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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Energy in Argentina
Sparks in the dark
A half-hearted policy retreat


Nationalising utilities in Bolivia
From tap to socket
Can the government do a better job than the private sector?

U.N. ruling heartens Bolivian coca growers

Wrong numbers
More inflation, less growth

Colombian Rebels Kidnap Five Mining Workers

As Colombia aims for peace, some see the guerrillas diversifying
As Colombia and the FARC guerrillas negotiate peace in Havana some fear the rebel group is diversifying beyond the drug trade

Central America’s tiny states caught in deadly crossfire of battle with cartels
Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and even tourist-friendly Costa Rica are now caught up in the drugs trade

On revolutionary icons and news not fit to print


Falkland Islanders to hold referendum on their future March 10-11

, via Joel Frewa.

China Plan Raises Ire in Mexico

Plans to build a large, permanent exposition center for Chinese-made goods near Cancún have triggered an outcry from Mexican industrialists who struggle to compete with Chinese manufacturing.

Nicaragua sentences 18 Mexicans to 30 years

Despite Advocates’ Claims, No Clear Consensus on Puerto Rican Statehood

Puerto Rican Stars Gear Up for World Baseball Classic, via Dick.

Pablo Medina denuncia presencia de 4.500 militares cubanos en Fuerte Tiuna

Is Hugo Chavez Schrödinger’s Cat?

Chávez’s useful idiots
The demagogue of Caracas has helped sustain a long tradition of left-wing fellow travelling

Another day, another scandal. Or is it all planned provocation?

ezuela’s presidency
Brotherly love in the Bolivarian Republic
With the president ill, who is really running the country?

Tweet of the week:

The week’s posts:
Venezuela, Cuba: Chavez deathwatch.

Holder withholding Fast & Furious docs

Ampuero now in translation

In Silvio Canto’s podcast

Hagel on Cuba: Feel the love

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Falklands Blockade Is an Act of War Toward Britain

Snif Snif: 300 Dogs stop Dollar Flight

In her first year, Brazil President Dilma Rousseff cleans house

Chevron’s Crude-Oil Spill in Brazil Prompts $10.6 Billion Lawsuit

Brazil Bets Big on Wind Power

Cuba: Images of repression

News host in Dominican Republic quits when station refuses to air video of politician’s bodyguard shoving a journalist

Petroecuador to Ship $538 Million Worth of Oil to PetroChina in 2012

Ecuadorian government’s attempt to trademark Twitter tag portends censorship, warns blogger

Rockhopper and Desire jump on Falklands find
Rockhopper Petroleum has unveiled another oil discovery near the Falkland Islands, sending its shares up almost 10pc.

Where has La Gringa been?

Iran Preparing Serious Cyber Attack Against the U.S. from Latin America

Hezbollah, Yet Another Western Hemisphere Link

Zetas: We are not Terrorists, Nor Guerrillas
A series of public messages seemingly hung by the Zetas in the border town of Nuevo Laredo deny that the group has any plans to confront the Mexican or US governments.
via Gancho.

Why Would Mexican Drug Cartels Need Hezbollah To Launder Their Money?

Government Says Hezbollah Profits From U.S. Cocaine Market Via Link to Mexican Cartel

Don Ray brings hospital supplies: Container #8 Unload

La Policía brasileña confisca 13 toneladas de marihuana en la frontera con Paraguay

Peru’s Humala Passes His First Test
By lifting a blockade of a copper mine, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala upholds the rule of law and sends a strong positive signal to foreign investors.

2 strong earthquakes strike Puerto Rico within a few minutes

What Hugo Chávez’s illness means for U.S., China

U.S. authorities probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran, via GoV

Shake it, baby! Shake that PSUV tree!


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Argentina launches naval campaign to isolate Falkland Islands
Argentina has launched a naval campaign to isolate the Falkland Islands that has seen it detain Spanish fishing vessels on suspicion of breaking the country’s “blockade” of the seas around the British territories.

Falklands warning
The Government would be well advised to pay heed to the distant sound of sabre-rattling in the South Atlantic.

Argentina flirts with Iran as West watches nervously

The Year in Argentine Beef – 2011

Cristina “8 y ½”, in Spanish.

The Anointed
Can a former political radical lead Brazil through its economic boom?


