Archive for May, 2013

Mexico: 11 kidnapped in broad daylight

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Mass kidnapping from Mexico City bar as 11 youths are abducted in broad daylight
Eleven young people were brazenly kidnapped in broad daylight from an after-hours bar in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa, a normally calm district of offices, restaurants, drinking spots and dance clubs, anguished relatives claim.

The apparent mass abduction purportedly happened sometime between 10am and noon on Sunday morning just off the Paseo de la Reforma, the city’s main boulevard, near the Angel of Independence monument and in the same district as the U.S. Embassy.
The incident was the second recent high-publicity blemish for the city’s largely unregulated entertainment scene, coming 20 days after the grandson of American civil rights activist Malcolm X was beaten to death at another bar in the downtown area.

Argentina: Iran’s infiltration in Latin America

Friday, May 31st, 2013

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee (MENA) released the following statement,500-Page Indictment by AMIA Bombing Prosecutor Reveals Troubling Extent of Iran’s Infiltration into Latin America, Says Ros-Lehtinen,

This indictment reaffirms the fact that Iran’s dual use of diplomatic and cultural offices is utilized to deepen its infiltration into the Hemisphere

She asserts,

“I’m deeply troubled by the findings by Alberto Nisman, whose 500-page indictment cites extensive evidence of Iran’s ‘intelligence and terrorist network’ in various Latin American nations. This report shows clearly that the 1994 AMIA bombing was not an isolated event, but rather that it was part of a larger and still ongoing scheme by the Iranian regime and its proxies to expand their influence in the Western Hemisphere and threaten U.S. security interests in the region.

“This indictment reaffirms the fact that Iran’s dual use of diplomatic and cultural offices is utilized to deepen its infiltration into the Hemisphere. In particular, the indictment implicates the fugitive Mohsen Rabbani, the mastermind behind the AMIA bombing, as the primary coordinator of Iran’s nefarious activities in the region. Another disturbing example cited in the indictment which demonstrates the scope of Iran’s activities is that of the two Guayenese men who were convicted in 2010 for conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on JFK airport in New York. These examples underscore the danger that the Iranian regime presents not only through its nuclear program, but also through its unrelenting efforts to export its violent radicalism to our own Hemisphere

I may remind you that Iran’s Minister of Defense is the mastermind of the AMIA attack.

Venezuela: Bayly entrevista a Capriles, 2a. parte

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Segunda noche en MegaTV, de la entrevista en Colombia,





Bayly dice que Humala no va a recibir a Capriles por haber aceptado dinero chavista. Veremos.

El Salvador: Abortion denied

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A very sad case,
Salvadoran Court Denies Abortion to Ailing Woman

El Salvador’s highest court on Wednesday denied an appeal from a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to be allowed to undergo an abortion, upholding the country’s strict law banning abortion under any circumstances.

A Salvadoran at Risk Tests Abortion Law (May 29, 2013)

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Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her identity, has lupus and related complications that doctors say will get worse as the pregnancy, which is in its 26th week, continues, possibly leading to serious illness or even death.

Her fetus, which has anencephaly, a severe birth defect in which parts of the brain and skull are missing, has almost no chance of surviving after birth, leading her doctors to urge an abortion to protect Beatriz’s health before it deteriorates further.

Althouse asks,

We could discuss whether the court in El Salvador is “misogynistic,” but I would like to direct discussion toward how we — especially Americans — think about access to late-term abortion. Let’s say Woman A has a health problem (like lupus) that makes pregnancy risky, but she chooses to go forward with the pregnancy, because she wants a child. Later, past the point of viability, a serious birth defect becomes apparent, and she assesses the risk differently. She wants to abort because of a combination of the health risk and the low value she puts on the specific unborn child she knows she is carrying. Woman B has no health problem, but she finds out, equally late in a pregnancy, that her child has the same birth defect. There are 3 moral positions available: 1. Neither woman should be permitted to have an abortion, 2. Both women should be permitted to have an abortion, and 3. Woman A must be permitted to have an abortion, but Woman B must be forbidden.

I think position #3 is hard to understand and suspect that those who are arguing for position #3 are setting up the argument for position #2. It seems that the supposed appeal of Beatriz’s case is that her baby is relatively worthless, but if we are willing to mark some severely disabled human beings as low value, why shouldn’t any woman be able to avoid the pains of late pregnancy and childbirth? That is, we move toward position #2. But if you commit to the right to life and say — like the right-to-life spokesperson at the link — that you must protect “all human beings however small, poor, vulnerable or defenseless,” don’t you have to go to position #1, at least until the point where the medical procedure to be performed is for the precise end of saving the woman’s life and not aimed at destroying the child?

Read her commenters’ discussion.

H/t Memeorandum.

Venezuela: Capriles travels to Colombia

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Henrique Capriles to set off the alarms before international bodies
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Wednesday condemned the “non-compliance” with the election audit requested by the opposition alliance and endorsed by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). He lambasted the steps taken by Venezuelan electoral authorities

“An agreement was reached with Unasur to conduct a (comprehensive) election audit. The audit did not take place. What they (Venezuelan electoral authorities are doing is a farce.”

