Peru: Shining Path’s shameful prisoner camps

July 30th, 2015

The Marxist “criminal narco-terrorist organisation” still exists:

Peru rescues 26 children and 13 women from Shining Path jungle ‘slavery’Officials said some of the captives were kept at the remote hideaway for up to three decades, among them women abducted from a church mission 25 years ago

According to Peru’s deputy defence minister, Iván Vega, the women and children were being kept as slaves by members of the Maoist rebels, who subjected their victims to forced labour and obliged the younger women to have sexual relations with militants. Among them were women whom the Shining Path had abducted from a mission run by nuns in the Andean town of Puerto Ocopa 25 years ago.

Mr Vega described the hiding place in the Junín region, where the captives were found in a joint police and army raid, as a “production camp” providing insurgents with food supplies and a breeding ground for future guerrilla fighters.

To Marxists, human life is simply another commodity.

En español: @OLPL visita Bayly

July 30th, 2015

El escritor Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, anoche, en el show de Jaime Bayly,

Interesantísima entrevista.

OLPL va a presentar su libro, Boring Home este domingo a las 2PM en George Gallery, 815 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. La nota editorial del libro en Amazon dice,

Este libro resultó ganador del Premio “Novela de Gaveta Franz Kafka” en Praga, en 2009, y suscitó no pocas desazones al autor en su patria, Cuba, donde fue prohibido y su circulación clandestina fue perseguida. Un libro que le valió la expulsión de los sellos estatales y su condena por pertenecer al movimiento blogger cubano. Boring Home no solo es un libro de cuentos. Posee una cara aspiración: la de convertirse en un artefacto al que le damos cuerda con nuestras lecturas activando sucesivos repertorios mentales. El bioquímico que persiste en el alma libertaria de Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo transmutó sus disquisiciones alquímicas en este libro-sustancia devenido base reactiva de nuestros imaginarios. Pardo Lazo abreva en las fuentes clásicas de la tradición isleña con un don experimental, propio de su carácter autodidacta. Los cuentos Boring Home parten desde el diálogo formal a la farsa, pasan por la distopía y se encierran, en algunas piezas, en la más provocadora ciencia ficción que no deja respiro.

New Jersey: It’s the taxes, stupid.

July 29th, 2015

njtaxEd Driscoll, posting at Instapundit, links to Lee Habeeb’s article, Fleeing New Jersey, and Its Crushing Taxes, for a Better Life

The home my father thought he owned outright had a co-owner: the local city council and school board. And it was a co-owner with an appetite for spending. Home ownership may have had its privileges, but it became a burden he could no longer afford.

The local property-tax bill alone was enough to make him move. On top of that, New Jersey went from having no state income tax to having one of the highest in the country (8.97 percent for the highest earners, and 6.4 percent for the middle class), and from having no sales tax to having one of the highest rates in the country (7 percent, almost as high as California’s, which is the highest sales tax in America, at 7.5 percent).

Let’s not forget the estate tax, and the inheritance tax, too.

When you sell your house, you have to pay a tax on the total sale (not on the profit; on the total sale), which in my case was an exit tax.

As a result,

New Jersey led all 50 states in one tragic category: creating refugees. Last year, the Garden State lost more residents as a percentage of its overall population than any other state in the country, according to a 2014 National Movers Study commissioned by United Van Lines of St. Louis.

I remember last year I was in Rick Moran’s podcast with Jazz Shaw, who asked, why did I moved from New Jersey? When I truthfully replied, “because of the taxes,” Jazz diverted the conversation and asked another guest whether taxes were an important election issue, who, if memory serves, said they weren’t.

Having voted with my feet, I can assure you, New Jersey taxes ceased to matter the moment I moved away.

Why dress up?

July 29th, 2015

Why dress up? Because we’re tired of gym clothes everywhere, we’re hungry for sartorial style, we’re yearning to be free of slobs!

Read my article here.

Blogging shall resume shortly

July 29th, 2015

The local electrical utility company is having issues, which in turn affects internet connections, hence the delay in posting.

Meanwhile,

Argentina: Tokyo Rose does the Falklands?

