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The Corcovado thumb Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio was struck by lightning, damaging its right thumb. Here’s the striking photo.

ARGENTINA
Argentine Government Rules Out Military Role in Drug Enforcement

The fish are biting . . . you: Carnivorous fish injure 10 Argentine river bathers in area where 70 were wounded last month

BOLIVIA
Bolivian President Touts Nuclear Power Program

BRAZIL
The Laureus World Sports Awards, abruptly cancelled, Sporting events in Rio
We regret to announce

Inri Cristo, preacher on a scooter

Mulher de malandro decidirá eleição
O eleitorado diz que quer mudança, mas pretende reeleger Dilma. É puro chavismo

CHILE
The drugs industry in Chile
Getting the treatment

COLOMBIA
Someone explain to me why should anyone trust the FARC, Bomb explodes in Colombian town as rebel ceasefire ends
At least one person was killed when a bomb went off in the town of Pradera in western Colombia, officials say.

Bogota; time to move on

CUBA
Cuban political prisoner Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta starts hunger to protest denial of family visit

Another Moronic Offensive Stunt to Take Place in Castrogonia

One Year of Immigration And Travel Reform… What Changed?

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
OBAMA CALLS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ‘THE DOMINICAN REPUBLICAN’

ECUADOR
A tale of two hacks: Ecuador’s continued assault on the press

Ecuadorian state newspaper says new media outlet would seek to destabilize the government

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador’s first presidential debate brims with pledges – but can candidates deliver?
El Salvador’s presidential election takes place next month, and topics of gang violence, the economy, and healthcare are top of mind.

GUATEMALA
Guatemala’s president and vice president withdraw criminal complaints against newspaper editor

HAITI
Haitians living abroad weigh investment opportunities
After four years in Washington, D.C., a diaspora investment conference moves to Port-au-Prince

JAMAICA
LGBT tolerance growing in Jamaica, push to repeal of anti-gay law

LATIN AMERICA
Cuban Actress Maria Conchita Alonso Has Lived in an Oppressive Society

Andres Oppenheimer is optimistic: Latin America’s downward spiral?

Sure, Venezuela may descend into further chaos, but it doesn’t have many followers. Argentina will most likely change course within the next two years, and Brazil will, in the worst-case scenario, remain stagnant.

More importantly, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile are doing well, and may drag several other countries in their direction. Together with Brazil, the four Pacific-coast countries make up more than 75 percent of Latin America’s economy.

More than a downward spiral, we may soon see the end of the populist cycle, and the beginning of an upward spiral.

Organized crime in 2014: What can Latin America expect?
Organized crime is adaptable and profit-driven, and in 2014, that could mean moving beyond Mexico and Colombia to a more diverse set of nations.

MEXICO
Adrift in Mexico’s deportation capital
Mexicali has became the U.S. government’s biggest dumping ground for deportees who often have deep ties in America.

Michoacan replaces security chiefsMexican soldiers patrol the streets of Apatzingan, Michoacan. Photo: 16 January 2014
Mexico’s authorities say top security officials will be replaced in the western state of Michoacan that has recently been rocked by violence.

Deep-water drilling is a test for Mexican oil company Pemex

Gangs from Central America on the rise in Mexico: Report
A new report out of Mexico details the growing links between Central American Maras and the nation’s main criminal groups, highlighting more cross-border gang activity

El pincel de la justicia
Ramiro Gómez hace su primera presentación en un espacio formal, en una pequeña galería en Chinatown. No tiene un taller: el dueño del lugar le prestó el primer piso para que ahí concluyera cuatro lienzos que son parte de la obra que expone.

PANAMA
Canal Standoff Worries Panamanians
A standoff over cost overruns in the Panama Canal expansion has Panamanians as anxious as the global shipping industry.

PERU
Peru: Media Merger Serving as Pretext for Manipulation
Let the People, Not Caudillos, Determine the Role of the Press

Disagreement between Vargas Llosa and his son illustrates the debate in Peru over media concentration

PUERTO RICO
Fixing Puerto Rico: Part I

URUGUAY
A leopard never changes its spots: Paris Hilton poses up a storm on the beach in Uruguay wearing animal print dress

VENEZUELA
Regulation, Death by a thousand cuts (Updated)

Thomas Berry died ‘trying to show family real Venezuela’, parents say
Berry family speaks for the first time of grief at death of their son and his wife, killed by robbers in front of their daughter after their car broke down on a dangerous stretch of highway

Pet rights? When all are rights there are no rights

Venezuelan economic controls lead to newsprint shortage

The week’s posts and podcast:
Puerto Rico: Festival success

Brazil: Corcovado damaged by lightning

Argentina: Where’s Cristina?

