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The year without Mel Zelaya Carnival of Latin America, and VIDEO

Monday, June 28th, 2010

LatinAmer Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. As the title indicates, it’s been a year since Mel Zelaya was thrown out of office. He and his teddy bear are also gone from his tin foil-lined room at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern:
The UN Office for Drugs and Crime’s report

Collateral damage

Cristina se reunió con empresarios antes del comienzo de la cumbre del G20

Seventy-five years ago today

Barbados and Panama sign double taxation agreement

Bolivian Bottles Build Houses

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

Lula’s adventure in Tehran smacks of the overconfidence of a politician who basks in an approval rating of over 70% and who sees the Iraq war and the financial crisis as having irreparably damaged American power and credibility. But the United States is still Brazil’s second-largest trading partner. Although some American and Brazilian officials are keen to prevent ill-will over Iran from spoiling co-operation in other areas, it nevertheless may do so. The United States Congress may be even less willing to support the elimination of a tariff on Brazil’s sugar-based ethanol, for example.

Lula wants the UN reformed to reflect today’s world, with Brazil gaining a permanent seat on the Security Council. But by choosing to apply his views on how the world should be run to an issue of pressing concern to America and Europe, and in which Brazil has no obvious national interest, Lula may only have lessened the chances that he will get his way.

Lula skips G20 summit due to deadly Brazil floods

Piñera’s (dis)approval

Entrevista a Josep Montaner, “El rol de la sociedad civil ha de ser activo en cualquier situación” Video in Spanish,

Josep Montaner _ Rol de la sociedad civil from Plataforma Urbana on Vimeo.

THOMSON: Santos sweeps to the presidency
Platform for security, stability and development win b

Good news from Colombia, but does Obama appreciate it?

Ros-Lehtinen: Recognizing Colombia’s presidential election and the U.S.-Colombia alliance Ros-Lehtinen Resolution on Colombia Elections Passes House

Will Washington treat Colombia’s Santos as an ally?

Father’s Day in Costa Rica

When Learning Turns to Dust

“Cuba experts”

Ramiro on a hunger strike?

Syrian president due in Havana on Sunday

Interviews With Dr. Darsi Ferrer and Juan Juan Almeida

UPDATE: Filmmakers Argue Against Ruling In Chevron Case

A year without Mel Zelaya

More intromission by US Ambassador Llorens and G-16

Mr Coke turns himself in

Jamaican drug lord captured

Mexican Violence Crosses Borders; Attracts Media Attention

Mexico Represents Single Biggest Drug Trafficking Threat to U.S.

Nicaragua’s Sandinistas accused of paying for power
Daniel Ortega’s ruling Sandinistas Front is using strong-arm tactics to limit opposition, observers say.

Washington Post on retiring to Panama

Journalists in the crosshairs of Paraguayan People’s Army

Peruvian Franken-Corn Defamation Case Update

Keiko Fujimori Leads Peru Presidential Poll, El Comercio Says

Keiko Fujimori says “I will be in the second round” for president of Peru in 2011

Peru judge rules Van der Sloot confession valid


Students approve strike pact. Back in the olden days when I was a student at the UPR they were striking, too, but no one slept in cute little tents on campus. Either way, the strikes are a total waste of time.

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern: UN: Most of the cocaine going to Europe passes through Venezuela

The report launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) expresses concern about Venezuela due to the existence of cells of armed insurgent groups, such as the Bolivarian Liberation Front and civilian militias supported by the government.

WDR 2010 website. PDF file: full report.

Syrian president meets with Chavez in Caracas

Revolutionary Rot, But News It’s Not: AP Ignores Venezuela’s ‘Battle for Food‘, also at BizzyBlog

Como el paternalismo crea dictadores

A radical shift to the radical left in Venezuela

Ollie Loves Hugo & Hugo Loves Ollie

Le Monde criticizes the selling out of Venezuela to Cuba, Chavez gets revenge by taking away a minor farm of Diego Arria and Letter from Diego Arria to Hugo Chavez

VenEconomy: Venezuela Dominated By & Split Up Into Ghettos

Commie Despot Renegs On Debts, Seizes Oil Rigs

Today’s Video: Oligarchs vs. Bolivarians

Maria Conchita Alonso on Oliver Stone’s South of the Border (VIDEO)

My cousin sent this, Por que Cuba No fue a el Mundial Los Pichy Boys

The week’s posts and podcasts:
How about, Sayonara, Citgo?
Venezuela to nationalize U.S. firm’s oil rigs
Venezuela’s fast-track doctors
Jamaica: Dudus Coke in the can
Mexican gangs’ lookouts in Arizona
Rum war?
Obama Secretary of Labor: Illegals Have a Right to Fair Wages VIDEO
In Silvio Canto’s podcast.
In Rick Moran’s podcast.


South of the Border’s lying lovefest

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I’ve posted that South of the Border tanked in Caracas, and will tank here. Well, if you read this review, you can understand why,
To Chavez, With Love
Oliver Stone’s mash note to the dictators of Latin America.

While the film’s major focus is on Mr. Chávez, it also covers Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Brazil’s Lula da Silva, Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and Fidel Castro’s younger brother, Raul. By Mr. Stone’s lights, all of these heads of state should be celebrated for daring to take on our country, the imperialist giant. “It is the big story that hasn’t been told,” Mr. Stone said. “These leaders are being trashed as dictators because our leaders don’t like them.”

The film depicts the ups and downs of Mr. Chávez’s rise to power, including his failed 1992 coup. It recounts how he was saved from death by armed forces loyal to him, and was brought back to power in large part by Gen. Raul Baduel. The general is shown discussing the role he played in Mr. Chávez’s restoration.

A small detail Mr. Stone conveniently leaves out is that in 2009, Gen. Baduel, who Mr. Chávez had appointed as defense minister, was stripped of power, indicted for corruption, and imprisoned because he had opposed Mr. Chávez’s attempts to institute constitutional changes that would transform Venezuela into a formal dictatorship.

What Mr. Stone and his writers have presented is a standard far-left narrative that is part of a long line of propaganda films, a modern American version of the old agitprop. There are no dissenting voices in this film. Nor is there any mention of the fact that Mr. Chávez has closed down television and radio stations that disagree with him and arrested dissenting political figures.

Another sin of omission: Mr. Stone makes no mention of Chile, which in the 1970s embraced economic liberalization and successfully reduced poverty much more than Mr. Chávez has managed to do in his own country. As writer Tariq Ali argued after the film ended, even under the recent socialist government Chile did not make the kind of structural Marxist changes that he and Mr. Stone believe is necessary for real change. Thus moderate leftist countries south of our border simply don’t count as “progressive.” Perhaps that’s why the filmmakers only praise those regimes that use their elected office to quickly institute an end to all limitations on their power.

Those interested in the truth about Latin America should save their money when “South of the Border” opens this weekend, and rent Ofra Bikel’s “The Hugo Chavez Show” from Netflix, or watch it for free on the PBS Frontline website instead.

Speaking of which, here’s FrontLine’s The Hugo Chavez Show, and the first part in YouTube,

While we’re watching movies, Syria’s Assad is on a state visit to Venezuela.

Alek Boyd:

The bit in the [New York Times] article that caught my attention though, was this:

Instead Mr. Stone relies heavily on the account of Gregory Wilpert, who witnessed some of the exchange of gunfire and is described as an American academic. But Mr. Wilpert is also the husband of Mr. Chávez’s consul-general in New York, Carol Delgado, and a longtime editor and president of the board of a Web site,, set up with donations from the Venezuelan government, affiliations that Mr. Stone does not disclose.

