Last night’s podcast, Memories of old Havana PLUS US-Latin America stories of the week with Graciela Chelo Lodeiro, and host Silvio Canto Jr.
Archive for the ‘Latin America’ Category
“Malvinas banner” display costs Argentina 30.000 Swiss francs fine
FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association 30,000 Swiss francs (£19,540) as punishment for the displaying of a provocative banner relating to the Falkland Islands.
Pope sends message demanding justice on 20th anniversary of AMIA bombing
On the 20th anniversary of the AMIA Jewish community center bombing, the Argentine pontiff sent a message for “justice” to Argentina’s Israeli community and relatives of the 85 victims that resulted dead in the attack.
Senator urges Chile to take ‘active’ role in Israel-Palestine conflict
Campaigners from the large Palestinian community calls for greater action in conflict while DC deputy warns against ‘bringing the conflict to Chile.’
Obama’s Border Summit Theater
Rate of Girls Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border Alone Outpaces Boys, Study Finds
The number of unaccompanied girls caught crossing into the U.S. at the border with Mexico has grown far more quickly this year than the number of boys, according to a Pew Research Center report.
Previously uncontacted Peruvian Indians ‘could carry flu back to tribe’
Activists fear that virus contracted by Amazonian tribe members fleeing violent attacks could spread through vulnerable and isolated communities
Mercosur is ‘not working’ because of protectionism and lack of arbitration
Mercosur is “not working” and is “stalled” admitted Uruguayan president Jose Mujica and blamed the situation on different visions of the block’s functioning, according to an interview with Folha de Sao Paulo.
The Hijacking of a Venezuelan Newspaper
The week’s posts & podcast:
Aruba: Venezuelan consul detained on drug charges
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Case study in “smart diplomacy”: Bolivia
The week’s podcast:
US-Latin America stories of the week
El Nuevo Herald has a report that has not made its way yet into the Miami Herald, Coyotes, detrás de millonario tráfico de migrantes (Coyotes, behind the multi-million immigrant trade).
Among the findings:
- It’s a high-risk business, generating an estimated US$6.6 billion per year.
- Each illegal alien pays $5,000-$10,000.
- The human traffic networks bribe authorities, gangs controlling railways, and drug cartels’ tax.
- The profit is estimated at US$3,500-$4,000 per illegal alien per successful trip.
- The field guides may not necessarily know who they work for.
- Mexican teens may work as field guides since they are returned to Mexico and not charged as adults. They are paid $100 per illegal alien.
- U.S. citizens are paid $150-$200 per illegal alien when delivering them to safe houses.
The reporters interviewed some of the coyotes, from one that claims to charge $2,500 from the Guatemala-US trip, to another who charges US$10,000 from Central America to the US. The $10,000 includes hotels, bribes, and a cut for the cartels, but there may be an additional $5,000 fee for hazard pay if the Zetas must be avoided/paid off.
I continue to ask, who’s paying for the current invasion? Or are we supposed to believe that tens of thousands of Central America’s indigents suddenly could come up with the money to pay the coyotes? And that the coyotes are not getting paid?
The AP article, in English, MIGRATION SPOTLIGHTS MEXICAN ‘COYOTE’ SMUGGLERS
Gov. Rick Perry deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to border
Interesting article by Shannon Tiezzi, China’s Goals in South America
China’s main goals in South America are economic, but it also hopes to win public and political support.
an economic push by China is also a soft power push, as Beijing uses its funding (both public and private) to win goodwill in developing countries. This is also accompanied by China’s hope to increase cultural exchanges and establish more Confucius Institutes in the region. There are currently 32 Confucius Institutes in Latin America, according to Xinhua.
It’s China’s hope that economic support and soft power will translate to political backing, a strategy that Beijing has used in Africa as well.
And let’s not forget a little palm greasing may be involved, too.
Argentina and Brazil go to the World Cup semifinals, and that has been the top story all over the hemisphere.