Panama: North Korea to pay fine for the rust bucket

Mexico: Mireles won’t back down

Puerto Rico: Take down that fence!

Venezuela: Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic UPDATED

Mexico: Military clash with cartel-fighting militias

Ecuador, Iran, Syria: The new axis?

Argentina’s crumbling economy

Mexico: El Universal claims DEA-Sinaloa deal in Fast & Furious

At Da Tech Guy Blog: Do heed those travel warnings.

The week’s podcast: The US-Latin America stories of the week


The Uruguayan doobie Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, October 28th, 2013

LatinAmerTop news of the week: Even when president Jose Mujica insists it won’t all be party-time, Uruguay is now the first country to legalize the production and mass distribution of marijuana.

ARGENTINA
Argentina Captures One of its Leading Homegrown Narcos

Argentina appeals New York Judge Griesa’s order regarding banks’ disclosures
The Argentine government yesterday appealed an order by US Judge Thomas Griesa who asked some private banks to turn over information about Argentina’s assets abroad. The case had been started by hedge fund Elliott Management Corp’s NML Capital Ltd which is demanding in court full 100% payment of Argentine sovereign bonds face value.

Argentina Rivals Square Off
The important question isn’t whether the ruling Peronist movement will win, but which of its dueling factions will gain the upper hand in the run-up to presidential elections in 2015.

Flashback: Hillary Clinton questions Cristina Kirchner’s mental health
Secret cable sent to US embassy in Argentina asks diplomats to find out how president handles stress

BOLIVIA
Bolivian Police Arrest 15 for Anti-Drug Agents’ Murders

BRAZIL
Brazil’s main city again rocked by riots and vandalism over transport facilities and costs

CHILE
Chile soldiers’ widows want Communist leader jailed
The widows of three Chilean soldiers have launched legal action against the country’s Communist Party leader.

COLOMBIA
Rights Activist Slain in Colombia

CUBA
Cuba’s currency
Double trouble

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Kennedy’s “Victory”?

Imprisoned couple Sonia Garro and Ramón Muñoz to stand ‘trial’ Nov. 1

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s Worn-Out War on Chevron

Racketeering aside, the case also looks rather weak on its own merits. For starters, Texaco operated as a minority partner under state-owned Petroecuador when the pollution occurred, so it is difficult to argue the damage is all its doing. Through agreements in 1995 and 1998, the Ecuadorian government also freed the company of further liability following a $40 million cleanup. An arbitration panel in The Hague cited the government’s sign-off when it ruled last month that Ecuador’s lawsuit should have never proceeded in the first place.

Oil, Ecuador and The Economist
A volcano erupts
Rafael Correa lambasts us and “the empire of capital”

Ecuador Judge Says He Inflated Bribery Claims to Chevron

Ecuador vs Chevron:
Donziger: from Hans Solo to Darth Vader

HAITI
Arrest of Haiti government critic triggers protests

HONDURAS
POLL NUMBERS!!! Economic problems in Honduras

JAMAICA
‘Cool Runnings’ 2? Jamaican bobsled team aims for Sochi Olympics

MEXICO
How Mexico’s EPR Insurgents Have Changed Course
Government sources have linked one of Mexico’s most prominent guerrilla organizations to a series of recent social protests

Paco Almaraz is having Obama burnout (in Spanish),

PANAMA
Panama Says It Will Release Most From Ship to North Korea

PARAGUAY
Paraguay leader’s son arrested [in Miami] after Bal Harbour party guest is punched

PUERTO RICO
Are There Puerto Rico Bonds in Your Muni Fund?
You may own Puerto Rico’s troubled bonds, popular for their high yields and special tax benefits, without even knowing it.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Gangs Are the New Law in Urban Trinidad & Tobago

VENEZUELA
Chavista Freddy Bernal calls for investigation of Derwick Associates

The week’s posts and podcast:
Bolivia: What the “Bolivarian revolution” means, in practice

Venezuela: The ministry of Supreme Happiness

Is Brazil ready for the World Cup?

