Mexican media, both in Mexico and the U.S., are having fits over Trump.
The big all-over-the-world stupid story of the week: Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers got drunk and gave Brazilians an excuse to feign outrage over their country being embarrassed; I’m still waiting for the Brazilians to be embarrassed over the body parts washing on shore during the Olympics or over the six Brazilians a day who die at the hands of state security forces.
Meanwhile, a new word enters the lexicon, Iranophobia (emphasis added),
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will tour six Latin American countries next week to “foil the Iranophobia plots promoted by Israel,” the Islamic Republic’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Wednesday.
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Zarif will be accompanied on his visit to Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela by a 60-member economic delegation.
Unlike Ali Baba, whose entourage was only forty-strong.
This may explain a number of things: Freudian psychoanalysis is so popular in Argentina, even prisoners go once a week
The Santa Cruz academy was initially inaugurated in 2011 as the “ALBA School” after the now-weakened regional alliance that includes Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Cuba.
Morales’s invitation to that event of then-Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi provoked an uproar in neighboring Argentina, where judicial authorities have accused Vahidi of a role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people.
less than 3% of robberies in Rio, and less than 8% of murders, led to criminal sentences from 2003 to 2006.
Mercosur malaise 1: Brazil Summons Uruguay Ambassador as Mercosur Tensions Rise
Brazil summoned Uruguay’s ambassador on Tuesday after the neighboring country’s foreign minister accused Brazil of trying to “buy” its vote to block Venezuela from taking the rotating presidency of the Mercosur trade bloc.
In comments to lawmakers last week that were made public on Tuesday, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said his government was “angry” with Brazil’s attempt to prevent Caracas from leading the regional group that also includes Argentina and Paraguay.
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Since Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was suspended in May, her replacement Michel Temer has moved the country away from leftist allies such as Venezuela and toward traditional allies the United States and Europe.
Argentina and Paraguay, once close allies to Caracas, have also moved to undermine Venezuela as the OPEC nation’s socialist government struggles with economic and political crises.
InSight Crime three-part report: Colombia Elites and Organized Crime
Rio 2016: Venezuela Is Very, Very Proud of Its Three Medals. The socialist government has taken to boasting of its athletic achievement, even when actual results are middling; ‘the Generation of Gold’
Following up on yesterday’s post on the kidnapping of six people (initially reported as ten people) at La Leche restaurant in Puerto Vallarta,
Son of ‘El Chapo’ Is Among Men Abducted in Mexico, Prosecutor Says. Authorities believe competing cartel is behind the kidnappings in power grab for empire of jailed organized crime leader
Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer said forensic evidence, footage from security cameras as well as interviews with witnesses convinced authorities that Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, 29, was seized by armed gunmen early Monday as he dined in an upscale restaurant in the resort city.
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Mr. Almaguer said investigators believe the abduction was the work of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, an up-and-coming gang increasingly challenging Mr. Guzman’s once dominant Sinaloa cartel.
Unofficial sources claim that another of El Chapo’s sons, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, el Chapito, was kidnapped, too.
— Ana Rent (@AnaRent) August 17, 2016
However, Héctor De Mauleón, writing for El Universal, denies the claim that El Chapito was there, even when El Chapito’s birthday is on August 15, coinciding with the date of the kidnapping during a birthday party at La Leche.
De Mauleón questions why the kidnapped men went out apparently unarmed and with no bodyguards.
Only one thing is clear: There’s a drug war on.
At least 10 members of a Mexican criminal gang have been abducted by unknown gunmen at a restaurant in a Pacific Coast resort, officials say.
The incident took place in the early hours of Monday in Puerto Vallarta in the western state of Jalisco.
Police are trying to locate four women who were part of the group but were not abducted.
Local officials say the victims had travelled from neighbouring states for a celebration.
“There are clear indications that the 10 or 12 men abducted were members of a criminal organisation,” said Jalisco state Attorney-General Eduardo Almaguer.
One of them had worked as bodyguard for the former governor of Jalisco state, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, he added.
The captives were taken at gunpoint by five men who had arrived at La Leche restaurant in two utility vehicles.
Security guards apparently ran away as they saw the gunmen approaching the restaurant, El Informador newspaper reported.
At Least 12 Tourists Abducted from Mexican Resort City
Mexican authorities are scrambling to rescue at between 12 and 16 victims who were taken at gunpoint from an upscale restaurant in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.
On Monday afternoon, the Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to Breitbart Texas through a prepared statement the ongoing investigation into a large kidnapping.
According to the information provided by authorities, the kidnapping took place on Monday shortly after 1 a.m. at an upscale restaurant called La Leche in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
It’s worth noting that both reports were based on statements from the authorities.
At The Economist, they’re not into records:
Why few records will be broken in Rio: The human body may have reached its limits
The factors fuelling America’s dominance of gymnastics
Why Pacific-island nations are so good at rugby
Olympians have discovered new fads and superstitions
Good luck with that: Colombia wants involvement of pope and UN in post-conflict courts.
The fruits of “smart diplomacy”: Fidel Castro Lambasts US And Obama On 90th Birthday. The veteran Communist firebrand mocks attempts by America to kill him during Havana’s long Cold War stand-off with Washington.
Jorge Ramos Moves Towards Hitting Campaign Trail for Hillary. He will continue to call himself a “journalist,” which brings to mind this,
Mexico’s President Faces New Scrutiny. President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose past two years in office have been shadowed by a conflict-of-interest scandal linked to a Mexico City mansion, is facing new scrutiny linked to the first family’s use of a luxury apartment in Miami.
