Archive for the ‘Belize’ Category

The missing Venezuelan toilet paper Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 20th, 2013

LatinAmerYes, ladies and gentlemen, Venezuela’s economy is in the crapper as it completely runs out of toilet paper. That’s what Chavez’s Socialism for the 21st Century brings you.

Comparing Argentina And The United States

Argentina’s dollar tourists
A vacation from inflation

Argentina ex-military leader Jorge Rafael Videla dies
Former Argentine military leader Jorge Rafael Videla has died aged 87 while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity.

What the hey? Mayan Pyramid Bulldozed for Gravel
The government in Belize said it is pursuing an investigation into a road-building company after the near destruction of one of the largest Mayan pyramids.

Trafficking gang ‘smuggled Bangladeshis into Brazil’
Brazilian police say they have identified a gang specialising in trafficking Bangladeshi nationals into the country.

Chilean Company Wants to Sell Glacier Water to Middle East

Costa Rican president in jet scandal
Revelations that Costa Rica’s president used a jet belonging to a Colombian with alleged links to drug trafficking have led to three resignations.

President Send Urgent Reforms For Mining Law to Congress

Justice in Guatemala
The genocide question
A former dictator’s conviction may not be the end of a tragic story

What happened here?

Understanding Pena Nieto’s Approach to the Cartels

Mexico Grows at Slowest Pace in Three Years
Mexico cut its growth forecast on Friday after the national statistics agency reported the economy had expanded at its slowest pace in three years, clouding optimism surrounding the president’s introduction of an aggressive reform agenda.

POLL NUMBERS!!! No significant opposition party in Nicaragua

Puerto Rico Governor Weighs Raising Taxes for Highway Agency

Puerto Rico Sets Plans for Bond Sales
Puerto Rico aims to sell more than $3.4 billion in municipal bonds this year, it told investors, highlighting the fiscally troubled island’s reliance on credit markets.

Scarcity was much cooler under Chávez

The Crappiest Economy?
Sucks to be Venezuelan: the country has run out of toilet paper, thanks to price controls straight out of a Woody Allen movie. Daniel Gross on Bolívar’s backward business legacy.

How food shortages are dividing Venezuela

La Lista de Maduro

Revisionismo económico chavista, próximos pasos

The week’s posts and podcast:
Guatemala: The Gen. Rios Montt decision

Pacific Alliance vs. Mercosur

Cuba: Alan Gross’ family may now have enough to pay for his ransom

Brazil: MDs don’t want uncertified Cuban medics

Argentina: The bond extortion

Venezuela runs out of toilet paper

En español: Bayly entrevista a Guillermo Fariñas

Mexico: Waiting for Popo

4 items on Cuba: Mariela, Fariñas, Pittsburgh, and Barbara

Podcast: (audio starts immediately) Repression in Cuba plus US-Latin America issues

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Debt – Argentina’s long-festering wound

The Argentine Debt Saga Continues: A COHA Side-By-Side Report with The Pan-American Post

Argentine bonds

HPOA Defense: Oxford Ph.D. Claims He Was “Duped” Into Carrying Four Pounds of Coke By Promise of Meeting Lovely Woman

John McAfee ‘captured on Belize-Mexico border’
The mystery over the whereabouts of millionaire software tycoon John McAfee deepened on Sunday night after his blog suggested he had been captured by police in Belize only for officials to deny they had him in custody.

Brazil Tepid Growth Disappoints

Brazil’s Image Takes a Beating
Gang violence, corruption, and blackouts have created a PR nightmare.

Rousseff acts on Brazil oil plan
Part of a law intended to share royalties from Brazil’s oil fields across the country’s 26 states is vetoed by President Dilma Rousseff.

Colombia pulls out of International Court over Nicaragua
Colombia has announced it no longer recognises the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague.

Farc peace talks in Cuba adjourned for a week
The Colombian government and rebels from the Farc have concluded the first stage of peace talks aimed at ending five decades of conflict.

Linguistic Reforms

Will a new German law cover Cuban prostitutes?

A rum do
The new president faces a tax revolt

Remembering the Mirabal Sisters

‘Free speech champion’ Julian Assange silent on the assault on free speech in Ecuador

Probe finds horrific sexual, physical abuse in Guatemala psychiatric hospital

Briefing: Secretary of State Candidates and Their Views on Latin America

Departing Mexican Leader Leaves a Mixed Legacy

Border BFFs: Obama, Peña Nieto Bond as Agendas Remain Suspect
And two Republicans used the occasion to introduce their DREAM Act alternative: the ACHIEVE Act.

