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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 31st, 2011

LatinAmerIn today’s news, the US Embassy in Caracas is closed due to threats, according to El Universa (h/t Vlad). The nature of the threats was not specified.

While the world’s attention is focused on the Middle East, here are several of the news stories in our hemisphere this week,


Central America, crime, and what the Americas are doing about it

Argentine Wheat Exports May Fall to Lowest in Almost 30 Years

Following up on a story from a few years ago, Stanford Judged Incompetent to Stand Trial

Business in Brazil
Top whack
Big country, big pay cheques

Brazil’s Canny Asia Game
Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva oversaw a period of growing influence in the Asia-Pacific. Will his successor follow suit?

Copper Law

Colombia economy: Post-flood emergency mode

Italian Parliament commits to the freedom of Cuba’s political prisoners

On those New OFAC regulations on Cuba travel released

The interesting thing here is that when originally reported it appeared that remitters would not be able to send more than $500 to Cuba per quarter. It now seems, however, that U.S. citizens can send $2,000 a year to as many qualified Cubans as they like. I’m not a lawyer and I received this information too late to call OFAC, so I can’t say for certain.

Cuba political prisoner Guido Sigler responds with defiance to Castro’s blackmail

Obama’s heading to El Salvador in March. Obama and El Salvador

If there is one thing all media outlets can agree on, it is that they have no idea why President Obama is going to El Salvador.

Salvadoreños al tanto de la visita de Obama antes de su discurso

Update on Liz

Saddling up for the trail to Los Pinos
Can anyone stop Enrique Peña Nieto restoring the PRI to power next year?

What is economic freedom?

S. Korea to get FTA but not Panama

State Department says relations with Peru “never been this strong”

Back when I was a student at the University of Puerto Rico, the students were protesting. No change on that front,


After the Flood in Venezuela
Housing the estimated 130,000 homeless people is drastically more difficult thanks to Hugo Chávez’s nationalizations and regulations in the construction industry.

How a bully Dictator like Hugo Chavez runs Venezuela

How people in Taiwan see Hugo,

Venezuela tells foreign oil firms to keep output at 3.1 mn bpd

Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela
Charting a course to irrelevance
The Inter-American Democratic Charter is proven toothless

Investing in Venezuela’s Future

English language chavismo in the web on the decline

The week’s posts,
Chavez says Egpyt embassy briefly taken over by protestors
Muslim cleric catapults to fame by crossing the border
Catapult over the border!
Tanks for Hugo, bankrupt states, the Supremes, and the roundup


Van der Sloot confesses

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Joran van der Sloot has confessed to Peruvian police to the murder of Stephany Flores:

Van der Sloot’s confession came on his third full day in Peruvian police custody, on the eve of a planned trip to the hotel in which he was to participate in a reconstruction of the events leading to Flores’ slaying

why did he kill her?

According to Peruvian police, Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, 22, confessed Monday to the murder of Stephany Flores.

Authorities say that he admitted to murdering the Peruvian woman because she saw “something” about Natalee Holloway on his laptop computer.

Van der Sloot reportedly told police “I did not want to do it… The girl saw private things. She had no right. I approached her and she was scared.”

He continued, “We discussed it and she tried to escape, and I took her neck and hit her.”

Dan Riehl asks,

So, the question is, is whatever she supposedly saw still on the PC. And is it incriminating in the Holloway case? Or, did it have to do with the alleged extortion attempt?

As Dan said last week, the information on the Flores murder may help solve the Natalee Holloway murder.

Richard Fernandez has insights into the criminal mind:

My impression has been that apart from the cops, the outside world doesn’t really understand that the vast gulf that separates the low-life world from polite society isn’t one of inferiority but of difference. It’s a mistake to look down on criminals. There’s the idea that criminals are somehow disadvantaged and underprivileged. But in their own domain, they are wonderfully optimized to survive and every bit as adapted to their sordid fields as a brain surgeon. You look down on them and underestimate them at your peril.


Chile hunts Holloway suspect over Peru killing VIDEO and podcast

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Van der Sloot arrested in Chile

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Remember Joran van der Sloot? The suspect on the Natalee Holloway disappearance? The cops want him, again, for a murder committed exactly five years after Natalee’s disappearance. Joran changed venues, though:

Chile hunts Holloway suspect over Peru killing
Woman slain exactly 5 years after U.S. teen’s disappearance in Aruba

Police in Chile are checking hotels for a young Dutchman long suspected in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway and now believed to be involved in the killing of a woman in Peru.

After Peruvian officials announced Wednesday that Joran van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the death of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel, Chilean police confirmed he had entered their country two days earlier.

Chilean Police Inspector Douglas Rodriguez in Arica told The Associated Press there was no record of van der Sloot leaving Chile and authorities were searching the country’s dry, sparsely populated northern provinces for him.

Exactly five years after:

In Lima, police Gen. Cesar Guardia said at a news conference that the slain woman was found Wednesday in a room at a hotel where van der Sloot had been staying and that she had been seen with the suspect early Sunday, when she was killed.

The killing occurred exactly five years after the May 30, 2005, disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway during a high school trip in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island where van der Sloot’s late father was a prominent judge.

The go-to blog on van der Sloot is Riehl World View. Dan’s got the rumors, and the facts.

Dan’s my guest in this morning’s podcast.


Hugo Chávez: Now It’s Time to Annoy the Dutch

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen

My latest post, Hugo Chávez: Now It’s Time to Annoy the Dutch, is up at Real Clear World.

The Christmas Eve edition of the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Welcome to thie Christmas Eve edition of the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. I wish all of you a very happy Christmas.

If you have a post or a news item you would like to contribute, please email me: faustaw -at- yahoo -dot- com.

The big story of the week: The bombing of the Argentine Jewish community center in 1994 and Iran, the NIE, and Rafsanjani.

El Cato

The Carnivorous and Vegetarian Lefts, by Carlos Alberto Montaner. This was his speech at the Opening Plenary Session, The Whitherspoon Institute, Princeton University, Dec. 6, 2007.
UPDATE: Speaking of vegetarian lefties, Chavez Faces Challenge From Former Comrade: Venezuela’s New Hero Has Respect in Army; a Vegetarian Mystic

A South American arms race?

Latino-Islamic Terror: Hezbollah Shows Off Their Latin Bombers

De-Fence, De-Fence

Via Babalu, Chavez offers oil for bananas deal

The Changing Dynamic in Latin America

Iran’s Nuclear Terror. More at Patterico’s Argentina, Iran and nuclear weapons.

AMIA and the NIE

AMIA, the communal offices of the Argentine Jewish community, was struck by a massive suicide truck bomb on July 18, 1994 – 85 were killed and over 200 injured. Iran and Hezbollah were suspected from the beginning. The Argentine investigation has had several false starts and has been mired in corruption, but in recent years has gotten on track. Last month Interpol voted overwhelmingly to issue a red letter calling for the arrest of five Iranians (along with Hezbollah’s external operations chief Imad Mughniyah) on the basis of the Argentine investigation. The publicly available report on the AMIA bombing offers tremendous insight into the Iranian regime’s modus operandi and worldview.

Full Prosecutor: Argentina bombings ordered by Iran
The NIE & Rafsanjani
Cog in the Regime
The NIE’s Iran finding was based on…an old laptop and the word of Rafsanjani?

Troubles for Argentina’s New Evita

The suitcase full of Chavista money is also in the news:
Stung in Miami

Ballet star Bocca bows out in Buenos Aires

Natalee Holloway Case Officially Closed

Bolivia: $872,000 from Chavez with Love

A meltdown in Latin America

Bolivians fear political unrest as rivals face off

Petrobras to Invest Up to $1 Billion With Bolivia State Company

Lula Says 2007 Was Exceptional, 2008 Will Be Better

FARC’s Real Aim: Ending Democracy

Colombia protests over Nicaragua’s FARC remarks

Chavez deepens investment in Cuba

Via Gates of Vienna, Seven Questions: Castro’s Decline

Cuban Refinery Inaugurated, With Chávez in Spotlight

Venezuelan leader Chavez presides over oil summit in Cuba

Chavez dice desde Santiago que Venezuela y Cuba son una misma nacion

Omnibus Includes $33.6 Million for Democracy Promotion in Cuba (Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)

On a Purely Personal Note

Blogging from Cuba: Generacion Y?

