Posts Tagged ‘Manuel Zelaya’

Honduras: What next?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Honduras held its presidential election yesterday, and the Ruling National Party Appears Headed For Win in Honduran Vote
Leftist Coalition Has Yet to Concede Defeat in Presidential Elections

If Mr. Hernández is ratified as the victor, it would be a major setback for Mr. Zelaya and his wife, who had formed the Libre party as a protest vote against the country’s traditional politics, dominated for decades by two political parties, the conservative National Party and the center-right Liberal Party.

Mary O’Grady is not optimistic:
Turmoil Is Expected After Honduras’s Election
A Central American democracy is in trouble thanks to Obama’s foreign-policy choices.

The Obama administration tried to force Honduras to violate its constitution and restore Mr. Zelaya to power. All of the country’s institutions refused.

That crisis remains a rare moment in Central American history when a U.S. president joined Fidel Castro and his allies in an effort to strong-arm three legitimate branches of a friendly government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even stripped the members of the Honduras Supreme Court of their U.S. visas. Just as rare, the rule of law prevailed.

Yet the bullying by Washington took its toll. The newly elected president, Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, was keenly aware that Honduras was out of favor with the U.S. and other left-wing governments in the region. He set about to placate them. One of his most controversial decisions was to grant amnesty to Mr. Zelaya, who ought to have been tried for his high crimes and misdemeanors.

As the Diplomad puts it, The USA is now basically irrelevant to events in Latin America. Another triumph of the Obama foreign policy team.

And yet, compared to Saturday’s deal with Iran, it pales by comparison.

Honduras: Zelaya’s baaaack

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The return of Manuel Zelaya to a wary Honduras
Deposed president seeks return through wife’s ‘candidacy’
(emphasis added)

When the world last heard from Honduras in 2009, the country had sparked a regional crisis after deposing its president, Manuel Zelaya, for his repeated illegal attempts to rewrite the Honduran Constitution as his amigo, the now-deceased autocrat Hugo Chavez, had done in Venezuela. Despite the fact that the Law Library of the U.S. Congress later found the process to be constitutional, theObama administration joined Chavez and other radical regimes in branding Mr. Zelaya’s removal a “military coup” and unleashed punitive sanctions on one of the region’s poorest countries.

Honduras survived that assault, but not before enduring such affronts to its sovereignty as Mr. Zelaya buzzing the airport in Tegucigalpa on a plane with Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza after being denied landing rights, and then Mr. Zelaya sneaking back into the country and finding refuge in the Brazilian Embassy, where he lined his room with tinfoil because he said Israeli agents were beaming microwaves at him.

Incredibly, Mr. Zelaya is poised to return to power in Honduras next month in the person of his wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, a candidate in presidential elections to be held Nov. 24. Ms. Castro, who has never held elected office, currently leads the polls in a three-way race, although with just under 30 percent support.

The drug lords are going to like it.

The Renault 4 Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 16th, 2013

LatinAmerToday’s Carnival is dedicated to the Argentina Renault 4 Motor Club, which granted Pope Francis a lifetime membership, for his fondness for the “roadrunners”, as the fans call their little cars.

Over in Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro fell off his bike. The clueless anchorwoman went on reading the scripted propaganda as if nothing had happened. She probably didn’t even have a livefeed for the event, demonstrating it’s all about the narrative,

For more serious news,

BELIZE
See the Cathedral of Human Sacrifices in the Cave of the Crystal Maiden

BRAZIL
Reporter Glenn Greenwald to testify at Brazil spy probe
A parliamentary commission in Brazil investigating spying allegations says the journalist Glenn Greenwald will be invited to testify next week.

CHILE
David and Daniel (h/t American Digest)

Forty years after the coup and the IACHR

COLOMBIA
Colombia Implements Hotel Guest Immigration Tracking Program

Woman arrested with ‘cocaine bump’
A Canadian national is arrested in Bogota trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly filled with cocaine, Colombian police say.

