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Venezuela cierra frontera con Colombia y refuerza presencia militar

** Maduro anuncia el cierre de 72 horas tras ataque de supuestos contrabandistas a militares venezolanos

** Entre enero y julio ingresaron a Venezuela 121,834 colombianos, según el presidente venezolano

** La oposición alega que los controles de cambio y precios contribuyen al auge del contrabando

Colombianos conversan con un guardia nacional venezolano el jueves en el Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar, que conecta a las ciudades de San Antonio (Venezuela) y Cúcuta (Colombia). Miami

Associated Press


El presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro anunció el jueves el reforzamiento de la presencia militar en el estado fronterizo de Táchira y anticipó que creará un plan especial para atender el ingreso masivo de colombianos al país.

“Ya basta, llegamos al punto límite de la agresión de los grupos armados, de los bachaqueros (compradores que revenden productos a altos precios) y de los contrabandistas contra un pueblo noble y trabajador como el venezolano”, dijo Maduro en cadena de…

Here's who holds the world's $59.7 trillion in sovereign debt


Aug. 14, 2015, 3:56 PM

Jeff Desjardins at Visual Capitalist broke down how much of the world's sovereign debt each country holds.

The biggest chunk of the $59.7 trillion in debt belongs to the US, which holds 29.05% of all of it. Europe has a high frequency of large debts, with 7 of the top 15 countries coming from the continent, Desjardins noted.

Desjardins also notes an interesting, and possibly troubling, fact about the second-largest debt holder Japan.

"Japan makes up only 6.18% of total economic production, but has amounted 19.99% of global debt,"he wrote.

The data comes from the IMF and does not include household or corporate debt.

 Additionally, the graph shows the debt to GDP ratio for each country based on the shade of the piece. 

All debt was converted to USD for the graph.

The Visual Capitalist

SEE ALSO: RANKED: The world's national debts, from safest to most risky

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China's Building a Huge Canal in Nicaragua, But We Couldn't Find It

Michael D McDonald

August 19, 2015 — 2:00 PM PDT

A man points out the towns that will be affected where the canal, red line, will be built across Nicaragua.
Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

Deep on the southeastern side of Lake Nicaragua, along a bumpy dirt road that climbs gently through lush-green forest, sits the tiny town of El Tule. It is quintessential rural Central America: Chickens roam outside tin-roofed homes while pigs stand tied to trees, awaiting slaughter; the sound of drunk locals singing along to ranchera music greeted visitors on a recent weekend afternoon.

The village, if you listen to Nicaraguan officials, is a key point in what will be the biggest infrastructure project the region has ever seen, the construction of a $50 billion canalslated to run 170 miles from the country’s east to west coast. Awarded two years ago by President Daniel Ortega to an obscure Chinese businessman named Wang Jing, the concession calls for El Tule to be ripped up, erased essentially,…

Hapag-Lloyd expands South American reefer container fleet

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | Aug 20, 2015 7:59AM EDT

LONDON — Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 reefer containers to boost its share of the growing traffic on the South American trades.

The German carrier said it has invested a double-digit sum in the containers, which have a capacity of 12,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, and will be gradually integrated into its fleet starting in the coming weeks.

Around 1,000 of the new containers will be fitted with controlled-atmosphere technology that prolongs the life of certain fruits and vegetables while maintaining their quality.

“We operate a state-of-the art reefer fleet that is the fourth largest in the world. With the new reefers, we are expanding our leading position even further in the specialized business with its specific demands and will thus benefit from the growing reefer market,”  said Rolf Haber Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.

“With our enhanced reefer fleet, we are ideally positioned for the Latin American trade, which is an impo…


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STRATFOR ANALYSIS : Moving Toward a Geopolitical Marketplace

Global Affairs

AUGUST 19, 2015 | 08:00 GMT

By Jay Ogilvy

This column frames a question to which I do not have the answer. Or think of it as a historical agenda: How can we bring the logic of free market exchange into the domain of geopolitical conflict?

Why would we want to do such a thing? It's not simply a matter of substituting gold for guns, or nonviolent exchange for violent exchange. 

The question I am posing is not based on some utopian hope for perpetual peace. 

The distinction I want to focus on is the difference between zero-sum conflict and positive-sum exchange.

The Zero-Sum Nature of Landmasses

With rare exceptions like landfill extensions or China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, the quantity of land on this Earth is fixed. 

Whatever territory one country gains, another must lose; any exchanges are thus zero sum.

 This is not so in the marketplace. The butcher comes to market to sell meat and buy bread, voluntarily. The baker comes to market to sell bread and …