Remembering the invasion of Grenada

Mexico: Clown union disavows killing

Ecuador: Chevron racketeering trial roundup – the corrupt judge

Uruguay: The dollar doobie

Mexico: Don’t write off the Zetas

Ecuador: Who’s Financing the Pollution-Liability Suit Against Chevron?

Nicaragua: What it was like to be on the receiving end of the sandinistas

Mexico: Is Peña Nieto backtracking?

Celia Google day

Podcast:
Venezuela & US-Latin America stories of the week

Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Princeton:

The Cristina headache Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, October 14th, 2013

LatinAmerThe week’s big news: Cristina Fernández is recovering from brain surgery, which has generated a political headache.

ARGENTINA
Mary O’Grady: Kirchner Moves Against Argentina’s Free Press
The government acts to strip the most important television network of its main source of revenue.

Cristina Fernández health scare symbolises Argentina’s ills

BRAZIL
Power couple
Marina Silva joins the Socialists—and transforms the presidential race

Brazil prison fight leaves 13 dead
A fight between members of rival gangs in Pedrinhas prison in north-eastern Brazil leaves 13 people dead and at least 30 injured.

COLOMBIA
Canadian Miner Freed in Colombia Returns to Work
Gernot Wober, a Canadian mining company executive kidnapped in Colombia by Marxist rebels for 221 days, is back on the job.

ECUADOR
Chevron asks judge to review mystery documents in Ecuador case
Emails anonymously provided to Chevron may show a “conspiracy against Chevron,” the oil giant claims, as well as leaks of confidential court materials to high-level Ecuadorian government officials in violation of court orders

Chevron’s Ecuador Defendants Denied Jury Trial by Court

After Chevron-Ecuador, Lawyer Defends Himself
It took lawyer Steven Donziger two decades to secure one of the biggest environmental verdicts in history: a $19 billion judgment against Chevron. Now he’s battling to salvage his reputation—and his financial stake in the winnings.

HAITI
UN sued over Haiti cholera epidemic
The UN faces a claim for compensation by victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti, which victims’ lawyers say was caused by peacekeepers.
, via Gates of Vienna.

PARAGUAY
Paraguay mulls patch-up with Venezuela

Paraguay will patch up differences with Venezuela that have paralyzed Mercosur — a trade and political association of several South American nations — and put free trade talks with Europe on the back burner.

PUERTO RICO
Worsening Debt Crisis Threatens Puerto Rico

URUGUAY
Maybe Jose Mujica didn’t want to miss a thing: Uruguay’s President Meets With Aerosmith

VENEZUELA
Venezuela to Pump Dollars into Economy
President Promises to Inject $900 Million Over Next Several Weeks to Help Import Foreign Goods

The week’s posts:
More on Vargas Llosa’s optimism

The Danish modern Salvadorans

Venezuela detains ship with US crew

Panama: Cuban weapons aboard N. Korean ship part of ‘major deal’

Venezuela: Maduro strangles democracy

Mexico: Why the Sinaloa Cartel {hearts} Chicago

Last night at PU: Krauze and Vargas Llosa, the two giants

Cuba: Foreign businessmen jailed for wanting to collect

Brazil: Violent demonstrations, again

Argentina: Cristina recovering from brain surgery


The Brazil downgrade Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, October 7th, 2013

LatinAmerThe big news this week: After a few years on the upswing, Latin America’s largest country and biggest economy has been downgraded from positive, to stable.

ARGENTINA
Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez suffers brain haematoma
Fernandez in hospital and has been told by doctors to take a month off, forcing her to quit congressional election campaign

Argentina’s Fernández told to rest for a month after head injury

Railways in Buenos Aires
Not driving but sleeping
The government decides it is time to shake things up

Schools in Argentina
To the barricades

Argentina seeks jail for de la Rua
Prosecutors in Argentina request a six-year prison term for former President Fernando de la Rua over a bribery scandal
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Mexico’s Grupo Elektra to Exit Argentina
Mexican retail and banking company Grupo Elektra said it is leaving Argentina after six years in the country because of government restrictions on business and high inflation.

Andres Oppenheimer: Miami officials should thank Argentine president
Miami officials should erect a statue to Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Thanks to her disastrous economic policies, Argentines are flocking to invest here and Argentine developers are building some of the city’s most spectacular real estate projects.