Mexico, In Hands of a New and Unknown PRI Commanded by Peña Nieto

Camacho case spurs Puerto Rico to examine brain-death guidelines

The funeral: Matando Dos Pájaros De Un Tiro, Cafres Celebran Reunión Anual En El Velorio Del Macho Camacho

China’s Misguided Hugo Chávez Love Affair

Another ordinary night in Caracas…

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Battling Bone Metastasis, Report Says

The signs are piling, the end is near (?)

Chavez’ Authorized To Leave Country To Seek Health Treatment

Cancer at the Heart
With Hugo Chávez in Cuba for yet more medical treatment, will Venezuela fall apart without him?

Infrastructure in Venezuela
Cancelling Christmas
Inefficiency is promoting autarky, perhaps by design

The week’s posts and podcast,
Mexico: Obama not attending inauguration

Argentina: Broken Bad

Venezuela: Judge Afiuni’s detention UPDATED

As Silvio Canto’s guest.

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Argentina Runs Out of Other People’s Money
The demonstration in Buenos Aires this month was the largest since Argentines restored democracy in 1983.

In the second quarter, the economy contracted by 1.4%. The Buenos Aires-based think tank Foundation for Latin American Economic Research (known by its Spanish initials FIEL) is forecasting 2012 GDP growth of only 1.5%. Inflation is estimated by independent economists at almost 25% annually. As salaries are adjusted upward to compensate for the loss of purchasing power, workers are being pushed into higher tax brackets. Argentines traveling abroad now have to explain their plans to government bureaucrats if they want to buy hard currency.

Add these pocketbook issues to the rising rate of violent crime, recurring corruption scandals, increasing antidemocratic efforts to silence independent media outlets and pronouncements from Mrs. Kirchner’s inner circle that it wants to amend the constitution to allow her to run for a third term. The Kirchner government has also angered labor leaders by letting it be known that it plans to shift union control of hundreds of millions of dollars in health-care premiums to the government.

Turkey in November in Argentina

Software founder McAfee denies killing neighbor

Trickle-down diplomacy
Evo Morales tries to swap a stream for a piece of Chilean seafront

In sign of growing clout, Brazil’s corn helps hold up U.S. market

As the result of a 2009 WTO ruling, Brazil now receives about $17 million in monthly payments from U.S. taxpayers — money being used to advance the Brazilian cotton industry with research on best practices, pest management and other issues. The Obama administration agreed to the payments as an alternative to either curbing government support for U.S. cotton growers or having Brazil slap import taxes on American goods to compensate for the loss to its farmers.

Oil in Brazil
The perils of Petrobras
How Graça Foster plans to get Brazil’s oil giant back on track

Colombia Peace Talk Negotiators Meet Again

Students protest Costa Rica’s information crimes law

IKEA: No deep business contacts with Cuban suppliers
Test sofa sets were of such poor quality that no orders were placed, IKEA says.

Cuban health care
Nip and tuck in
Medicine is big business in Cuba

Can I Wake Up?

Reporters Without Borders condemns Castro regime’s increasing harassment of Cuban independent journalists

Los fabricantes de burbujas

Holding Salvadoran War Criminals Accountable: The Massacre at University of Central America, San Salvador, 1989

Mexico ex-mayor killed after surviving two attacks
The former mayor of a town in western Mexico, who had survived two earlier assassination attempts, has been beaten to death

Mexican Economy Slows on Weak Exports

Panama Canal’s $5 billion makeover could be boon for South Florida
The $5.25 billion makeover of this century-old engineering marvel could be a boon for South Florida.

Make this a Koki Day!

Puerto Rico Statehood: Luis Fortuño Pushes Bid To Become 51st State After Status Vote

The GREAT devaluation robbery coming to Venezuela

Of Virtual Ice Cream Plants And Ministers In The Chávez Revolution

Fake Venezuelan Olympians held
Ten Venezuelans who falsely claimed to be Olympic weightlifters are arrested in Buenos Aires after scans show drug capsules in their stomachs.

