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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Argentine Prostitutes Fight for Union

Brazilian Senate approves bill that would require journalists to have a degree in journalism

Governance in the Amazon
A plan to create two new states

Protecting Brazil’s forests
Fiddling while the Amazon burns
Keeping the world’s biggest forest standing depends on greens, Amerindians and enlightened farmers working together—if lawmakers let them

Chilean Student Protesters Vow to Continue Marches

Community TV, radio under attack in Chile

Colombia uncovers huge ‘phantom pupil’ subsidies scam
Colombia’s government has been paying out huge amounts in education subsidies for some 180,000 students who were falsely enrolled, officials say.


Dictated Hashtags

Nothing says random kindness and senseless beauty like Che

Alan Gross: The two-year anniversary of America’s forgotten hostage

Suspensions, drug and polygraph tests for Honduran police

Latin America Strives to Become the Greenest Continent

Iran in Mexico and the Caribbean: Building a Strategic Trampoline towards the US

Is the PRI ready to privatize PEMEX?

Alleged Drug War Tactics Under Fire

Fast & Furious: Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong
FBI Criminal Informant Complicit in Brian Terry’s Death (PJM Exclusive)
From multiple sources come shocking charges of deadly ineptitude and an FBI coverup in Fast and Furious

New Fast and Furious Memo Backs Up Whistleblower Testimony
BREAKING NEWS on Fast and Furious: Holder Sweats as More Lies Uncovered by Feb. 3rd Memo

John Stossel interviews Governor Luis Fortuño,

Uruguay identifies military torture victim Julio Castro

Foreign Policy top 100 thinkers of the year

¿Celacomió? Absolutamente não, meu amigo.

Did Venezuela Really Compensate Cemex For Only Half of What it Wanted?

The week’s posts,
Chilean-style retirement in the cards?
At Real Clear World, CELAC: Chavez’s Latest “Alternative”


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Argentina trial could prove ‘dirty-war’ baby theft
A trial in Argentina could prove for the first time that the nation’s military leaders engaged in a systematic plan to steal babies from perceived enemies of the government during the “dirty war” of the 1970s and ’80s.

Working in Bolivia

La historia de los colombianos campeones mundiales de tango

Sara Martha Fonseca and Julio Ignacio Leon, Cuban Political Prisoners of the Week, 10/2/11

We Don’t Believe the Television

About time


MEMRI pulled a second map from the Iranian website that had no accompanying description, but showed a number of western countries in different colors, including the U.S., Cuba, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador and Brazil. See Below:

Map 2

1 in 50 Central American Men Murdered by Age 31: UN, via Gates of Vienna

Cocaine Flows From South America, Money To U.S. Banks

Beauty and the Beast
A good-looking governor seeks to make Mexican voters forget the corrupt past of their old ruling party.

Under the radar

A Fast & Furious Flashback

Sony to Nicaraguan president: “Stand” away from copycat song

Just Two Seniors in Love

Paraguay holds referendum on vote for expatriates

Officials Slam US Report On Puerto Rico Police

Chávez Seeks To Nationalize Los Roques

Hugo Chávez seems unperturbed by claims of official complicity in crime

EFE suckered. Again.

The week’s posts and podcasts,
Chavez sides with the filthy #OccupyWallStreet freeloaders
Mexico: Sinaloa’s top hit man hoarding #FastAndFurious weapons
Reshoring: Otis leaves Mexico for South Carolina
Holder received at least 5 Fast and Furious memos
Dibujos CUBA NOs
Fast and Furious: The map

Silvio Canto’s


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Secretary Clinton Speaks the, er, Truth
Clinton gives a maddening speech, full of omissions, on Latin America.

21st-century socialism imperils Latin American democracy

The step-by-step subversion led by the Havana-Caracas axis and followed by the presidents of Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and others, includes the following measures:

• Stacking the judiciary and/or intimidation of independent jurists who might rule edicts unconstitutional or fail to properly “prosecute” political opponents.

• Gradual elimination of constitutional separation of powers, including removing any checks and balances to the executive branch and giving it effective control over the legislative and judicial branches.

• Harassment, intimidation and eventual neutralization or takeover of news media.

• Establishment of “official,” “national” or otherwise government-controlled civil institutions, such as labor unions or trade associations.

• Militarization of society, which includes indoctrination of students in the virtues of socialism, the creation of armed “people’s militias” to serve the ruling political party and the purging of the professional military to leave only loyalists within the ranks.

• Control of police forces by the ruling political party and the elimination of any independent citizen access to protection from abuse by government officials.

• Criminalization of peaceful dissent and of political differences.

This list, sad to say, is far from comprehensive. Nor are its internal control measures original, having all been used by 20th-century dictatorial regimes.

Crossing the River Yuyo

Suddenly there are ‘private sector’ workers in Castro’s Cuba

Ecuador’s Correa between a liberal democracy and a dictatorial one

What President Correa is trying to do — and let’s hope he will choose not to do after the referendum results are known — is demolish the foundation of the “liberal democracy” and replace it with a “dictatorial democracy.” This is by no means a word game. A liberal democracy is the type of government in which people consent to being governed — provided that their individual rights, including property rights, are protected by the Constitution; in which a division of powers limits the authority of those who govern; and where there is a market economy whose production function falls, fundamentally, on the civil society. In other words, the model of coexistence found in the 30 most developed and happiest countries on the planet.

On the other hand, the dictatorial democracy, as described and defended by the Dominican Juan Bosch in a 1969 essay titled “Dictatorship With Popular Support,” and revived by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez in the so-called 21st Century Socialism, is in turn rooted in the enlightened despotism of the 17th and 18th centuries. It’s a type of government in which the authority — exercised by an exceptional caudillo legitimized in the polls by a majority of voters who renounce their rights and their control over their lives — is imposed upon the masses allegedly for their own glory and benefit, something that hardly ever occurs in practice as evidenced by the 30 poorest and unhappiest countries that fall in this category.

An American Gun in Mexico
How does a weapon made in Tennessee, sold in Missouri and traded in Texas end up at a drug shootout in Chihuahua?

Video: Mexican Gangs Dress as Cops to Commit Crimes

Peru’s Election: A Vote on Modernity
National-socialist presidential candidate Ollanta Humala could bring the nation’s growing, market-led prosperity to a screeching halt.

Darrell Issa’s recess included trip to Puerto Rico. I’m not sure why this would be controversial, though. He was visiting the governor.

Upcoming Capitol Hill conference draws ire of Chavez and Castro, Cuba denounces event

The week’s posts and podcast,
Political journalist Wilfred Ojeda murdered in Venezuela
Will there be an Iranian missile crisis?
Mexican gang violence kills 27 in Guatemala
Podcast: The morning report: Let’s talk about Mexico (audio starts immediately)

At Real Clear World,
Hispan TV: Iran-Cuba Joint Propaganda Effort


Puerto Rico’s Christie? 15 Minutes on Latin America

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The topic for this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern: Luis Fortuño
Mary O’Grady writes,
Puerto Rico’s Governor Channels Ronald Reagan

Mr. Fortuño has a much different view of the problem: He thinks high taxes have destroyed the Puerto Rican economy. He has already signed into law a five-year property tax holiday for real estate purchased through June of next year and waivers on fees for those transactions. Last week he handed his legislature a radical plan to simplify the tax code and sharply reduce corporate and individual rates.

Mr. Fortuño says that Puerto Rico’s recession—which began two years before the U.S. recession—only partly explains the current crisis. “If you look at the past decade, Puerto Rico has had negative growth for the entire period.” (According to his office, the economy contracted 0.2% in the 2000s.) This shows, he argues, that “we are in need of a major overhaul. If we just tweak it a little, we won’t accomplish what we need.”

The governor says he cut 20% of the budget but “it was not enough.” Puerto Rico needs “to provide an environment for our people to flourish and to let their ingenuity take them where they want to go.” He adds: “Puerto Rico has not been competitive. Investors have been going to Singapore and Ireland. Our system was failing us.” And it wasn’t for lack of capital. Commonwealth debt offerings, he says, always sell out quickly. “There is plenty of money here but it has not been worthwhile taking risk” in private-sector ventures.

To change that risk-reward profile, the Fortuño plan dramatically reduces corporate tax rates and raises the income levels in which higher rates kick in. The new schedule will replace six brackets with three and move the top corporate rate of 41% on income over $500,000 down to 30% on income over $2.5 million.

More about Mary O’Grady’s article in the podcast.

Other news about Puerto Rico,
Natural gas key to Puerto Rico’s energy future

Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuño has given his backing to a project for a dedicated gas pipeline that will exploit the natural gas deposits of the country in an effort to find alternatives to oil for power generation, according to a report in El Nuevo Día.

“The price of oil has kept rising and we see this in the petrol we buy, while the price of natural gas is not going up.

“As governors we must adapt to the times and in these two years that is what has happened and I believe that it is important to eliminate oil because it is more expensive, dirtier for the environment and much more dangerous,” Fortuño said.

According to the governor, he also signed two pieces of legislation this summer that will help increase the generation of renewable energy “from virtually zero to 15 per cent”.

