The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

If you would like your posts included in the Monday Carnivals, please email me your links, faustaw “at” yahoo “dot” com.

Last week’s big story was Castro’s resignation. I did a huge roundup and follow=up, but Babalu did an excellent job covering the story. Babalu’s Val Prieto was in our podcast.

Let’s start with some humor:
Top Ten Reasons Fidel Castro Is Retiring

MEDIA:
New Spanish TV channel – online and totally free

BAHAMAS
How Castro’s Exit will Affect Cuba and the Bahamas

BRAZIL
Raul prefers Lula over Hugo? Lula and McCain are on the same page

Whodunnit? A strange theft of oil and gas secrets

COLOMBIA
Betancourt: 6 Years As Colombian Captive

Big Labor Can’t Handle the Truth About Colombia

No Mas Farc, by Mario Vargas Llosa (in Spanish)

Kouchner in Colombia gets told by Uribe

Colombia rebels get foothold in Venezuela

COSTA RICA
Costa Rican National Parks, and Costa Rican Food.

CUBA
Freed dissidents expose Castro’s brutal regime

Perhaps Michael Moore could talk with these gentlemen

Attention Gitmo protesters, the only one torturing political prisoners on the Isle of Cuba is Castro

RAUL CASTRO’S LONG HISTORY OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Ending Embargo Won’t Free Cuba

MARK FALCOFF: CASTRO RAISES A TOAST

Castro Resigns! Sanctions Work!

Council on Foreign Relations: Manners Over Life?

By Tottenpundit, Golf courses will return to Cuba

Cuba Warms to the US

Raul Disses Hugo

Cuba’s Phony Transition: Fidel Resigns, Raul Reigns, also at HACER

Castro’s Legacy, the Economist’s cover story.

Fidelistas forever

La victoire des barbudos a réveillé en l’intelligentsia française une vieille passion française pour la révolution

Via Larwyn, Selective Ignorance

El cadáver insepulto de Fidel Castro

Statement on Cuba’s Transition from Secretary Condoleezza Rice

Fidel Castro urges changes in U.S., not Cuba
Retired leader says democracy in Cuba would mean ‘annexation’ by U.S

CUBA LIBRE: NEXT STEP FOR ISLAND SHOULD BE DEMOCRACY

History will never absolve Castro

Models for Cuba

People Don’t Improve What They Don’t Own

ECUADOR
Correa is Truly Aligned in Every Sense with Chavez

MEXICO
Mexico under siege, via Real Clear Politics.

NICARAGUA
Ortega burps: “Castro is still the leader”

PARAGUAY
Mengele in Paraguay
On the jungle trail of the Nazi doctor.
Via Meganpundit

Paraguay in a panic over yellow fever

PUERTO RICO
McCain gets Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Political Melodrama Plays On, With Its Governor in the Lead Role

London Times Story Urges Travel to Cuba Before ‘Golden Era’ Ends

Castro: Not a president

TRINIDAD TOBAGO
Radical Islam in the Caribbean

VENEZUELA
The Bolivar obsession

Tragedy strikes one more time on Venezuelan air

Chavez Officially Merges with Iran

Rationing cards, another smart Chavista invention coming soon at a PDVAL market near you

An interesting series of events:
Los lodos que traen los polvos de Hugo Chávez, Estalla artefacto explosivo en sede de Fedecámaras – Un muerto, and Fuente: Carlos Arreaza director de PoliChacao

Exxon v PDVSA? Hugo Chavez v Venezuela actually

Special thanks to Siggy, Larwyn, Maggie, Maria and Elisa.

I started this Carnival with humor, and I’m ending it with humor: Yesterday Pat’s Carnival featured the dancing Fidel:

UPDATE
Commenter Joated requested news on Guyana:
Guyana’s crime challenge
Massacres cutting into Guyana tourism
Guyana struggling to cope with tragedy
I’ll make sure to include Guyana news in all future carnivals.

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3 Responses to “The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The London Times “Golden Era” story reminds me of European sex tourism to the Carribean. Unlike the pedophiles who travel to Thailand, this phenomenon involves women who want to have sex with a man of color. I don’t know the extent of this, but I have seen some reports in reputable German news mags. To me, it is all a part of the incredible European condescension toward noble savages.

    expat

  2. joated Says:

    Any news of Guyana? My son was with the World Teach Org. until he had enough of the locals’ hostility and the schools’ indifference and left in early January. Now he gets word that they (World Teach) have pulled all their folks from Guyana becuase of rising violence.

  3. Fausta Says:

    The violence problem is getting worse. Here’s an article from last Friday at the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean/news/story/2008/02/080222_guyana_reflex.shtml
    I’ll add it to the links above, too