Fidel hints at retirement

Santa Claus Lives

Intifada On The Mexican Border

Running just to stand still: How to reform the flawed behemoth that is the world’s sixth-biggest oil producer

Nicaraguan expats to join forces in opposition to Daniel Ortega

Iran making diplomatic inroads in Nicaragua

New friends in the neighborhood

Iran’s push into Central America

The Skunk Is Back In Nicaragua

Chavez: At it Again

Puertorican politics remain the same as they were when I lived there: politicians continue to use the “status” as a smokescreen behind wich to hide the real underlying problems of the island:
Statehood topic tops all issues in Puerto Rico<: House panel energizes debate by calling for new referendum

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The governor is under criminal investigation, crime and unemployment are soaring and the economy is faltering as foreign firms are shutting down factories.

But to hear the politicians on this gem of a Caribbean island tell it, the only real issue on the public agenda is whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state, ending its decades-old status as a U.S. commonwealth.

A bill calling for a referendum on the issue recently won approval in a U.S. House committee, triggering a new round of intense debate on the island, despite the fact that final congressional approval and an actual vote are still iffy propositions at best.

Some tiring of debate
After decades of rowdy argument, though, some Puerto Ricans appear to be tiring of the seemingly eternal debate over what is known here as the “status” issue.

Don’t I know it.

Prodigality as state policy:
The case of Hugo Chavez

The Hallaca Effect: Chavez’s Undoing

The Nixon Moreno case: Political Persecution is alive and well in Chavez’ revolution

“Ironically, the United States is financing Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution”

Che shirt wearing Cuban idiots booed in Venezuela, also at Citizen Feathers

El movimiento estudiantil, antídoto contra Chávez

Chavismo without Chavez?

Venezuela, redux

Venezuela falls behind the times

More Venezuela price caps may go
About time
And speaking of Chavez…

The 2007 result: the surprising abstention

Analisis psiquiatrico de Hugo Chavez:
Entrevista al Dr. Franzel Delgado Senior

Hillary Hires King Juan Carlos to Manage Husband

Beam me up, Hillary!

La Isla Bonita

A colombo-americana’s perspective


For more Carnival fun, don’t miss the Carnival of Christmas, 2007 Edition


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The Bolivian secession edition of the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Not secession – federalism, instead.
See below (*)

The big news this week in Latin America: The four richest Bolivian regions declared autonomy from the Morales government, on the same day as Evo Morales formally received a new draft Constitution.

(*) Clarifying: It’s not secession; it’s federalism
I just received an email from Alek Boyd of VCrisis

First off governors of Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando and Tarija have been democratically elected, as Morales. Ergo that rules out accusations about lacking democratic credentials the official propaganda machine is leveling against them.

Second, they are not seeking independence. Contrary to what the MSM is publishing the autonomic statute in first article states:

“Santa Cruz se convierte en Departamento Autónomo, como expresión de la identidad histórica, la vocación democrática y autonómica del pueblo cruceño, y en ejercicio de su derecho a la autonomía departamental, reforzando la unidad de la República de Bolivia, y los lazos de hermandad entre todos los bolivianos”.

That is to say they are not proposing secession, what they are proposing is self rule in economic, education, tax and resource management issues.

Some of you may think that such a thing amounts to independence from Bolivia, however the prefectos have been very clear in that respect, their proposal is similar to the current system of autonomic regions in Spain.

Third, the issue of autonomic rule was presented to popular vote through referendum. In 4 out of the 9 departments (Santa cruz, Beni Pando and Tarija) the SI option, that is the one supporting autonomy, won. Ergo, said proposal is as democratic as Morales’-driven national constituent assembly from a strictly legal point of view, for if what Morales needed to rewrite the constitution was the approval of “the people” said approval was granted by “the people” to provincial statutes of self rule in those regions.

Fourth, Morales’ constituent proposal has violated procedures, the most striking evidence of it is a) the seat of constituent assembly discussions to get the new charter approved was moved from Sucre to Oruro, so that Morales supporters could get it passed by simple majority [2/3 of votes were never reached], and b) the text approved in Oruro contained originally 408 articles as opposed to the one presented to Morales last Saturday which contains 411 articles. A drafting committee in charge of modifications has introduced 3 new articles which have not been approved
by the constituent assembly, therefore illegal.

Related links in Spanish: Gobierno Departamental de Santa Cruz, and Con los estatutos, prefectos controlan tierras y tributos. From reading this information it’s clear that what the prefectos are after is a federal system like the USA’s.

Special thanks to Alek for clarifying this question. My apologies for my mistake.

Previous post:
Links listed from most recent to older:

Bolivia set on collision course over autonomy

All the legislation – as well as a separate and especially contentious constitutional provision limiting the size of landholdings – has to be submitted to referendums that are expected to take place early next year.

“I am convinced that we will not retreat a millimetre nor move one step to the side,” Ruben Costas, the governor of Santa Cruz, told tens of thousands of jubilant supporters waving the department’s green and white flags. Mr Costas warned the central government not to send in troops or police. “This is a warning. Do not dare to invade us or militarise us.”

Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni and Pando departments, which all announced autonomy on Saturday, form a half-moon shape around the solidly pro-government capital and heavily indigenous departments of La Paz, Potosi and Oruro. Two other departments – Cochabamba and Chuquisaca – are unhappy with the new constitution, railroaded through by an emergency session of a constituent assembly eight days ago by pro-government supporters. “The country has taken two different directions,” said an editorial in El Deber, a daily newspaper published in Santa Cruz.

The deputies at the Constituent Assembly approved one version but Evo received a different one; VCrisis has the captures. The first version states that the power comes from the people while the second version stresses the preselection of candidates. Gateway Pundit has more.

At play? Natural gas, which Gazprom is eyeing, along with Brazil and Chile.

Ed Morrissey correctly points out

If these districts can secure themselves against the central government, this could get very, very ugly. Natural gas is their chief export and their resource for hard currency. If the breakaway districts can keep it for themselves and safely export it (mainly to Brazil), they can build a significant war chest while leaving Morales to feed the rest of Bolivia’s poor in the west. That will prompt Morales to march on the east, perhaps assisted by Chavez in Venezuela, and a civil war will almost certainly erupt — and sooner rather than later.

Publius Pundit, Blue Crab Boulevard are blogging on the story, while Marginal Revolution asks, What does Bolivia have to do to make the front page?

Bolivians Now Hear Ominous Tones in the Calls to Arms

Bolivia tense amid autonomy push

Cardinal Terrazas calls for peace in overcoming crisis in Bolivia

Bolivia Leader Is Mobilizing Armed Forces


Two this week:
Penultimos dias, and Red Liberal Hispanoamerica

The Bank of the South:
Bolivarian finance: The IMF can sleep easy

Caribbean nations, EU reach agreement on access to markets. The Caribbean countries are Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.

Caribbean Net News is an excellent resource on the islands. Don’t miss also HACER‘s weekly roundup

Marital bliss: A different Kirchner is in charge, but many of the policies remain the same

Irish Tourist Ronan Lawlor Missing in Argentina or Chile

OpenSEA adds members, promises smooth saling for 802.1x NAC

Is Brazil changing its focus from income redistribution to income creation?

Energy: Brazil’s not peaking

Lesson 4: Not Every Disaster is a Disaster

Insulza’s Divided Attention

Pouty Hugo: “I Will Not Speak to Uribe For As Long As I Live”

FARC FAILS to Kidnap President Uribe’s Two Sons

Uribe’s anticorruption chief resigns

Cuban diplomat seeking asylum in Spain

A Cuban diplomat who allegedly aided a dissident doctor in Mozambique has skipped a flight out of Paris to seek political asylum in Spain, Spanish daily El Mundo reported Sunday.

Lorenzo Menendez said he faces prison for helping the dissident but believes socialist Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will bow to pressure from Havana to deport him.

Zapatero is a weak leader, indeed.

BEATDOWN IN HAVANA!!… Castro Thugs Bash Democracy Protesters

video: Now you see the light

Huckabee does a flip-flop on Cuba

Huckabee Unaware of Issues Between U.S. and Cuba

Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty continue their campaign.

