Talking with Silvio Canto, Jr., about US-Latin America: Cuba-Venezuela, elections in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina & more, archived for your listening convenience.
Read Steve Dudley’s report at In Sight Crime, Barrio 18 in El Salvador: A View from the Inside
Barrio 18 is one of the two largest gangs in El Salvador. The other, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), is thought to be slightly larger in membership than the Barrio 18. The Barrio 18 is known as the more violent and less sophisticated of the two.
Barrio 18 Gang Hierarchy
- “Palabreros” in the prison system: coordinate all criminal activities. One palabrero keeps a notebook that keeps track of all finances, homicides, drugs, and weapons.
- “Palabreros” outside the prison system, aka, “en la libre.”
- Leaders of the “canchas.” A cancha is a territorial division that isn’t necessarily based on municipal delineations. Each cancha has several “tribus,” or tribes.
- Leaders of the “tribus.” There are thought to be 28 Barrio 18 “tribus” in El Salvador, according to one study. Each tribu leader may be responsible for dozens and perhaps hundreds of members. In rival gang theMS13, these are known as “clicas,” and there are thought to be far more — an estimated 246.
- Collaborators: those who are not quite or never will be gang members. They help the gang with small jobs, like gathering intelligence, and moving or holding illicit goods.
Ben Cohen writes about The Nisman Case and the Whitewashing of Iran
Consider, for example, the alleged role of the Iranian president, Hasan Rouhani, in whom President Barack Obama has placed so much faith regarding negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Rouhani was not among the Iranian officials named by Nisman in his 2006 report. The Miami Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer, however, revealed in a January 21 article that Nisman had told him about an Iranian witness who had reported that Rouhani had been a member of a special-intelligence committee, “which in 1994 was overseeing secret operations abroad, including the AMIA bombing.” Oppenheimer wrote that Nisman “added privately that he believed in [the witness’s] testimony, and that as a member of the committee Rouhani was likely to have known of the AMIA bombing plan.”
Such a promising lead should be pursued. But the Argentine government is incapable and unwilling to do so, and the current American administration is determined to let nothing obstruct its pursuit of a nuclear deal with the Iranians.
Read the whole thing, keeping in mind
Iranian Leader Khamenei: Death to America; Obama Is Trying to Turn Our People against the Regime
I normally ignore anything said by members of The View because life’s too short, but today I’m writing About that “Cuban side or the white side”
And, not surprising,
— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) March 24, 2015
Theodore Kettle of Newsmax included me in Newsmax’s Top 50 Conservative Blogs of 2015
24. Fausta’s Blog – If you want to keep track of what matters to lovers of liberty in Latin America, it’s Puerto Rican-born Fausta Wertz’s cornucopia of political, economic, and foreign policy information and commentary about south of the border, with a dose of New Jersey state current events thrown in (she has lived in Princeton forever). No surprise hers was the go-to site when President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Communist Cuba — “No, Cuba is not China. No, you can’t have free markets without free peoples” — but she is also the handiest source for the latest on Colombia’s FARC guerillas or disguised Chinese backing of a proposed Nicaraguan canal.
It’s an honor to be included among them. Thank you!
After John Kerry (the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam) declared that “The Monroe Doctrine Is Over”, not only do we get Russia’s long-range bombers to conduct regular patrols over Arctic Ocean, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, now Argentina’s considering leasing a dozen Russian long-range bombers, too:
Falklands defence: Why is Argentina considering an aircraft deal with the Russians?
Russia’s potential deal to lease 12 long-range bombers to Argentina is causing Britain to rethink its protection of the Falklands. Why is Cristina Kirchner cosying up to Moscow?
The Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft would be sent to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat, in a proposal which would help Moscow beat EU sanctions over Ukraine. Michael Fallon said that while any agreement between Russia and Argentina was not yet signed, Britain would increase its presence on the archipelago.
The beef-for-bombers deal offers endless opportunities for corrupt kleptocrats to make out like gangbusters (how do I love mixing my metaphors? Let me count the ways), but, also likely, from the Obama administration’s point of view, it potentially has the added benefit endangering a member of the UK Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA).
Or are we to suppose that Argentina is leasing 12 long-range bombers for peaceful purposes?
Looks like those asylum offers from Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador came to naught, and Brazil turned him down, so now the NSA leaker is pleading with Obama to cut him a deal
Letting him return to the U.S. to make his case would be “the best resolution for the federal government and the public broadly,” the former National Security Agency employee told CeBIT technology conference in Germany last week. “We don’t want to be the kind of government where people who reveal serious wrongdoing have to seek shelter in other countries to seek any kind of justice.”
What do you mean “we,” Comrade Snowden? “We” didn’t flee to Russia.
Let’s play it!
*WSV = World’s Smallest Violin
For small-town America, new immigrants pose linguistic, cultural challenges
A new generation of immigrants is arriving in Midwest towns from far-flung places such as Myanmar, Somalia, and Iraq. The communities are trying to adjust.
Judicial Watch: New Documents Show Homeland Security Released 165,900 Convicted Criminal Aliens throughout U.S. as of April 26, 2014
Documents show Al Jazeera wanted to film people with “significant diseases”
An Argentine turboprop airplane crashed and burned shortly after taking off, killing all 10 people aboard,
Witnesses at the airport said that a few minutes after takeoff they heard a significant explosion followed by a huge fireball.
The passengers were members of the Argentine company La Rural which is an associate in a project to exploit a Convention Center under construction in the Atlantic resort of Punta del Este and had flown to Uruguay for a business conference with their Uruguayan partners and the local government.
La Rural is a leading company in Argentina and Latin America in the fairs, congress and events industry.
Exactly two months after his murder, Argentine Government Accuses Nisman of Embezzlement
POLL NUMBERS!!! Dilma’s drop
Hundreds protest over Chile bishopProtesters shout as Rev Juan Barros enter the Osorno cathedral
Hundreds of people in Chile try to stop the ordination of Catholic Bishop Juan Barros, accusing him of covering up a sex abuse scandal.
Where “Cold War Charm” is the half-century long misery endured by the inmates of the island-prison: Cuba’s Cold War charm has D.R. wary about losing U.S. tourists to next-door neighbor
Are Special Economic Zones the answer? How ZEDEs Can Make Honduras Prosperous
Next-Generation Zones for an Anti-Poverty Success Story
Honduras sends soldiers to protect ‘lost city’ from drug cartels
Expendition team reportedly split on how to safeguard artefacts from looters after ‘lost city’ rediscovered in Honduras jungle also used by drug trafficker
Paraguay and Latin America are officially the happiest nations in the world, in a Bobby McFerrin sort of way?
Peru’s Premier Removes Senior Spy Officials
Peru’s prime minister removed the head of the National Intelligence Service and other high-level officials, as allegations widened that the spy agency for years gathered information on a broad range of well-known people.
The Islamization of South America
After years in Guantanamo, ex-detainees find little solace in Uruguay Apparently they don’t have Uruguayan passports yet.
— Swing Traders COL (@swingtraderscol) March 21, 2015
Enabling Maduro’s Tyranny in Venezuela
US Sanctions Give Perfect Excuse for Crackdown on Dissent. I disagree – the crackdown has been going on, well before any sanctions.
Maduro’s English in action,