The Maduro regime is furious that Colombia’s president Santos met with Capriles,

The Maduro government has vilified Capriles as a “fascist” trying to stir a coup in Venezuela, and powerful Congress head Diosdado Cabello, who is also the No. 2 in the ruling Socialist Party, was the first to complain about the meeting in Bogota.

“Colombia must clarify if the government is with Capriles’ coup intentions, or with the people of Venezuela and with the legitimate, sovereign and constitutional government of comrade Nicolas Maduro,” Cabello told state media.

“President Santos is putting a bomb in the good relations that President Chavez urged so much … He is receiving a murderer, a fascist right there in his palace.”

Considering Venezuela’s ever-increasing reliance on Colombia for food, Cabello would do well to measure his words.

As a side news, Santos apparently has been comparing Alvaro Uribe to Caligula. An unwise slip of the tongue, considering how Uribe retired from the presidency with a 75%+ approval rating, but I digress.

Jaime Bayly traveled to Colombia on Tuesday to interview Capriles (videos in Spanish), which aired on MeagaTV and last night.

Here’s the first hour.

Part 1,

Part 2,

Part 3,

Part 4,

Bayly will broadcast the second hour tonight on MegaTV, which posts the Bayly programs on YouTube the following morning. I’ll post the YouTubes tomorrow.

In Silvio Canto’s podcast

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

live now, talking about US-Latin America: Free trade agreements with Jim Roberts.

You can also listen to the archived podcast at your convenience.

Mexico: Iron Man? No, Peatónito!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Nice abs, too.

Standing for truth, pedestrians, and the Mexican way, at the intersection where wrestling meets traffic.

Take a look,

A Very Pedestrian Superhero Grapples With Mexico City Traffic
Peatónito, Walkers’ Masked Champion, Leads a Double Life; Has Paint, Will Travel

There is no one more neglected than Mexico City’s walkers, says Peatónito.

“The pedestrian is nobody in this city, he has been forgotten by authorities and our own citizenry,” Peatónito says. “The curious and paradoxical thing is that we are all pedestrians at some moment. As such, we have forgotten ourselves.”

The guy has his work cut out for him. Follow him on Twitter,

Hierarchy >> Pedestrians, especially vulnerable people; cyclists; public transport riders, cargo vehicles and automobiles.

Venezuela: 2 Americans shot in strip club

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Two US embassy personnel shot in Venezuela

Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club.

US diplomatic sources later confirmed to AFP that the two men were shot.

The Venezuelan media identified the two men as Roberto Ezequiel Rosas and Paul Marwin, and said they were military attaches at the embassy, but neither the State Department nor the embassy in Caracas would confirm those reports.

“My understanding is that they are other agency personnel, not from the State Department,” Ventrell said.

Apparently there was a fight, and it was a bordello, not just a strip club, in the basement.

Tim Padget reports on the Mario Silva tapes, Venezuela’s Latest Scandal Shows Signs the Regime Chávez Built Is Falling Apart.

Now Nicolas Maduro Accuses CNN Of Calling For Coup Against Venezuela

“Television, I mean CNN, CNN en Español, is a broadcaster that works at the behest of destabilization, that calls openly for a coup d’etat in Venezuela,” Maduro said in a speech carried by state television, according to Colombia’s Radio Caracol. “CNN en Español has become the starting point to promote an intervention against our country.”

Video in Spanish,

More important news in Venezuela is the change in ownership of Globovisión, the beleaguered TV station that dared show the opposition’s point of view. Miguel Octavio writes about how this Important Media Window Now Closed For Venezuelan Opposition

So, it is not a matter of Globovision’s editorial line, whether you hate it or not. It is not a matter of whether Globovision torments you or not, it is not a matter of whether Globovision was too political, too pro opposition or the like. No, what matters is that the only window the opposition had in Venezuela to communicate its personalities is now closed. We will no longer see the face of Capriles live, but more importantly, you will not see much of the faces (many of them new ones) of the opposition candidates to the mayoral elections later this year.

Seems to me that the regime is doing its best to make the opposition seem invisible. From there, to making them disappear is only a few steps.

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

h/t Instapundit

Cuba: Would you spend a week’s salary for an hour on the internet?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

This morning’s news: Cuba to increase unrestricted Internet access at new outlets

Cuba will begin offering broader Internet access next month through 118 outlets around the country, according to a decree in the government’s Official Gazette on Tuesday, in a step long awaited by many Cubans.

Just like Starbucks, you say?

Hmm…not quite:

It said Internet would be made available starting June 4 at offices of ETECSA, the state telecommunications monopoly,

where everything you did in their computer goes into their hard drives, instantly available to the thugs that beat you up.

The decree made clear that the new Internet access would be closely monitored, warning users it could not be used to “endanger or prejudice public security, or the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.”

But wait! There’s more!

The access though comes at a hefty price, which is payable only in Convertible Pesos (CUCs), the currency issued by the Castro dictatorship to tourists. Typical Cuban citizens, on the other hand, are paid in regular pesos that are worth a tiny fraction of CUCs. The pricing for access to the internet in one of these new Internet Cafés is so prohibitive, one single hour of access to the internet will cost almost an entire week’s salary.

Which means, only the very brave who really have something to say will dare use it.

Not Starbucks, no siree…