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Central American Nearshore Summit 2013 to be held in Nicaragua ....

Central American Nearshore Summit 2013 is an unprecedented event that will allow investors to obtain valuable information on nearshore destinations in the region and facilitate the evaluation process.

Place: InterContinental Metrocentro Hotel - Managua, Nicaragua

Date: November 7th and 8th, 2013

Organizers: CINDE (Costa Rica), FIDE (Honduras), Invest in Guatemala (Guatemala), PROESA (El Salvador) andPRONicaragua (Nicaragua).

PRONicaragua, in coordination with the investment promotion agencies of the region, will be hosting the first annual Central American Nearshore Summit 2013 whose objective is to promote Central America as an attractive emerging destination which offers excellent investment opportunities for companies looking to expand their operations in order to increase their global competitiveness. 

The conference program will include presentations by industry experts who will discuss topics of interest such as industry trends in Latin America, innovation, investment, site selection…

Revista Semana: ¿Por qué Maduro no fue a Nueva York?

27 Sep 2013

Por Fanny Kertzman, especial para

Nicolás Maduro planeó el viaje a la Asamblea de la ONU, pero no asistió. ¿Temía ser detenido?

Los habitantes del Bronx se quedaron con los ‘crespos hechos’. El encargado de Negocios de Venezuela en Washington, Calixto Ortega, les había preparado un encuentro con el presidente Nicolás Maduro el martes 24 de septiembre a las 7:00 p. m. Pero Maduro no llegó.

Maduro también dejó plantados a ocho jefes de Estado con quienes tenía reuniones bilaterales en Nueva York, en el marco de la celebración de la Asamblea de la ONU. Y para el miércoles 25 a las tres de la tarde, tenía preparada su intervención.

Algo preveía el canciller Elías Jaua cuando declaró el lunes:

“Estamos evaluando las condiciones. El presidente, Nicolás Maduro, y nosotros su comitiva, necesitamos garantías de que vamos a ser respetados por el Gobierno de Estados Unidos”, declaró Jaua. Calixto Ortega está revisando los detalles “para que no haya ningún inconveniente que lesi…

FDA: Criminal case shows food safety is paramount

Dan Elliott, Associated Press

4:52 p.m. EDT September 27, 2013

The FDA under President Obama has been more aggressive in pursuing farmers for alleged food safety lapses, says Michael Doyle, of University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety.

(Photo: Ed Andrieski, AP)
Two cantaloupe farmers face charges in listeria outbreak
Listeria outbreak linked to 33 deaths
Food safety expert: It's harder to eliminate bacteria from fresh produce

DENVER — Criminal charges against two cantaloupe farmers over a deadly food-borne illness send an emphatic message to fruit and vegetable growers to crack down on safety, federal regulators said Friday.

Colorado farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen appeared in shackles in a Denver federal court this week and pleaded not guilty to charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has said conditions at Jensen Farms in southeast Colorado led to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people. Offic…

From exile to redemption to exile again: a history of the "militaristic idealists" known as neocons.

They Knew They Were Right (By Jacob Heilbrunn)
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been


They Knew They Were Right (By Jacob Heilbrunn): What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

The Neocons: An Illustrated Progression

Liberal Fascism (By Jonah Goldberg): Sticks and Stones

The Rise of The Neocons

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Doubleday. 320 p. $26

There was always something a little strange about the neoconservatives, beginning with the oxymoron of their name. 

The term "neocon" entered the zeitgeist in the months leading up to the Iraq war, when it became clear that a clique of sorts existed, united around the reverse domino principle that democracies would sprout like jimson weeds in the Middle East once Saddam Hussein was toppled. 

Intriguingly, many of these new rightists were the children of old leftists, and a winding pedigree could be traced to unlikely starting points -- the classroom of Leo Strauss, the mid-century political philosopher at the University o…



Has Brazil blown it? 

Having come tantalisingly close to taking off, the country has stalled. 

This week's special report explains what it must do to get airborne again. 

Today, from 4pm BST / 11am EDT, our Brazil correspondent and author of the report, Helen Joyce, will discuss the country in a live conversation via Twitter. 

Pose questions by commenting below or send a tweet including #askeconomist

For more information visit

CHART OF THE DAY: How The Stock Market Traded Before And After The Last 3 Policy Time Bombs



If Congress can't get a budget deal soon, then we may see the government shut down at least temporarily starting October 1.

On top of that, the U.S. is once again inching toward the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said October 17 would be the deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

"If we have insufficient cash on hand, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history," wrote Lew.

"So far, investors have been complacent about the risks posed by the looming budget fight," said Nouriel Roubini

"They believe that – as in the past – the fiscal showdown will end with a midnight compromise that avoids both default and a government shutdown."

"But investors seem to underestimate how dysfunctional US national politics has become," warned Roubini. 

"With a majority of the Republican Party on a jihad against government spending, fiscal explo…

5 Ways Obamacare Could Impact You in 5 Days

Kelsey Harris

September 27, 2013 at 6:00 am

Today, Senators face a choice on the fate of Obamacare. Will they allow Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to force Obamacare back into the government funding bill or stand with the House to defund this unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable law?

With Obamacare’s government takeover of health care beginning in just five days, its effects on American men and women—already felt by many—may be hitting you soon.

Why are Americans giving up their citizenship?

26 September 2013

 Last updated at 19:11 ET

By Tom Geoghegan

BBC News, Washington

The number of Americans giving up their citizenship has rocketed this year - partly, it's thought, because of a new tax law that is frustrating many expats.

Goodbye, US passport.

That's not a concept that Americans contemplate lightly. But it's one that many of them seem to be considering - and acting on.

The number of expatriates renouncing their US citizenship surged in the second quarter of 2013, compared with the same period the year before - 1,131 cases to 189 in 2012.

 It's still a small proportion of the estimated six million Americans abroad, but it's a significant rise.

The list is compiled by the Federal Register and while no reasons are given, the big looming factor seems to be tax.

A new law called the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) will, from 1 July next year, require all financial institutions around the world to report directly to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS…