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The Independence Day Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Los últimos días de Néstor Kirchner

French Giants Vie in Brazil
Retailers Carrefour and Casino Face Off Over High-End Chain in Hot Market

Carta de la semana: “Decapitar la capital”

Por qué entré y por qué salí de las FARC

Preview of GMT’s upcoming title Andean Abyss

Hugo Chavez’s Secret

Bono’s Love Song

Take a ride with me

Via Gates of Vienna, Poll: Most Jamaicans believe UK rule better

Crime and politics in Mexico
A turning tide
With a year to go until the presidential election, voters are tiring of the drug war

“In Spain, I would still be living off scholarships.”

Project Gunrunner Assault Weapons Showing Up At Phoenix Crime Scene

U.S. opposes Mexican’s execution
The Obama Administration takes the rare step of urging the Court to block temporarily a state from executing a convicted individual — in this case, a Mexican national who contends that Texas violated his rights under an international treaty, the Vienna Convention.

July 4 warning: Texas says don’t go to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

The trials of miners

Hydrocarbon production surges in Peru

Puerto Rico Governor Fortuno Signs Deficit-Reducing 2012 Budget
Worst Budget Deficit in the Country Cut by 81 percent in Just Over Two Years, Puerto Rico Continues Progress Toward Balancing its Budget

Among the reforms implemented since 2009, Gov. Fortuno enacted the largest tax cut package in Puerto Rico’s history, which will lower taxes an average 30 percent for businesses and 50 percent for individuals. And after launching one of the most advanced Public-Private-Partnership programs in the country, the Governor announced in June that Puerto Rico will receive $1.436 billion in private infrastructure investment—the largest such investment in any U.S. jurisdiction this year and the first infrastructure P3 in the country since 2006 – to upgrade and manage two of the Island’s major toll roads.

Fortuno took a 10 percent pay cut, required agency heads to take a 5 percent cut, froze all salaries for two fiscal years, reduced political appointments by 30 percent, and got rid of government cell phones and credit cards. Because payroll expenses dominated 70 percent of the budget, government employee ranks were reduced by 23,000 through voluntary and mandatory measures, achieving a $935 million or 17 percent reduction in total payroll.

Puerto Rico police chief quits amid crime concerns

Spanish newspaper: Chávez has colon cancer and the first surgery was a “mistake”

How bad is Hugo Chavez’s cancer? Very bad, say physicians

Hugo Chávez’s cancer puts 2012 Venezuela elections in doubt
As President Hugo Chávez fights what some experts say is an aggressive form of colon cancer, some wonder what it will mean for next year’s presidential race
I was talking to a physician friend who had not read this article but who reached the same conclusion based on the information that we have so far:

He also said it’s possible that the original abscess drainage procedure itself could have contaminated the area with cancer cells. Treatment, doctors agreed, would be aggressive radiation and chemotherapy.

“Prostate tumors normally do not cause this kind of abscess,” said Leon Lapco, president of the Venezuelan-American Doctors Association and a surgeon at Mercy Hospital. “I would say it’s his colon, the large intestine. It’s the most likely to cause diverticulitis, perforations and abscesses.”

Why Hugo Chavez’s Illness Matters

Chávez should get credit for economic miracle

After Chávez
What awaits Venezuela if he dies?

U.S. – Venezuelan Relations – Just Frozen or Beyond Repair?

What Hugo Chavez’s Illness Means for Venezuela’s Future

Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for ‘assault’ on democracy
Renowned American intellectual accuses the Venezuelan leader of concentrating too much power in his own hands

Noam Chomsky honesty appeal…

The week’s posts
Chavez back in Venezuela VIDEO
The Invisible Hugo and the list of rumors
HACER: The must-read on Latin America
The Invisible Hugo cancels summit
Today’s installment of The Invisible Hugo: The Video
The Invisible Hugo post of the morning: the speakerphone call


Bono and the guns

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Arthur Chrenkoff sets Bono straight,
Dear Bono: Get Your Facts Straight
At a concert in Mexico City, Bono repeats the “90% lie” about U.S. gun shops selling to cartels

The drug-fueled violence and lawlessness in Mexico are truly horrible. But that old canard that drugs don’t kill Mexicans, American guns kill Mexicans, was a bit too much for me. Particularly when you say it to tens of thousands of Mexican fans who are likely to treat everything that comes out of your mouth as gospel truth. I made that point in a comment underneath your Facebook post. As of the next day, your post was “liked” by almost 12,000 people, and more than 550 fans commented. To my surprise, I found that even amidst this huge love-fest, six strangers agreed with my sentiment. Doesn’t seem like much, but it’s not about numbers; it’s about the truth.

And unfortunately your numbers, Bono, are wrong.

So, if not from the U.S., where do the guns come from?

– The Black Market. Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar, with fragmentation grenades from South Korea, AK-47s from China, and shoulder-fired rocket launchers from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.

– Russian crime organizations. Interpol says Russian Mafia groups such as Poldolskaya and Moscow-based Solntsevskaya are actively trafficking drugs and arms in Mexico.

– South America. During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) established a clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking partnership with the Tijuana cartel, according to the Federal Research Division report from the Library of Congress.

– Asia. According to a 2006 Amnesty International Report, China has provided arms to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Chinese assault weapons and Korean explosives have been recovered in Mexico.

– The Mexican Army. More than 150,000 soldiers deserted in the last six years, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo. Many took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium.

– Guatemala. U.S. intelligence agencies say traffickers move immigrants, stolen cars, guns and drugs, including most of America’s cocaine, along the porous Mexican-Guatemalan border. On March 27, La Hora, a Guatemalan newspaper, reported that police seized 500 grenades and a load of AK-47s on the border. Police say the cache was transported by a Mexican drug cartel operating out of Ixcan, a border town.

Prior posts here, including this,
Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth


Bono apologizes to Algor for carbon fumes and hair gel

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Global Warming is a religion and Algor’s its priest:
Bono confesses sins to ‘Father’ Al Gore

“It’s like being with an Irish priest”

Who are famous for their love of whiskey…

“You start to confess your sins,” he said. “Father Al, I am not just a noise polluter, I am a noise-polluting, diesel-soaking, gulfstream-flying rock star.”

You flatulent oil guzzler, you!

“I’m going to kick the habit. I’m trying father Al, but oil has been very good for me — those convoys of articulated lorries, petrochemical products, hair gel.”

Bono said in the video, “My wife is sleeping with Algor”, which we all hope is a figure of speech. Bono’s pretty funny and one hopes he’s kidding, at least for Tipper’s sakes.

The article concludes,

Bono and Gore were in Davos to push their respective campaigns for poverty alleviation and reducing carbon emissions.

Cutting down on the bulls**t and the hypocrisy wouldn’t hurt, either.

Say “Halleluyah!”

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