One laptop per child project initiated in Dominica

Pirate Captain William Kidd’s Ship, the Quedah Merchant, Possibly Found in the Caribbean

Correa celebrates the Chavez coronation in Argentina: A faustian pact called bolivarianism

A post on Guatemala’s new and more restrictive adoption law And Even More…

Relations between Venezuela and Guyana remain strained due to the continued incursions of Chavez’s military into the other country, the latest of which was

Last November 15, a contingent of 36 armed Venezuelan military personnel, led by a general, forced the crew off of Guyanese-owned dredges and bombed the pontoons.

That was followed by unauthorised overflights by Venezuelan helicopters in Guyana’s airspace.

Guyana-Venezuela joint group to be set-up to prevent incursions

The Fantastico Mr. Fox

Lessons for Mexico in Brazil’s Boom: In the energy sector, open markets work.

The Dark Side of Microlending

Iran making push into Nicaragua

Iran and Nicaragua: A new relationship?

Iran’s foothold in Monkey Point, Nicaragua

Danielito gone wild

Peru Is In, Now Where’s Colombia?

Peru: Barrick Gold Corp. Helicopter Crashes because of Engine Failure

Converted Buses to be Taken Off Peru’s Highways

Rush’s Snakes & Arrows world tour to be extended

Venezuela, and Oil and podcast

Organized crime in Venezuela administration

Venezuelan Chavista agents arrested in the US for voting plot

Miami Maletagate indictments: Just the tip of the iceberg?

Chavez lives down to his reputation

LAC roundup

Patria, Vuitton o Muerte! Gastaremos!

Chavez vs. The Venezuelan Electorate

Funnimetric’s Post details: Fausta’s Carnival of Latin America

Chucha Libre (Spanish)

Mundial de patos (Spanish)


A colombo-americana’s perspective
A Second Hand Conjecture
Billy Jones
Sex and the South


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Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean: The post-Venezuelan-referendum edition

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

With Hugo in the headlines again, the Carnival goes on.

If you have a chance, please listen to last night’s 1/2hr podcast on the Venezuelan referendum.

Basta de apartheid en Cuba

How to enjoy traveling abroad

Venezuela: A Political Storm Rages Over the Andes

MS-13 Creeps Into Canada: Documentary videos at LiveLeak.

Hugo and Raul, Chew on This … OohRah!

Really intact Dinosaur found

Brothers in Holloway case walk away from jails — again

Force, Not Talk

Proof of FARC captives’ survival

Is S. America a terrorist incubator?


“His family in Puerto Rico had to send him the medicine”

Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty

Are you afraid of ghosts?

Media: Cuba is a Demcracy, Right?

Ecuador’s Correa’s communist freak show in Montecristi

This is not news

Tremor in Martinique

Nica news for Nov 27

Nica news for Dec 1

Thinking about Santa and Panama

Beauty queen ‘wasn’t pepper sprayed’

The Limits of 21st-Century Socialism

Via Human Rights Foundation,
Caracas Nine:

HRF Seeks Protection for Leader of Student Movement in Venezuela; Yon Goicoechea is “Caracas Nine” Dissident #2

The Path to Self-Destruction

Here are a few links to recent posts on Venezuela:
On Election Eve, Chavez Ally Turns Against Him

US Senator Carl Levin Rejects Chavez Allegations of Interference

Venezuela Loses Its Mind – And Its Freedom!

Chavez cuts ties to Columbia, Threatens to expel US Diplomat

The Left Begins Venezuelan Black (DGI/DISIP-driven) Op

Chavez’s Ex Apologizes for His Government

Is Chavez Hurt by His Incessant Insults?

Why Chavez is a Leftist Hero

Useful idiocy personified

The President in his Labrynth

Hugo Chavez: The Musharaff of South America

Hugo Chavez’s Most Dangerous Enemy? It’s Chavez Himself

Hugo Chavez and his Allies are State Sponsors of Terror

Al-Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reporting from Venezuela finds discontent among Chavez’s base:

A colombo-americana’s perspective

Prior posts and roundups from the last 7 days:
Hugo’s meltdown, at IBD
Wednesday: Countdown to Tyranny
Thursday: Today’s Countdown to Tyranny
The “Blame the CIA Game” is back!
Friday: Countdown to Tyranny: Last-minute Chavista Propaganda Offensive
Countdown to Tyranny: The day before the vote
Election day roundup


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