Posts Tagged ‘Miss Universe’

The Christmas’ Eve Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 24th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Looting Tests Leader in Argentina
President Kirchner’s Social Policies Are Criticized After Raids Spread to Several Cities; Government Blames Union Leaders
; thing is, once you run out of other people’s money, you don’t have money to pay the unions.

Argentina looting spreads to Buenos Aires province
Two people have been killed in Argentina’s third city, Rosario, as a wave of looting spreads.

BOLIVIA
A tale of two churches

Senadora que demanda Justicia es amedrentada por el Fiscal y exige garantías

BRAZIL
Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

CHILE
Copahue volcano eruption puts Argentina and Chile on alert

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica: Security Chief Suggests Firearms Ban

CUBA
Teacher’s Day

ECUADOR
Ecuador top banker’s fake degree
The governor of the Ecuadorean Central Bank, Pedro Delgado, resigns after admitting that he lied about finishing a degree in economics.

GUATEMALA
Mayan temple damaged in tourist ‘apocalypse’ frenzy

LATIN AMERICA
John Kerry’s Record in Latin America
It isn’t that he opposes U.S. intervention. It’s that somehow he often ends up backing the bad guys
: Sandinistas, Cubans, FARC, Zelaya.

MEXICO
Jon Hammar back on U.S. soil

Mexico Takes On Teachers Over School Control

PUERTO RICO
US and Puerto Rico Sign Police Reform Agreement

VENEZUELA
Chavez death watch intensifies

Chávez Is Conscious and Recovering, His Vice President Says

Dr. Marquina says no,

Chávez Faces Infection
President Hugo Chávez is in stable condition after facing a respiratory infection following cancer surgery in Cuba, Venezuela’s information minister said.

Pobre hijita de Papi…

Is There Any Silver Lining For The Venezuelan Opposition From Sunday’s Elections?

Say what?

BONUS: MISS UNIVERSE
Photos: Miss Universe 2012’s Most Bizarre National Costumes
On Dec. 19, women from around the world competed at the 61st annual Miss Universe pageant. Here’s a look at the contestants’ wacky—and occasionally tacky—national ensembles

The week’s posts:
John Kerry for Secretary of State

Mayans, schmayans

Venezuela: Chavistas take all the states except 3


Venezuela: the 7-star protest

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

As you know, I read Power Line every day. Today Scott Johnson made a great catch:

We missed an important moment at the Miss Universe pageant on Saturday night. The outgoing Miss Universe made a little political statement on her final catwalk that was visible to Venezuelans but probably no one else, holding up an obsolete seven star pre-Chavez era flag. She did it to signal distress in her country, and nowhere is that move evident than in Venezuela’s violent crime

Here she is,

Scott also links to the IBD article, The Killing Fields Of Caracas, which also talks about the 7-star flag (links added),

The silent protest at Monday night’s Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas was invisible to nearly everyone — except Venezuelans. On her final catwalk, the ranking Miss Universe, Stefania Fernandez, suddenly whipped out a Venezuelan flag in a patriotic but protocol-breaking gesture.

Fernandez waved her flag for the same reason Americans waved theirs after 9/11 — to convey resolution amid distress. Her flag had seven stars, significant because Chavez had arbitrarily added an eighth, making any use of a difficult-to-find seven-star banner an act of defiance.

Fernandez’s countrymen went wild with joy on bulletin boards and Facebook, showing just how worried they are about their country. Their greatest fear is violent crime.

Ever since Chavez became president in 1999, Venezuelan cities have become hellholes in which murder rates have more than quadrupled. At 233 per 100,000, or one murder every 90 minutes, the rate in Caracas now tops that of every war zone in the world, according to an official National Statistics Institute study released Wednesday.

In fact, crime is the defining fact of life in today’s Venezuela. About 96% of all murder victims are poor and lower-middle class, the very people Chavez claims to represent. “Don’t venture into barrios at any time of the day, let alone at night,” warns the Lonely Planet guide to Venezuela to hardy adventure travelers.

