Benedict Mander

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 07:27
Insecurity has now displaced inflation as Argentina’s number one concern. Narcotics gangs, increasingly from Colombia and Mexico, are using Argentina as a transit point to export more than 70 tonnes of cocaine a year to markets in Europe and Asia.Homicide rates fuelled by gang fighting have tripled over the past decade in the worst-hit areas.
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 00:00
The late Hugo Chavez was swept to power in 1999 promising to put an end to institutionalised corruption, but even he admitted towards the end of his life that he had made little headway
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 00:00
Prices rose 6.1 per cent in May, compared with 1.6 per cent in the same period last year, bringing accumulated inflation for the first five months of 2013 to 19.4 per cent
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 00:00
Merentes says the idea behind the trip is to clarify doubts about the economy, in the hope that this might help to lower the punishingly high interest rates Venezuela is obliged to pay its creditors
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 00:00
This scheme is not going to work. It attacks a symptom, not the cause of the problem - which is related to currency and price controls, as well as a grim local business climate
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 00:00
Mr Maduro remains an unknown quantity. So while tying himself to Chavez's memory, he has worked fast to build a public persona based on a personal if quirky iconography.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 00:00
Being the only television station that openly criticised the government was clearly not a successful business model, and at last Globovision's owner has thrown in the towel
Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 00:00
January 5th will be especially interesting, since a new president for the national assembly must be chosen on that day
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 00:00
In a sign of what was on his mind, Mr Chavez, 58, who was briefly removed from power by a military coup in 2002, swore in a new defence minister soon after Saturday's announcement.
Monday, November 5, 2012 - 00:00
Faced with six more years of "Bolivarian revolution", on top of 12 years already, increasing numbers of Venezuelans are deciding to abandon their country.