The week’s posts:
More #post-election info: 28% Latino poverty rate

Argentina: Broadcast licenses, cable TV and fiber-optic Internet networks to be auctioned off

China & Brazil: Striking out while the iron’s hot

Belize: McAfee goes bonkers, UPDATED

Belize: McAfee goes bonkers, UPDATED

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

While one of the most wonderfully front-loaded distraction campaigns in recent memory continues to work like a charm, the news from Belize is that John McAfee is Wanted for the Murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull.

Stacy explains the whole sordid tale: When You’re Down to Your Last $4 Million, Hallucinogens May Seem Fun.

In case you wonder where the hey is Belize, McAfee went south in more ways than one,

Wired reporter live-tweets murder suspect McAfee’s run from police

The central-bank-grab Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

LatinAmerWelcome to this week’s Carnival. This week’s top story? After the pensions, Kirchner Grabs the Central Bank
Argentina’s monetary policy is now subject to the fiscal demands of the government. Citizens can look forward to more inflation
The Strange Case of the American Physicist Jailed in Argentina

Argentina’s economy
Piggy bank
Rootling around for cash

Argentina’s Carlos Menem faces bombing trial
Carlos Menem was president at the time of the attack
Former Argentine President Carlos Menem is to stand trial for allegedly obstructing an investigation into an attack on a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires, officials have said.

Argentina threatens to sue banks helping Falklands oil explorers as trade war with Britain escalates
A group of British and American banks have been threatened with legal action by the Argentine government for advising and writing research reports about companies involved in the Falkland Islands’ £1.6bn oil industry.

How the U.S. Almost Betrayed Britain
Alexander Haig wanted Reagan to side with the Argentines over the Falklands, newly released papers show

São Paulo’s metro
Not yet fit for a metropolis
Traversing Brazil’s biggest city gets a bit easier

Brazil: Da Silva Says Treatment for Throat Cancer Was a Success

Chileans Mourn Death of Daniel Zamudio

Chile Earthquake 2012: 7.1 Magnitude Quake Strikes Country

Colombia: Attack Kills 36 Rebels

Colombia’s New Counterinsurgency Plan

CNBC Story Touches the Third Rail of U.S.-Cuba Policy, Property Claims


The Pope missed a great opportunity

Cuban dissidents under siege in Cuba while MSNBC’S MITCHELL PRAISES CUBA’S SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE

Elections in El Salvador and Belize
Separation of powers

Thirty years after the Falklands war
Short, victorious war
On April 2nd 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. The war Britain fought to recover them still colours domestic politics

Falklands Rises as Explosive Issue, Again

Honduran authorities say at least 14 dead in prison fire following riot

Honduras Report and Photos, NYC Library Talk April 4, Miami Visit, Cuba, Haiti and Sudan, 74th Birthday (Yikes!)

Anti-Gun Groups Silent on Fast and Furious
Pressed by PJ Media, they refuse to condemn gun violence facilitated by the Obama administration
, via Silvio.


Mexico’s presidential election
The man to beat
As the presidential campaign officially begins, time is running out to catch up with Enrique Peña Nieto

Public advertising in Mexico
The government’s deafening loudspeaker

A Race to Satisfy World’s Hunger for Chocolate

Billions Lost In Tax-Refund Scam

Puerto Rico Names New Head of Police Department Amid Crime Wave, Scandals

Alejandro García Takes Lead in Puerto Rico Governor Elections: Poll

Thirteen percent of respondents said they would not vote in November and 12 percent were undecided.

Real Academia de la Lengua cita a la Constitución venezolana como ejemplo del mal uso del lenguaje

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez resumes Cuba cancer treatment, again.

Chavez Ready To Work His Magic On The Crime Problem

Venezuelan Struggle for Chavez Succession Breaks Into The Open, via Irish Spy.

Joel Hirst: Venezuela’s Political Prisoners

The week’s posts:
Carlos Eire on the Pope’s visit
Cuba: The Pope’s shameful trip UPDATE: Did Benedict see Chavez?
Cuba: Pope wants cooperation, protestor yells “down with Communism”
Air Force suspends Embraer contract pending investigation…
Pope now in Cuba, but will he visit Hugo?

The carnival week Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, billionaire cement heiress and modern art patron, dies at 90

Asesinan a dirigente de segunda fuerza parlamentaria de Argentina

Immigrants in Belize
A Spanish accent
How foreigners are transforming a small English-speaking country


Jennifer Lopez & Fergie Samba at Rio Carnival

Brazilian cardinal slams Euro-centric Catholic Church

Oasis of Tiny Life Discovered Beneath Desert; no, no hobbits.