By contrast, the murder rate in cartel-haunted Juarez, Mexico, is 133 per 100,000, with Mexico’s overall rate 8 per 100,000, about the same as Wichita, Kan. Colombia, fighting a narcoterror war since 1964, has an overall rate of 37 per 100,000, slightly higher than Baltimore at 36.9. The overall U.S. rate is 5.4.

Make no mistake, a murder rate like Caracas’ is a crime against humanity. The absence of personal security renders all other human rights moot. By coincidence, that’s just what Chavez seeks to eliminate as he turns his country into a Cuba-style socialist state. Instead of Castroite firing squads or Stalinesque gulags, Chavez outsources the dirty work of socialism to criminals while throwing dissidents in jail and threatening to censor newspapers.

He may try to suppress the [WARNING: graphic photo not suitable for work] Dante-like photos of corpses piled high at the Caracas morgue from the El Nacional newspaper, but the hard fact is that Chavez is responsible for what’s going on.

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The devil wears a costume

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Blogging about Latin America is always interesting, and at times vastly amusing.

Imagine a beauty pageant, a contestant wearing as “national costume” a corset, thigh-high lace-up boots and carrying a bullwhip, and an international diplomatic feud that two countries are ready to take to The Hague.

Unlikely?

Think again:

In This Spat Between Bolivia and Peru, The Details Are in the Devils
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Diplomatic Tussle Over Demonic Beauty-Pageant Costumes

A diplomatic storm is brewing between Peru and Bolivia. Bolivia’s president has accused Peru of thievery. Peru’s Congress issued a bristling denial. Bolivian diplomats are threatening to take the dispute to an international tribunal at The Hague.

The two Andean neighbors are tussling over a costume in the Miss Universe pageant.

Last week, in the event’s national-costume competition, Peru’s candidate, Karen Schwarz, wore an elaborately embroidered outfit with a massive horned headpiece. It was inspired by practitioners of a timeless Andean ritual known as La Diablada, the Devil’s Dance.

Take a look:

Miss Peru Karen Schwarz national costume

Kinky in a colorful way, you say? Not so! It’s festive,

The costume’s designer, Ricardo Dávila, insists he and his 16-member costume-making team weren’t inspired by Bolivia, but by festive outfits in the Peruvian city of Puno. Besides the horned helmet with bulbous eyes, Ms. Schwarz’s costume features a beaded corset, hip-hugging shorts and boots rising above the knee. A cape, bursting with bright yellow and red colors, is emblazoned with a painting of Lake Titicaca, which borders Peru and Bolivia. Mr. Davila dubbed his cotton and papier-mâché fancy “Diabolically Beautiful.”

There’s even a scheduled performance of La Diablada today in front of the Peruvian embassy in Washington.

Of course the costume is only window dressing for a larger issue:

Many analysts say festering political tensions between Bolivia and Peru are stoking the so-called “Misses’ War.” Bolivian President Evo Morales is a highly nationalistic leftist who is a good friend of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez. Peru’s President Alan García is a centrist who loathes Mr. Chávez. Mr. García enraged Mr. Morales in May by granting political asylum to three ex-ministers from a prior Bolivian government whom Mr. Morales was trying to imprison for their alleged roles in a political massacre. In June, Mr. Morales, who is himself of Indian origin, accused Peru of genocide after indigenous protests in the Peruvian Amazon resulted in the deaths of more than 30 Indians and police officers.

Now Mr. Morales has focused his wrath on the devil costume. “We can’t stop the miss from wearing that, but she should recognize the [intellectual] property, the origin of La Diablada,” Mr. Morales said last weekend. This week, Bolivia’s government began running ads asserting its sovereignty over La Diablada on CNN’s Spanish-language network and regional broadcaster Telesur. Thursday was declared the “Day of Recognition of the Bolivian Diablada” with performances and academic colloquies in La Paz.

Adding to the absurdity of the situation, now Evo Morales is talking about “intellectual property rights”?

You can’t make it up if you try.