For years I have been following the activities of Gregory Wilpert, arguing that he was nothing more than a paid propagandist, for I was convinced that, unless some benefit was derived, no one with a right mind would risk reputation defending Chavez so passionately, as Wilpert has done. Then I found out that the site he edits was registered and set up by Chavez’s Consul in San Francisco, and it was further revealed to me that Wilpert was married to a chavista: Chavez’s Consul in New York. I got to admit, some fanatics, Wilpert included, did write to me to say that my expose of Wilpert’s connections meant nothing. I guess now that it has been printed in the New York Times I can feel vindicated.


The Three Terrors VIDEO

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Sing it!

“Yalla, yalla, ya!”

From LATMA, the folks who brought you We Con The World, Via Daled.


Hugo and Mahmoud, BFFs!

Monday, September 7th, 2009


My latest article, Hugo and Mahmoud, Best Friends Forever! is up at Real Clear World. Check out the part about Venezuela going nuclear.

Shoes of the tyrants’ spouses

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Syria capita household consumption: $970.07.


One pair of Christian Louboutin platform pumps: $$695.00.

Bragging on Facebook about being the stylish wife of the guy in charge of one of the most repressive regimes in the world: Priceless.

There are some things money can’t buy. For the rest, there is the enslavement of your countrymen.

The axis of misunderstood thugs, the cap and tax 8, and the roundup

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Soccer Dad names it: The axis of misunderstood thugs, the perfect compliment to weenie diplomacy.

Speaking of thugs, Mystery Surrounds Alleged Hezbollah Links to Drug Arrests in Curacao


Michael Yon asks a question on The road to hell, part II

Scrappleface merges two headlines into one story: GOP Offers ‘Michael Jackson’ Cap & Trade Alternative.

Via Maria, Inflicting economic pain

According to recent Heritage economic analyses, the costs of the proposed global warming bill will kick in when it takes effect in 2012. By 2035, a family of four’s energy costs will increase dramatically.

· 90 percent — increase in electricity costs

· 58 percent — increase in gasoline costs

· 55 percent — increase in natural gas costs

Lieberman points out that these are only “low-ball estimates” and that the burden of these increased costs will disproportionately affect the poor.

The Climate Change Climate Change
The number of skeptics is swelling everywhere.

Darleen wants to know, Cap-and-trade bores you? because insanity rules.

Net Right Nation’s feed has the latest posts on cap and tax.

Michelle Malkin has the cap-and-tax picture:


Not one red cent!


“The check is in the mail” used to be one of “the three big lies” joke. Now the joke’s on us: Obama’s Top Three Health Care Campaign Lies
  • Lie Number 1: I Won’t Tax Your Health Benefits
  • Lie Number 2: I Won’t Force You to Buy Health Insurance
  • Lie Number 3: If You Aren’t Rich, I Won’t Raise Your Taxes

Unless, of course, you’re belong to the Dems’ favorite protected minority – a union.

Some thoughts on The pattern of the Obama approach to policy. “He’s behaving as though he’s the leader of a small, neutral nation instead of Leader of the Free World”.


Why July 4th tea parties shouldn’t be group therapy.

The Way it Was: Is Rockefeller Obsolete? No, but the way taxes and the economy are headed, Rockefeller would be leaving the country.


The Real UN Resolution 242, by Sammy Benoit, who finds Arab Democracy Advocates Upset With Obama

First the topless exhibitionist, now the full monty ex-mayor. Stay off the sauce, guys.

The Anchoress explains the difference between an idol and an icon.

No Sheeples posts about Lex Barker. One of Barker’s ex-wives, Tita Cervera, later married Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza and convinced him to leave a large part of his sizeable art collection to Spain. The collection is now at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which is part of El Prado.

Keep an eye on The Way We Get By, and go see it when it’s playing by you:

More Weenie Diplomacy: Now with Venezuela and Syria

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

My latest article, More Weenie Diplomacy: Now with Venezuela and Syria is up at Real Clear World.

I will also talk about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.

Welcome, American Power readers. Please visit often.