Colombia priests ‘hired own killers’ in suicide pact
Two Colombian priests who were found shot dead in the capital Bogota a year ago themselves hired the assassins who killed them, prosecutors say.

Seven Lessons Cubans Can Learn
From the Taiwanese

A Cry for Press Freedom

High Court Upholds Libel Suit in Ecuador

Public Security In El Salvador: The Slide Towards Re-Militarization – Analysis

Book review: Haiti’s history
Many trials and errors
A legacy of villains, inside and outside the country

Honduras Prison Fire Kills Hundreds

Jails in Honduras
An avoidable tragedy
A horrific fire puts a long-overdue spotlight on prison conditions

Reich tells CPAC Obama admin must distinguish between friends and enemies in Latin America

Mexico Prison Riot Leaves 44 Dead

Mexico Posts Huge 3 Ton Sign on Border Reading, “NO MORE WEAPONS!”

Once the Needle Goes In It Never Comes Out

Administration Delegation to Nicaragua “Legitimizes Ortega,” Ros-Lehtinen Charges

This ‘Diary’ rather incomplete

Henrique Capriles wins primaries in Venezuela, will face Chavez in October

Venezuela’s oil industry
Spilling over
An oil spill bodes ill for the president’s re-election campaign

The week’s posts:
Hey, Sean, how about Hugo’s homophobic, anti-Semitic propaganda?
“Cartels” as a misnomer
Val Prieto to Dana Milbank: I got your chimichanga right here
Chavez’z anti-Semitism pops up in the electoral campaign
Sean Penn {hearts} Cristina
Hezbollah in the tri-border area, Hezbollah in the tri-state area
Fortuño’s Plan to Energize Puerto Rico


The first Monday in March Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your links added, please email me, faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com.

Don’t miss this afternoon’s podcast at 2PM. My guest will be Michael Moynihan.

The Stanford affair: An $8 billion scandal goes a long way
The allegation of an $8 billion fraud against Sir Allen Stanford is causing financial worries across the region, not least in Antigua, home to his main bank

Del “Informe Mattarollo” a la increible corrupcion en YPFB

Piracy of movies, songs thriving in Latin America

Argentine Creditors Said to Swap 3.5 Billion Pesos of Loans

New scholarship holders from Belize to study in Cuba

The Brazilian Amazon: Preventing pillage in the rainforest
A scheme to regularise land holdings in the Amazon forest faces many obstacles

En fotos: estas son las cavernas donde se escondía el ‘mono Jojoy’

Via IBD blog, Colombian VP: Add ecological devastation to cocaine’s toll

Spies in trouble: The domestic-intelligence agency is caught misbehaving again

Video: Colombia discovers Farc hideouts

Castro’s New Republican Friends

Arturo Magín Colomar Puig, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 3/1/09

Ill Castro ‘takes walk in Havana’

Jeff Spicoli speaks…

Sanctions, Keeping Things in Perspective

The new Che, same as old

Raúl welcomes special French envoy

Ecuador’s Borja Says Dollarisation is ‘Faltering.´ I Wonder What He Means — Do These Ecuadorean Officials Want a Weaker Currency Than the Dollar?

Ecuador Profits from Dirty Financial & Drug Crimes

Meltdown response: Ecuador erects trade barriers, WTO fears spread of protectionism; Ecuador’s response to crisis appears to be world’s toughest

French PM says order to be maintained in Martinique

Mexico needs Obama’s eye

Mexico’s Foreign Embassies: A Terror Threat to America?
Travelers from Muslim countries are bribing Mexican foreign service workers for travel documents that will get them access to the U.S.

A Stimulus Plan for Mexican Gangsters
Obama’s promise not to crack down on medical-marijuana use raises the stakes for traffickers.

In Puerto Rico, Less Is So Much More

UBS in Puerto Rico Pension Gets Fee Bonanza Seen as Conflicted

Journalists in Venezuela


Leftist Hero Hugo Chavez Takes Control of Rice Plants

Food supply is tied to Brazil, Argentina and Colombia
From 2005 to 2008, the value of food imports heightened 299 percent

Command economy fails in Venezuela

Chavez sends army to rice plants
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the army to take control of all rice processing plants in the country.

Arria versus Weisbrot: Debate at American University

What to Do about Hugo Chávez: Venezuela’s Challenge to Security in the Americas

Chavez Orders Takeover of Venezuelan Rice Mills

Chávez, Ahmadinejad y la nueva “crisis de los misiles”


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The first 2009 Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your posts included in next Monday’s Carnival please email me, faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com.

