Posts Tagged ‘Falkland Islands’

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 18th, 2012

LatinAmerANTIGUA
Stanford Sentenced to 110 Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

ARGENTINA
Peso Blues

Talk Radio Gives Voice to Falklands Veterans
Thirty Years After U.K. Victory, Argentines Work Through Their Trauma on the Air; ‘Like a Psychiatrist’s Couch’

The shows highlight Argentine veterans’ difficult postwar adjustment process. A repressive military government mobilized the veterans, often conscripts from working-class backgrounds, for Argentina’s 1982 invasion of the islands in a last-ditch bid to rally popular support. Argentina’s leadership hadn’t expected the British to dispatch its own invasion force to retake the islands. Argentine troops were left underequipped and with only an improvised plan to confront the professional U.K. army.

Britain warns Argentina over Falklands “aggression”

UK must ‘negotiate’ over Falklands sovereignty Argentina President Cristina Kirchner tells UN
Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner tells the UN that negotiations between the UK and Argentina would benefit ‘all countries around the world’.

COSTA RICA
Princeton U goes on the road: Lacrosse Team from American Ivy League School Visits Costa Rica

CUBA
Sen. Bob Menendez regarding the arrest of Cuban pro-democracy leader


GUATEMALA
The gringo was Russian, The Fish That Ate the Whale:
The Life and Times of America’s Banana King
, via American Digest.

ECUADOR
ALBA attacks justice, human rights

FALKLAND ISLANDS
Falkland Islands to hold referendum on sovereignty
The Falkland Islands will hold a referendum on its “political status” in a bid to end the dispute with Argentina over the archipelago’s sovereignty.

The referendum will be organised by the Falkland Islands government and will take place in the first half of next year.

MEXICO
NBC Breaks Two Year Embargo on Fast & Furious; Offers Viewers a Detailed Account of Lethal Covert Operation That No One Authorized

The NYTimes magazine has a must-read report, Cocaine Incorporated (h/t AD), with a yowza,

In 2007, Mexican authorities raided the home of Zhenli Ye Gon, a Chinese-Mexican businessman who is believed to have supplied meth-precursor chemicals to the cartel, and discovered $206 million, the largest cash seizure in history. And that was the money Zhenli held onto — he was an inveterate gambler, who once blew so much cash in Las Vegas that one of the casinos presented him, in consolation, with a Rolls-Royce. “How much money do you have to lose in the casino for them to give you a Rolls-Royce?” Tony Placido, the D.E.A. intelligence official, asked. (The astonishing answer, in Zhenli’s case, is $72 million at a single casino in a single year.)

Go read every word.

NICARAGUA
Venezuela buys 12.56% of Nicaragua exports
Nicaragua’s global exports have increased by 11% in 2012

VENEZUELA
Venezuela court decisions shake up 2 small parties

The TEA Party and the GOP can learn a thing or two from Venezuela.

Venezuelans consider the unthinkable: a government without Chavez

VIRGIN ISLANDS
“A sunny place for shady people”, Sideways.

The week’s posts:
Chavez’s Iranian drones

Low expectations for the G20

The racing Zetas

Hmmmm…


Leaks and islands

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Pundette links to leaks as campaign stratagem,

The New York Times revealed today in a major news article that the well-known Stuxnet malware attack on the Iranian nuclear program was, in fact, an American operation. Most experts had felt that was the most logical conclusion, but it had never been confirmed. The Times report is based on interviews with anonymous sources “because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day,” reporter David Sanger wrote. While this is an acknowledgement of U.S. prowess in cyberwarfare, the revelation is an inexcusable breach of security that seems to be a part of a disturbing trend.

One has to ask: Why is the Obama Administration choosing to continue revealing operational information that is normally not released? This includes the specific units that conducted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden,information from the bin Laden compound, classified information on the bin Laden raid, details of drone operations, and now secrets about cyberwarfare. There is NO good operational reason for doing this. The only “logical” reason is a tight race for presidency. Does this mean that the closer that we get to the election, the more operational secrets will be given away?