The US Embassy tweeted on its campaign to save endangered species,

CUBA
Makes you wonder what kinds of strings Vlad attached to his $800 million offer: Concrete Crypt for Communist Dreams: Cuba’s Unfinished Nuclear Power Plant

Lacking nuclear fuel and without the primary components installed, the plant sat in limbo until December 2000, when Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Cuba. Putin offered Fidel Castro a belated $800 million to finish the first reactor. Despite Cuba’s reliance on imported oil for power, Castro declined. Project status: officially abandoned.

Amnesty International calls on Castro Kingdom to free Ivan Fernandez Depestre

ECUADOR
Chocolates From Ecuador
Until recently, Ecuadorean cacao growers had been cultivating low-grade cacao beans and selling them to foreign chocolate makers to process. The past few years have seen the emergence of local producers. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

EL SALVADOR
A U.S. Reward for Misrule in El Salvador The FMLN has made the country poorer and less free. Yet $227 million in American aid is coming.

GUATEMALA
Guatemalan bar attack leaves 11 people dead

HONDURAS
Honduras, A Bottomless Pit

MEXICO
Mexico captures third man linked to killing of U.S. border agent

MEXICAN SMUGGLER’S WILD RIDE: DRAGGED PASSENGER, RAMMED BORDER PATROL, CRASHED IN DITCH

NICARAGUA
Territorial disputes
A sea of troubles

NOTHING brings together domestic foes like an external enemy. So when President Juan Manuel Santos announced that Colombia would not heed a ruling last November by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that granted 70,000 sq km (27,000 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that Colombians have considered their own since 1928 to Nicaragua, even his harshest critics applauded.

PERU
Drug labs on Brazil-Peru border targeted in joint operation

PUERTO RICO
Analysis: Puerto Rico’s population drops as economy wobbles

The 4.9 million Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States as of 2011 outnumbered those on the island by more than 1 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

VENEZUELA
“New Conferry” Chronicles (Corrected)

Venezuela: From crazy to insane

The week’s posts and podcast:
Argentina: Pope Francis, Renault 4 Club’s lifetime member

En español: El primer podcast de HACER

New book: Latin America in the Post-Chávez Era: The Security Threat to the United States

Colombia: Alvaro Uribe at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Argentina: SCOTUS to hear defaulted bonds case

Mexico: #EstamosHartosCNTE Fed up with the teachers’ union

Mexico: Bloomberg wants “sugary drinks” taxed

Venezuela: Can Chavismo last long?

Mexico: How the teachers’ union became so unpopular

Podcast:
Syria and Latin America reaction


Zelaya returning to Honduras

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Just what the country doesn’t need,
Ousted Leader Is Set to Return to Honduras

Former President Manuel Zelaya is expected to return to Honduras within a month, ending an exile that began nearly two years ago when he was ousted in a coup, an aide and a key supporter said Wednesday.

Conditions are right for Mr. Zelaya to return from the Dominican Republic after the Honduran Supreme Court dropped corruption charges against him, said Rasel Tomé, a senior aide of the former president.

Mr. Zelaya’s return could pave the way for Honduras to be reincorporated into the Organization of American States, which suspended the country after the coup in June 2009.

The United States and many other countries in the hemisphere have long since restored diplomatic ties with Honduras, but some nations, including Venezuela and Brazil, have declined to do so.

Honduran President Pepe Lobo says Honduras will be readmitted to the OAS before June 5.

Hugo Chavez will be gloating this weekend on his cadenas.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was confident that the O.A.S. would restore Honduras.

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 9th, 2011

LatinAmer

LATIN AMERICA
Latin America’s housing boom
It’s not all froth
Big price hikes at the top end reflect a new, richer reality

