* Cuba: The government introduced several “free-market decrees” designed to improve the country’s sagging economy including changing property laws for potential foreign owners.
* Chile: Workers are expected to start drilling a shaft today in order to rescue 33 miners trapped several hundred yards underneath the surface.
* Mexico: Mexicana airlines suspended all of its flights on Saturday while the company is mired in financial difficulties.
* Venezuela: Guyana, the Caribbean’s largest rice producer, will sell 70,000 tons of rice to Venezuela in order to pay off part of its PetroCaribe oil debt.
Image – The Telegraph (“2.5 million Cubans over the age of 54 no longer will get four packs of cigarettes as part of the country's ration program.”)
Online Sources- AP, MSNBC, The Latin Americanist, BusinessWeek, Al Jazeera English