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The carnival week Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Cada cinco días sale un Narcojet del país

Argentina’s Supreme Court demands government balance allocation of state advertising

Smuggling Scandal Shakes Bolivia

Bolivia’s Evo Morales
The calle gets restive
Inflation, shortages and scandals have caught up with Latin America’s hitherto most popular leftist leader

Weary Brazilians seek escape from Carnival crowds

89 million condoms to be given out at Brazil’s Carnival

Already Lofty Interest Rates in Brazil Get Even Higher

30 Billion USD 2011 budget cut

Colombia’s Leader Looks Beyond the U.S.

Fidel’s Ideal Road Map to Solve the Alan Gross Case

The Motorcycle Drones On

Gross trial gets under way in Havana

Cuba and the internet
Wired, at last
The battle of the blogs begins

Bohemia Lagoon

Jaime de Marichalar y su exabrupto anticastrista

A cure worse than the disease

Obama meets with El Salvador’s president

A journey to Jacmel
Little miracles

Music and crime in the Caribbean
Bad news for Buju Banton

I have been reading about – but not blogging on – the Gunwalker scandal. Via Instapundit, Robert Farago has three explanations on The Real Reason the ATF Smuggled Guns Into Mexico: 1. To catch the “big fish”, 2. Empire building, and 3. ATF Agents enabled smuggled guns to line their own pockets, concluding that,

The amount of money—cash money—flowing in the drug trade is beyond your wildest imagination. Tens of billions of dollars. The Mexican drug lords have corrupted officials on both sides of the border, at the highest possible levels. Why not the ATF? Money talks, guns walk. Makes perfect sense.

No Man’s Land: The Mystery of Mexico’s Drug Wars

Heads of U.S., Mexico to Meet as Tensions Rise
Violence From Drug War to Top Agenda as Calderón Visits Obama in Washington

Calderon and the Mexico Mess

U.S., Mexico Unveil Deal to End Trucking Dispute

Calderon: WikiLeaks caused severe damage to U.S.-Mexico relations

Obama’s Mexico Standoff

The elephant in the room, via Gancho

Murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Was Armed with … Beanbags?
A political policy that left a Border Patrol agent facing lethally armed men with only a beanbag gun is likely responsible for his death

US to Nicaragua’s opposition: We can dance, but you lead

The Liberation of Lori Berenson

Minute-by-minute: A recount of the Peru’s electoral debate

Puerto Rico sweetens film incentives
Looks to lure biz as some states trim offerings

Qaddafi Said to Accept Venezuelan Offer for Help

The Chavez Doctrine

Qaddafi’s Pal in Caracas
Hugo Chávez had better hope he doesn’t end up like his dictator friends

That Sirocco breeze from Libya….

Slaughtering the Innocents that Americans Won’t Slaughter: MS-13 Gang Members Wreak Bloody Havoc Thanks to Open Borders Policy

The week’s posts and podcasts,
Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, and Hugo Chavez to the rescue!, also in The Greenroom.
Podcast: President Calderon meets Pres BO
Mexican drug cartels in the USA: The new Mafia
Is Castro Gaddafi’s pimp?
Caracas’s high-rise to nowhere


The live Chilean miners Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean VIDEO

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This week’s big story is that all 33 Chilean miners trapped by a cave-in 18 days ago are alive.

Chile’s trapped miners could be stuck until Christmas
Thirty-three miners trapped underground in Chile for the past 17 days are alive, but rescue workers may not be able to reach them before Christmas, officials said

Chile secures lifeline to trapped miners

Rescuing 33 miners trapped in Chile ‘to take months’

I’ll be talking about this in this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.

You can watch another video report at the end of this post – below the fold since it starts automotically.

Another big story:
Police Held in Mexico Mayor’s Death
Authorities Say Officers Confessed; Vow Reforms of Law Enforcement

Seven police officers were arrested Friday for allegedly helping assassinate a Mexican mayor.

The arrests came a day after Edelmiro Cavazos, 38, the mayor of Santiago, was buried. His body—gagged, blindfolded, and showing signs of torture—had been found on the side of the road after he was kidnapped.

“They have confessed,” Alejandro Garza y Garza, the attorney general of Nuevo Leon state, said at a news conference.