Adios, We Hardly Knew You

FreedomHouse’s report PRESS FREEDOM IN 2010: SIGNS OF CHANGE AMID REPRESSION

Americas: In the Americas, 17 countries (49 percent) were rated Free, 14 (40 percent) were rated Partly Free, and 4 (11 percent) were rated Not Free for 2010. The region’s population is almost evenly split between those living in Free (41 percent) and Partly Free (42 percent) media environments, with the remaining 17 percent living in Not Free countries. These figures are significantly influenced by the open media environments of the Caribbean, which tend to offset the less rosy picture in Central and South America. There were two negative status changes, with Honduras and Mexico joining the ranks of Not Free countries, as well as a number of significant numerical declines. Not since 2006 have so many countries in the region been designated Not Free. The regional average score worsened compared with 2009, with the bulk of the decline occurring in the political and economic categories.
Press freedom conditions remain extremely restricted in Cuba, which has one of the most repressive media environments worldwide, and Venezuela, where the government of President Hugo Chávez continued its efforts to control the press. Further pressures were placed on independent V enezuelan broadcast outlets during the year, including the revocation of licenses, and the head of a major television station, Globovisión, fled into exile.
Ongoing deterioration in Mexico and Honduras tipped both countries into the Not Free range in 2010. Mexico’s score worsened from 60 to 62 due to the country’s escalating drug wars, which have taken their toll on journalists. Violence and intimidation by criminal groups have steadily increased in a climate of impunity, leading to heightened self-censorship by the profession as a whole as well as the murders of more than 60 journalists over the past 10 years. During 2010, the nature of drug gangs’ control over the news agenda expanded from prohibitory censorship to concerted attempts to place propaganda or press releases in selected media outlets. This was typically achieved through a combination of threats and bribery. In Honduras, political conditions stabilized somewhat in 2010 following a coup in 2009, and some legal and constitutional protections for press freedom that had been suspended the previous year were reinstated. However, journalists’ ability to work safely was severely compromised by a sharp rise in harassment and attacks in early 2010, including the killing of six journalists in March alone. The aggression and intimidation came from both sides of the political divide. This increase in violence, coupled with a climate of impunity in which journalists’ deaths were not investigated thoroughly or in a timely manner, pushed Honduras’s score from 59 to 61, placing it just inside the Not Free bracket.

Following a series of declines in recent years, Ecuador and Bolivia experienced significant downgrades in 2010. Ecuador’s score fell five points, from 47 to 52, to reflect an increasingly polarized media environment and a rise in negative rhetoric and actions against news outlets by the administration of President Rafael Correa. Pressures on the media included a growing number of criminal defamation suits, raids and shutdowns of broadcast outlets, government advertising boycotts, and official attempts to influence the news agenda through the establishment of state-owned or controlled outlets. Meanwhile, Bolivia’s score moved from 43 to 46 due to the approval of several new laws that allow the government to impose fines, withdraw operating licenses, and imprison journalists under loosely defined criteria. The legislation led to an increase in self-censorship by journalists. More modest declines were registered in Argentina as a result of continued tensions between the government and oppositionist news outlets. Journalists faced increased attacks and harassment, and there were officially sanctioned attempts to restrict the production and the distribution of newspapers, particularly those associated with the Clarín media group.
The only significant positive numerical movement in the Americas for 2010 took place in Colombia, whose score improved from 60 to 56 due to progress in ending impunity for past attacks on journalists. Charges were filed in a number of cold cases, and previously closed investigations were reopened.

Related to the above article, Special Report: The 10 Tools of Online Oppressors

ARGENTINA
Excellent report on how Argentina Firing of Inflation Expert Signaled Start of Dubious Price Data after 2007.

IAPA warns that press freedom in Argentina is in a “state of deterioration”

The Week in Buenos Aires, Argentina – May 8, 2011

BRAZIL
Skin-Deep Gains for Amazon Tribe

Mantega Says Brazilian CPI Peaked in April After Exceeding Target Range

COLOMBIA
Security in Colombia
New names, old games
Criminal gangs led by former paramilitaries have become the biggest threat facing the new government

CUBA
Inventories, Appropriations

Harvard Professor Unfazed by Tyrants

Abhorrent

El por qué de los silencios de Fidel Castro

Eager to modernize its army, Cuba invites Russia to share in profits from oil venture

Castro and Che’s Foiled (and Forgotten) 9/11

Razones ciudadanas 4 from Yoani Sanchez on Vimeo.

ECUADOR
Ecuador Votes on Bid to Give More Control to President

HAITI
Haiti cholera strain may have links back to peacekeepers, says U.N. panel

HONDURAS
Truth and reconciliation in Honduras
A road back for Zelaya?

