The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean
Tropical City: Buenos Aires?
Otherwise, the cartels could be expanding their operations as most successful businesses tend to do. Control of transportation networks, especially ports, is critical for business because maritime shipping accounts for the majority of illegal trade worldwide.
The significance for Guatemala is notable. The Central American country has long been a transit corridor for cocaine from South America into Mexico, but it is now becoming a drug producer — even if all the precursor chemicals found there are not immediately contributing to the drug trade. Without U.S. or Mexican assistance, the Guatemalan government will be unable to control any increased production of methamphetamine — or the violence, corruption and increased use that will accompany it.
Remittances to Mexico are rebounding
Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. sent an estimated 8% more money back to relatives last year compared with 2010, thanks to an improving U.S. job market.
Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez taunt US over ‘big atomic bomb’ Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez joked about having “a big atomic bomb” and mocked US disapproval during a meeting between the two allies in Caracas.
The week’s posts:
Where the coke comes from
Van der Sloot pleads guilty to murder
50 busted for Puerto Rican ID theft
Good news, bad news
Ahmadinejad rolls through Latin America
Sony fined $656k over Tiririca song
Argentina’s flight of capital
Today’s update re: two crazy tyrants in Venezuela