Six of the arrested police officers, including Mr. Cavazos’s bodyguard, were displayed to reporters. A seventh police officer was detained later Friday.

Mr. Garza y Garza said other arrests were imminent as well.

An eyewitness said a group of at least 15 gunmen, dressed in the uniforms of a defunct Mexican police force, drove up to Mr. Cavazos’ Santiago home in a convoy of SUVs.

Adrian de la Garza, head of the Nuevo Leon State Investigations Agency, said four of the arrested officers had guarded the highway while a group of kidnappers including one of the arrested officers grabbed Mr. Cavazos.

The mayor’s bodyguard, Jose Alberto Rodriguez, who was also arrested, was allegedly grabbed with Mr. Cavazos by the kidnappers, but released unharmed shortly afterward.

During the news conference, Mr. Rodriguez said he was innocent.

The alleged involvement of so many local police in the kidnapping and killing of Mr. Cavazos goes to the heart of Mexico’s security problem, analysts say.

Corruption is deeply entrenched among Mexico’s more than 2,000 municipal and state police forces, as well as in its relatively small federal police force.

Perhaps Felipe Calderon ought to work on that, instead of coming to the USA to criticize us.

About the only good news on this is that at least the policemen were arrested.

Argentina’s economy
Happy-go-lucky Cristina
Who cares about austerity? That may come, but not until the day after tomorrow

Argentina orders shutdown of ISP owned by Clarín

Rio Luxury Hotel Invaded By Gunmen, Hostages Taken

Brazil’s Rocket Envy Aside, Iran Ally Nets $50,000,000 Worth of Sensitive U.S. Technology

Brazil getting extreme makeover in preparation for Olympics
As Brazil prepares to host the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, the country expects nothing short of an urban renaissance.

Carta destacada de la semana: “Túnel bajo Andrés Bello”

Trading Growth for Instability?
Colombia Drifts Backwards as Democrats Dawdle

Will Captured Illegal Arms Dealer Victor Bout, the “Merchant of Death” Link Democrats to the FARC Terror Group?

“Smart Policy” Change in Cuba Policy Will Not Advance U.S. Interests

Injured Urbanity

Ramadan in Cuba

Mexico, the Victim of Castro’s New Role

Dissidents assail Church over mediation; Church defends its efforts to free prisoners

Reina Luisa Tamayo is allowed to attend church today

Residents Mourn the Death of Chelito the Giraffe

El incólume Ideario de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Wyclef Jean Blocked From Haitian Presidential Bid

Keep the Faith

It’s no wonder the Haitians wanted Wyclef Jean
The star’s brief candidacy gave hope to people deeply in need

Give Back Stolen Cash? Not So Easy

La Gringa’s Mocha Gelato

Tráfico “Gris”

When is the Obama administration going to get serious about Mexico?

Mexico: If it walks like an insurgency and quacks like an insurgency, is it an insurgency?


$13 billion budget, utopia or reality?

American Ordered to Return to Prison in Peru

Peru police seizes US $58,300 in almost perfect counterfeits

High in the Andes, Keeping an Incan Mystery Alive

Luis Polakof trafico de influencias

Via Bill, Venezuela, More Deadly Than Iraq, Wonders Why

Via Dick, And all that without the suicide bombings…

Venezuela Court Revokes Ban On Violent Photos In Newspapers

Iran’s secret pipeline into the U.S.

Hugo Chavez and his despotic friends

Drink good coffee, support your FARC guerrillas

Another of Chávez’s Prisoners, Alejandro Peña Esclusa

Crime in Venezuela
Shooting gallery
The government blames the media for crime


Chavez plan to lower crime rate

Rotten Town from El Flying Monkey on Vimeo.

Interesting post from 2008: From FARC to Venezuela to…

Via Jim,

Justice Dept. threatens to sue Ariz. sheriff Arpaio in civil rights inquiry

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Colombia captures Venezuelan drug lord VIDEO
And now for a post in Spanish: No hay “chévere”
In today’s podcast: Venezuela and Mexico
Venezuela: Censorship comes out of the closet
Easing travel restrictions to Cuba?

More on the Chilean miners: