China in Latin America

July 18th, 2014

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.

What could possibly go wrong?, Uruguay version

July 17th, 2014

Shipping off jailed terrorists to the tri-border area? No problem!

Pentagon Prepares to Transfer Six Guantanamo Detainees to Uruguay
Move Is Part of Stepped-Up Effort to Further Reduce the Prison’s Population

Border flood, alien invasion

July 17th, 2014

While Harry Reid channels Bagdad Bob,

Gateway Pundit:
Obama White House: We’re Not Going to Tell Where We’re Going to House Illegal Immigrants

Hot Air:
White House: By the way, we’re still planning an amnesty this summer for illegals who are already here

Drudge:

GALLUP: BORDER FLOOD TOP PROBLEM

BACKTRACK: MD governor asks White House NOT to send illegals to his state…

CT rejects children…

L.A. Plan To Provide Housing Outrages Homeless…

Hundreds of cities fight back against ‘invasion’…

Illegals hide in natural gas pipeline…

‘Coyote’ Cartoon Seeks to Slow Child Migrants…

COULTER: HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY, CENTRAL AMERICAN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS…


RELEASED ILLEGAL ALIEN ARRESTED FOR MURDER…

UPDATE: Plans for $50 million ‘resort’ canceled…

Honduras seeks aid, suggests ‘mini-Marshall plan’…

DEMS PUSH AMNESTY: ‘This is America. Doors are open’…

Immigration turns election strategies on their heads…

Former Border Chief: ‘All of Good Done After 9/11 Reversed Singlehandedly’…

Nevada’s Clark County jails to start releasing illegal inmates…

Immigrant population soars in Nashville…

The Diplomad:

We are seeing the Democratic Party openly reinvent itself, without any shame or purpose of evasion, into a party of career bureaucrats, educators, and crony capitalists, kept in power by stupid young people, Hollywood, the growing ranks of dole recipients, and, of course, the wave of poor hispanics. The Democrats care not a a bit about the impact this massive wave will have on school quality, crime rates, health care, the prisons, deficit spending, or on the “poor” whom they so vociferously have supported for decades. Poor blacks and poor hispanics will be the first to feel the brunt of this tsunami as it sweeps through their neighborhoods. The traditional black Democrat urban political machines are getting creaky, and in some places, e.g., Detroit, losing large chunks of population. The desperately poor and easily manipulated immigrants from Mexico and Central America are just what is needed to restock the pond of misery on which the DNC scum feed.

In the US, we always have consoled ourselves with the idea that the “pendulum will swing back.” The Democrats plan is to make sure that cannot happen by promoting a profound transformation of the Democrat party, and, of course, of our society at large.

Michelle Malkin writes about lawbreaker Jose Vargas,

As I’ve noted previously, Vargas came here from the Philippines as a child but knowingly broke multiple laws as an adult in order to stay in the country. After being supplied with a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card, and a bogus Social Security number, he committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment-eligibility forms. In 2002, while pursuing his journalism-career goals, an immigration lawyer told him he needed to accept the consequences of his lawbreaking and return to his native Philippines. He ignored the counsel and instead used a friend’s address to obtain an Oregon driver’s license under false pretenses. It gave him an eight-year golden ticket to travel by car, board trains and airplanes, work at prestigious newspapers, and even gain access to the White House — where crack Secret Service agents allowed him to attend a state dinner using his bogus Social Security number.

Parting question: How would the local authorities deal with you, dear reader, if they found you using a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card, a bogus Social Security number, and a fake driver’s license?

Ecuador: BloombergBusinessweek lays it on the line

July 15th, 2014

Paul M. Barrett, author of the upcoming Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, writes Ecuador’s Pricey PR Fuels Fight Against Chevron in Pollution Case:

Overall as a nation, Ecuador profited from Texaco’s misconduct, even as some of its poorest citizens, who lived in close proximity to the oil operations, suffered terribly. For a quarter century, Ecuador has made environmental matters worse in its oil zone while insisting that only Chevron is to blame. The FARA filings show Quito spending millions to promote anti-Chevron protests and issue anti-Chevron press releases in what looks to be a campaign to distract attention from that country’s duty to help its own people.

