Today’s Carnival is dedicated to the Argentina Renault 4 Motor Club, which granted Pope Francis a lifetime membership, for his fondness for the “roadrunners”, as the fans call their little cars.
Over in Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro fell off his bike. The clueless anchorwoman went on reading the scripted propaganda as if nothing had happened. She probably didn’t even have a livefeed for the event, demonstrating it’s all about the narrative,
For more serious news,
See the Cathedral of Human Sacrifices in the Cave of the Crystal Maiden
Reporter Glenn Greenwald to testify at Brazil spy probe
A parliamentary commission in Brazil investigating spying allegations says the journalist Glenn Greenwald will be invited to testify next week.
David and Daniel (h/t American Digest)
Forty years after the coup and the IACHR
Colombia Implements Hotel Guest Immigration Tracking Program
Woman arrested with ‘cocaine bump’
A Canadian national is arrested in Bogota trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly filled with cocaine, Colombian police say.
The US Embassy tweeted on its campaign to save endangered species,
Makes you wonder what kinds of strings Vlad attached to his $800 million offer: Concrete Crypt for Communist Dreams: Cuba’s Unfinished Nuclear Power Plant
Lacking nuclear fuel and without the primary components installed, the plant sat in limbo until December 2000, when Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Cuba. Putin offered Fidel Castro a belated $800 million to finish the first reactor. Despite Cuba’s reliance on imported oil for power, Castro declined. Project status: officially abandoned.
Amnesty International calls on Castro Kingdom to free Ivan Fernandez Depestre
Chocolates From Ecuador
Until recently, Ecuadorean cacao growers had been cultivating low-grade cacao beans and selling them to foreign chocolate makers to process. The past few years have seen the emergence of local producers. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process.
A U.S. Reward for Misrule in El Salvador The FMLN has made the country poorer and less free. Yet $227 million in American aid is coming.
Guatemalan bar attack leaves 11 people dead
Honduras, A Bottomless Pit
Mexico captures third man linked to killing of U.S. border agent
MEXICAN SMUGGLER’S WILD RIDE: DRAGGED PASSENGER, RAMMED BORDER PATROL, CRASHED IN DITCH
A sea of troubles
NOTHING brings together domestic foes like an external enemy. So when President Juan Manuel Santos announced that Colombia would not heed a ruling last November by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that granted 70,000 sq km (27,000 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that Colombians have considered their own since 1928 to Nicaragua, even his harshest critics applauded.
Drug labs on Brazil-Peru border targeted in joint operation
Analysis: Puerto Rico’s population drops as economy wobbles
The 4.9 million Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States as of 2011 outnumbered those on the island by more than 1 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“New Conferry” Chronicles (Corrected)
Venezuela: From crazy to insane
The week’s posts and podcast:
Argentina: Pope Francis, Renault 4 Club’s lifetime member
En español: El primer podcast de HACER
New book: Latin America in the Post-Chávez Era: The Security Threat to the United States
Colombia: Alvaro Uribe at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Argentina: SCOTUS to hear defaulted bonds case
Mexico: #EstamosHartosCNTE Fed up with the teachers’ union
Mexico: Bloomberg wants “sugary drinks” taxed
Venezuela: Can Chavismo last long?
Mexico: How the teachers’ union became so unpopular
Syria and Latin America reaction