The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

ARGENTINA
Argentina’s dubious poverty line
The six-peso diet
Rumbling stomachs, grumbling citizens

BRAZIL
Petrobras Seeks Partner for Deep-Water Gulf Operations . . . in the Gulf of Mexico

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s Leader Expects More Violence in Short Term

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Escapes Major Damage After Most Severe Earthquake in Two Decades
The Wednesday quake proved the sturdiness of the Latin American nation’s structural codes

CUBA
Mauricio Claver-Carone: Cuba’s American Hostage
The White House calls for the release of Alan Gross but puts scant pressure on Havana to let him go.

Something More Than Numbers

MEXICO
Banned in Juarez

Second arrest in “Fast and Furious” killing

NICARAGUA
Iran’s Hezbollah Creeping Toward Our Doorstep

That makes the recent news from Israeli Radio that Iran has set up and supplied a Hezbollah training camp for 30 terrorists in Nicaragua near the Honduran border all the more significant. The base serves as a “meeting point for drug cartels” to acquire weapons and launder money, Israeli Radio says.

PERU
Peru’s Shining Path
Still smouldering
An attempt to form an extremist party

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico money laundering case ends with prison

VENEZUELA
Venezuela Seized a U.S. Flagged Ship and Has Been Holding It For a Week

Lost in the supermarket

Chavez’ Ever Morphing Petrorinoco Investment Instrument


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