Yes, I love Thanksgiving Day. No, I don’t go shopping in stores on the weekend.
Now we have that out of the way, let’s look at the week’s stories:
Castro Helped the Devil in Argentina
Although they kept it quiet, Argentina’s dictators had a gentlemen’s agreement with Castro. Under the pact, Videla supported Cuba’s bid in 1977 to join the Executive Council of the World Health Organization, a diplomatic feather in Castro’s beret. The quid pro quo was that Havana stump among nonaligned nations to name Argentina to the United Nations prestigious Economic and Social Council. Apparently Cuba’s vote was the 18th and decisive ballot, landing Argentina the coveted UN seat.
Argentina to Snoop Emails from Citizens with Swiss Bank Accounts
Suspected Tax Violators Must Prove Innocence to Authorities
ICYMI Beware a Leftist Landslide in Bolivia
Capping Brazil’s Corruption Gusher
Brazil’s Economy Claws Out of Recession
GDP Expands 0.1% in Third Quarter But Outlook for Latin America’s Biggest Economy Remains Clouded
Drought-hit Sao Paulo may ‘get water from mud': TRFN
Chilean Teachers on Strike over Bachelet’s Education Reform
Internal Union Dispute over Benefits May Cause Ruling Party to Reshape Policy
Colombia: Farc rebels release two soldiers
The Blackest of Fridays Planned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara
Castro’s agents had targeted Macy’s, Gimbels, Bloomingdales, and Manhattan’s Grand Central Station with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT. The holocaust was set for detonation the following week, on the day after Thanksgiving.
CNN promotes pro-Castro editorials of The New York Times to a wider audience
Silence Enables Violence Against Cuba’s Dissidents
Ecuador shrimp prices tumble as Chinese buyers hold off
Antonio Banderas, Distinguished as Buenos Aires Guest of Honor
White House – Illegal Immigrants Entitled to Social Security and Medicare
Incentivizing the Lawless and Penalizing the Lawful
Jamaica’s Economy to Show Growth for 2014/15
The great deceleration
The region’s economies have slowed far more abruptly than anyone expected
Worst off are those countries with populist governments that squandered the windfall from the boom. Forecasters see no let-up in the stagflation afflicting Venezuela and Argentina. Thanks to lack of investment and clumsy macroeconomic management, Brazil’s economy will barely grow this year and faces a fiscal squeeze in 2015. Yet the deceleration goes far wider. The high-flying and well-run economies of Chile, Peru and Colombia are all suffering. The growth rate this year in Chile (2%) and Peru (around 3%) is half that of 2013. Contrast that with sub-Saharan Africa, which is also a big commodity producer and where the IMF expects growth of 5.1% this year and 5.8% next.
As Mexican Border Town Tries to Move On, Some Are Stuck in Limbo
British forensic experts work with Mexican parents to create database of disappeared
As Mexican president announces police revamp following student atrocity outrage, British-funded project aims to identify human remains buried in mass graves across violence-plagued country
Andres Oppenheimer: Canal calamity looms in Nicaragua
Alleged Ponzi scammer Quintin Earl Sponagle returned to N.S., to stay behind bars until Tuesday
Corruption Revives Debate on Peru’s Political Stability
U.S. government warns Puerto Rico of funding loss if transit shuts
Feeling very mellow
Voters are not in the mood for change
Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill President Maduro
Maria Corina Machado denies any wrongdoing and says the threat is an attempt to silence critics of the government
Venezuela Says 35 Prison Inmates Dead From Overdose
Pressure is building on Venezuela’s government to fully investigate a rising number of deaths at an overcrowded prison, with human-rights activists questioning authorities’ claim of a mass drug overdose by dozens of inmates who stormed an infirmary.
The week’s posts:
Venezuela: AP does Orwell so well
Argentina: Investigate Cristina, get impeached?
En español: Terapia Intensiva 233
Mexico’s failures and immigration
Venezuela: New deal with China
Panama: Legal truble for Carlos Slim
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
On thankfulness and apple pie