The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

S&P downgrades Argentina’s outlook after YPF deal, H/T Gates of Vienna.

Kirchner Aide Pushed Her to Take Over Oil Firm

Caribbean aviation
Red in the face

Brazil sex worker may sue U.S. embassy over injuries

BTG Pactual goes public
Back to basics
A purist pay scheme at Brazil’s high-flying investment bank

Colombia’s top diplomat demands apology from President Obama for Secret Service hooker scandal
“It is necessary, and I want to hear it from the White House,’ says Gabriel Silva

Prostitution in Colombia
Not the kind of press they were after

The Colombian-Venezuelan border
Pick your poison
Drug gangs now dominate where guerrillas once reigned

Panetta: Iranian influence in South America akin to ‘expanding terrorism’, via Legal Insurrection.

Journalist missing as Farc attacks Colombia drugs raid
A French journalist is missing after Farc rebels killed four soldiers trying to destroy cocaine laboratories.
via BadBlue.

Ecuador should scrap new media bill, draft new one

The UN in Haiti
First, do no harm
Foreign peacekeepers have worn out their welcome. How can they be held accountable for their actions?

Guadalajara’s Bosque de la Primavera


Young men in Mexico say the US no longer offers them a better future
Seismic shifts in immigration and demographics leave towns full of young men who once would have dreamed of the US
, H/T Gates of Vienna.

Mexican immigration
Low tide

Walmart’s Mexican morass
The world’s biggest retailer is sent reeling by allegations of bribery

EXCLUSIVE: New Secret Service scandal centers on strippers, prostitutes in El Salvador
U.S. Secret Service agents brag they routinely use third-world prostitutes while conducting out-of-country security detail for Presidential visits

Populists, centrists square off in South America’s leadership divide
Argentina, along with Venezuela Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua, is part of a movement to centralize power in the executive, taking greater control of courts and the media. On the opposite end are Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, which are led by centrist presidents using orthodox economic policies attuned to social needs

Panama denies Lavitola corruption allegations
Berlusconi aide suspected of illegal prison contracts, bribes

Puerto Rico’s Growing Voter Fraud Scandal

Venezuela’s judiciary
An impeached judge says the courts are subservient and corrupt

Eladio Aponte’s Plan B

The week’s posts:
Obama got Osama but not much else
Venezuela: Chavez giveth, Chavez taketh away
Hugo Chavez and the singing judge
More Mexicans returning to Mx than coming to USA, UPDATED

At Real Clear World,
Bolivia: Venezuela Has Five Military Bases in the Country

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

  1. John Henry Says:

    Re election fraud in Puerto Rico:

    I’ve been in Puerto Rico for every election since 1972. This is the first time we have had any major charges of fraud. Given our paper ballot process, I do not understand how the fraud was committed.

    I call horsefeathers.

    I think this is a scam cooked up to implement the electronic voting machines.

    Here we are, 6 months out from national elections and we are all of a sudden going to change our whole system?

    We are going to change it to one with pretty much zero accountability? We are going to change it to one which is demonstrably insecure and tamperable?

    Whose brother in law is getting paid off? What politician’s wife has the contract to sell the machines?

    If we go to electronic voting, I am turning in my voter registration card.

    I will NOT be party to this.

    John Henry

  2. Fausta Says:

    I think this is a scam cooked up to implement the electronic voting machines.
    It sure looks like it, John.