Meanwhile, Ecuador is supposedly spending US$1billion on building a research university and city in the middle of a remote pasture and it’ll call it Yachay, the City of Knowledge:

It’s almost two hours from Quito and a half-hour from a town of any size.

The politicians, consultants and contractors will do very well indeed.


En español: regresa la Unidad de Quemados

July 9th, 2014

@DrNetas volvió del Brasil, chicos,

In transit

July 9th, 2014

I’m in transit for the next week or so, therefore blogging will be sporadic.

Here’s a tweet:

 

President Obama Wants $3.8 Billion for Immigration, But Won’t Visit Border. Let’s assume there are 12 million ilegal aliens in the USA. $3.8billion comes down to $253,333 apiece, which could pay for a lot of airfare in charter flights, but that’t not what Obama has in mind.

The Diplomad:

I also notice that the UN is jumping into the game calling upon the US and Mexico to treat this like a refugee crisis. Really? These so called refugees from drug violence, mostly, apparently, from Honduras–but who knows? It seems everything is a lie about this–apparently have travelled over 1000 miles through Guatemala and Mexico before ending up at the US border. Did they seek asylum in either of those two countries? Nope. Did they think of crossing over into neighboring Nicaragua? Or making the under 300 mile trip to peaceful Costa Rica? Nope and nope, again. What has Mexico done? It has funneled them, including apparently known criminal elements, to the US border–what normally would be considered a hostile act, but done in the knowledge that the US misadministration wants this “crisis.” Mexico is always willing to give the US a helping hand when it comes to inserting the 12-gauge into our national mouth.

Over at Drudge,

Venezuela: Looking for a bailout

July 8th, 2014

Venezuelan gov’t approaches world banks
Next October-November a very high concentration of the debt of the Nation and Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) will involve payment on account of amortization and interest for approximately USD 7 billion

Maybe they ought to consider auctioning the Matisse.

Venezuela Inches Toward a Single Exchange Rate

Rafael Osío Cabrices describes I escaped Venezuela for North America. Here’s how.

Empty hospitals, empty airports

Lying As A Revolutionary Way Of Life In Venezuela

Today’s illegal invasion roundup

July 8th, 2014

Obama’s in Texas, carefully avoiding the border,

BORDER BREAKDOWN: MORE MIGRANT BUSES BLOCKED…

UNITED NATIONS: ‘REFUGEES’…

LICE SO BAD ‘They Can Be Seen Crawling Down’ Their Faces!

As always it’s someone else’s fault:

No mention of this,

A plane carrying 140 undocumented immigrants, including lone children, landed at Lindbergh Field in San Diego Tuesday afternoon amid a brewing crisis over a surge of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border to escape poverty and crime in their home countries. Notice the “poverty and crime” meme. No mention of how low-income American citizens – regardless of their ethnicity – will be affected, while a LEAKED DHS REPORT REVEALS OBAMA ADMIN DECEPTION ON BORDER CRISIS (emphasis added)

The DHS-ICE agency report admits the fact that 98 percent are allowed to stay is a significant draw for the minors to come into the United States. The agency acknowledges that conditions in Central America play a role in why the wave is occurring, but directly contradicts the assertion that such conditions are the only significant reason the crisis exists. The report directly contradicts any assertion U.S. government refusals to deport illegal immigrants is not a significant factor in why the crisis is occurring.

A group of black Americans spoke out in support of protecting women and children in America BEFORE worrying about the rest of the world.

LANGUAGE NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK:

USAToday Reporter Calls Border Surge Obama’s “Katrina Mome[n]t

Also as Ace, If Obama Can Ignore The Law Requiring the Deportation of Illegal Aliens, Why Can’t He Ignore the Law Requiring Asylum Hearings?

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The semifinals Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

July 7th, 2014

LatinAmerArgentina and Brazil go to the World Cup semifinals, and that has been the top story all over the hemisphere.