Today’s Video: Rolling for Peace

The Tehran, Havana, Caracas axis in Latin America

Darsi Ferrer is a Cuban human rights hero

Fireworks off the coast of Cuba

Police Bust Guatemala-Jordan Sex Trafficking Ring
Guatemala has announced the dismantling of an international human trafficking ring that lured young Guatemalan women to Jordan, where they were forced to work in prostitution.

City building
Hong Kong in Honduras
An ambitious development project aims to pull a Central American country out of its economic misery. Can it work?

Iran Tries to Gain Sway in Latin America
Tehran Fosters Economic, Military Ties In Region, Raising U.S. Terror Concern

Morning Bell: Iran Conducting Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

Mexico – Rising Natural Gas Superstate?

Threat to Elections?

ATF Emails: Hey, Let’s Use These Long-Gun Sales We’ve Demanded Gun Shop Owners Sell To Cartels To Justify Cracking Down on Long-Gun Sales


Gunwalker goes “legal” … again

Mexico, a Country in Crisis, Needs a Fix the Size of the Marshall Plan
When a member of the Qaddafi family wants to make your country his new home, you know things are rotten. But Mexicans knew that already. They also know that the corruption, murder, and economic failure they live with won’t be cured by government posturing and a useless ‘war on drugs.’

Iran in Mexico and the Caribbean: Building a Strategic Trampoline towards the US

Panama’s jailed ex-ruler Noriega ‘to return Sunday’
Panama’s jailed former ruler Manuel Noriega will be extradited from France to his homeland on Sunday, Foreign Minister Roberto Henriquez says.

Peru’s Top Indigenous Leader Says Industry, Traffickers Behind Shaman Slayings

1 of Puerto Rico’s most-wanted fugitives arrested in Dominican Republic

Christian Nieves playing cuatro,

A preview of October 7, 2012 (or how fascism does not lose elections)

Barbarians at the Gate: Chavista Hordes Set Fire to UCV’s Aula Magna Over Election Loss

The week’s posts,
Heritage on The Iranian Threat
CITGO’s Santa’s coming to New Jersey!
La amenaza Iraní
Moneywalker, too?
Israel Accuses Iran of Introducing Terrorism in Latin America With Chávez’s Support UPDATED on 12-9-11
Fortuño for VP, and the Constitutional question
Fast and Furious documents dumped last Friday afternoon UPDATED


What Argentina’s after: The Falklands oil

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Oil and the Falklands – the Saga Continues

British oil group Rockhopper Exploration has unveiled optimistic plans for a $2 billion oil infrastructure investment in the Falkland Islands announcing on 14 September that it expected to start pumping oil in 2016 from its four licensed Sea Lion concessions totaling 1,500 square miles, with a projected production rate of roughly 120,000 barrels of oil per day by 2018. Rockhopper Exploration said the fifth well in the Sea Lion complex “had found a high quality reservoir package and oil column.”

If this comes to full production,

If therefore Rockhopper Exploration’s drilling programs prove successful, a number of developments seem increasingly clear. First is that, depending on the political temperature in Buenos Aires, future activities may well need the protection of the Royal Navy.

Secondly is Latin America’s increasingly lining up behind Argentina’s claims to the islands, and Brazil recently stated that it would not allow British exploration vessels to use Brazilian ports to exploit any possible oil developments in the Falklands, Rockhopper Exploration will need to source virtually all of the necessary equipment from the other side of the Atlantic as well as possibly Britain, both major expenses for a company which states it has only $170 million of available cash. Furthermore should development go forward, then a total lack of access to Latin American hydrocarbon infrastructure support means that Rockhopper Exploration will probably be forced to use a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to store and transport its output.

Last but not least, the de facto boycott by Latin America of any future Falklands oil production means that the oil at the very least will have to transit South Atlantic before reaching potential markets, further increasing both development costs and shrinking potential profits.

The article proposes joint ventures between Argentina and the Falklands.

Would that even be considered by the Argentinian politicians?


Argentina and the Falklands: A background post

Friday, June 10th, 2011

There has been a lot of reaction, both here and at my Facebook page, to Wednesday’s post on the USA’s statement at the Organization of American States siding with Argentina on Argentina’s demand for negotiations over the Falkland Islands.

Pablo Kleinman, commenting on Facebook, linked to his 2007 article, ¿De quién son las Malvinas? (Whose Falklands?) (link in Spanish), which sheds light on the islands’ background. Kleinman wrote the article on the 25th anniversary of the Falklands war. I translated it, so please, if you use any of this translation, link to this post and credit me (emphasis added):

Most Argentinians do not know today, and did not know in 1982, that the Argentinian colonization of the islands is little more than fiction, and when it took place it lasted barely longer than the Argentinian dictatorship than started the 1982 war. The fact that the Falklands are part of the American continental platform, or that are 500 kilometers away from the Argentinian coastline, two of the most used rationalizations when trying to claim Argentinian sovereignty over them, lacks weight in International Law.

During the lengthiest period of time when any Argentinian inhabited the Falklands, between 1826 and 1833, there never was any government representation in the islands. There was a governor only between 1829 and 1831; back then there were only some 40 people, workers at a fishery owned by the “governor”, a French entrepreneur from Hamburg named Louis Vernet.

Vernet had been ceded Soledad Island (East Falkland) for commercial exploitation as payment for a debt the Buenos Aires Government owed him. Aside from Vernet’s worker, among which Argentinians were a minority, a few gauchos and adventurers lived in the Falklands.

Vernet’s daughter was the only person born in the Falklands during that precarious settlement. “Precarious” since there was no town hall, no churches, nor any civil society of any type. Aside from the couple of years of the Frenchman’s enterprise, there was nothing more than a pirate encampment.

In 1833 the Falklands had some 20 inhabitants of various nationalities. All were expelled by the British. Interestingly, shortly after, dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas offered more than once to cede the islands to the United Kingdom to pay off a debt Buenos Aires owed British banking institutions. However, London ignored the Argentinian claim or offer.

The United Kingdom founded a colony in the Islands 165 years ago. That was when, for the first time in history, a constant human presence was established permanently in the Falklands. Generationally speaking, the Falklanders have been longer in the Falklands than the majority of Argentinians in Argentina. There should be no doubt, then, that the Falklanders are the legitimate masters of the Falklands, and that their will is to be respected, within the framework of the right of self-determinatioon recognized by international law.

Clearly, Argentina’s claim is a nationalistic mirage, not based in historical facts, but used for propaganda – and possibly economic – purposes.

In my original translation I used Malvinas; after consulting with Pablo Kleinman he said he would use the English term Falklands throughout the English text rather than Malvinas, so I changed the text above, and corrected the name of Soledad Island to East Falkland.

Commenter RAL:

The author of the piece makes two notable mistakes, one of which is oft repeated by the Argentine Government.

The settlers were not all expelled by the British authorities.

The British had first named the islands in 1690 and positioned a garrison there from 1765. The British forces were withdrawn in 1774 as a result of the logistics of the American Revolution but sovereignty was maintained. Argentina did not exist as a nation until 1816.

Vernett had British permission to settle the islands and the British authorities were keen for him to continue in 1833. As a result only two settlers left along with the mutinous Argentine garrison which had only been there two moonths and had already murdered their leader. The records of the Argentine ship ‘Sarandi’ are evidence of who left as it was used to remove all those who hadn’t been arrested for the crimes. Further evidence is provided by Charles Darwin who arrived on the islands in March 1833 in the Beagle. His diaries are avaiable on-line.

The Falkland islanders are entitled to exercise self-determination under the UN Charter. It is only Argentina’s beligerence that keeps them British.

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Again, the US wants Argentina and Great Britain to enter into negotiations over Falklands???

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Update, Friday June 10,
Please also read Argentina and the Falklands: A background post

This is beyond insane,
Another slap in the face for Britain: the Obama administration sides with Argentina and Venezuela in OAS declaration on the Falklands, and is not the first time,

Washington backed a similar resolution in June last year, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear in a joint press conference with Cristina Kirchner in Buenos Aires in March 2010 that the Obama administration fully backs Argentina’s calls for negotiations over the Falkands, handing her Argentine counterpart a significant propaganda coup. The State Department has also insultingly referred to the Islands in the past as the Malvinas, the Argentine name for them.

There are a few things to consider:

  • The Falklanders are British, and wish to remain British.
  • Britain won the 1982 war.
  • Additionally, Cristina Fernandez needs both oil, and a distraction.

Nile Gardiner:

The declaration calls for Argentina and Great Britain to enter into negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falklands, a position which London has long viewed as completely unacceptable. It also comes in the wake of increasing aggression by the Kirchner regime in the past 18 months, including threats to blockade British shipping in the South Atlantic.

Hat tip: Tree Hugging Sister.

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UPDATE, Friday 10 June,
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And, do bear in mind, as Ed points out, that

the OAS declaration comes in response to a threat of military action from Argentina, which has publicly talked about a blockade of British shipping in the region over sovereignty claims by Buenos Aires.

Beyond insane.

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Open Market:

Argentina is now run by the Peronist Party, whose founder, Juan Peron openly sympathized with America’s fascist enemies in World War II, and knowingly gave refuge to fleeing Nazi war criminals.  Argentina’s recent Presidents, Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, have nationalized private pensions and plundered the private sector to pay for big government and welfare schemes.  The OAS declaration “comes in the wake of increasing aggression by the Kirchner regime in the past 18 months, including threats to blockade British shipping in the South Atlantic.”

Residents of the Falkland Islands have eminently sound reasons for wanting to remain in Britain, the birthplace of parliamentary democracy, rather than Argentina, which has too often been ruled by authoritarian strongmen like Peron or by military governments.  The United Kingdom scores higher on international measures of property rights and the rule of law than Argentina does.

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Argentina’s angle

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

My latest article, Argentina’s Angle, is up at Real Clear World.

Please read it and leave a comment.

Laughing at Britain’s expense

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Last night I didn’t have a chance to expand on this, but the two old broads had a good laugh:

and then another one,

at the UK’s expense,
Argentina celebrates diplomatic coup as Hillary Clinton calls for talks over Falklands

Argentina was celebrating a diplomatic coup yesterday in its attempt to force Britain to accept talks on the future of the Falkland Islands, after a two-hour meeting in Buenos Aires between Hillary Clinton and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Responding to a request from Mrs Kirchner for “friendly mediation” between Britain and Argentina, Mrs Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said she agreed that talks were a sensible way forward and offered “to encourage both countries to sit down”.

Her intervention defied Britain’s longstanding position that there should be no negotiations unless the islands’ 3,000 inhabitants asked for them. It was hailed in Buenos Aires as a major diplomatic victory, but condemned in the Falklands.

Hillary has de facto endorsed Argentina’s position. She played right along with Cristina,

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

And for the Secretary, it’s about the Falklands. The – President Fernandez talked about possible friendly mediation. Would the U.S. be considered – would the U.S. (inaudible) consider some kind of mediation role between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands? Thank you.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) (Inaudible) what we have (inaudible) by both countries as a friendly country of both Argentina and the UK, so as to get both countries to sit down at the table and address these negotiations within the framework of the UN resolutions strictly. We do not want to move away from that in any letter whatsoever, any comma, of what has been stated by dozens of UN resolutions and resolutions by its decolonization committee. That’s the only thing we’ve asked for, just to have them sit down at the table and negotiate. I don’t think that’s too much, really, in a very conflicted and controversial world, complex in terms.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And we agree. We would like to see Argentina and the United Kingdom sit down and resolve the issues between them across the table in a peaceful, productive way.

This is wrong in so many ways, but let me stress the point that this means that the Secretary of State of the United States has now agreed to the Argentinian’s president position that Britain negotiate against the will of Britain and of the citizens of the Falklands islands, and subject itself to the whim of UN resolutions and the UN’s Marxist-controlled decolonization committees.

Insane? Or incompetent? Or both?

As John Hinderaker put it, this is a display of More Diplomatic Incompetence from the Obama Administration

So, once again, the Obama administration has sold Great Britain, formerly our #1 ally, down the river, along with the inhabitants of the Falklands, whose opinions would seem to count for something. We are past the point where anyone could doubt that the Obama administration’s hostility toward the U.K. is intentional. Obama seems to have substituted personal pathology for national policy.

What a disgrace.


Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Enough botox in this shot to choke a horse,

Cuba’s doctor abuse: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Monday, March 1st, 2010

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Monica Showalter of Investor’s Business Daily talks about Cuba’s doctor abuse, the Falklands fallacy and the Chilean earthquake.