The larger reality is that these leaks, designed to highlight the President’s credentials as a tough leader, are trying to mask the fact that Obama has virtually nothing to show on key national security issues. Progress in the big and important issues, such as relations with China and Russia, broadly fending off Iranian nuclear development, and keeping the rogue regime in North Korea inside its box, have all proven elusive for this Administration.

When progress is absent, a desperate Administration may use leaks, even if it harms national security.

Staggeringly desperate, and incredibly stupid.

Speaking of stupid, but pales by comparison to the above,
Barack Obama’s unwelcome Jubilee present to Britain: Washington reaffirms OAS resolution calling for Falklands negotiations with Argentina

This is a clear-cut case of self-determination, and the Obama administration’s continuing support or a negotiated settlement (made abundantly clear by a senior State Department spokeman last week) is a slap in the face for both the Falkland Islanders as well as the British people.

And where is the president in all this? On his way to Anna Wintour’s house. He’s busy. He’s running for president.

But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be.

Just don’t be late.”


Argentina’s Olympic gaffe

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Two weeks ago, Cristina Fernández saw fit to run this ad on TV,

The ad features

Fernando Zylberberg, a member of the Argentine men’s hockey team running through the streets of the Falklands capital Port Stanley with the slogan “to compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil.” The advert included scenes of Mr. Zylberberg training on the steps of the Island’s Great War Memorial, which commemorates British sailors who gave their lives fighting the Germans in 1914.

The Olympic Committee has no sense of humor:

The IOC said the 2012 Games should not be a forum to raise political issues.
It added that it “regrets any attempts to use the spotlight of the games for that end.”

The IOC said it had contacted the Argentinian National Olympic Committee about the advert and received assurances that the games would not be used as a political platform.

‘Not political’
“The Olympic Games should not be a forum to raise political issues and the IOC regrets any attempts to use the spotlight of the games for that end,” the IOC added.

And then, Zylberberg’s own team dropped him,

as The Telegraph revealed today, the hockey player featured in the Falklands-set propaganda piece is now likely to miss the London Olympics, after being “virtually ruled out after being excluded from the 18-man Argentine hockey squad taking part in a 10-day tournament in Malaysia from May 24.” His shameless use as a political pawn by the Kirchner administration is undoubtedly a key factor in the decision by Argentina’s own Olympic Committee to drop him, after they distanced themselves from the controversial advertisement.

Zylberberg will probably be offerred a job in Cristina’s bureaucracy.

In the meantime, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Argentina’s nationalisation of YPF and called for a partial suspension of tariffs that benefit exports from the South American country to the EU.

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 7th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
I wouldn’t call it diplomacy: Argentina’s crass Olympics advert is the lowest form of diplomacy

BOLIVIA
Bolivia Following Argentine Takeover Deepens Regional Divide

EU urges Bolivia to compensate Spain over electricity grab (h/t Gates of Vienna)

Expropriations in Bolivia
Just when you thought it was safe
Evo Morales nationalises a Spanish electric company
. Spanish companies got taken in Cuba, in Venezuela, and in Argentina; now in Bolivia.

CHILE
Horses are expensive, and labor-intensive. Elitism in Chile’s national sport
Rodeo rift

COLOMBIA
Cartagena prostitution scandal is no laughing matter to Secret Service alumni

The Guardian: Colombian rebels hold French journalist as ‘prisoner of war’

CUBA
10 Most Censored Countries (h/t Babalu)

Oh, how polite: Pope sends letter of thanks to Cuban dictator Raul Castro

Report: IKEA used Cuban prison labor to make furniture in the late 1980s
The Swedish company says it had an arrangement of a limited nature with Cuba and is investigating the allegations

CURAÇAO
Curacao PM suspends island’s secret service agency

ECUADOR
Ecuador Bank CEO to Challenge Correa for President, Envivo Says, via America’s Forum.

MEXICO
Issa sends out draft contempt order against Holder, says ‘Furious’ response ‘cannot stand’

23 Bodies Found Near US-Mexico Border

PUERTO RICO
UBS PR to Pay $26.6M to Settle SEC Charges Over Muni, Other Funds

Coors Loses Fight Over High Puerto Rico Taxes

VENEZUELA
Hugo Chávez’s agony

Venezuela After Chavez: In the Footsteps of Franco, Ceausescu or Stalin?, (h/t Public Secrets).

Venezuela: say hello to the junta

Entertainment:
Jaime Baily’s May 1st (in Spanish) monologue,

In Spanish, Bocaranda’s update on Chavez’s condition: the Cuban doctors are finally facing reality and have ceased the radiation treatments.

The week’s posts:
Bolivia: Evo Morales’s Victims Push Back

“Cuba May Be the Most Feminist Country in Latin America”

Venezuela to drop out of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights UPDATED with VIDEO

What the USA can learn from Chile


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
O’Grady: The Argentine Way of Business

Argentina’s energy industry
Fill ’er up
Cristina Fernández sacrifices her country’s relationship with its biggest foreign investor to satisfy her hunger for cash and nationalist symbolism

Argentina moves to seize control of Repsol’s YPF

El Séptimo Zarpazo Argentino

Buenos Aires, Bueno Patagonia

BRAZIL
Dilma Rousseff Comes to Washington

Credit in Brazil
A more interesting decline
Borrowing costs have started to fall at last, but the hard part lies ahead

Iranian diplomat accused of Brazil child molestation
Brazil says it will seek an explanation from Iran after an Iranian diplomat was accused of molesting underage girls at a swimming pool in Brasilia

CHILE
Chile earthquake shakes TV newsroom whilst on air,

COLOMBIA
Desde la cumbre, los buitres nos esperan

Cartagena’s night life spelled trouble for Secret Service

COSTA RICA
Mel Gibson Rage Rant in Costa Rica: ‘Filthy C—sucker Whore’ (Audio)

CUBA
Report: 2 Cuban actors headed for New York film festival stay in Miami
Two young stars of a Cuban film featured in a New York film festival never showed up for their movie’s screening and are believed to have slipped away in Miami.
‘Una Noche’ Actors From Cuba Flee During Film’s Tribeca Festival Premiere

Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian, the 20-year-old Cuban-born actors, were flown from Cuba to the United States on Wednesday and were supposed to make their way to New York on Friday in order to promote the film. But instead, the pair stayed in Miami, according to 20-year-old Dariel Arrechada, the third star of the film who traveled with them.

Los sicarios de Fidel
Esta es la primera de tres entregas que El Nuevo Herald presentará sobre el libro Los Secretos de Castro y la máquina de inteligencia de Cuba, de Brian Latell, analista retirado de la CIA.

Read more here: http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2012/04/21/1184148/los-sicarios-de-fidel.html#storylink=cpy

Addressing the Risk of a Cuban Oil Spill

Repression in Cuba caught on video

HAITI
Daughter of Haitian Immigrants Is GOP Congressional Nominee in Utah. Her name is Mia Love.

HONDURAS
Coast Guard stops 30th drug sub
Smugglers are using semi-submersible vessels to transport tons of cocaine from Colombia to Central America. The Coast Guard, Honduran Navy and other agencies caught one last month.

FALKLAND ISLANDS
What’s with Obama? His Falklands gaffe angers Brits, puzzles others

HONDURAS
Honduras farm workers stage mass land occupations
Thousands of rural workers in Honduras have occupied land as part of a dispute with large landowners and the government.

MEXICO
The NYT has a Captain Louis Renault moment: Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart
After Top-Level Struggle
Confronted with evidence of widespread corruption in Mexico, top Wal-Mart executives focused more on damage control than on rooting out wrongdoing, an examination by The New York Times found.
I am shocked, shocked that gestores are needed to conduct business in Mexico:

Spinning Fast and Furious: DOJ Refers Reporter To Media Matters

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spews burning rock
The Popocatepetl volcano outside of Mexico City has been spewing glowing rock fragments as far as 1km (0.6 miles) down its slopes.

