The visiting Ahmadinejad Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started his tour of South America by accepting Lula’s invitation to Brazil, which was first scheduled for last May but was postponed after public outcry. Protestors were at the airport

Around 200 Iranian businessmen accompanied Ahmadinejad’s delegation, in a sign of their eagerness to tap opportunities in a continent that does not consider Tehran a pariah.

Lucia Newman, formerly of CNN, reports on the visit,

More links on the visit in the Brazil section below.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas is visiting Argentina.

LATIN AMERICA
New corruption ranking says a lot

US builds up its bases in oil-rich South America
From the Caribbean to Brazil, political opposition to US plans for ‘full-spectrum operations’ is escalating rapidly
. To which I say, “Drill, baby drill, here in the USA.”

ARGENTINA
Don’t cry for me, America

BOLIVIA
International Human Rights Clinic suit against former Bolivian president and minister of defense moves forward

Agua para el molino centralista

BRAZIL
Polémica visita de Ahmadinejad a Brasil

Ahmadinejad, murderer, visiting Brazil on November 23: AHMADINEJAD, O MATADOR

Brazilians Take to the Streets Against Iran President’s Visit
IDF intercepts shipment of Brazilian weapons for Hezbollah

Armas brasileiras para o Hezbollah.

The NYT says that by hosting Ahmadinejad, Brazil Elbows U.S. on the Diplomatic Stage

Brazil: Pro-Israel March Against Ahmadinejad and Jew hatred

Looking ahead, Brazil’s farmers take up reforestation
Demand for ‘greener’ products changes growers’ tactics

Hackers Fail To Crack Brazilian Voting Machines

Last Word on Battisti on ‘Political’
Brazilian supreme court rules in favor of extradition

Brazil investigating Battisti
Police say they have uncovered proof of terrorist activities

Olavo de Carvalho explains Lula and the Sao Paolo Forum

Mack Supports Senator LeMieux’s Hold on Tom Shannon to Be Ambassador to Brazil

CHILE
La semana en Plataforma Urbana

COLOMBIA
U.S.-Colombia FTA: American Workers Wait as Congress Dithers

Colombia says Venezuela blows up two border bridges

COSTA RICA
China May Spend $700 Million on Costa Rica Refinery

CUBA
Cuba: violence unabated, Castros prove HRW and critics right

The ghost of 1980

Raúl Castro y Yoani Sánchez:
crónica de fin de régimen

‘Jorge Barrera Alonso,’ Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 11/22/09

A great leap forward for Cuban healthcare

Former U.S. official, wife admit to 30 years of spying for Cuba. Plea deal reached for couple recruited by intelligence operative

Another Reminder Why Easing U.S. Sanctions on Cuba Not Warranted

Cuba and the United States: Resistant to sticks and carrots
The difficulty of pressing for change in a police state

Iran’s Tehran Times publishes Fidel Castro’s latest: The Bolivarian Revolution and peace

ECUADOR
Inequities in Ecuador

HONDURAS
Honduras’ Roberto Micheletti to step down for 7 days

U.S. Confirms Recognition of Honduras Presidential Elections

Reflections on Honduran Politics: Gauging the Will of the People

First Lady Hosts Social Work Session

Honduras election sets return to business as usual

Patricia Rodas dice que el país vive en insurrección
Patricia Rodas reconoce que en las últimas semanas el movimiento zelayistas ha decaído en todo el país.

MEXICO
Skeptics doubt Mexican data on military abuses
Figures contradict U.S. numbers; complaints rise as drug war rages

Mexico’s economy: A different kind of recession
In some ways the pain is less bad than the statistics suggest. But recovery will be harder than in the past unless complacency gives way to reform

US-Mexican cooperation in dealing with criminal insurgents

Buying guns for the Zetas

NICARAGUA
Entrevista a Felix Maradiaga

PANAMA
In the Grip of the Gripe

PERU
Revolting news: Human Fat Ring Busted in Peru

Darkest Peru

Peru and Brazil: Messing around with dams
First build a road, then flood it

PUERTO RICO
Candlelight vigil for gay teenager brutally murdered in Puerto Rico

VENEZUELA
Venezuelan GDP down 4.5%, stagflation is here, now what?

Venezuela Falls Into Recession As 3Q GDP Shrinks 4.5%

Tacoa’s troubles

Chavez Rejects U.S. Mediation in Venezuela-Colombia Spat, U.S. Withdrawal is “Only Solution”

Chavez praises Carlos the Jackal

Alleged news agency allegedly strips the word “alleged” of any meaning whatsoever, sources allege

Socialist International and other assorted insults to intelligence

Bad news for Venezuela’s economy
After five years of expansion, the Venezuela economy is in technical recession as Gross Domestic Product has declined over two successive quarters

US politics
November 23, 1963

Thanks to Alex, The Baron, Bill, Dick, Eneas, Maggie and Roberto

This week’s posts and podcasts
Why the US stopped supporting Zelaya: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Cuba: Get yer free penile implant!
Ahmadinejad heading to Brazil
Yoani Sanchez gets reply from Obama
Chavez now making clouds abort from the presidential palace
Brazil takes off: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Honduran Congress will decide on Zelaya “after the election”
VIDEO Venezuela Franklin Brito’s hunger strike: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Islamic militants and the drug trade
Americans jailed in Cuba while visiting family: 15 Minutes on Latin America

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