This week’s big story: The mega-embassy in Bolivia
[Peruvian President Alan] Garcia — who is no fan of his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chávez — suggested in an interview with The Miami Herald’s Andres Oppenheimer that Chavez is building a “general headquarters” in this Andean capital that would serve to coordinate Venezuela’s joint operations in the region with its leftist allies Cuba and Nicaragua.
A minor media frenzy ensued, with television crews racing to the seven-story office tower in La Paz’s middle-class Obrajes neighborhood.
Corralled by a television reporter, top Venezuelan diplomat Douglas PErez said the construction was simply an embassy, to replace the current rented office in a downtown high-rise.
The $500,000 building, he said, will also house an auditorium, offices of Venezuela’s state energy company PDVSA and perhaps a branch of the country’s development bank Bandes.
The reporter pressed on: What about the mural showing the flags of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia? Decoration, Perez answered with a shrug. The construction “looked a little ugly, so we hung that big picture up to cover it. That’s it.”
That will be in addition to the 200 pro-Chavez Casas del ALBA operating in neighboring Peru, which the Peruvian Congress is investigating for ties between the Bolivarian embassy compound in Bolivia, the ALBA homes in Peru, and violent groups in Peru.
In tomorrow’s podcast at 11AM Eastern Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center will talk about how Enablers grease path for Chavez.
Matthew Vadum, Editor, Organization Trends and Foundation Watch
Formerly a CRC research fellow, Matthew Vadum is also a veteran journalist. During his seven years in the Washington bureau of The Bond Buyer, a daily financial newspaper based on Wall Street, he covered Congress, the Supreme Court, housing, and state and local finance. While a reporter for the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he won an award for outstanding legal journalism from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for an article that focused on employment law. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University.
U.S. media lags in covering Latin America, which is why this Carnival is so popular.
BOLIVIA – PERU – VENEZUELA
The three países hermanos were clearly not enough for el macacón…
Viva Castro’s departure: Cuba in 2008 should be the Hong Kong or Singapore of Latin America. Yeah, right. It should be, but why isn’t it?
The ultimate in Leftie cynicism: Cuba is not a country for capitalists – but people are still happy. Happy enough to venture shark-infested waters just for the hell of it.
Letter from Barack Obama to Puerto Rico
Via Matt, who IM’d this from Paris just now, After deportation, illegals are determined to return
An Event-ful Weekend
Special thanks to Maggie, Larwyn, Maria and Eneas.