The 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’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.
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.
Calling Jesse Pinkman: More than $1 million tossed from a plane in Bolivia
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 states seek slavery reparations from Europe, but apparently not from Spain, which is broke (h/t Gates of Vienna)
“Missing”: Ex-US Navy Officer Wanted for Murder Dies in Chile
Jesse Jackson Should Stay Out of Colombia
Colombia’s Risky Peace Gambit
”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’s Correa: Obama’s exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII
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’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
POLL NUMBERS: Honduras moving to a two way race
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 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.
Maritime execs debate Panama Canal expansion at Miami conference
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 Record Yields Luring Buyers of Distress: Muni Credit
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.
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
Colombia and other US-Latin America stories