Iran using Venezuela ties to duck UN sanctions

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

AFP has the story in English, Iran using Venezuela ties to duck UN sanctions, which I post in its entirety:

ROME (AFP) — Iran is using its warm relations with Venezuela to dodge UN sanctions and use Venezuelan aircraft to ship missile parts to Syria, an Italian newspaper reported Sunday.

Citing US and other Western intelligence agencies, La Stampa said Iran is using aircraft from Venezuelan airline Conviasa to transport computers and engine components to Syria for use in missiles.

The material comes from Iranian industrial group Shahid Bagheri, listed in the annex of UN Security Council Resolution 1737, adopted in December 2006, for involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

The resolution instructed all nations to “prevent the supply, sale or transfer” of all material or technology that could be used for Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme and the development of weapons to carry nuclear warheads.

Syria is a close ally of Iran in the Middle East, with the two nations having signed a military cooperation pact in June 2006.

In return for providing aircraft, Iran has made available to Caracas members of its Revolution Guards and the elite Al-Quds unit to train and reinforce the Venezuelan police and secret services, La Stampa reported.

Iran denies Western and Israeli suspicions that it is developing nuclear weapons, asserting that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only. It nevertheless defies a UN demand to halt uranium enrichment.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez — who share deep hostility towards the United States and the outgoing Bush administration — have signed several agreements on economic cooperation.

Chavez has also voiced support for Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles have a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,280 miles), capable of hitting Israel as well as US military bases in the Middle East.

San Juan, Puerto Rico is 552 miles from Caracas. One of those Iranian missiles, when they work, can strike American soil.

Noticias24 has the complete Italian report from La Stampa.


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Ignorant, not naive

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Betsy links to Jennifer Rubin’s post,

An advisor, Daniel Kurtzer, to Barack Obama says that Obama didn’t realize what he was saying to AIPAC when he used the term “undivided” in reference to Jerusalem. According to Kurtzer, Obama had “a picture in his mind of Jerusalem before 1967 with barbed wires and minefields and demilitarized zones.” Kurtzer says that only after the speech did Obama realize it was a “code word” to use the phrase, “but it does not indicate any kind of naivete about foreign affairs.”

As Rubin says,

Once again, this suggests that there is too little adult supervision of a candidate unaccustomed to speaking on the world stage about issues in which there are lots of code words, indeed in which every word (e.g. “preconditons,” “immediate withdrawal”) has meaning to Americans’ foes and friends.”

Bashar Assad Understands What Obama The ‘Never Mind’ Candidate Doesn’t

Syria’s Assad says wants results from Israel talks:”This is not like drinking tea,” Assad, in India on a four-day visit, said when asked if he would meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Paris.

“The meeting between me and the Israeli prime minister will be meaningless without the technocrats laying the foundation, without reaching the final stage.”

And as the campaign develops, Poohbama rolls right along. Drew has a photo of Obama’s foreign policy team.


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Jimmy Carter, tyrant-loving fool

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

A couple of years ago Gateway Pundit posted Jimmy Carter Parades the World’s 10 Worst Dictators, a who’s who in Jimmy’s work: Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Il of North Korea and Omar al-Bashar of Sudan all hold places of honor at Jimmy’s table.

Let’s also not forget Jimmy’s fondness for Yasser

and Hugo

Therefore it was only a matter of time before this was announced: Report: Jimmy Carter to Meet With Hamas Leader in Syria

Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.

The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Carter was planning a trip to Syria for mid-April, during which he would meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, on April 18.

Meshal, who lives in Syria to avoid being arrested by the Israeli government, leads Hamas from his seat in Damascus, where he is a guest of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Well, while Jimmy’s in the vicinity, he might as well drop by Bashar’s, who Nancy remembers so fondly:

Because, after all, few things spread the virtues of democracy like kissing up to murderous thugs.

A golden moment via Macsmind,

Via Judith,

UPDATE, Thursday 10 April
Who pays for Carter?
Jimmy Carter and Unconscious Hate


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