The Thanksgiving week Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

LatinAmerUpdate on Honduras’s election: What next?

ARGENTINA
ARGENTINEAN PROSECUTOR ALBERTO NISMAN CHALLENGES CONSTITUIONALITY OF THE ARGENTINA-IRAN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Argentina to slap steep taxes on luxury imports; Cristina buys hers in Paris anyway.

BRAZIL
Brazil awards $9 billion of airport deals, prepping Rio for Olympics

Crude cost of Brazil’s new pipeline is a dark shadow

CHILE
The Aftermath of Chile’s Election

This may be about to change: Why does Chile prosper while neighbouring Argentina flounders?
Chile has usually followed economically sensible policies, inflation is low and the budget is almost balanced – by contrast Argentina engages in repeated self-inflicted economic upheaval

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s Wayward Search for Peace (emphasis added):

One should therefore be skeptical of rosy reports from Havana about agreements being made on this point or that. All agreements to date are worthless until the guerrillas turn in their weapons and human rights violators surrender to the authorities.

Secondly, the Obama administration must clearly and loudly annunciate U.S. interests in the matter. After all, U.S. taxpayers have a $10 billion investment in Colombia, used to train and equip Colombian security forces and have as much a stake as anyone in any final agreement with the FARC. That the U.S. has relegated itself to the closet while the likes of Cuba and Venezuela flaunt their participation in negotiations is absurd — and no doubt has contributed to the Colombian people’s doubts about the outcome.

CUBA
Feinberg’s Pitch for Dictatorship in Cuba

Cuba Seeks Mexican Businessman in Corruption Probe

Deciphering diplo-speak on Cuba

Fidel Castro: ‘Oswald Could Not Have Been the One Who Killed Kennedy’
What the Cuban leader thinks really happened on that fateful November day in Dallas

Dispatch From the Balcony of Time Travel

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Deportation fears on rise in Dominican Republic

ECUADOR
Donziger on Stand in Chevron Trial
Attorney Defends Himself Against Claims He Bribed a Judge in Lawsuit Over Pollution in Ecuador

NICARAGUA
The New Sandinista Autocracy 

In his 1986 State of the Union Address, President Reagan declared: “Surely no issue is more important for peace in our own hemisphere, for the security of our frontiers, for the protection of our vital interests, than to achieve democracy in Nicaragua and to protect Nicaragua’s democratic neighbors.” The region and the world obviously look much different today than they did in 1986: The Soviet Union and the Cold War are long gone, and Nicaragua no longer poses the same geopolitical threat to U.S. interests. Yet the Sandinistas are once again attempting to create a dictatorship, and Nicaragua’s neighbors are once again struggling with rampant violence. Large portions of Guatemalan territory are effectively controlled by the Zetas Cartel, and Honduras is now the global murder capital. (Honduran human-rights commissioner Ramón Custodio Lopez has expressed fears that his nation is becoming a failed state.) And while a March 2012 gang truce between MS-13 and Barrio 18 has significantly reduced homicides in El Salvador, the gangs have continued to extort and terrorize the Salvadoran people, and their truce appears to be unraveling.

PANAMA
Lawyer: Panama Sets $1M Fine for North Korea Ship

PERU
Peru thwarts antiquities smugglers

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico’s economy
Buying on credit is so nice
The debt crisis has not stopped Puerto Ricans from shopping

VENEZUELA
Venezuela: Bozo as Al Capone, or is it Vice-Versa?

Venezuelan tyrant* confirms: new wave of confiscations, redistributions.

Another update: Visiting royals? Those regrettable moments

The week’s posts:
Ecuador: Promises, promises

Bachelet wants to increase taxes, put private colleges out of business, and rewrite the Constitution. What could possibly go wrong? Chile: A step to the left

As expected in Colombia: Santos to run for 2d term

Arturo Sandoval receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

John Kerry puts a “Kick me” sign on America

Argentina: Cristina gets dog, reorganizes cabinet

En español: La terapia intensiva de esta semana

Cuba: What Castro knew about Oswald

Venezuela: Involving Interpol against @JJRendon

At Da Tech Guy’s: How things can get worse in Venezuela


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

  1. daniel duquenal (@danielduquenal) Says:

    What? Nothing about Honduras?

  2. Fausta Says:

    Here it is! http://faustasblog.com/2013/11/honduras-what-next/