Ricardo Pierdant, a Miami-based businessman, in 2013 paid close to $30,000 in property taxes on behalf of first lady Angélica Rivera for an apartment she owns in Miami, according to tax records seen by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Pierdant is a close friend of Mexico´s first family, according to Mr. Peña Nieto´s office.
The first lady purchased her apartment in the wealthy island enclave of Key Biscayne in 2005.
Mr. Pierdant subsequently purchased another apartment directly above Ms. Rivera’s, according to Miami property records.
Earlier this week, socialist Maduro accused Paraguay of being part of “an extreme right wing alliance” aimed at blocking Venezuela from assuming its role as head of Mercosur as scheduled during the second half of the year.
PPK works out: Peru’s 77-year-old new president isn’t acting his age. And Peruvians love it.
Montevideo Is Considering Joining The Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc, since Peru and Colombia issued an invitation.
Again, Venezuelans cross into Colombia after border is reopened
Invictus, via Miguel Octavio,
With a lame Marxist opening ceremony, complete with video that included the flooding of South Florida and other areas, the Olympics officially started on Friday.
I would have rather watched this year’s Carnival winning samba school perform their show as prelude to the athletes’ parade, and do without the GW preaching. Not that anyone asked.
Here’s a reporter from India:
And, no matter what, it was a great moment for the great Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time,
A few links:
Australian swimming team raises infection fears over Olympic pool. The Australian coach described the Olympic warm-up pool as ‘soupy’ and ‘cloudy’
How perfect: Teen shooter Ginny Thrasher wins USA’s first gold medal of Rio Olympics.
U.S. men's basketball team 'accidentally' visits brothel: 'We thought it was spa'...
Huge lines and angry fans mar start...
Opening Ceremony: Cash Crunch on Display...
NBC RATINGS WIPEOUT: Viewership Hits 12-Yr Low...
Gymnast breaks leg on vault...
Lebanese Olympians 'refuse to ride in bus with Israelis'...
PHELPS EAGER TO GET STARTED...
Hebe De Bonafini Refuses To Be Taken To Court To Testify, Insults Everyone. Hebe de Bonafini, the head of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Association, today refused to testify regarding her involvement in the so-called Sueños Compartidos Case.
— Éamann Mac Donnchada (@EamonnMacDonagh) August 5, 2016
When it comes to politics, No Olympic Truce in Brazil
Coco Fariñas: Cuban dissident briefly hospitalized, hunger strike in third week
Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz withdraws from Panama inquiry over intransparency
A Socialist Les Miserables in Venezuela
The RNC and the DNC had their conventions in two consecutive weeks, and after their monopolizing media attention, we’re glad they are over.
Almost unnoticed, however, was the story of the Syrian terrorist released from Guantanamo to Uruguay, who supposedly needs crutches to get around, was missing for several weeks, to eventually turn up some 4,600 miles away from Montevideo (a little under the distance from New York to Moscow), in Venezuela, of all places, just so he can petition the Uruguayan consulate – which he could do in Montevideo – to “ask for assistance to fly to Turkey or some other country to be reunited with his family.” Which gave him plenty of time to do all sorts of things.
Stelberto Soares, a municipal engineer who has worked on Rio sanitation issues for decades, said that the government’s efforts to clean the waters were superficial at best.
“They can try to block big items like sofas and dead bodies, but these rivers are pure sludge,” he said, “so the bacteria and viruses are going to just pass through.”
Headlines from Drudge:
The FARC made them an offer they couldn’t refuse: Colombia Indian Community Made Peace with FARC 20 Years before the Government
— Actuall (@actuallcom) July 28, 2016
Rafael Caro Quintero, Fugitive godfather of Mexico’s drug trade speaks out from hiding to deny he is back in business
Nicaragua’s top electoral authority decimated the country’s political opposition on Friday by unseating practically all of its remaining lawmakers in congress as President Daniel Ortega prepares to seek a third term.
The Supreme Electoral Council ousted 16 opposition legislators from the Liberal Independent Party and its ally the Sandinista Renovation Movement Friday for not recognizing their officially sanctioned leader. That leader, Pedro Reyes, had recently been given that authority by the Supreme Court, which removed the opposition party’s previous leader following a long-running political dispute. Reyes is seen by some within his own party as a tool of Ortega.
More Defaults Likely to Come: What Puerto Rico Owes on Aug. 1
– Sales-tax payment of $256 million expected to be made
– Island owes $1.3 million of interest on general obligations
The commonwealth and its agencies owe about $346 million in bond payments on Aug. 1, most of which goes toward repaying sales-tax supported debt. The deadline follows the island’s July 1 default on nearly $1 billion of principal and interest, the largest such payment failure in the history of the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market.
and Bloomberg news spells it out for you (emphasis added),
‘No coincidence’ Pena Nieto meeting’s day after Trump speech
Mexican president has compared GOP pick to Hitler, Mussolini
Trump has the POTUS in defiance mode?
I’ll add video if I find the full press conference.
Spanish-language media is having hissy fits over Trump. Jaime Bayly, for instance, called the RNC “this picturesque event, this convention of lunatics, this witches’ sabbath of warlocks and medicine men” – and that was just during the first minute of Tuesday’s show (it goes down from there).
Almost makes me reconsider Trump.
Barack Peña y Enrique Obama (in Spanish)