Last week Cuba celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Communist revolution. Please check the posts listed under Cuba below for a roundup of articles and posts.

Tomorrow at 11AM Humberto Fontova will be my podcast guest and he’ll talk about the anniversary; in today’s podcast I’ll touch on Bolivia’s new TV station, sponsored by Iran and Venezuela, Argentina’s change shortage, and other headlines.

Antigua-Barbuda opposition criticises PM for taking funds from Venezuela

Argentina Is Short of Cash – Literally
Spare some change?

Buenos Aires Becomes IT-Wise
Buenos Aires invites ITC businesses to set up in its forthcoming world-class Technology District.

US Southern Command donates equpment to Belize

Equipment valued at US$27,000 was recently handed over to Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). Ceremonies were held at NEMO’s Warehouse in Belmopan.

The equipment includes more than 500 folding beds commonly referred to as cots and more than 100 sleeping bags. This most recent donation is from the United States Southern Command, based in Miami.

On hand to make the presentation was United States Ambassador to Belize, Robert Deiter. In making the presentation, Deiter said the US, in assisting in the area of management this year alone, made other donations recently to the Belize Defence Force and the National Coast Guard, in addition to training in several villages across the country.

Deiter stated that he is proud of his Mission’s work with NEMO in a region where disasters can and do strike/

Catholics oppose Bolivia control freak government

Morales inaugurará diario y canal del Estado con ayuda de Irán y Venezuela

The samba beat, with missteps: It may be the rising power in the Americas but Brazil is finding that diplomatic ambition can prompt resentment

Confiança da indústria é a menor desde outubro de 1998, diz FGV Business confidence at its lowest since October 1998, via Market Memorandum

Chile, interest rates, inflation, Bachelet and the central bank

Colombia mata a un Jefe de Finanzas de las FARC y a sus 4 escoltas Colombia kills FARC finance boss and his 4 bodyguards.

Colombia’s Leader Digs In
After U.S.-Backed Successes, Uribe Weighs Extending Reign

Helping the Hostage-Takers: Switzerland and the Reyes Computer Files (English translation)


50 years with Fidel Castro: how many more years of misery for Latin America?

MSM Report Card for stories about 50th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution

Grief Marks Anniversary of Triumph of Castro, via The Corner

Cuban Stalinism at 50–and the Media Lies Continue

Cuba’s Long Black Spring: Video

Castro’s Cuba at 50

“It goes without saying”

One hell of an achievement

Shame on U.S. Media for Idolizing Che Guevara

Cuban Stalinism at 50–and the Media Lies Continue

The Cuban revolution at 50: Heroic myth and prosaic failure

Ill winds: Hurricanes have added to the woes of the downturn

Where’s the “patria o muerte”?

WaPo’s Booth Hails ‘Half-Century of Revolution’ in Cuba

Commemorating 50 Lousy Years

Two new films out this month give the full Hollywood treatment to two very different military and political heroes.

Castro’s One ‘Hell’ of an Achievement

In Cuba, Cellphone Calls Go Unanswered
Growing Ranks Use Coveted Device for Less Costly Paging, Texts

Communism, Socialism Paradise, Cuba

Humberto Becerra Alfonso, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 1/4/09

Historia de una jinetera

Equador determina pagamento de parte da dívida com o BNDES Ecuador paid $28.1 million of its $243 million loan to Brazil’s National Economic and Social Development Bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES), while Rafael Correa still says the loan is “illegal.” (h/t Market Memorandum)

In Mexico, Hope Lies With the Voters Leon Krauze’s Segunda Edicion broadcasts today at 2PM Mountain time.

Mexicanas sucumben al “sex appeal” de los narcos

Beauty Queen Busted

Mexican criminal insurgency may spread to US

Nicaragua’s broken democracy

Home invasion in Boquerón

Elogia en La Habana a la revolución cubana Panamanian president Martín Torrijos praises the Cuban revolution in Havana.