July 28th, 2015

During WWII, Japanese propaganda tried to demoralize American soldiers serving in the Pacific,

Alas, Argentina is broadcasting to the Falklands,

. . . the broadcasts were an attempt to “break the media siege” around the islands, where Argentine TV signals cannot penetrate, and “guarantee the inhabitants a right to information in the English language.”

Information broadcast to the “English-speaking Argentinians” in previous editions included stories about trade surpluses, transgender rights and many, many more stories on how wonderful President Kirchner is.

Nick Hallett calls it,

Irrelevant, uninteresting and sometimes even unintelligible, the “Boletín Malvinas” – a product of Radiodifusión Argentina al Exterior (RAE) – is a textbook example of how not to do effective propaganda.

The show may have been going two years, but there is little evidence it has had any effect, or that anyone is indeed listening. Taking a listen to recent editions, it is easy to see why.

It broadcasts at midnight, or, as Nick puts it, “when most islanders are presumably in bed.”

I nominate Lanata’s show (in Spanish) as the antidote,

Lanata’s latest is on the Mercosur parliament, or Parlasur.



Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez still in jail, FP fails

July 28th, 2015

Juan Cristobal Nagel links to Roberto Lovato’s lengthy article in Foreign Policy, The Making of Leopoldo López
A closer look at the democratic bona fides of the rock star of Venezuela’s opposition.
As you may recall, Lopez has been jailed since February 2014

on charges of arson, public incitement, and conspiracy
. . .
The judge has been far from friendly to López’s defense, rejecting all but one of the 65 witnesses his attorneys sought to call, while admitting 108 witnesses for the prosecution.

Amnesty International has called López’s trial an affront to justice and free assembly.

Lovato sniffs at Mrs. López, Lilian Tintori,

Later that day, the telegenic Tintori, a former model, kite-surfing champion, and reality show star, appeared at a rally for political prisoners held in Chacao, the Caracas district where her husband once served as mayor and which has been a center of anti-government opposition. It also happens to be one of the wealthiest localities in all of Venezuela. Vibrant in a bright orange windbreaker, with her flawless smile and long blonde hair, Tintori’s strengths as standard-bearer for her jailed husband’s message were on full display.

Would Lovato approve of an unkempt, dowdy scowl, as choice of a wife, if she was in the opposition?

But I digress.

López’s wife, “with her flawless smile and long blonde hair” and all, continues to rally support for her husband, including that of former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez – a prominent figure for the Left – who left Venezuela after not being allowed to visit LL in prison, most recently

Lilian Tintori, the wife of Leopoldo López, reported on Friday that she would visit the Venezuelan opposition leader on Friday together with Spanish Senators Iñaki Anasagasti (PNV), José Maldonado (PSOE), Ander Gil García (CyU), Dionisio García (PP) and Uruguayan Pablo Mieres (Independent Party).

So far, all to no effect.

It is worth pointing out that Tintori must resort to getting international attention to her husband’s arrest since the Chavista regime controls all the media and the Venezuelan institutions.

Lovato writes at length about the 2002 Carmona decree (which López did not sign), and his connections to Pedro Burelli, a former JP Morgan executive and pre-Chávez-era PDVSA member of the board of directors, while (emphasis added)

Over the past year, a series of fresh government allegations have begun to take the shine off 2014’s wave of protests. It began with a thinly sourced government report, issued in May of last year. Called “Coup d’état and Assassination Plan Unveiled in Venezuela,” the report places the U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Kevin Whitaker, and two close López allies — María Corina Machado, now leader of the Vente Venezuela party, and López’s old friend and mentor from Harvard, Pedro Burelli — as part of a conspiracy to “annihilate” Maduro and overthrow the government. The plot, according to then-Justice Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres, included political, business, and military leaders, who, he claimed, were the true forces behind the February 2014 street protests. Burelli, who currently lives in McLean, Virginia, is now considered a fugitive from justice by Venezuelan authorities.To back its claims, the government released emails between the alleged plotters, as well as recorded conversations involving Burelli. Burelli denies all charges and hired forensic investigators who say that the emails were forged and that Google has no record of some of them having been sent.

The article also mentions (wiretapped?) conversations of Burelli, which took place after López’s arrest on Feb. 18, 2014 (emphasis added)

voice recordings of [Burelli’s] conversations released by two local elected officials, who say they took place between Feb. 20 and March 14 of last year,

López was initially charged with murder and terrorism, which were later changed to arson, public incitement, and conspiracy, as I mentioned above.

Lovato’s article raises more questions than it answers: Offhand, I can start with,

  • I don’t understand Lovato’s point. Is he saying that LL is in jail because of the [alleged] actions of members of his party which took place 13 years ago?
  • What do the “fresh government allegations” regarding the emails have to do with the case?
  • What did LL say in Burelli’s tapes? Is he in the conversation at all, since he was in jail? If not, what exactly was said about him that may affect the case? Why, indeed, are Burelli’s tapes pertinent to LL’s prosecution and defense at all ?
  • Of what exactly is LL currently charged? Since the prosecution changed the charges since LL’s detention, will the current charges be changed again?

The Foreign Policy article ends with this:

This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, with support from the Puffin Foundation.

Caracas Chronicle’s commenter Bill Bass:

According to the FT text the piece was funded sponsored by the Puffin Foundation a NY institution dedicated to “opening the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.” , it also sponsors the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Association ( the brigade was made up mostly of communist americans who joined the republican spanish army during the spanish civil war)’ which among other things promotes ‘social activitsm.’ Lovato is decribed to be a visiting professor at the Berkeley Latino Studies Department in Berkeley University . Does that suggest to us something of the progressive ideological inclinations of the people ordering the piece, of the likelihood that it includes some ‘progressive’ american Chavez sympathyzers . Why is a foundation dedicated to giving grants to artists and art organizations funding this politically loaded piece ??

Bill Bass’ comment is worth looking into: Here are links to the Puffin Foundation. The Nation Institute has Lovato’s article on its main page and posted on the Investigative Fund as

  • IN CONJUNCTION WITH

By all appearances, Foreign Policy mag has published a sponsored, long-on-words-short-on-evidence piece which struggles to obscure the facts.

That is Foreign Policy‘s failure.

 

As expected: WH finishing up latest plan for closing Guantánamo

July 27th, 2015

All part of the plan:

A White House spokesman says the administration is in the “final stages” of drafting its latest plan to close the prison holding terrorism detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
. . .
Press secretary Josh Earnest says closing Guantánamo remains a priority. Earnest said Wednesday it’s a waste to spend more than $100 million per year on a prison holding only 116 detainees.

Earnest ignores any importance of Guantánamo base as a strategic asset.

I stand by my prediction: Obama will gift Guantánamo base to the Castros before his term is over.

The Indoctrinator Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

July 27th, 2015

Today’s Carnival is dedicated to cartoonist Luciano Cunha, creator of The Indoctrinator.

ARGENTINA
Pathetic: Now Argentina accuses Falkland Islands fishermen of stealing their FISHA SENIOR Falkland Islands diplomat has hit back at claims by an Argentine minister that the wealth of the remote archipelago derives from “stolen” fish.

PRO’s Macri says government seeking to ‘demonize’ him

BOLIVIA
Bolivia Frees 47 of 51 Arrested after Violent Protests

BRAZIL
Brazilian politics
The power behind the throne
A junior partner in government is running the country

It is the person, not the party, that is abandoning the coalition, the PMDB was quick to declare. Still, Mr [Eduardo] Cunha’s exit is a worry for the president. Last week came news that police are investigating her predecessor and political mentor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for possible influence-peddling on behalf of construction firms. He denies the allegation. That is a further blow to the battered PT. Ms Rousseff needs the PMDB more than ever if she is to survive until the end of her term in 2018. Increasingly, it is running the show.

An oil scandal is shaking Brazil’s democracy to its core

New plant species ‘discovered on Facebook’
Experts identified a plant pictured on Facebook as a new species, since named as “drosera magnifica“, or magnificent sundew, according journal research paper
. Someone tell Pope Francis.

CHILE
Chile charges over burning students
A Chilean judge charges seven former soldiers over the burning of two students during a 1986 protest against Gen Augusto Pinochet’s government.

