job in the investment business, nature can be in the early stages of the site, such as decoration to do business. Xiao Bian finishing a few suggestions, hoping to help you find the right path of development.

store location is very important, almost can determine the survival of the store. Although the good location Cuntucunjin, but under normal circumstances, the money will greatly exceed the rent, and are profitable. read more

How to enhance the popularity of hot shop

hot and spicy is a lot of people like the food, there is no appetite when we want to eat a delicious spicy hot, then you know how to open a hot shop to enhance popularity? There are three aspects of work to do, first of all is to ensure the taste of spicy food itself, followed by focus on store services, and finally have to keep the store image to meet market demand, to win popularity. The following is a detailed analysis:

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since it is hot and spicy business, it should focus on the taste above, good taste in order to attract more customers and friends. How to enhance popularity? Characteristics of the taste is the first key to retain consumers, so investors can not ignore the taste of innovation, only the probability of success will be greater. read more

Heat transfer products the era of personalized clothing has come

with the progress of the times, people’s character is also very different, change, personality is synonymous with this era, as the face, clothing is even more so. Print dress, personalized apparel open era, will be written into the personality of each piece of clothing! Join the print dress, highlight the personality!

making heat transfer products is a hot project in recent years the rise, its core is the thermal transfer printing technology. Thermal transfer technology has very broad application market, as the current like baking cups, baking pan, etc. are the same as porcelain technology. Due to the technical content is not high, similar to the current investment in the market is very large, joining some of the costs of up to several million. read more

Open a family health museum Market

now no matter what kind of investment to do a business, for the majority of investors, will be very concerned about its market situation. After all, only the real big market, such a business can be more profitable. So, open a family style health museum, there is a market?

the most afraid of staying at home, the old old fear of beauty ", this is a timeless truth. Women now self and fashion consciousness increasingly enhanced, the same time fewer women work as before, in the workplace, all home to serve her husband and child, let yourself become yellow face, they all know the benefits of eternal youth, willing to own more attractive, also love your confidence. So when they are tired after a day, usually would like to sit on a comfortable sofa, a professional SPA. read more

How to operate a more profitable Restaurant

want to operate a specialty restaurant, in order to be able to attract more customers, earn more than I I ah wealth, then you need to master a certain business skills. So what are the characteristics of the restaurant business skills?

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Teach you to become a good challenge to deal with the people

if you are a person who is starting a business or starting a business,  , there is one thing you need to know about J, that is, there are a variety of challenges in the entrepreneurial process. What you need to do is to deal with these entrepreneurial challenges, in the end how to do it? This article teaches you to be a person who is good at dealing with entrepreneurial challenges.

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Hunan snack shop to join details

Hunan referred to as "Xiang" is the place of Hunan dish, Hunan is known characteristics of the local cuisine is famous for its hot food. Hunan snacks is naturally famous for its local flavor snacks. Not only Hunan people, many places like Hunan snacks, Hunan snack bar is an ideal way to make money. If you have a plan to join the Hunan snacks, then to learn about the secret of operating Hunan snack bar.

Hunan snack bar join details:

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