MEXICO
President calls on Mexicans to back war on drugs

Siesta? What siesta? Mexicans work longest hours in world

AMLO agrees

Are Tougher U.S. Immigration Policies Responsible for Mass Murder Along the Mexican Border?

Families along U.S.-Mexico border face tough school choices

PANAMA
U.S. Embassy Travel Alert

PERU
The Leftist Threat to Peru’s Prosperity
Presidential candidate Ollanta Humala’s party platform talks of nationalizing strategic ‘activities’ and ‘revising’ trade agreements.

Peruvians wary of Humala

Peru to gain 4,300 kilometers of international waters in agreement with Ecuador

PUERTO RICO
Moody’s Warns Puerto Rico Of $28B Rating Cuts

In addition to assessing recent proposals by Gov. Luis G. Fortuno for addressing the island’s underfunding of its retirement system, Moody’s said it also will look at his proposed budget to determine if it moves the island closer to structural balance and if it believes revenue and expense forecasts are reasonable.

URUGUAY
Carlos Curbelo Tammaro lavado de activos del narcotrafico

VENEZUELA
Is Hugo Chavez an idiot?

Fascism forges ahead in Venezuela: the army declares journalists “military objectives”

CEPtic Shock

The strange case of Joaquin Perez Becerra, the Man Chavez Personally Extradited to Colombia

The week’s posts,
What we can learn from Chile
The Middle East-Latin America Terrorism Connection
Hezbollah setting up camp in Mexico
The growing Chilean economy
NY City cabs to be built in Mexico
Peru: Ollanta Humala’s new PR face

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Chavez and Zelaya, plotting Zelaya’s return

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Hugo Chavez hosted ousted Honduran president Mel Zelaya at the presidential residence in Caracas. The report (link in Spanish, if you use this translation, please credit me and link to this post) reads,

The purpose of the meeting is normalizing relations with Honduras. According to the President {Chavez], Zelaya and [current Honduran President Pepe] Lobo have reached an agreement which will be formalized in a document.

Earlier last week Chavez had officially recognized Lobo as the legitimate President of Honduras. Clearly, there are deals in the making.

Indeed, it sure looks like Hugo is the owner of the circus, and Lobo is talking to the owner of the circus.

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Honduras drops arrest warrants for Mel Zelaya

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Well, the US has been canvassing for his return and Pepe Lobo says he wants “a legal solution allowing for his return”, so now the arrest warrants are dropped,
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya

The move allows Mr Zelaya to return without detention to Honduras, where he was ousted in a coup in June 2009.

Judge Oscar Chincilla said Mr Zelaya still faced corruption charges over his plan while president to hold a vote on changing the constitution.

Mr Zelaya has said the charges are politically motivated and he wanted them dropped.

He now lives in the Dominican Republic.

President Porfirio Lobo has said he would like to see a legal solution that would allow Mr Zelaya’s return.

Mel is not happy with the decision and says it’s “absurd” that the judge let corruption charges stand.

Can’t wait for Jimmy Carter to drop by one of these days and work his magic.

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The rule-by-decree Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 20th, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The week’s big news: Venezuela’s Chavista-controlled lame-duck National Assembly granted Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for the next eighteen months, essentially voiding the results of last September’s Congressional election.

ARGENTINA
Noche de Librerías en Buenos Aires atrae a 40 mil
La ciudad argentina se llenó de actividades gratuitas en las que participaron músicos y escritores

New Squatter Violence in Argentina Prompts Call for Evictions

BOLIVIA
Bolivia recognizes Palestine as independent state

Bolivia: ¿Militarización de Tarija? – EJU.TV

CHILE
Pinochet officials sentenced to jail in France
A French court has handed prison sentences of between 15 years and life to officials who served under Gen Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

COLOMBIA
GOP House Will Link Colombia and South Korea Trade Deals

Obama Lets Colombia Hang
The White House says it won’t submit the free trade pact to Congress.

CUBA
Diplomatic Cable leak: Cuba banned Moore’s “Sicko”

Moore: Hey, Cuba loved my movie!