World Cup police cooperation leads to arrest of fugitive from Argentina’s ‘dirty war’
Salvador Siciliano, a leading member of the notorious Triple A anti-communist death squad in the 1970s, captured in Brazil thanks to heightened communications between international forces around the tournament
Bolivia sanctions child labour as young as 10
Bolivian congress passes laws that allow 12-year-old children to be employed in full-time work for others, with 10-year-olds permitted to work if self-employed
Dominican Authorities Arrest 137 Haitian Migrants
NYT editorializes with this headline, Government of Ecuador Can Sue Fugitive Bankers in U.S.
Jamaica selling out its paradise
The telecom bill is a tough blow for Mr. [Carlos] Slim. It forces mobile unit Telcel to complete calls from competing networks without charge, and establishes that domestic long-distance charges made by Telmex will be phased out starting next year. The bill also gives powers to the new enhanced regulator to set some phone rates of dominant players.
Puerto Rico: The New Detroit
Puerto Rico is moving to restructure a large slice of its debt. More trouble could be on the way. And, Mercado Libre is the eBay of Latin America. But it has a new competitor: eBay itself.
The week’s posts and podcast:
Guatemala: When The Mountains Tremble to be corrected
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Bean-counting Catholic justices
Are Liberals Patriotic?
For us not-fans, the World Cup drags on forever, but it’s only on its third week. The half-time verdict Expectations were low. They have been exceeded
— Sábado Gigante (@SabadoGigante) June 28, 2014
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. must return a $539 million deposit from Argentina intended for restructured bondholders, a U.S. judge ruled, calling the transfer an “explosive action” that disrupted potential settlement talks with holders of defaulted debt.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York has ruled that Argentina can’t pay holders of its restructured debt without also paying more than $1.5 billion to a group of defaulted bondholders, raising the possibility of a new default as the South American nation approaches a June 30 payment deadline.
Robert Cohen, a lawyer for hedge funds holding the defaulted debt, told Griesa that Argentina “defiantly and contemptuously” violated his court orders.
Prince Harry thanks Brazilians in first ever royal video message
Prince Harry thanks the people of Brazil for their hospitality in the first ever video message to be recorded by a member of the Royal family
The World Cup of Dirty Dreams: Inside Brazil’s Most Infamous Brothel
Full of beautiful women and XXX behavior, Rio de Janeiro’s Centaurus has enticed celebrities, soccer stars and anyone else willing to pay a fee and go inside. We go behind the doors of a scandalous sin palace
Central America Border Rush Fueled By Remittances
Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem. Jaime Bayly interviewed his former girlfriend. They did not talk about hippos:
StarTek leaves: Another US company closes operations in Costa Rica; 550 workers to lose jobs
Amnesty International DOCUMENT – CUBA: FURTHER INFORMATION: PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AWAIT SENTENCING
Vatican Defrocks Ambassador in Abuse Inquiry
The Vatican has defrocked its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, an archbishop from Poland who was accused of sexually abusing boys while he served as the pope’s representative in the Caribbean nation.
The former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, 65, is the first papal nuncio known to have been removed from the priesthood because of accusations of child sexual abuse.
Falkland Islands UN resolution siding with Argentina ‘outdated’ and ‘not relevant’, says Britain
United Nations committee resolution calling on Britain and Argentina to negotiate a Falkland Islands solution – essentially favouring Argentina’s stance – dismissed by Foreign Office
Take a bite out of crime? Mujica strongly supports Suárez and blasts FIFA: “they went too far”
Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica blasted FIFA’s Thursday decision to fine and suspend the country’s main scorer Luis Suarez from any football activity for four months arguing the association that rules world football measures things with different rods, and since Uruguay “is a small country, it’s cheap for them”.
Let’s wiki-audit PDVSA
Venezuela blackout interrupts live-television broadcast from President Maduro
A blackout cut electricity in various parts of Venezuela on Friday and twice interrupted the live television broadcast of a speech by President Nicolas Maduro, who said authorities were seeking more information about the outage.