COLOMBIA
Colombians Outraged by Gang Rape of Bus Driver

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica: Examples of How to be Like Greece (h/t JC)

CUBA
Evidence Mounts That Oswaldo Payá Was Assassinated by the Castros
Human Rights Foundation Documents Cuban Agents at Work on Tragic Day
; Victims of Communism organization follows up on Ted Cruz’s address change proposal

Inside the offices of Granma, Cuba’s government newspaper

There’s a sucker born every minute: Cuba Hoping To Kickstart Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

Springtime for America’s EnemiesDangerous and short-sighted U.S. diplomacy has empowered no one except state sponsors of terrorism and fascistic regimes.

ECUADOR
Rafael Correa recibe la asesoría de la chavista Eva Golinger
La «novia de Venezuela», como la llamó Chávez, se ha ocupado en «desacreditar» a quienes critican al presidente de Ecuador

GUATEMALA
Fired for Daring to Prosecute Extortion in Rural Guatemala
Georgetown University’s False Heroine: Part III

HAITI
A Glimpse Of An Everyday Struggle Among Haiti’s Health Care Workers

JAMAICA
Pennies on the dollar: Jamaica to retire $3B in oil debt to Venezuela

Jamaica has forged a deal to retire $3 billion in oil debts to Venezuela thanks to bond sales.

In a Friday statement, Jamaica said it has issued roughly $2 billion in bonds on the international capital market that will pay down the debt it accumulated through Petrocaribe, a Venezuelan program that provides fuel to countries at market prices but under generous credit terms.

Officials say a negotiated settlement with Caracas will dismiss about $3 billion in long-term debt in exchange for $1.5 billion. It was not immediately clear Friday if Jamaica’s deal will retire all of its Petrocaribe debt.
. . .
Jamaica’s Petrocaribe settlement is similar to one the Dominican Republic negotiated with Venezuela earlier this year. That Caribbean country dismissed $4 billion in Petrocaribe debt in exchange for $2 billion.

MEXICO
Mexican judge jails three Joaquin Guzman prison guards

Filmmaker Ridley Scott to bring life of “El Chapo” to the big screen
British director purchases rights to Don Winslow’s bestseller ‘The Cartel’

Is there a rift between Mexico’s president and first lady?
Rumors fly after videos capture allegedly awkward moments between Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, Angélica Rivera

PANAMA
Panama, Costa Rica join forces, demand corruption investigation of CONCACAF Gold Cup

PARAGUAY
US asks Paraguay to extradite Fifa official Nicolas Leoz

PERU
Police burn down illegal gold mine town in Peru
Action against La Pampa is latest blow in war against illegal mining that is destroying rainforest and spreading mercury poisoning


First pictures of last-uncontacted Amazon tribe
Mashco Piro tribe have lived in the jungle in Peru for at least 600 years, but have never before been approached

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico debt crisis: austerity for residents, but tax breaks for hedge funds
The Caribbean territory has courted some of Wall Street’s richest citizens, selling its debt and offering inducements while local people face high taxes and cuts

URUGUAY
Uruguay says more Syrian refugees welcome

VENEZUELA
Mega-Gangs the New Plague in Venezuela
Organized Crime Takes Root in Neglected Slums

Venezuela Bars Foreign Lawmakers’ Visit to Jailed Opposition Leader

Memo To Venezuela: The Soviets Nationalized Food Distribution And Guess What? It Didn’t Work

Mother of all battles in scarcity-hit Venezuela: having a baby

The last available health ministry figures for infant mortality under 1 show an increase of 2.35 percent from January to October last year compared with the same period of 2013.

The week’s posts and podcast:
Madrid’s City Hall and the man on the Moon: Tales from a socialist mindset

Puerto Rico: The bets are on

Argentina: #Nisman’s killer washed his hands in the sink

Venezuela: A lesson we can’t forget

Brazil: Meet The Indoctrinator

Mexico: El Chapo’s buddies tunneled out, too UPDATED

Planned Parenthood and the evil of our times

Argentina: Judge in Cristina’s hotel case, “If I turn up suicided, look for the killer”

LatAm currencies slide

Colombia: Today’s infographic

Cuba: “Mojito diplomacy”

Cuban embassy now open in DC



Sunday palate cleanser: Royal Ballet company class

July 26th, 2015

This will [hopefully] be the first of a new category, Sunday palate cleansers, dedicated to the arts:

Royal Ballet company class

Insights at Neo-neocon.