Cardinal Ortega has his ‘promises,’ Cuba political prisoners have their sufferings

Ethics Slepping

What to Buy?

Wikipedia a la Cubana

ECUADOR
Chevron Forces Legal Change
Recent Moves in Ecuador Oil-Pollution Suit Have Plaintiffs Revamping Approach

HONDURAS
WikiLeaks, Honduras and the U.S.
Released cables make it clear that the U.S. knew Manuel Zelaya was a threat to democracy in Honduras.

Guest blog: Wikileaks and the Honduran Crisis
Second life for abandoned computer parts

JAMAICA
Jamaicans using patois version of Bible’s Luke

MEXICO
Thieves provoke pipeline explosion, killing 27

Mexico: Activist Mother of Brutally Murdered Teen Gunned Down

Mexico: mass jail-break near US border

PANAMA
A Leak Forms In the Panama Canal

Panama’s Ambassador to US Quits Due To Wikileaks Revelations About Panama Canal Expansion Bid

Another mega project for Panama

PARAGUAY
Paraguayan Senators would not allow Venezuela to join Mercosur since the country not a full democracy, Paraguay: Senadores explican que Venezuela no ingresará al Mercosur porque no es una democracia plena , following the Venezuelan National Assembly move granting Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months.

PERU
Army chief rejects Wikileaks drug claims

President García says “I’m not offended” by WikiLeaks personality profile

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico lures visitors with natural, manmade attractions

VENEZUELA
Chavez defends plan for Internet regulations

Venezuela’s armed forces in the middle of coups and voting
When saying that a potential victory of the opposition would not be accepted by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), General Henry Rangel Silva put the army in a dilemma of using force to keep Chávez in office

Aqui no pasa nada

For events developing in Sur del Lago, where the military may intervene, follow Milagros Socorro’s tweets.

A democratic test for Venezuela

As Chávez Gets Decree Powers, NYT Admires ‘Political Sagacity,’ Press Avoids Dictatorial Details

Venezuelan President Chavez’ Teflon popularity fraying at the edges

Towards a Worker’s Paradise

Weeding

La verdadera conspiración (actualizada)

The Chavez dictatorship

A Resident of the El Peonio farm tells Hugo Chavez what a farce his revolution is

The week’s posts and podcast,
Chavez to rule by decree UPDATED
Sicko banned in Cuba for portraying Cuban medical apartheid
Chavez, not allowing a disaster to go to waste, seeks dictatorship
Chavez’s steaming bucket of urea

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The second Monday in December Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 13th, 2010

LatinAmer
LATIN AMERICA
Unilateral escapism
A collective state of misjudgment has swept across Latin America.

Why Latin America turned

Iran’s Dirty Game in the Western Hemisphere is a Symptom

ARGENTINA
Squirrel Alert in Buenos Aires!

CHILE
Chile Prison Fire Kills 83

Chile’s prison tragedy

COLOMBIA

WikiLeaks: Colombia’s Uribe reached out to FARC

Colombia’s foreign policy
Seeking new friends
Juan Manuel Santos tries diplomacy

CUBA
Via Melanie Phillips and ShrinkWrapped, United Nations: It’s Okay to Kill the Gay (emphasis added)

The tiny West African nation of Benin (on behalf of the UN’s African Group) proposed an amendment to strike sexual minorities from the resolution. The amendment was adopted with 79 votes in favor, 70 against, 17 abstentions and 26 absent.

A collection of notorious human rights violators voted for the amendment including Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, North Korea, Iran (didn’t Ahmadinejad tell the world there were no gays in Iran?), Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Add to this Bahamas, Belize (where you get 10 years for being gay), Jamaica (10 years of hard labor), Grenada (10 years), Guyana (life sentence), Saint Kitts and Nevis (10 years), Saint Lucia (10 years), Saint Vincent (10 years), South Africa (Apartheid? What apartheid?), and Morocco (ruled by a gay monarch!). They are all on the list of nations that do not think execution of gays and lesbians is worthy of condemnation or investigation.