Santander Prepares Record Mexico IPO

PERU
Newmont’s Peruvian Gold Project Subject to New Conditions

Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) (NEM)’s suspended $4.8 billion gold mine in Peru will be subject to “new conditions” that include the creation of 10,000 local jobs and a fourfold increase in reservoir capacity at the site to gain approval, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said.

The company must pledge not to dry up highland lakes and invest in schools, irrigation canals and drinking water infrastructure in Cajamarca, a farming region in the northern Andes, Humala said in a speech broadcast yesterday on national television and radio.

Peru suspended the project and commissioned a review after Andean farmers, concerned that the project would dry up water supplies, blocked roads and destroyed Newmont installations in November. The project, which has cost $800 million to date, will cost more to build because of the recommendations of the review, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar said April 18.

PUERTO RICO
Aging Puerto Rico Nationalist Too Dangerous For Bail, Prosecutors Say

US Expedition Explores Mysterious Puerto Rican Reef

Rubio’s “50% plus one” for Puerto Rican Statehood

VENEZUELA
Sources say Venezuelan judge to provide valuable information in drugs case
Former Venezuela justice Eladio Aponte Aponte could provide valuable information in a federal drug and corruption investigation, sources said.

Dr. José Rafael Marquina afirma: “Chávez ya requiere ayuda para caminar

Chavez’s Last Stand
Hugo Chavez is dying — what does this mean for his scheduled October reelection

Friday Evening Musings about Venezuela After a Long Day

The week’s posts:
Hugo Chavez still alive

Were the Colombian prostitutes spies?

Oil blues: Argentina takes over YPF, White House yawns UPDATED

Summit of the Americas: the overseas campaign stop


Annals of smart diplomacy: Obama calls the Falklands the Maldives UPDATED

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The Latin American media’s having a ball with this one. During a joint press conference with Colombian president Santos, Obama said, “In terms of the Maldives, or the Falklands, whatever your preferred tern, our position is that… ah… that we’re going to remain neutral.”

20:01 into the video,

What’s several thousand miles among friends?

After saying that the US-Colombia free trade agreement will become effective on May 15, and having a photo-op with black Colombian children, Obama returned to the 57 States.

No word on whether Hillary had recovered from her hangover after her night at the Cafe Havana.

UPDATE,
Take her to the Maldives, then! ‘Part of My Job Is to Scout Out Where I May Want to Bring Michelle Back Later for Vacation’

Video, via Gateway Pundit,

UPDATE,
Linked by Public Secrets and Sister Toldjah. Thanks!
Linked by Hot Air. Thanks!

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, April 9th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
No cause is permanently lost, even the worst causes

BRAZIL
Another “summit” for Obama to waste: Dina’s coming to Washington, Hopes Rise on Brazilian Ties, but The Economist says,BRAZIL has probably never mattered more to America than it does now. America has probably never mattered less to Brazil.

Can Brazil Stop Iran?

CHILE
Chile: La Cuba que Camila Vallejo no quiso ver – por Yoani Sánchez

An open letter to Chilean communist student leader Camila Vallejo

COLOMBIA
Colombian politics
Santos v Uribe
Álvaro Uribe has fallen out with his chosen successor, Juan Manuel Santos. At stake are conflicting visions of the country’s future

CUBA
Cuba After Benedict
Dissidents who asked to meet with the Pope are now being arrested.

18,262 days to be thankful for

Oscar Biscet says religious freedom does not exist in Cuba

Economist special report: Revolution in retreat
Under Raúl Castro, Cuba has begun the journey towards capitalism. But it will take a decade and a big political battle to complete, writes Michael Reid

ECUADOR
Meet Latin America’s next Hugo Chavez
Ecuador’s Rafael Correa demonstrates same anti-American behavior

FALKLAND ISLANDS
The Significant ‘Little War’
Declassified documents show that the Falklands War really did matter.

GUATEMALA
Two of Latin America’s deadliest gangs join forces, via Dick and Silvio Canto.

MEXICO
Earthquake warnings in Mexico City
This app could save your life

Miguel de la Madrid, 1934-2012
When the PRI shook

“That is how I infiltrated Iran” A Young Mexican spy narrates the details of an operation executed in Teheran from La amenaza Iraní [The Iranian Threat (in Latin America)]

US GUN LOBBY COULD HELP STOP MEXICO’S VIOLENCE

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico warns Occupy Movement to clean up mess

Samuel must have been off that day: Santero priest targeted in Puerto Rico drug operation

Orlando Robles Ortiz is accused of helping the group transport U.S.-bound cocaine from the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten to Puerto Rico and of consulting with a spirit named “Samuel” on which days were best to do so, officials said.

VENEZUELA
Searching for Gorbachev in Caracas
The Bolivarian Revolution risks breaking to pieces. With each passing day, Caracas more closely resembles Moscow circa 1991.
via Real Clear World

The Unforgiven

The week’s posts:
Mexico: The big business of oil theft
Cuba: Aftermath of the Pope’s visit
Argentina: Book banning through unleaded ink
Monday’s North American summit: Just how bad was it?
The wasted 1-day summit

At Real Clear World:
Chavez Heading Back to Cuba
Chavez Medical Emergency?


The central-bank-grab Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

LatinAmerWelcome to this week’s Carnival. This week’s top story? After the pensions, Kirchner Grabs the Central Bank
Argentina’s monetary policy is now subject to the fiscal demands of the government. Citizens can look forward to more inflation
ARGENTINA
The Strange Case of the American Physicist Jailed in Argentina

Argentina’s economy
Piggy bank
Rootling around for cash

Argentina’s Carlos Menem faces bombing trial
Carlos Menem was president at the time of the attack
Former Argentine President Carlos Menem is to stand trial for allegedly obstructing an investigation into an attack on a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires, officials have said.

Argentina threatens to sue banks helping Falklands oil explorers as trade war with Britain escalates
A group of British and American banks have been threatened with legal action by the Argentine government for advising and writing research reports about companies involved in the Falkland Islands’ £1.6bn oil industry.

How the U.S. Almost Betrayed Britain
Alexander Haig wanted Reagan to side with the Argentines over the Falklands, newly released papers show

BRAZIL
São Paulo’s metro
Not yet fit for a metropolis
Traversing Brazil’s biggest city gets a bit easier

Brazil: Da Silva Says Treatment for Throat Cancer Was a Success

CHILE
Chileans Mourn Death of Daniel Zamudio

Chile Earthquake 2012: 7.1 Magnitude Quake Strikes Country

COLOMBIA
Colombia: Attack Kills 36 Rebels

Colombia’s New Counterinsurgency Plan

CUBA
CNBC Story Touches the Third Rail of U.S.-Cuba Policy, Property Claims

POPE BENEDICT 16 CONTINUES SHAMELESS APPEASEMENT OF CUBA’S ATHEIST TRYANTS

The Pope missed a great opportunity

Cuban dissidents under siege in Cuba while MSNBC’S MITCHELL PRAISES CUBA’S SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE

EL SALVADOR
Elections in El Salvador and Belize
Separation of powers

FALKLAND ISLANDS
Thirty years after the Falklands war
Short, victorious war
On April 2nd 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. The war Britain fought to recover them still colours domestic politics

Falklands Rises as Explosive Issue, Again

HONDURAS
Honduran authorities say at least 14 dead in prison fire following riot

Honduras Report and Photos, NYC Library Talk April 4, Miami Visit, Cuba, Haiti and Sudan, 74th Birthday (Yikes!)

MEXICO
Anti-Gun Groups Silent on Fast and Furious
Pressed by PJ Media, they refuse to condemn gun violence facilitated by the Obama administration
, via Silvio.

misLEDEing

Mexico’s presidential election
The man to beat
As the presidential campaign officially begins, time is running out to catch up with Enrique Peña Nieto

Public advertising in Mexico
The government’s deafening loudspeaker

PERU
A Race to Satisfy World’s Hunger for Chocolate

PUERTO RICO
Billions Lost In Tax-Refund Scam

Puerto Rico Names New Head of Police Department Amid Crime Wave, Scandals

Alejandro García Takes Lead in Puerto Rico Governor Elections: Poll

Thirteen percent of respondents said they would not vote in November and 12 percent were undecided.