Mexico, U.S., Puerto Rico, Singapore and Australia Nominate Most Students to Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
Puerto Rico to invest more money in rum promotion
National Puerto Rican Coalition expects the new Congress to reverse corporate welfare utilization of Rum funds

Back in 2009, the Economist was saying,
In need of resuscitation
Puerto Rico’s economy has shrunk for three years running


The Santos election Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today’s big story: Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos won the country’s presidential runoff by a landslide,

Santos is credited with delivering some of the biggest blows against the FARC while serving as defense minister from 2006 to 2008. These include the 2008 rescue of 15 hostages including French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. defense contractors. He also ordered the raid into Ecuador that killed the group’s second in command, Raul Reyes.

Argentina’s two leading newspapers want government to withdraw from newsprint business

Botnia’s polluting activity questioned
Gualeguaychú activists acknowledge ‘the need of a new strategy,’ put Gov’t on the spotlight

Drugs, USAID Complicate Relations

Relations between Bolivia and the United States are still on a roller-coaster, two years after Bolivia expelled the U.S. ambassador, with Bolivian President Evo Morales now threatening to kick out the main U.S. government aid agency.

Inteligencia militar: grupo “Tupac Katari” protege a terrorista peruano

Brazil’s foreign policy
An Iranian banana skin
Lula has little to show for his Tehran adventure

Doing business in São Paulo (audio)

Colombia’s Santos is elected president

Colombian Stocks Rise As Investors Anticipate Santos Victory

Viva Santos?

Colombia Election Skunks The Media

Washington and the Colombian Elections

Colombia’s Coal Mining Accident

Hackers attempt attack on Colombian journalist’s website

Carta destacada de la semana: Plan Regulador Metropolitano

A Beautiful Comeuppance (One Hopes), via Dan.

The Pedro Pan organization responds to CNBC

Fish Eyes

Prelate restates Church-State relationship and the inviolability of religious freedom

Cuba Involved in Mexican Drug Trafficking and Human Smuggling

The Cuban Terrorist Trade

Ecuador Says To Respect Colombia’s Elections

‘Gringo chief’ Randy Borman helps Ecuador’s Cofan Indians survive, thrive

Customs canine sniffs out cocaine soup at Dulles

Recibí una amenaza contra mí vida y esta es la evidencia

Crime and politics in Guatemala
Kamikaze mission
The UN’s prosecutor resigns, taking an enemy with him


Jamaica to host world domino championships. My brother-in-law ought to participate.

Mexico’s deadly drug violence claims hundreds of lives in past 5 days

Arizona Sheriff: Mexican Drug Cartels Now Control Parts Of Arizona

Human Rights Defenders Seek Protection in Mexico

Today’s Video: Remnants of war

A Morning In Parque Cervantes

Joran Van der Sloot retracts confession; claims police ‘tricked’ him: report

Holloway suspect to face judge on Monday in Peru murder

Newt Gingrich Interviews Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico

Rotten food: the biggest crime ever committed against Venezuelans/ Comida podrida: el mayor crímen jamás cometido contra los venezolanos.

Meanwhile, back at the banana plantation

Remember that Oliver Stone propaganda movie that premiered in Caracas last week? Pro-Chavez Documentary Bombs In Venezuela – Report And it’ll bomb here, too:

“South of the Border” is due to hit U.S. screens next week.

Venezuela’s Chavez fights off criticism of economic record

When an opinion becomes “close to a crime” and the real crimes go unpunished in Venezuela


Obama Orders Dance Classes, Movie Nights, and Bingo for Illegal Detainees

Worst NYT Article EVAH! … ‘Border Violence in Arizona Totally Exaggerated’

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Colombia’s runoff election tomorrow
US asks Paraguay to extradite suspected Hezbollah financier, formerly of Broooklyn and New Jersey
Illegals in Mexico: What Calderon doesn’t want the US to know
Globovision owner flees Venezuela
National Lampoon Caribbean Vacation: Venezuela edition
Chavez at the BBC’s HARDtalk: Never answer what they ask you VIDEO

At Real Clear World,
Colombia: Santos Wins in Landslide


Puerto Rico: Acevedo Declared Not Guilty

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

My latest post, Puerto Rico: Acevedo Declared Not Guilty is up at Real Clear World.


As you may recall, I have been following the story for the past year:
Denny and “the governor of all Puerto Ricans”
Fortuño’s fortune: A Republican’s resounding victory in Puerto Rico
Today’s 15 Minutes on LatAmer: Puerto Rico’s governor faces new federal charges
Podcast: Puerto Rico’s governor faces new federal charges: 15 Minutes on Latin America
BREAKIING NEWS: Governor of Puerto Rico ARRESTED INDICTED under Federal Charges
Two theories on the Puerto Rican primary
Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and those busted governors
Here’s a compilation of stories on the case by Puerto Rico’s Nuevo Dia newspaper.