Just Back: On a Cuban guilt trip

Vatican worries about ‘bloodshed’ in Cuba
Cites political tensions and ‘disastrous’ economy

Wikileaks and empty archives

WIkiLeaks Bombshell: Cuba To Be Bankrupt in 2-3 Years

Osmany and the ‘other scars’

ECUADOR
Ecuador to auction oil fields of companies it forced out

EL SALVADOR
Finally, Wikileaks says something interesting about Venezuela: how it intervenes in Salvadoran affairs

HAITI
Haiti’s election
Whomever they voted for…
…the government plans to win

Haiti’s Preval Tries to Steal an Election
In the aftermath of presidential election fraud, violent protests erupt in Port-au-Prince. Where is Hillary Clinton?

Palin: Haiti needs ‘military airlift’ of supplies. Meanwhile, the HuffPo is throwing a snit because Bristol Palin dared touch her mother’s hair.

HONDURAS
THE must-read: Wikileaks: The real Manuel Zelaya

“Llueven” denuncias contra los especuladores

MEXICO
Altered Corn Slowly Takes Root in Mexico

Mexican Suspect Got School Salary

Servando “La Tuta” Gómez, a reputed leader and spokesman for the La Familia drug cartel, held a tenured position at an elementary school in the central state of Michoacán and has received paychecks for 15 years.

In Mexico, a legal breakdown invites brutal justice

Another Capo Killed?

Cancun ends with modest climate deal


All deals are off

Cancun carbon footprint by the numbers

Alejo Garza Tamez and the restoration of Mexico’s sacred narrative

PANAMA

Nationwide Emergency Number for Panama: 088

PERU
Constitutional Court prohibits Peruvian media from using secretly recorded phone calls

Peru-China ties better than ever, says Chinese Ambassador

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Slaps Tax on Products by Companies Headquartered Elsewhere

VENEZUELA
Venezuela Threatens Takeover of Large Banks

President Hugo Chávez threatened to take control over the local unit of Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA and other large financial institutions if they don’t ensure that homes and apartments they finance are occupied immediately.

Mr. Chávez, who has brought his own brand of socialism to Venezuela, has nationalized more than 200 companies this year from various sectors of the economy.

Wikileaks:
Chavez is a brute and a clown, Evo an ignoramus and Ortega a ding bat dixit the Spanish foreign service
Hugo Chávez’s ex-wife gives Washington insights into strongman’s psyche: WikiLeaks

More on Venezuela and Iranian missiles

Venezuela gets 1800 shoulder fired anti air craft missiles from Russia

Superfluous Authoritarianism

¿ES QUE 12 AÑOS DE PACIENCIA NO BASTAN?

Recent posts and podcasts:
Venezuela acquired 1,800 antiaircraft missiles from Russia last year
Today is National Tango Day in Argentina
Cold in Cancun
Bonding, Iranian style
Criminal capitalism: 15 Minutes on Latin America
At Real Clear World,
Iranian missiles in Venezuela?

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The year without Mel Zelaya Carnival of Latin America, and VIDEO

Monday, June 28th, 2010

LatinAmer Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. As the title indicates, it’s been a year since Mel Zelaya was thrown out of office. He and his teddy bear are also gone from his tin foil-lined room at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern:
The UN Office for Drugs and Crime’s report

ARGENTINA
Collateral damage

Cristina se reunió con empresarios antes del comienzo de la cumbre del G20

Seventy-five years ago today

BARBADOS
Barbados and Panama sign double taxation agreement

BOLIVIA
Bolivian Bottles Build Houses

BRAZIL
Brazil’s foreign policy
An Iranian banana skin
Lula has little to show for his Tehran adventure

Lula’s adventure in Tehran smacks of the overconfidence of a politician who basks in an approval rating of over 70% and who sees the Iraq war and the financial crisis as having irreparably damaged American power and credibility. But the United States is still Brazil’s second-largest trading partner. Although some American and Brazilian officials are keen to prevent ill-will over Iran from spoiling co-operation in other areas, it nevertheless may do so. The United States Congress may be even less willing to support the elimination of a tariff on Brazil’s sugar-based ethanol, for example.

