Posts Tagged ‘Cristina Fernandez’

The disgraced OAS Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 24th, 2014

LatinAmerThe big news of the week: the OAS voted on Friday to shut out the media and the public from Maria Corina Machado’s testimony, thereby disgracing itself.

ARGENTINA
ARGENTINA Y EL NARCOESTADO (PARTE II)

Al menos seis carteles operan en Argentina.Colombianos en Rosario,mexicanos en el Norte de Buenos Aires,narcotransportistas bolivianos en la ruta 34,”la ruta blanca”,sumadas a otras organizaciones criminales transnacionales que incluyen a chinos y serbios.

Pope meets Argentine Falklands veterans and calls for South Atlantic peace
Former archbishop of Buenos Aires has previously backed Argentina’s claim on the islands

How convenient: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner turns Pope Francis from foe to friend
Argentinian president praises cardinal’s commitment and vision, despite previously treating him as a political arch-enemy

BOLIVIA
Más de dos millones de libras de coca ilegal incautada colapsan los depósitos – Erbol

BRAZIL
Brazil’s ‘Constitution Of The Internet’ Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight

Brazil troops to quell Rio violenceHeavily-armed police patrol a shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, on March 13, 2014
Brazil’s government says it will send federal troops to Rio de Janeiro to quell recent attacks targeting police ahead of the World Cup in June
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On Thursday, three police bases in the city were attacked by suspected gangs.

Four police officers have been killed since February in similar attacks.

CHILE
6.2 magnitude earthquake hits northern Chile, no damage reported

Chile asks extradition of alleged ex-guerrilla Marie Emmanuelle Verhoeven,

The 54-year-year-old has been wanted since 1996 on an international arrest warrant for the 1991 slaying of Jaime Guzman, leader of the conservative Chilean party Independent Democratic Union.

Andres Oppenheimer: Bachelet’s Chile: moving closer to Venezuela?

Chile: huge protest to urge new president to adopt reforms, via Bad Blue.

COLOMBIA
“Colombia’s democracy is mortally wounded”; Petro

CUBA
CUBA GIVES DOCTORS BIG PAY RAISE–TO $64 A MONTH

Obama Shouldn’t Forget Our Man in Havana

Uruguay’s Mujica Found Fidel Castro “Deteriorated” But Engaged

ECUADOR
Chevron seeks $32 million in legal fees in Ecuador case

GUATEMALA
Alfonso Portillo, Ex-President Admits Taking Taiwan Bribes

HAITI
Documentary: Post-quake Haiti rebuilding, a ‘Fatal Assistance

JAMAICA
Jamaica’s gang culture
Bad Vybz

LATIN AMERICA
Global Economy and Development – Brookings: A HIGH-CARBON PARTNERSHIP?
CHINESE-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS IN A CARBON-CONSTRAINED WORLD

MEXICO
US Sentences Mexican to 40 Years for Murder of Border Patrol Agent
Fourth Defendant Sentenced in Murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas

PANAMA
Behind the Chong Chon Gang Affair: North Korea’s Shadowy Arms Trade

PERU
Police, striking miners clash in Peru, 11 injured

PUERTO RICO
Finra Examining Trading in Puerto Rico Bonds
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is examining trading in Puerto Rico bonds, just a week after the island territory’s $3.5 billion bond sale.

VENEZUELA
Drone Camera Corrects CNN Español Report on Caracas Demonstrations

VenEconomy: Silence Means Consent

Airlines Move to Cut Off Service to Venezuela

Earlier this month, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that international airlines would likely stop serving Venezuela unless the country took steps to resolve the issue. Carriers don’t want to acquire more bolivars, which aren’t exchangeable outside the country.

Venezuela says street protests have caused $10 billion in damage

Venezuela’s protests
Inside the barrios
Support among the poor for the government of Nicolás Maduro is conditional

Can the Chavistas Save Venezuela from Cuba?