BOLIVIA
Calling Jesse Pinkman: More than $1 million tossed from a plane in Bolivia

BRAZIL:
Brazil property rights: Tribes and farmers battle to the death
Brazil’s agricultural boom, led by exports to China, has made the problem worse, indigenous groups say

Smart Diplomacy: Brazilian President complains to Obama about “a grave violation of human rights” and “especially of disrespect to national sovereignty”

CARIBBEAN
Caribbean states seek slavery reparations from Europe, but apparently not from Spain, which is broke (h/t Gates of Vienna)

CHILE
“Missing”: Ex-US Navy Officer Wanted for Murder Dies in Chile

COLOMBIA
Jesse Jackson Should Stay Out of Colombia

Colombia’s Risky Peace Gambit

CUBA
”Cheap Flesh Of The Revolution” – Cuban Women Recount A Grim Reality

678 cases & counting: Cholera (and Castro’s Cover-Up) on the Rise

Cuban human rights groups report big spikes in political repression in September

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s Correa: Obama’s exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII

GUATEMALA
Mexico arrests Guatemala ‘drug lord’
Police in Mexico arrest one of Guatemala’s most wanted men – a drug lord suspected of masterminding the killing of eight policemen in June

HAITI
Haiti’s garment industry: a lost cause, or ready to change?
Factory co-founded by Matt Damon and promising minimum wage, hopes to bring responsible production of high-end apparel to the country

HONDURAS
POLL NUMBERS: Honduras moving to a two way race

LATIN AMERICA
Latin American cinema
Coming of age

Trade overrides ideology: Latin America’s Anti-Americanism Is All Talk

Anti-American rhetoric in ALBA countries has not prevented them from listing the US among their main trade partners. As of 2012, the US was the main import source for Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Honduras. Particularly striking is that 31.2 percent of Venezuela’s imports and 28 percent of Ecuador’s come from the United States. Adding to this list, the US is Bolivia’s fourth largest source of imports, producing up to 10 percent of its imports, and Argentina‘s second source after Brazil.

The United States receives the largest percentage of Latin American exports from Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Honduras. In the case of Bolivia, it drops to second place after Brazil. Such significant flows of merchandise and capital will not stop overnight, no matter how many countries forced the Bolivian presidential plane to land for a few hours.

MEXICO
Mexico police clash with protesters
Riot police clash with protesters in Mexico City during a demonstration commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre.

Armed Housewives In The Hills Of Southern Mexico Fight Back Against Organized Crime
Women in the Mexican town of Xaltianguis, an hour away from Acapulco, have joined the men in patrolling their streets and have managed to significantly reduce a local crime wave.

At the beginning of the year, town leaders reached out to the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State (UPOEG), an established statewide network of community police. Guerrero, one of Mexico’s poorest states, has a long-time tradition of sending waves of immigrants north to the U.S. in search of work. The state also has long history of guerrilla activity.

Historically, towns in Guerrero have had rather tenuous ties to the federal government. Many have taken advantage of provisions in Mexico’s constitution that grant indigenous groups the right to enforce their own “customs and practices,” and maintain their own semi-autonomous police and justice systems.

PANAMA
Maritime execs debate Panama Canal expansion at Miami conference

PERU
Pal of Peru cocaine mules Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum arrested in major drugs bust on party island Ibiza
CHELSEA Greaves, 20, her dad and uncle were among 15 people held in dawn raids last weekend. Cops seized more than 2000 meth pills as well as cocaine and ecstasy.

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Record Yields Luring Buyers of Distress: Muni Credit

URUGUAY
Uruguay: the world’s laboratory for marijuana legalisation
Uruguay’s president, José Mujica, wants to make pot legal. The idea is getting a lot of praise abroad, but criticism at home

Mujica, an ex guerrilla fighter, and Hungarian-American magnate George Soros, believe that legalizing the drug would be a strike against drug trafficking, a better way to control drug consumption and an opportunity to help those who suffer any drug disorder or addiction.

While it makes them money, too.

VENEZUELA:
It’s Time To Teach Venezuela A Lesson

The Venezuelan State’s Occupy “Movement”: The Victory of Socialism!

The week’s posts and podcast:
Nicaragua: Bill de Blasio ignores the truth.