Lula wants the UN reformed to reflect today’s world, with Brazil gaining a permanent seat on the Security Council. But by choosing to apply his views on how the world should be run to an issue of pressing concern to America and Europe, and in which Brazil has no obvious national interest, Lula may only have lessened the chances that he will get his way.

Lula skips G20 summit due to deadly Brazil floods

CHILE
Piñera’s (dis)approval

Entrevista a Josep Montaner, “El rol de la sociedad civil ha de ser activo en cualquier situación” Video in Spanish,

Josep Montaner _ Rol de la sociedad civil from Plataforma Urbana on Vimeo.

COLOMBIA
THOMSON: Santos sweeps to the presidency
Platform for security, stability and development win b

Good news from Colombia, but does Obama appreciate it?

Ros-Lehtinen: Recognizing Colombia’s presidential election and the U.S.-Colombia alliance Ros-Lehtinen Resolution on Colombia Elections Passes House

Will Washington treat Colombia’s Santos as an ally?

COSTA RICA
Father’s Day in Costa Rica

CUBA
When Learning Turns to Dust

“Cuba experts”

Ramiro on a hunger strike?

Syrian president due in Havana on Sunday

Interviews With Dr. Darsi Ferrer and Juan Juan Almeida

ECUADOR
UPDATE: Filmmakers Argue Against Ruling In Chevron Case

HONDURAS
A year without Mel Zelaya

More intromission by US Ambassador Llorens and G-16

JAMAICA
Mr Coke turns himself in

Jamaican drug lord captured

MEXICO
Mexican Violence Crosses Borders; Attracts Media Attention

Mexico Represents Single Biggest Drug Trafficking Threat to U.S.

NICARAGUA
Nicaragua’s Sandinistas accused of paying for power
Daniel Ortega’s ruling Sandinistas Front is using strong-arm tactics to limit opposition, observers say.

PANAMA
Washington Post on retiring to Panama

PARAGUAY
Journalists in the crosshairs of Paraguayan People’s Army

PERU
Peruvian Franken-Corn Defamation Case Update

Keiko Fujimori Leads Peru Presidential Poll, El Comercio Says

Keiko Fujimori says “I will be in the second round” for president of Peru in 2011

Peru judge rules Van der Sloot confession valid

PUERTO RICO

Students approve strike pact. Back in the olden days when I was a student at the UPR they were striking, too, but no one slept in cute little tents on campus. Either way, the strikes are a total waste of time.

VENEZUELA
Today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern: UN: Most of the cocaine going to Europe passes through Venezuela

The report launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) expresses concern about Venezuela due to the existence of cells of armed insurgent groups, such as the Bolivarian Liberation Front and civilian militias supported by the government.

WDR 2010 website. PDF file: full report.

Syrian president meets with Chavez in Caracas

Revolutionary Rot, But News It’s Not: AP Ignores Venezuela’s ‘Battle for Food‘, also at BizzyBlog

Como el paternalismo crea dictadores


A radical shift to the radical left in Venezuela

Ollie Loves Hugo & Hugo Loves Ollie

Le Monde criticizes the selling out of Venezuela to Cuba, Chavez gets revenge by taking away a minor farm of Diego Arria and Letter from Diego Arria to Hugo Chavez

VenEconomy: Venezuela Dominated By & Split Up Into Ghettos

Commie Despot Renegs On Debts, Seizes Oil Rigs

Today’s Video: Oligarchs vs. Bolivarians

Maria Conchita Alonso on Oliver Stone’s South of the Border (VIDEO)

HUMOR
My cousin sent this, Por que Cuba No fue a el Mundial Los Pichy Boys

The week’s posts and podcasts:
How about, Sayonara, Citgo?
Venezuela to nationalize U.S. firm’s oil rigs
Venezuela’s fast-track doctors
Jamaica: Dudus Coke in the can
Mexican gangs’ lookouts in Arizona
Rum war?
Obama Secretary of Labor: Illegals Have a Right to Fair Wages VIDEO
In Silvio Canto’s podcast.
In Rick Moran’s podcast.

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