Chavistas want to save their movement from incompetent leadership and foreign interference and to protect their social base. Student protesters want to roll back the authoritarian intrusions and economic mismanagement that threaten their future. These fundamental goals are far from mutually exclusive for Venezuelans of good will looking to rescue their country.

Venezuela Battles Media, Social and Otherwise, to Restrict Protest Coverage

Venezuela Goes Mad

The week’s posts and podcast:
#SOSVenezuela: Who’s doing the killing? UPDATED

#SOSVenezuela: Yesterday’s #22M march

#SOSVenezuela, Maria Corina, and the OAS

LIVE: OAS hearing on Maria Corina Machado blacked out?

Insourcing from . . . Mexico?

Venezuela-Cuba Military Cooperation and the Narco-Terrorist Connection

En español: Terapia intensiva #200 ¡Felicidades a @DrNetas por las doscientas terapias!

Colombia: Santos wets himself UPDATED

Brazil’s high operating costs

At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Latin America: Putin gets his license

Venezuela: The Left vs. reality

Podcast:
Venezuela & US-Latin America stories of the week


Argentina: Goodbye, Columbus

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Cristina Fernandez, in a snit, had a statue of Christopher Columbus taken down and a room renamed in the presidential residence: Carlos Eire describes how the Argentine president lashes out against European colonialism, ignores Cuban colonialism while at the same time redecorating the joint,

In addition to trashing Columbus and demolishing his statue, Kirchner has now renamed the Columbus Room at the presidential palace. The new politically-correct name: “The Salon of Native Peoples.”

“We will henceforth highlight the history that no one would tell us about our culture, and learn about the civilization of native peoples.”

El Periodiquito (the little newspaper) Argentinian paper says she’s obsessed, while Diario Veloz (fast journal) says she doesn’t know what to do with the statue, which was taken down in pieces.

As part of Cristina’s redecoration efforts, she’s lined a hallway in mirrors, the “The Salon of Native Peoples” has a large table with touch screens, and she personally chose during her many trips abroad the textiles and objects for her hotel, Los Sauces, located near the Perito Moreno Glacier.

It’s stuff like this that keeps me blogging, folks. You just can’t make it up.

Argentina: Same old, same old

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Cristina’s hitting the same old,

Argentina issue threats over Falkland oil
Argentina threatens fines and imprisonment for oil companies and their executives for any “illegal exploration” of hydrocarbons off the Falkland Islands

The Foreign Office added that hydrocarbons activities by companies operating on the continental shelf of the Falkland Islands are regulated by legislation of the Falkland Islands government, and in accordance with the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.

Cristina will resort to any distraction from her chaotic fiscal problems and deals with Iran.

I suggest she focus on this bit of old news instead, World’s oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina.


Argentina: Cristina gets dog, reorganizes cabinet

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Cristina Fernandez is baaaack. . .

the dog came from Venezuela, a gift from one of Hugo Chavez’s brothers, and apparently Simon Bolivar had one like him, Cristina named him Simon. It was a matter of minutes for Simon to get twittering @SimonCFK: “Woof”

It was a slow news day in Buenos Aires, so Cristina’s shirt made the news.

Between dog treats, Kichner Remakes Her Argentine Cabinet
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner named new officials to fill the positions of economy minister, central bank president and cabinet chief
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No word as to whether the facelift was “refreshed” during her time off.

Argentina: Cristina recovering from brain surgery

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

At the WSJ,
Argentine President Kirchner Recovering After Surgery
Buenos Aires Governor Says She Is Recovering From the Anesthesia

The 60-year-old president was diagnosed Saturday with a chronic subdural hematoma—a blood clot that developed after she suffered an undisclosed type of head injury in August. Her physicians ordered her to take a month off to recover from the hematoma. Then on Sunday, she complained of headaches, tingling sensations and loss of mobility in her left arm, prompting her medical team to recommend surgery to drain the hematoma.

Secrecy remains,

Her condition was announced in a three-paragraph statement late Saturday after she spent more than nine hours in the hospital. It said she suffered a “traumatismo cranial” on Aug. 12, but gave no details on how this injury happened.