The week’s posts and podcast:
Argentina: Boudou’s voodoo may land him in the hoosgow
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
O’s foreign policy, Northern Triangle edition
US-Latin America stories of the week
As we hear of immigrant stash houses Along Texas-Mexico Border
Some Smugglers Cram 100 or More Migrants Into a Decrepit House, Nancy’s greeting the newcomers:
PELOSI TO GREET NEW ARRIVALS AT BORDER...
First Lady Of Honduras To Tour Shelters in TX...
'OBAMA IS GOING TO LET THEM GO'...
President working on executive action...
Feds Look to Ship Influx to NY Facility...
Build soccer field?
'The first thing that hits you is the smell'...
BORDER PATROL AGENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR DISEASES...
Group Calls On Americans To Mail 'Gently Used Underwear' To White House...
MEXICAN MILITARY CHOPPER CROSSES INTO USA, FIRES AT BORDER AGENTS
IMMIGRATION ACTIVISTS TO STORM CONGRESS
The Obama administration knew this was coming: On January 29 this year, the Department of Homeland Security was advertising for contractors to provide Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children:
provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven days a week, 365 days a year. … There will be approximately 65,000 [unaccompanied alien children] in total.
I don’t care if the next two years are a constant series of lawsuits decided by the Supreme Court — in fact, I’d prefer it.
Do they imagine they’ve got some advantage here, going into the elections, with hundreds of thousands of immigrant children now enticed to cross the border illegally thanks to their policies?
Neoneocon’s late commenter FredHJr had an observation that may shed some light on that,
Obama is part of a nexus of interests. What the American dopes who will put him in office are getting is a NETWORK of alliances and interests, running the gamut from Finance (Soros) to academia to media to law. Thus far, in order to appeal to the Middle Muddle he has been packaged as a moderate or centrist. But once in office the venomous swarm of this network will burst out of the nest and devour the host. You wait and see. And I’m not eager for the moment to say “I told you so.” I really would it be the case that it never happens at all. Why? Because the lives of tens of millions of human beings hang in the balance of this and mushroom clouds on the horizon. I put the value of human life far above my own frustrated rantings.
I leave it to you to ponder.
talking about the US-Latin America stories of the week: Joe Biden trips to Brazil and Central America, the upcoming North Korean embassy in Caracas, and other topics, all archived for your listening convenience.
More on the really, really big field trip:
The media in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
have also highlighted the Obama administration’s announcement last week of additional “free legal services” for undocumented minors who illegally cross the U.S. border.
Guatemala’s La Prensa Libre (Free Press)
In its June 17 edition, the newspaper also highlights Democrat-sponsored legislation in New York State that would grant voting rights, health care and university scholarships to the state’s millions of illegal immigrants. The New York is Home Act, sponsored by state senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and state assemblyman Karim Camara (D-Brooklyn) would provide the benefits of citizenship to all undocumented immigrants who can demonstrate three or more years of residence in the state of New York.
Not to lag behind,
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez-Molina’s plans to ask the Obama Administration to extend temporary protected status to all illegal immigrants from Guatemala who arrived in the U.S. prior to 2011.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, on a visit to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week blamed the U.S.’s lack of immigration reform and weak drug laws, ignoring the systemic problems that condemn thousands to lives of poverty in Honduras. Yesterday he said
the country welcomes the return of its children detained while trying to enter the United States and has created an interagency committee to tackle the humanitarian crisis.
CNN reports that
U.S. authorities estimate that between 60,000 and 80,000 children without parents will cross the border this year.
Who’s behind this?
Julio M Shilling, escritor y politólogo explica como Fidel Castro y Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva crean y organizan el Foro de Sao Paulo, para destruir la democracia en America a traves del proceso electoral, rescatando e implantando régimenes comunistas.