ARGENTINA
Argentina running out of options in lose-lose debt battle with ‘vultures’

Murder verdict over Argentina bishop
Two former senior military officers in Argentina have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli in 1976 during military rule.

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
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

Bolivian Cops Occupy Command Centers to Demand Pay Hike

BRAZIL
Brazilian police link Fifa official to World Cup ticket gang

Brazil Tragedy Raises Doubts on Building Rush
Grief Descended on Belo Horizonte, a World Cup Host City, Following the Collapse of a Highway Overpass
Video here.

CHILE
Chile’s Bachelet Introduces $27 Billion Infrastructure Program

COLOMBIA
Colombia Taps World Cup Fever to Urge Guerrilla Defections

CUBA
Putin to visit Cuba and other LatAm nations

Media bias reaches new depths in reports on Castrogonian vehicle sales
Four motorcycles sold in Cuba, in addition to those fifty cars.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Authorities Arrest 137 Haitian Migrants

ECUADOR
NYT editorializes with this headline, Government of Ecuador Can Sue Fugitive Bankers in U.S.

GUATEMALA
Four Guatemalan Cops Accused of Extorting Olympic Athlete

HONDURAS
Honduras: Search for Miners Continues

HUMOR

JAMAICA
Jamaica selling out its paradise

MEXICO
New Telecom Rules in Mexico Clear Senate Hurdle
Mexico is near to completing its biggest overhaul of the telecommunications sector in more than two decades.

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.

Mexico’s reforms
The power and the glory
Foreigners enthuse over Enrique Peña Nieto’s reforms. Mexicans are warier

PANAMA
Venezuela restores ties with Panama
Relations were broke off after President Maduro accused Panama of joining the US in an “open conspiracy” against him.

PARAGUAY
Animals Take to Rooftops to Survive Floods in Paraguay

PERU
Hero of Peru’s Battle with Shining Path Arrested

PUERTO RICO
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.

VENEZUELA
Spain’s €3,500 Epalisticia buys El Universal for €90 million

Che’s Battle Comrade Becomes Maduro’s New Economic Adviser
Cuba’s Dominance over Venezuela Out in the Open for All to See

The week’s posts and podcast:
Guatemala: When The Mountains Tremble to be corrected

Venezuela: Bye-bye, El Universal UPDATED

ISIS’s Chilean spokesman

Argentina: Pay up, Cristina

Invasion update: No visitors allowed on federal facilities, CDC opens Emergency Operations Center

Today’s update on the immigrant invasion

Venezuelan army protection racket at Guyana border

Obama to heal illegals with $2billion

Tinker, hacker, Snowden spy

At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Bean-counting Catholic justices

Podcast:
Are Liberals Patriotic?


Puerto Rico: Default

July 7th, 2014

Mary O’Grady writes, Puerto Rico’s Borrowing Bubble Pops
Moody’s measure of ‘expected default’ for Puerto Rico is higher than Argentina and Venezuela.

A Puerto Rican default should not surprise anyone. According to Carlos Colón de Armas, acting dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, for eight years from 2005 through 2012, government expenses exceeded revenues on average by approximately $1 billion annually. The dean told me by telephone that total commonwealth debt is now around $73 billion and in 2013 it was 101% of the island’s gross national product (GNP) up from 57% in June 2001. (Although gross domestic product is the most widely accepted measure of an economy’s size, it reflects the profits of large multinational corporations booked for tax purposes in Puerto Rico but not retained in the local economy. Therefore, GNP, a measure of what is produced by locals, is a more accurate tool to assess the economy.)

Unlike Luis Fortuño, the previous governor, current governor Alejandro García Padilla

increased expenses by almost $600 million in his first budget. While he is now cutting spending, the cuts are mostly from that increase, according to Mr. Colón de Armas. Some $500 million-$800 million in fat—from subsidies to special interests to funding for political parties—remains untouched in the $9.6 billion budget.

Fortuño lost by 12,000 votes since García Padilla (known as Agapito) promised the moon and the stars.

And there it goes: a certain default.

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