This week in smart diplomacy

July 18th, 2014

My latest at Da Tech Guy Blog, This week in smart diplomacy, is up. Please read it, comment, and hit Da Tip Jar!

FIFA regrets

July 18th, 2014

After seven years of planning, $14 billion (more than three times what it cost to put on the 2010 tournament in South Africa) and 31 days of competition, this:

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Brazil may have been wrong choice to host 2014 World Cup
Weeks after the protests in Brazil that marred the Confederations Cup, Blatter conceded ‘if this happens again we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights.’

After World Cup, Brazil Asks: Was It Worth It?

June Job Creation in Brazil Below Forecasts
Brazil generated 25,363 jobs in June, below most forecasts and the worst performance for the month since 1998, the government said Thursday

Russia’s the next host: Russia insists finishing stadiums not a problem, and hey, as hosts, they don’t even need to qualify.


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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