August 11 was a rough day for the president. Despite her intensive campaigning, primary election results that night showed a significant drop in support for her party’s candidates ahead of the Oct. 27 congressional elections.

Vice president Amado Boudou is temporarily in charge of the government.


Argentina: Wall-to-wall Papal photo up

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Cristina Fernández, who’s up for re-election in October, 2015 but desperately needs a legislative majority, is using a photo of herself and candidate Martín Insaurralde (who she hopes will be her majority leader) taken with Pope Francis:

The poster reads, “Don’t be downcast; don’t let go of hope.”

When I was in Buenos aires the week Nestor Kirchner died, leaving Cristina as widow and president, the posters of him and Cristina popped up immediately, on every subway car and station, and on every corner of the city, even in the suburb where I was staying.

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Apparently the Pope photo-op is now everywhere. Cristina claims it’s not a campaign ad.

The photo was taken last week during the Pope’s visit to Brazil, which was a resounding success. Pope Francis was meeting the heads of state that came to Mass.

The Pope, who is hugely popular in Argentina (tango included), was, during his tenure as Cardinal in Buenos Aires, a big critic of the Kirchners, but now, with the poster prominently papering every public surface, Cristina’s making look like the Pope’s on her side.


Note to Cristina: Don’t drink and tweet!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Fed up as I am of the Edward Snowden espionage caper, the farcical aspects involving Latin American players keep drawing me back,

Twenty-six hours ago, Evo Morales was incidentally in the picture,

but when he flew out of Russia, his flight was detoured

DRAMA IN THE SKY: Bolivian leader’s plane rerouted on fear Snowden aboard…

Furor over denied airspace passage, refueling rights…

‘Act of aggression’ by France, Portugal, Spain…

‘Orders came from United States’…

Austria finds ‘no sign’ Snowden on board…

Bolivia enraged, accuses Austria of ‘kidnapping’…

Bolivian president’s plane leaves Austria after enforced diversion

Plane takes off after 13 hours in Vienna
• Jet was diverted amid fears Snowden on board
• France, Spain, Italy and Portugal accused of blocking airpsace
• Snowden not on board say Austrian and Bolivian officials
• Bolivia accuses United States of ‘hostile act’
• Summary of the day’s events

Over in Buenos Aires, Cristina Fernandez was having conniptions over Evo’s detouring, and she tweeted it all in her official account, @CFKArgentina, which is now suspended. Correction: Account now visible

Luckily for us, Monica Showalter copied and quick-translated Cristina’s stream of consciousness (if you want to call it that), so here it is,

Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
I will warn that Ollanta is calling a meeting of UNASUR. It’s 00:25 AM. Tomorrow will be a long and difficult day. Be calm. They will not succeed.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
I talk to Pepe (Mujica). He’s outraged. He’s right. It’s very humiliating. I will return to talk with Rafa again.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
Evo I call again. The defense minister has been told. In Austria it’s 3AM. They will try to communicate with the authorities.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
Well, but we can send a judge from here. Mother of God! What a world!
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
Yesss!, AN INJUNCTION. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. You realize that those are the precautionary measures.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
If Austria does not let you go or wants to check your airplane, you can appear before the International Court of The Hague and ask …
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
He confirms common law permits absolute immunity, received by the Convention 2004 and the Hague Tribunal.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“Hello, Susan.” No dear, Susana Ruiz Cerruti. Our international legal expert Chancellery …
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
CFK: “Let me call the Chancellery. I want to see jurisdiction, Treaty and Tribunal to turn to. I’ll call you back.” “Thanks mate”
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“And I will not allow them to review my plane. I’m Not a thief.” Just perfect. Go, Evo.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
It will take thousands of years of civilization ahead. He tells me the situation. “I’m here, in a small lounge at the airport …”
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
I call Evo. On the other side of the line, his voice quietly answers me: “Hello mate, like this?” The question to me as I am!
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
Rafael tells me he will call for an urgent emergency meeting with Ollanta Humala and UNASUR.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
Definitely they’re all crazy. A head of State and his plane have total immunity. There cannot be this degree of impunity.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“Several countries revoked his flight permission and he is in Vienna,” he answers.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
Along with Putin, Nicolas Maduro and other heads of state. “But what happened Rafael?”
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“What? Evo? Evo Morales detained?” Immediately it came to mind to me his last picture, in Russia …
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“Cristina. They have detained Evo and his plane, and won’t let him out of Europe.”
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“No, what happened?” I’m in the clouds. Weird, because I am always attentive … and vigilant. But I just got out of a meeting.
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
“Hi Rafa, how are you?”. He replies halfway between angry and distressed. “You do not know what’s going on?”
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Cristina Kirchner @ CFKArgentina 1h
I went to the Pink House. Olives, 21:46 pm. They advised me, President Correa is on the phone. “Rafael? What’s up?”