VENEZUELA
Real Academia de la Lengua cita a la Constitución venezolana como ejemplo del mal uso del lenguaje

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez resumes Cuba cancer treatment, again.

Chavez Ready To Work His Magic On The Crime Problem

Venezuelan Struggle for Chavez Succession Breaks Into The Open, via Irish Spy.

Joel Hirst: Venezuela’s Political Prisoners

The week’s posts:
Carlos Eire on the Pope’s visit
Cuba: The Pope’s shameful trip UPDATE: Did Benedict see Chavez?
Cuba: Pope wants cooperation, protestor yells “down with Communism”
Air Force suspends Embraer contract pending investigation…
Pope now in Cuba, but will he visit Hugo?


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 26th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentina releases Falklands report

Argentina warns of legal action

Ezequiel Vazquez Ger: Argentina joins ALBA in War Against Free Press

BRAZIL
Brazil’s pension system
Tick, tock
The Senate debates a small measure to help disarm an economic time bomb

CHILE
Chile’s GDP Expanded 6% in 2011

Powerful quake hits central Chile coast; no immediate reports of deaths or major damage

COLOMBIA
Colombia Forces Kill 33 FARC Rebels in Arauca

Colombia’s oil industry
Gushers and guns
A boom, and threats to it

CUBA
Cuba and Iran Work Together

Signs?

Revolution in retreat
Under Raúl Castro, Cuba has begun the journey towards capitalism. But it will take a decade and a big political battle to complete, writes Michael Reid

Cuban Spy Granted Visitation Rights, in Cuba

Why Socialist Cuba Prohibits Social Media
The regime fears Cuban-to-Cuban chatter even more than it does communication with the outside world.

GUYANA
Area businesses finding opportunities south of the border

MEXICO

In Mexico, Pope Benedict decries ‘evil’ behind drug violence
Pope Benedict XVI, beginning a Latin American visit, urges Mexico’s Catholics to resist the lure of the drug cartel lifestyle. He also calls for change in Cuba, his next stop.

Evangelicals are swooping on long-ignored regions of Mexico

Depends on Your Perspective

Mexico: Tremor Occurs During Earthquake Drill

PANAMA
Another Healthcare Experience

Panamanian ex-president sues newspaper for $5.5 million

PUERTO RICO
Politics of Romney’s Puerto Rico win

VENEZUELA
Silencing Dissent 101

Contingency plans

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez says stitches removed, recovering well after cancer surgery

The trouble with authoritarian joint energy ventures….

The week’s posts,
Mitt on Puerto RicoCuba: Communist regime summons Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet
Pope and politics
Latin America: A mini-carnival
The Pope’s trip to Cuba: a gamble
Puerto Rico: Mitt gets all the delegates

In the Green Room,
Latin America update: Malia in Mexico UPDATE 7.9 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES MEXICO CITY. I believe this is the first time an earthquake hit at the very moment I was writing a post about the country affected.


Argentina: Roger backtracks on the Falklands

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Roger Waters softens Falkland remarks
Pink Floyd founder – in Buenos Aires for string of live shows – states position after interviews in Chile last week

“A journalist from Argentina misunderstood me and wrote a news piece in an Argentine paper quoting me as stating categorically that the islands belong to Argentina. I said nothing of the kind.”

In the actual interviews Waters qualified his remarks by saying it was a complicated situation and the Falkland Islanders should have a say.

Then he went & met with Cristina,

During the 40 minute long meeting, the President and the musician did not discuss the Malvinas islands sovereignty, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo founding member Tati Almeyda said, following Waters’ comments regarding the disputed islands.

Here’s the video (in Spanish):


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