¿El pueblo del Che Guevara? – por Eduardo Quintana

Shining Path Terrorists Threaten to Expand Attacks in Peru

Trump development in Puerto Rico to be eco-friendly

Yahoo says Puerto Rico in top ten of world’s favourite destinations

Hanging them high: Don’t bother to reform, just execute

An open letter to the critics of the HRW report on Venezuela

2008: the year Hugo Chavez lost his democratic fig leaf

Socialism with cheap oil: Hugo Chávez embarks on a race against the impending impact of world recession

Venezuela halves travelers dollar allowance to $2,500

Chavez After the Oil Boom, also at Caracas Chronicles

The Wizards of Oil: As prices fall, so do the ambitions of Vladimir, Hugo and Mahmoud.

Tras 10 años de Gobierno, se le ocurre “reducir la dependencia del petróleo”

Estos son los nuevos aviones que comprará Hugo Chávez

Housing Push for Hispanics Spawns Wave of Foreclosures

Special thanks to Ada, Eneas, Larwyn, Maggie and the Baron.

This week’s podcasts and posts
Denny and “the governor of all Puerto Ricans”
The disaster that is the Cuban revolution
Two photos
At Real Clear World Blog: Venezuela: 2008 in Review
Cuba: A Photograph as Metaphor


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The Brazilian diplomacy Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your posts included in the next Carnival, please email me, faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com.

This week’s big story: Brazil continues its ascendance as a diplomatic powerhouse for the hemisphere. Last week thirty-three countries met in Brazil for the first Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development. Today president Lula hosts French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who’s visting the country to bring about bilateral cooperation in several areas, including the production of defense submarines. I’ll be discussing Sarko’s visit in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, which you can listen to here.

Via Pat, Latin America’s Deafening Silence by Jorge Castañeda.

Interesting post (in Spanish) on the UnoAmérica pro-democracy NGO meeting in Bogota; their website here.

Only in Argentina

Nestor Kirchner is unwell

Argentina and the drug trade

Confuso triple juego hispano-ruso-argentino

ATFA Condemns Ecuador’s Debt Default Decision Defaulting on Foreign Debt

Austroraptor cabazai: They Just Don’t Make Big Scary Dinosaurs Like They Once Did

Argentina Seizes Assets of Iranian Terrorist-Diplomat

Commentary: One Belizean’s perspective on agreement between Belize and Guatemala

Slide show: Brazilians in Ireland

Comments on Bloomberg News’ Brazil Defence Story

Brazil Fails to Earmark Budget Money for Sovereign Wealth Fund

The Ultimate Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- 101 Resources to Help Anyone Learn the Gentle Art

FruityRumPunch update

Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia

Combined with a revamped Plan Colombia, the FTA can then promote both human rights and the overall quality of life in Colombia. One of the loudest proponents for the FTA is Asocolflores, Colombia’s flower exporters association. Dependent on the U.S. market, its companies employ 200,000 Colombians. This and other export industries create jobs and opportunities that provide poor Colombians alternatives to growing coca, the plant used to make cocaine.

Real change will not come from bulletproof armor, helicopters, and tanks, but will depend on Colombia’s institutional capabilities and the economic opportunities it can offer its citizens. The United States should focus Plan Colombia on improving justice and human rights, and pass the FTA to improve economic opportunities for both countries’ citizens. President-elect Obama’s campaign promised change; our regional partners could use some, too.

New World Post-pandemic Reforestation Helped Start Little Ice Age, Say Scientists

Russian warships bound for Cuba in new show of strength

Blogger and Castro kin clash on the Web

Journalist Guillermo Fariñas kidnapped by Castro’s goons

Will El Salvador Veer Left?

Iraq is safer than Mexico

Mexico – US – Italy cocaine connection

Now Nicaragua can’t just blame the Empire

The Dry Season Has Arrived

¿Quiere Lugo imitar a Salvador Allende? – ABC Color

Pharma-Bio acquires assets and operations in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico governor elect heads to New York to meet with credit agencies

Now that the price of fuel is down, airline carriers are returning to the region: Non-stop Delta service returns to Tobago

OPEC cuts production, Venezuela lies, oil drops yet again

The Chavez permanent show: 170 hours of cadena

HRW v Hugo Chavez et sycophants

Yet another Russia-Venezuela joint venture: Government to install gold refinery at Las Cristinas – Venezuela

Chavez After the Oil Boom

Chavez Latin America Allies Escalate Rhetoric on Debt

Venezuela’s foreign policy loses its gas

Fixing Border Security

Che Guevara was a murderer and your t-shirt is not cool

Special thanks to Ada, the Baron, Eneas, Larwyn, Maria, Maggie and SamK.

