Venezuela’s demonstrations continue to be the week’s top story, in spite of the media blackout. Take some time to look at photos and read about The Venezuela Paradox,
After three weeks of repression, fifteen dead, at least 60 reported tortured and more than eight hundred detained, including opposition leaders and reporters, the Venezuelan students have at least shown the world what little respect the Maduro administration has for the human and civil rights of the people.
Keep in mind that
The protests come from people who realize that their future has been robbed by a narco-kleptocracy. Almost anyone in Venezuela that has aspirations to a better future through education, hard work, you name it, questions more or less actively the regime.
Heisenberg: Chapo Guzmán, la conexión argentina
What could possibly go wrong? Argentina Plans Price-Control Measures
President Cristina Kirchner has pledged tougher measures against businesses that raise prices, as her administration tries to stabilize an economy suffering from double-digit inflation and hard currency shortages.
Devaluation Hurts Argentina’s Regional Standing
Colombia Has Likely Overtaken Argentina as Latin America’s Third-Largest Economy
Two Years After Expropriation, Argentina and Repsol Sign Accord on YPF
The agreement establishes compensation for the Spanish oil firm of $5 billion in dollar-denominated government bonds, a debt that will be settled by 2033, at the latest, if the bonds are held to maturity
Upcoming meme alert: Expect MSNBC to start referring to the Venezuelan demonstrations (if they ever notice them) as “attempts at a soft coup”, Presidenta argentina habla de ‘golpe suave’ en Venezuela
Bolivia’s 2013 revenue from gas sales to neighbors totals $6 bn
Pity Brazil’s Military Police
The military police are not part of the armed forces, and yet they operate according to military principles of rank and discipline. They cannot strike or unionize, and are subject to a military-style penal code (meaning transgressions at work can be treated as mutiny or treason, and officers are tried in a special court). They are prohibited from “revealing facts or documents that can discredit the police or disrupt hierarchy or discipline.”
They also can’t openly disapprove of the acts of civilian authorities from the executive, legislative or judicial branches of government, and are forbidden to express their personal political opinions.
Brazil Sings a New Tune
As millions leave poverty behind, Brazilian funk is moving from the slums to the mainstream
South American Anarchists Teach Anti-Capitalist Tactics to American Students
Scientists solve mystery of Chile’s ‘whale graveyard’
“This is a site on par with Dinosaur National Monument here in the United States, a whole hillside littered with dinosaur skeletons. We seem to have the same thing except with whales here in Chile.”
US Dismisses Colombia FARC Request to Join Peace Negotiations
More women in Colombian politics, please
From The Economist story (also posted under Panama, below): Caribbean ports and the Panama canal
Brazil and Cuba agreed in 2009 to develop the port of Mariel, west of Havana, through a partnership between Brazil’s Grupo Odebrecht and a state-owned Cuban company, with PSA International of Singapore as operator. The port has been dredged to a comfortable 18 metres and was inaugurated in January. But a major transshipment role is blocked by the American trade embargo: ships which have been to Cuba are barred for six months from American ports. More time to complete the Panama expansion means more time for the embargo to lift.
Lining a Dictator’s Pockets
No good would come of lifting the embargo on Cuba.
Curacao’s StartUp Stock Exchange Combines Crowdfunding with Stock Exchange
U.S. Medical Tourism To Dominican Republic Could Increase With High-Tech Clinic
El Salvador Could Be the Next Venezuela
Experts say country could morph into Venezuela if ruling party retains control
The Fine Tapestry of the Kaqchikel Women of Guatemala
UN official urges Haiti compensation
A UN official breaks ranks with the world body, and calls for compensation for Haitian victims of a cholera outbreak many blame on peacekeepers.
Mexican Drug Lord Owns Nearly 300 Companies
Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea
Caribbean ports and the Panama canal
The new locks will accommodate ships which can take almost three times that load and need a draft of over 15 metres.
These monsters will slash shipping costs for Pacific cargo en route for Atlantic ports, and boost the 6% share of world trade that the Panama canal now claims.
Giant Prehistoric Sloth Fossil Found In Paraguay
Voting in Peru? Referendum on ballot just got more confusing
Moody’s Issues Junk Rating for Coming Puerto Rico Bond Sale
20 arrested for bank fraud, money laundering in Puerto Rico
The WSJ lists Venezuela’s Opposition Leaders
University students have been the backbone of the antigovernment movement, but demonstrators recently have looked to Leopoldo López, a former mayor of the Chacao district of Caracas and leader of the Popular Will party. Read more about the opposition to President Nicolás Maduro.
Death toll from Venezuela street protests rises to 18
Anti-government protests continue to Caracas and across Venezuela with ongoing battles between protesters and police claiming the life of a national guardsman
Chavismo Thrives on Mistrust
The U.S. Was Ready to Impose Sanctions on Ukraine. Why Not Venezuela, Too?
How Chavez planted the seeds of violence
‘A Perfect Storm’: The Failure of Venezuela’s New President
He was hand-picked by Hugo Chávez, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has lost control of the country’s economy. Vast protests have been the result, but the government in Caracas has shown no signs of bending.
Jailed Venezuela protest leader mocks President’s talks
ARE CUBAN SPECIAL FORCES SHOOTING AT VENEZUELAN PROTESTERS?
Senate Resolution Targets Venezuelan Rights Violators
The week’s posts and podcast:
Latin America at the #Oscars2014
Just what the Venezuelans need: Jimmy Carter!
#SOSVenezuela: Hugo loses his head in Táchira
Rubio’s speech on Cuba and Venezuela
Argentina: The more things change . . .
Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua: Russia to add military bases overseas UPDATED
Venezuela, en español: Entrevista con Gen. Ángel Vivas
En español: Terapia intensiva
Venezuela: Tweeting the barricades #SOSVenezuela
Mexico: How Chapo was nabbed
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
What would it take for Latin America’s left-wing populist economies to turn around?
Venezuela: “Don’t you get weary!”
Victor Triay, author PLUS US-Latin America this week