The Nov. 16 Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The must-read post of the week: Yoani Sanchez’s Shadow Beings
Update: Related, Cuba’s blogosphere has developed a sharper edge
Cuba’s blogosphere has taken on a decidedly harsher face in recent months, an act of online defiance in the face of government retribution.

ARGENTINA
Las FARC, Chávez, Irán, Bolivia y ¿Argentina?

Argentina-Brazil Trade Spat Threatens Weaker Peso

BRAZIL
Presidential politics in Brazil
Her master’s voice: Dilma Rousseff, Lula’s preferred successor, is a more interesting politician than she appears to be. But would she be different from her boss?

Public morality in Brazil
Hemlines and headlines: Less licentious than it sometimes looks

The Economist’s Special Report on Brazil: Land of promise
Brazil is big, democratic, stable and rich in resources, says Brooke Unger. So why is it not doing a lot better?

COLOMBIA
Venezuela and Colombia
Jaw-jaw war: A hundred years of bombast

Colombia moves to calm tensions with Venezuela

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Diarist: Democracia

If it’s the weekend, it’s the New York Times

CUBA
Armando Valladares: Castro’s Gulag

Cuba shuts down… Cuba… to save energy.

Fidel Castro’s long goodbye

Scenes from Havana
Money and Cuba policy: cause and effect?

Who Funded the “Public Campaign” Report?


Cuba reporta 63 casos de dengue

Cuba: presos de la Causa de los 75 en estado crítico

Fidel García Roldán, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 11/15/09

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Via Phyllis, Trustee Tries to Cancel The Sugar Babies Screening at the University of Miami

Tonight’s screening of The Sugar Babies at the University of Miami will proceed as scheduled despite enormous pressure from a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. One of the board’s senior trustees is Alfonso Fanjul, who is also the Chairman and CEO of Flo-Sun, Inc., a sugar company featured in the film for its inhumane labor practices, which include employing children to work sugar cane fields in conditions that can best be described as modern-day slavery.

The award-winning, feature-length documentary The Sugar Babies is scheduled to be screened tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Latin American Film Series organized by the University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies. It will be followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Amy Serrano. Tomorrow, November 13, Serrano will also lead a round table discussion about the film and the current situation of Haitian laborers in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican diplomats also pressured the university to remove the film from the festival. Edgar Aponte, Dominican Minister Counselor, will be attending the event. Aponte works under Carlos Morales Troncoso, the Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, who happens to be the former president and CEO and current shareholder at the Fanjul-owned Central Romana Corporation in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Makes Major Drug Bust
The president of the National Drug Control agency says the drugs were hidden in a container on a ship bound for Spain. Maj. General Rolando Rosado Mateo says the cocaine had arrived from Venezuela.

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s Amazonians sue Chevron over poison waterways
Tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans living in the Amazon rainforest are suing Chevron, the US oil company, for poisoning their waterways in what is billed as one of the biggest environmental lawsuits in history.


Chevron’s lobbying campaign backfires

EL SALVADOR
Death Toll from El Salvador Floods Rises to 192

HONDURAS
The Cardinal and the Constitution
Cardinal Rodriguez says Manuel Zelaya was removed from power constitutionally.

Honduras shows Latin America’s ‘strongman’ is Jim DeMint

DeMint and Honduran Democracy 1 – Obama Administration 0

Investigan lugar desde donde fue lanzado explosivo contra bodegas electorales
No se reportaron daños humanos ni materiales, pero las autoridades trabajan esclarecer el hecho.

Honduras finds alleged drug landing strip

Comment on: “The New Hemispheric Agenda and the Role of Regional and International Organizations”

JAMAICA
Gloomy Jamaica
Unfixable? The burden of debt and crime

MEXICO
Street blockades breed ‘anything-goes’ culture

NICARAGUA
Gobierno de Nicaragua insulta a Holanda, su primer cliente en Europa

Nicaragua Seizes Arms Cache From Mexico Drug Gang

PANAMA
Poor TV Quality this morning

PARAGUAY
Power outages

Venezuelan military presence in Paraguay: Presencia militar secreta de Venezuela en el país ABC

Fuentes castrenses que pidieron el anonimato por razones obvias confirmaron a ABC que el último año ha sido frecuente la llegada sin registro de militares venezolanos, aparentemente para “colaborar” con las Fuerzas Armadas en tareas de inteligencia. La coordinación estaría a cargo del agregado militar de ese país, Oscar Carrizales Pinto, que llamativamente es general, cuando este tipo de puestos habitualmente lo ocupan oficiales de menor rango. Los tripulantes del Hércules que se habrían quedado en el país el jueves no hicieron trámites migratorios.

PERU
Peru and Chile in “Spy” Scandal

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Bonds Beat U.S. States as Fortuno Cuts

URUGUAY
Mujica en crudo

VENEZUELA
Venezuela-Mali-Europe: the cocaine connection

Chock full o’ nuts Chavez: Chavez asking Cubans to ‘bomb clouds’ amid drought

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says he will join a team of Cuban scientists on flights to “bomb clouds” to create rain amid a severe drought that has aroused public anger due to water and electricity rationing.
Chavez, who has asked Venezuelans to take three-minute showers to save water, said the Cubans had arrived in Venezuela and were preparing to fly specially equipped aircraft above the Orinoco river.
“I’m going in a plane; any cloud that crosses me, I’ll zap it so that it rains,” Chavez said at a ceremony late on Saturday with family members of five Cubans convicted of spying in the United States.

In case you think this came from The Onion, here he is saying it in Spanish, announcing that the Cuban technicians arrived and are ready to bomb the clouds:

Chavez helping the opposition? “elections” at the PSUV

‘Chavismo’ Losing Steam in Venezuela

Chávez dice que se manipularon sus palabras del domingo

Venezuela paves the way to expropriate occupied coffee roasters
The Ministry of Food will allocate USD 6.05 billion to the execution of projects in 2010

AMERICAN POLITICS
Obama as Climate Strongman: Taking the Chavez Adoration a Step Too Far


The Sao Paulo Forum expands to USA

IMMIGRATION
Where two contentious issues intersect
Immigration and health House measure omits Senate panel’s legal test

Special thanks to Dan, Dick, Maggie and Phyllis.

The week’s posts and podcasts
Mexico: Amlo’s pretend government
Brazil’s big blackout: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Blackout in Venezuela: 15 Minutes on Latin America
OAS calls emergency meeting on Honduras

At Real Clear World:
Zelaya: No Part of U.S. Brokered Deal
Chavez Sort-of Backtracks on War Statements

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