Which prompted unkind reactions,

This @CKFArgentina is hormonal crazy. If she manages her country the way she manages Twitter, Argentinians are as f*cked as we are.

Note to Cristina: Malbec and Twitter don’t mix.

UPDATE:
Argentina’s La Presidenta, Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, live-tweets the latest in Snowden Caper, and special thanks to Monica Showalter for the link.


Argentina’s K Decade: 10 years of Kirchnerismo

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

As a Huge crowd cheers Argentine leader’s 10-year rule, ‘Bad vibes’ spoil Kirchners’ decade in Argentina.

“Bad vibes” is one way to call high inflation, near-default debt, persecuting economists, capital flight, takeover of private pension funds, Aerolíneas Argentinas and Repsol’s YPF, and the decline of the farming industry while the judiciary and media are under siege , and Cristina keeps making rude noises about the Falklands (between shopping trips to Paris).

Yeah, “bad vibes”.

AFP has a report in Spanish on the “K” decade,

Related:
Google no longer able to pay Android developers in Argentina, pulling apps on July 27th

Developers in Argentina have begun receiving letters from Google informing them that “Google Play will no longer be able to accept payments on behalf of developers registered in Argentina starting June 27, 2013.” The change applies to both paid apps and apps that use in-app purchases. The move appears to be related to new, restrictive regulations the Argentine government has imposed on currency exchanges, which The Telegraph detailed this past September.


Argentina: Feed a regime, starve a media

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Cristina Fernandez, viuda de Kirchner, is not happy that the country’s journalists are reporting about her smear campaign against Pope Francis, the real inflation figures ( >25%), and international investors’ loss of confidence in the country. Mary O’Grady has the story,

Kirchner Tries to Starve the Independent Press
Argentina’s government employs tax inspectors and advertising boycotts to punish critics.

There have been criminal actions against newspaper officials for editorials it didn’t like, attempts to gain control of the country’s domestic newsprint supply, and the passage of a law that politicizes the granting of broadcast licenses and the sale of spectrum. Then there was the September 2009 raid by some 200 tax agents on the daily Clarín, and the deployments of pro-Kirchner mobs to block the distribution of some newspapers that do not toe the Kirchner line.

Now Mrs. Kirchner is trying to financially ruin her critics in the press. One tool is the government’s $100 million-plus advertising budget—excluding the much larger budget for soccer broadcasts. An analysis by the daily La Nación (which publishes some Wall Street Journal content) of 2012 spending over 2011 shows a 65.3% increase in the purchase of space for public announcements and, more commonly, government propaganda in the country’s newspapers and magazines. Yet the four most important independent newspaper publishers—El Cronista, Clarín, La Nación and Perfil—all lost business from the government in 2012. La Nación lost a whopping 83%. El Cronista was down 48%, Clarín lost 37% and Perfil 12%.

