Analysis: Brazil's leader defends ethanol

MIAMI, June 11 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the world's oil companies are behind the bad press regarding his country's ethanol sector, denying claims by some that the industry uses slave labor and is responsible for deforestation in the Amazon.

OAS head considering Chilean presidency?

MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization of American States said he is considering a run at the presidency in his native Chile, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

Analysis: Brazil strikes oil ... again

MIAMI, June 4 (UPI) -- Brazil's oil bounty apparently continues to grow with the discovery of a new deposit of sweet crude off the coast of Sao Paulo state, according to energy officials.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Venezuela, Ecuador team up on refinery

MIAMI, May 14 (UPI) -- Venezuelan and Ecuadorian state energy firms announced they would collaborate on the construction and running of an oil refinery in Ecuador, officials from both nations said.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Will Iran energy project work?

Iran has made yet another lofty development pledge to Nicaragua, this time in the form of a $230 million hydroelectric dam for the poor and oft-energy-short Central American nation.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Cuban energy may get shakeup

MIAMI, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- With Fidel Castro deciding to not pursue another term in office, Cuba will become the focus of a regional tug-of-war over its oil and ethanol sectors, experts say.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Venezuela expands influence

MIAMI, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recently announced his country's decision to build a refinery on the Caribbean island of Dominica, part of his effort to further integrate the region's energy supplies.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Brazil strikes gas again

MIAMI, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Brazil's energy fortunes appear to keep growing with the discovery of a new gas field right next door to a bounty of undersea oil found last year, officials at state-run Petrobras announced this week.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Brazil, Cuba sign oil pact

MIAMI, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Brazil has signed a deal with Cuba to begin exploring its potentially oil-rich waters in the Gulf of Mexico in exchange for a multimillion-dollar aid program.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Crunch time for Bolivian gas

MIAMI, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales faces an uphill battle to keep his nation whole as several eastern provinces, which hold the country's lucrative gas reserves, are balking at his constitutional reform proposals.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Venezuela helps Cuban refinery

MIAMI, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Soviet-era oil refinery in Cuba is getting back online with the help of the communist island's close regional ally and petroleum benefactor, Venezuela.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Analysis: Venezuela to boost Cuban oil

MIAMI, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Cuba and Venezuela have signed agreements aimed at strengthening their economic ties, particularly in the energy sector, where Caracas hopes to bolster Cuba's oil industry.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

White House claims success in drug war

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A critic of U.S. drug policy dismissed government claims that cocaine supplies from Mexico have been disrupted by increased drug enforcement.

Cuba summit draws U.S. critics

HAVANA, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The United States will be one of the main hitting points at a summit starting in Havana, where leaders from more than 50 nations will converge.

Grim times for Argentina

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The International Monetary Fund gave Argentina a desperately needed pat on the back this week, praising its government's fiscal discipline for finally stabilizing the economy after four long years of recession. But cash-strapped Argentina isn't out of the
LARRY BIRNS and KATHERINE RUDDICK, A UPI Outside View commentary
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Larry Birns (July 22, 1929- ) is the director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a liberal, not-for-profit organization monitoring human rights and political developments in Latin America.

The Boston Globe described Birns as a lobbyist and a liberal critic of U.S. policy, and The New York Times said the Council on Hemispheric Affairs was a liberal research group specializing in United States-Latin America relations, and an organization critical of Reagan Administration policy in Latin America.

Birns was born in 1929 and grew up in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University and did postgraduate work in the social sciences at Oxford University. Before founding the Council in 1975, Birns taught at Hamilton College and served with a United Nations mission in Chile during the Salvador Allende government.

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