Nicaragua canal: Plan, nothing more

Troubled currencies: Argentina & Venezuela

Brazil: Unions to challenge use of Cuban doctors

Venezuela: Swarm loots a truck after an accident

Corruption in Venezuela’s Cuban medical missions

Brazil: Moody’s lowers outlook

Venezuela: A voice from the grave? UPDATED

Argentina: SCOTUS didn’t take the case . . . yet

Jessie Jackson heads to Colombia anyway

Podcast:
Colombia and other US-Latin America stories

Dominican Republic: Haitians stripped of citizenship

Monday, September 30th, 2013

In an unappealable decision, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court has stripped of citizenship thousands of people of Haitian origin, even if they were born in the DR:
Haitian-descended residents of Dominican Republic stripped of citizenship by high court

The Constitutional Court’s decision cannot be appealed, and it covers those born since 1929 — a category that overwhelmingly includes Haitians brought in to work on farms and their descendants.

Additionally,

The Constitutional Court said officials are studying birth certificates of more than 16,000 people and noted that electoral authorities have refused to issue identity documents to 40,000 people of Haitian descent. It gave the electoral commission a year to produce a list of people to be excluded from citizenship.

As mentioned above, the decision can not be appealed.

The maggot Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, July 29th, 2013

LatinAmerNo, not maggot Anthony Weiner (with apologies to any soft limbless larva of dipterous insects who may be reading this blog). The catchy headline is not from a Star Trek movie, but from another trek . . . to Peru,

A British woman returned from a holiday in Peru hearing scratching noises inside her head to be told she was being attacked by flesh-eating maggots living inside her ear.

Now that I have your attention, here’s the news from our hemisphere:
ARGENTINA
Sure this is the real thing? GREEN Coke launched in Argentina with natural sweetener and fully recyclable bottle

BOLIVIA
Evo says the continent must cease to depend on foreign companies for its large-scale industrial projects: Bolivia’s Morales Calls for South America’s “Technological Liberation”

BRAZIL
Pope Warns of Drug Scourge as Latin America Moves to Legalize

Papal Visit a Mixed Blessing for Rio
Mishaps at a papal event are raising doubts about Rio de Janeiro hosting the upcoming Olympics and the World Cup.

Pope urges talks in divided Brazil
Pope Francis urges Brazil’s government and civil society leaders to use dialogue as an alternative to violent protest and “selfish indifference”.

CHILE
‘Murder’ claim roils Chile campaign
A Chilean lawyer wants charges against the father of the conservative presidential candidate for the murder of her rival’s father.

Some final thoughts on Capriles in Chile

COLOMBIA
Colombia civil conflict has killed ‘nearly a quarter of a million’: study
Almost a quarter of a million Colombians have been killed in the country’s bloody half-century conflict, most of them civilians, a government-funded report revealed on Wednesday, providing fresh evidence of the vast scale of human rights violations since hostilities began.

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Aims for Zoos without Cages. [Insert NJ Turnpike joke here]

CUBA
The Castro Brothers Get Caught in the Act News of arms shipments to North Korea rudely interrupts the happy talk about reforms in Cuba.

The Cuban Cargo Caper

In the spirit of rock and roll and freedom, Cuban heavy metal band Hipnosis defects

ECUADOR
U.S. Aims to Resume Bilateral Talks With Ecuador Before Year-End

Chevron’s latest headache in $19 billion lawsuit
A federal appeals court is weighing a sixth attempt by representatives of the Amazon Defense Front to toss the judge hearing the oil giant’s RICO case.

HAITI
Haiti cholera epidemic caused by UN, say experts

HONDURAS
UNREAL! Chicago Teachers Union Officials Travel to Honduras to Discuss “Revolution” With Former Tyrant

LATIN AMERICA
FDA set to overhaul food safety rules for imported fruits, veggies

Latin America and Edward Snowden
South Americans in glasshouses

MEXICO
WSJ letter to the editor: Mexico Needs Big Oil-Policy Change
Pemex’s freedom of maneuver has been held hostage for a half-century by a national narrative that misunderstands the global dynamic of the oil industry

NICARAGUA
Chinese Businessman Seeks to Build Nicaraguan Canal

PERU
More than 100 bodies exhumed in Peru

PUERTO RICO
Luis Gutierrez Asks Congress To Oppose Puerto Rico Statehood Resolution In Joint Letter With Nydia Velazquez

SURINAME
Suriname wants Dutch compensation for slave trade (h/t Gates of Vienna)

VENEZUELA
Apocalyptic South American fuck-up nudges up fund manager’s alpha

In Venezuela, the only fully-stocked supermarket belongs to the government: Caracas’s only fully-stocked supermarket and its one-in one-out policy
Demand at Caracas’s only fully-stocked supermarket – the government-run Bicentenario – is so high that it is now operating a “one-in, one-out” policy.