This week’s posts and podcasts
Iran using Venezuela ties to duck UN sanctions
Latin America: Summits and Crisis, at Real Clear World blog
Report: Drug cartels move beyond borders
From the Mexican war zone: Kidnapping Negotiator Is Now a Victim in Mexico
Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development excludes Bush, as China, Russia loom

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The Interpol report Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your posts included in next week’s Carnival, please email me: faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com.

The week’s big story:
INTERPOL’s forensic report on FARC computers and hardware seized by Colombia (via Feathers blog) verified the validity of the laptop, files and information found by Colombian forces in the Ecuadorian camp of the FARC’s Raul Reyes. The information confirmed that Chavez is working with the FARC.

Interpol puts Chavez, Correa on the spot

The Interpol “day after”, a press review of Chavez links with the FARc and his histrionic abilities

The FARC contacts

More links and commentary listed by country.

Website of the week
Noticias 24

Vegetarians Have A Stake in Buenos Aires

A $10 million mystery: What connects the deputy-chairman of the [UK’s] Conservative Party with Hugo Chávez?

Brazil Joins Front Rank Of New Economic Powers

Ghanaian drug baron arrested in Brazil

The Amazon
Marina marches off
Brazil’s minister for the Amazon resigns in frustration

Not so shiny
How an excess of political stability can get in the way of good government

Via Instapundit, The Case for Colombia

FARC Terror Group Opens German & Swiss Branches

It’s A Small International Workers Paradise After All! ObamaInternationalistas Ayers/Jefe Chavez/FARC & Etc.

Interpol Confirms: US Democrat Was Secretly Working With FARC To Undermine Colombian Government

Colombia’s paramilitaries
Free trade in thugs
Getting tougher with right-wing warlords

Colombia Ups Ante on Free Trade Agreement

Uribe Calls Pelosi’s Bluff

Hugo: No US base in Colombia or I’ll go to war

Val Prieto’s been blogging the CubaNostalgia conference. Go to Babalu Blog and scroll down. Here’s some of the fun:

Cuba: US passed dissidents private funds.

Ecuador: Indígenas rompen con Correa y amenazan con “levantamiento” –, via HACER.

That’ll be the day: Correa to quit if ties to FARC proven; also at Conterterrorism blog.

Las FARC contribuyeron con 100.000 dólares a la campaña de Rafael Correa

Chavez and Correa Must Go: FARC Materials Authentic

Jamaica to benefit from multi-billion hotel projects

Mexico’s Oiling Days Are Numbered

U.S. developing radiation detectors for the Mexican border; more at SF Gate.

Drug violence in Mexico
Can the army out-gun the drug lords?
Four top police officers, and more than a hundred people, are killed over the course of a single week in drug-related shootings

Crece la tension en una Nicaragua donde Ortega luce cada dia mas acorralado

The poor relation
A bid to inject new life into Panama’s down-at-heel second city

Peruvian kid names US Presidents

Losing racehorses killed in Puerto Rico

Venezuela Offered Aid to Colombian Rebels: Officials Served as Middlemen With Arms Dealers, Files Show

Computer Verified, Chavez Implicated

More Evidence of Chavez Terror Ties (also at my post).

Wash your mouth with soap and water

More on the FARC-Chavez Connection

Informe Otalvora: Chavez apoya movimientos separatistas latinoamericanos – por Edgar C. Otalvora

Hugo Chavez calls Interpol “clowns”

The bizarre virtual world of the Chavez Government

Chavez: Sorry About That ‘Hitler’ Thing

Grow Them Young, Pay Them Well – Anti-Chavistas, That Is

Chavez: An empty revolution

Another Terror Sponsor Obama Has Promised to Meet: Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez beats breast

Venezuela seeks Latin American oil-for-food fund

Meeting with Americans in Venezuela, Chavez shows a kinder ‘comandante’

What to do with Chavez

Just what the world needs: “Venezuela seeks Latin American oil-for-food fund”

Illegal in More Ways than One
Identity theft in America goes hand and hand with illegal immigration.
(I’ll be posting more on this article later today.)

U.S. Must rethink Latin America Relationship – by Richard Lapper

The assimilation factor, from The NY Sun.

Via Siggy, Companies targeted in federal marriage-for-citizenship sting

In Spanish – the fabulous Jaime Bayly, via Eneas

Bayly: reacción de Hugo Chávez ante Informe de Interpol 2

Special thanks to Larwyn, Eneas, Maria, Maggie and Laura.

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