The punishment doesn’t end there. At a meeting on Feb. 4 the minister of domestic commerce, Guillermo Moreno, mandated that supermarket chains would have to freeze prices for 60 days. According to a March 3 report in Clarín, Mr. Moreno also instructed those merchants present to halt the purchase of print advertising in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area media outlets. According to the Clarín report, he said the boycott would include companies that sell appliances and electronics.

The government initially denied that it had decreed any such thing. But according to Clarín, merchants told the newspaper that they are under strict orders not to buy advertising from the independent newspapers in and around the capital. Clarín said that failure to obey such commands, even though they are not law, can be costly. Businesses fear government reprisals in the form of tax inspections, the withholding of import licenses, and lawsuits brought in the name of consumer protection.

A tad more subtle than the late Hugo Chavez’s closing RCTV and 34 other TV and radio stations and his attacks on Globovisión, for sure. Plus she can always blame forces beyond her control, like the Vicomte de Valmont, with the extra bonus of blaming capitalism.

Something like that could never happen here, of course.

UPDATE:
Linked by HACER. Thank you!

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 4th, 2013

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentina Signals Willingness With Holdout Creditors

Former Spanish judge Baltazar Garzón is romancing Cristina Fernández (link in Spanish).

BRAZIL
Brazil Santa Maria nightclub fire death toll rises to 240
The death toll from Brazil’s deadliest fire in decades has risen to 240 with the death of a man in hospital, a month after the nightclub tragedy.

Social spending in Brazil
The end of poverty?

CHILE
Pinochet Tried Defying Defeat, Papers Show

COLOMBIA
Medellin is ‘most innovative city’
The Colombian city of Medellin is voted as the world’s most innovative for its modern transport system, environmental policies and cultural offerings.

Medellin – The Monotone City; The Truth About Living in Medellin, Colombia

Colombia’s economy
The black stuff
Disruption in key industries
The price of a cup of coffee
OIL may now be Colombia’s biggest export, but coal comes second and coffee, no longer paramount as it long was, is still the fifth-biggest foreign-exchange earner.

CUBA
How Cubans’ Travel Rattles the Regime
To persuade the world it is reforming, the regime lets more people travel. What they say isn’t reassuring.

Cuba’s leaders
The new man
The Castros unveil their successor

In Spain, the truth starts to come out about Paya ‘accident’

Breaking the Castro embargo, one tweet at a time

HAITI
Haiti’s ex-ruler ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier attends court

MEXICO
Mexican authorities participated in civilian disappearances, report says

¿Venganza o parteaguas?

Pena Nieto Pushes Mexico’s Ruling Party to End Pemex Monopoly

Power in Mexico
“The Teacher” in detention
Enrique Peña Nieto’s government has arrested a powerful union leader. Is this the start of something?

Oft-deported Mexican migrants keep trying to return to the United States
For Mexican men with wives, children and former jobs in the United States, the “Whisper Trail” across a rugged stretch of border heavily patrolled by U.S. officers remains their best hope of resuming their former lives.

PERU
Peru Sol Falls to Three-Month Low as Banks Buy Dollars

U.S. tourist who was missing in Peru sends greetings from military base

PUERTO RICO
New Push to Curb Puerto Rico’s Thriving Drug Trade
As Trafficking Hub Spurs Crime Wave, U.S., Local Authorities Step Up Action

VENEZUELA
Isla Presidencial: Venezuelan Internet spoof on presidents attracts serious fans
‘Isla Presidencial,’ an Internet cartoon that pillories politicos, may be at a crossroads now that Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is out of view.
Here’s their Harlem Shake episode:

Hugo’s Health


Venezuela: El imperio electrónico de Fidel – por Gral. Carlos Peñaloza

The Possibility of an Island

Speculation, Devaluation and Idiotic Policies In Venezuela

Back to court: multiple jeopardy for Leopoldo Lopez

Hugo Chavez, “battling for life”?

The week’s posts:
Separated at birth? Or is it all in the hair?

Update on Hugo Chavez

Melgen-Menendez-Noriega?

“Hugo Chavez is brain dead”

Podcast: US-Latin America : The latest from Cuba