The week’s posts:
Brazil: 3 million expected at Copacabana today

Latin America and the China bubble

Cuba: A grim anniversary

Venezuela: Maduro gets hacked

Habemus Papam, habemus tango

Cuba: Civility, schmivility

Brazil: The Pope in a pickle

UNESCO self-ridicules UPDATED

Puerto Rico: Wind farm fiasco


The Brazilian demonstrations Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 24th, 2013

LatinAmerARGENTINA
New ‘moderate’ Iranian President involved in AMIA bombing, son suicided over father’s extremism

BOLIVIA
Bolivia prison inmates protest at closure plan
Inmates at Bolivia’s biggest prison have said they are protesting against government plans to close the jail.

BRAZIL
Protests in Brazil Injure 15
A day after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called for an end to violent protests, some 60,000 marchers took to the streets again in the southern city of Belo Horizonte, injuring at least 15.

Protests in Brazil
Taking to the streets
Bubbling anger about high prices, corruption and poor public services boils over into the biggest demonstrations in two decades

Despite Assurances by Brazil’s President, Protesters Stage Another Day of Demonstrations

The map lies to you

Brazil is saying what we could not: we don’t want these costly extravaganzas
From the World Cup to the G8, many countries are paying an extortionate price for hosting these pointless displays

COLOMBIA
D.E.A. Agent in Colombia Is Killed in Possible Attempt at Robbery

CUBA
The Case to Keep Cuba on the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism, via Babalu.

HAITI
Feeding Haiti
A new menu
The government tries to load up the plates of the poorest people in the Americas

HONDURAS
Make way for Mrs. Zelaya, Deposed Honduran president’s wife leads in campaign for presidency; coup backers trail

MEXICO
Documents show FBI monitored Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than 2 decades

NICARAGUA
Helicopter crash kills Nicaragua air force chiefs
Key members of Nicaragua’s air force, including the chief of staff, are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash.

PUERTO RICO
American Red Cross Responds to Decision to Stop Collecting Blood in Puerto Rico

VENEZUELA
Why there is no “latino american spring”, and certainly not in Venezuela

As People Look For Pragmatism In Currency, Venezuelan Government Ready For More Controls

The week’s posts:
Venezuela’s Chernenko

Brazil: 300,000 protestors in Sao Paolo

Venezuela: Legitimizing Maduro, continued

Brazil’s protests: Anti-inflation, anti-corruption, pro-representation, pro-middle class

Venezuela: Legitimizing Maduro

Brazil: Huge demonstrations

Brazil: Huge demonstrations

Colombia: Legitimizing the FARC


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 4th, 2013

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentina Signals Willingness With Holdout Creditors

Former Spanish judge Baltazar Garzón is romancing Cristina Fernández (link in Spanish).

BRAZIL
Brazil Santa Maria nightclub fire death toll rises to 240
The death toll from Brazil’s deadliest fire in decades has risen to 240 with the death of a man in hospital, a month after the nightclub tragedy.

Social spending in Brazil
The end of poverty?

CHILE
Pinochet Tried Defying Defeat, Papers Show

COLOMBIA
Medellin is ‘most innovative city’
The Colombian city of Medellin is voted as the world’s most innovative for its modern transport system, environmental policies and cultural offerings.

Medellin – The Monotone City; The Truth About Living in Medellin, Colombia

Colombia’s economy
The black stuff
Disruption in key industries
The price of a cup of coffee
OIL may now be Colombia’s biggest export, but coal comes second and coffee, no longer paramount as it long was, is still the fifth-biggest foreign-exchange earner.

CUBA
How Cubans’ Travel Rattles the Regime
To persuade the world it is reforming, the regime lets more people travel. What they say isn’t reassuring.

Cuba’s leaders
The new man
The Castros unveil their successor

In Spain, the truth starts to come out about Paya ‘accident’

Breaking the Castro embargo, one tweet at a time

HAITI
Haiti’s ex-ruler ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier attends court

MEXICO
Mexican authorities participated in civilian disappearances, report says

¿Venganza o parteaguas?

Pena Nieto Pushes Mexico’s Ruling Party to End Pemex Monopoly

Power in Mexico
“The Teacher” in detention
Enrique Peña Nieto’s government has arrested a powerful union leader. Is this the start of something?

