Two Latino U.S. senators could have key roles in reforming Telephone Consumer Protection Act

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), both Latinos, may play a pivotal role Wednesday in determining the outcome of what some view as an initiative to protect American businesses from costly lawsuits. The two senators, who sit on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, are set to hear testimony advocating reform of an anti-telemarketing law, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Read More »

U.N. secretary: Latin America integration would strengthen trade presence

Latin American and Caribbean countries need to work together to be less vulnerable to potentially harmful trade accords, Alicia Bárcena, the United Nations' executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLA), said last week. Bárcena was specifically discussing the potential impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Latin America. Read More »

World Bank reports Latin American poverty rate has dropped to 5.6 percent

Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean declined to 5.6 percent of its population in 2014 compared with 6.2 percent in 2012, according to data released this week by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim who is in Peru for the World Bank-IMF annual meetings. The Latin American and Caribbean population in 2014 was about 525 million, according to figures from the World Bank. Read More »

State Department names finalists for design of U.S. Embassy in Brazil

The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has selected six design firms in Part One of its two-stage selection process for the building of the new U.S. Embassy Compound in Brasilia, Brazil. In the second stage of the selection process, the shortlisted firms will assemble their technical teams and submit qualifications for evaluation. Read More »