Oft-deported Mexican migrants keep trying to return to the United States
For Mexican men with wives, children and former jobs in the United States, the “Whisper Trail” across a rugged stretch of border heavily patrolled by U.S. officers remains their best hope of resuming their former lives.

PERU
Peru Sol Falls to Three-Month Low as Banks Buy Dollars

U.S. tourist who was missing in Peru sends greetings from military base

PUERTO RICO
New Push to Curb Puerto Rico’s Thriving Drug Trade
As Trafficking Hub Spurs Crime Wave, U.S., Local Authorities Step Up Action

VENEZUELA
Isla Presidencial: Venezuelan Internet spoof on presidents attracts serious fans
‘Isla Presidencial,’ an Internet cartoon that pillories politicos, may be at a crossroads now that Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is out of view.
Here’s their Harlem Shake episode:

Hugo’s Health


Venezuela: El imperio electrónico de Fidel – por Gral. Carlos Peñaloza

The Possibility of an Island

Speculation, Devaluation and Idiotic Policies In Venezuela

Back to court: multiple jeopardy for Leopoldo Lopez

Hugo Chavez, “battling for life”?

The week’s posts:
Separated at birth? Or is it all in the hair?

Update on Hugo Chavez

Melgen-Menendez-Noriega?

“Hugo Chavez is brain dead”

Podcast: US-Latin America : The latest from Cuba

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 25th, 2013

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentina dispatch: the troubled reign of Queen Cristina of Argentina
Beset by economic stagnation, Argentines are growing weary of President Cristina Kirchner’s obsession with the Falklands, reports Philip Sherwell

In Spanish (audio starts right away), HACER: Agustín Rangugni y Eneas Biglione entrevistan a Gonzalo Blousson, Presidente del Partido Liberal Libertario, sobre actualidad y desafíos que enfrenta Argentina

BRAZIL
Andres Oppenheimer: Brazil should stop being self-absorbed giant

A Visit Angers Brazil’s Pro-Cubans
Protests Greet Havana Dissident, Highlighting Latin America’s Still-Strong Love Affair With Castro

CHILE
Chile’s Gen Pinochet ‘tried to cling to power’ in 1988
Pinochet wanted to hold on to power when he lost a referendum on his rule in 1988, newly declassified documents in the US suggest.

Russian inmate joins Chilean club
A Russian inmate is allowed to remain in Chile and play for a local football club after serving three-year prison sentence for drug smuggling.

CUBA
The Old Act of Repudiation

Cuba under Raúl: He’s tinkered but it’s the same old machine

The spirit of freedom is strong in my hometown of Antilla, Cuba

Why Is UN Praising the Castro Regime?

20 Of The Most Embarrassing Moments In The History Of The Democrat Party

11) The Bay of Pigs (1961): After training a Cuban militia to overthrow Castro, Kennedy got cold feet and didn’t give the men all the air support they were promised. As a result, they were easily defeated by Castro’s men and today, Cuba is still ruled by a hostile, anti-American dictatorship.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
If Only CNN had the resources that the Daily Caller Does…

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s presidential election
More of the same, please

EL SALVADOR
Memories of Stolen Children

HAITI
UN rejects Haiti cholera compensation claims
The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people.

JAMAICA
Lenten diet

MEXICO
Will Mexico Welcome Wildcatters?
The new finance minister says his country needs entrepreneurs to find untapped energy reserves.

Mexico’s disappeared
Into thin air

Brewer: Border not Secure, Drug Cartels ‘Ready to Come Across’

PANAMA
Amazing!

PERU
Sendero Luminoso, fragilidad institucional y socialismo del Siglo XXI en el Peru

PUERTO RICO
Bond Investors Wade Back Into Puerto Rico

José Aponte Votaría Por Reforma Legislativa Si Le Hacen Otra Tarja

URUGUAY
Uruguay’s culture of impunity continues to rear its head
Judge Mariana Mota’s transfer shows that the country’s culture of impunity for the crimes of dictatorship still endures.

VENEZUELA
A Mixed Message From Chavismo On President Chávez’ Health

Will they dare to swear in Chavez in the dark?

300 officials from the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Force (FAR) are taking part in strategic decisions made in security and defense in Venezuela.

LETTER FROM CARACAS
SLUMLORD
What has Hugo Chávez wrought in Venezuela?
The Tower of David, among other things.

Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas: “The president holds firm to C
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still suffering breathing problems following his return from Cuba where he was treated for cancer, officials say.

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Remembering Brothers to the Rescue

Next thing you know, she’ll be sending Hugo Chavez a get-well card

Ted Cruz and guns

Two questions re: Hugo Chavez

Podcast: US-Latin America: Chavez, and other issues


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 14th, 2013

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands
Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands.

Falklands Redux: Is President Kirchner South America’s Biggest Troll?

P&O cruise firm stops Argentine port stops
Passengers due to embark on the Southampton-based ships were told last month
A cruise firm has put a temporary halt to stops at three Argentine ports after continuing tensions with the country over the Falklands.

BOLIVIA
Presidente en ejercicio afirma: indígenas “libre pensantes” pueden irse

BRAZIL
From last year, Brazil: Landowners Declare War against Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá in Mato Grosso do Sul

Tax in Brazil
Nothing is certain
Brazilian firms fight huge and unpredictable tax bills

Chinese Tech Titans Eye Brazil
Chinese consumer-technology firms are dominant at home but have struggled overseas. Now, in a bid to change that, they’re charging into Brazil and other emerging markets.

Drug addicts light up the night in Brazil’s ‘cracolandias’
Crack epidemic and related violence are reminiscent of Washington or New York in the 1980s.

CHILE
Background on the Mapuche, from 2004: Mapuche Indians in Chile Struggle to Take Back Forests, and from last year: Attacks on Chile’s Indigenous Peoples Thwart Efforts at Land Reparations

Indigenous rights in Chile
Unhappy new year

COLOMBIA
Latin American local government
A load of rubbish
Another unpopular mayor for Colombia’s capital

COSTA RICA
Mothers in Breastfeed Protest at Costa Rica Mall

CUBA
A Silent Mariel

Seventh circle of Hell gets a wee bit more crowded

Oppenheimer: Cuba’s role in Venezuela may grow — for now

As Hugo Chavez fights for his life, Cuba fears for its future
Venezuela is not the only Latin American nation that is monitoring every moment of president Hugo Chavez’s illness. His ally Cuba has relied on him for economic help, and that could soon come to an end.

EQUADOR
Ecuadorian President Warns of Possible ‘CIA Attack’ Before Elections

GUATEMALA
As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs

HAITI
Still waiting for recovery
Three years after a devastating earthquake, the “Republic of NGOs” has become the country of the unemployed

HONDURAS
La Ceiba, Honduras, airport sign translation

MEXICO
Recent violence in north-central Mexico reportedly kills dozens

PANAMA
As Panama Canal gets bigger,U.S. ports race to keep up

PERU
Two killed in Dakar rally crash involving British team
Two people have been in killed in Peru in a head-on collision involving a support vehicle for the Dakar rally.

Peru boom spurs middle-class growth
Asian demand for copper and gold has put disposable income in the nation’s pockets.

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Beauty Queen Faints, Uses Crutches

TURKS & CAICOS
British to seek extradition of ex-Turks and Caicos premier from Brazil
Turks and Caicos says that British authorities will soon formally ask Brazil to extradite the island’s former premier as part of the ongoing criminal investigation in the island chain.

VENEZUELA
Venezuela’s ‘Weekend At Bernie’s’ Inaugural A Sign Of Chavez’s Tottering Regime

The Chávez Legacy in Venezuela
Autocratic rule, economic ruin, and South America’s highest murder rate.

To Understand Today’s TSJ Decision, Let’s Look At Motive

Venezuela’s presidency
Brotherly love in the Bolivarian Republic
With the president ill, who is really running the country?

Now what? Looking at the 2013 Venezuelan calendar

Venezuela Inflation Jumps Sharply as Shortages Rise
Venezuela’s consumer prices surged in December at the fastest pace in nearly three years as the oil-rich South American country grappled with severe shortages of consumer goods, the central bank reported.

Controversy aside, there is no denying Hugo Chavez redefined Latin American politics
The leader of Venezuela’s social revolution has undergone a fourth operation for cancer and was unable to attend his inauguration after being elected for a fourth term as president.

The week’s posts:
Dead or alive?

Oh, peachy, now the Obama admin’s cozying up to Maduro

Venezuela: Chavez swearing-in can be delayed

Weekend at Chavez!

Venezuela: Twitter raid UPDATED