Welcome to the Memorial Day Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your links included on next week’s Carnival please email me: faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com. Other than ads for vacation spots, I’ll be happy to post your links.
The really big story: Tirofijo, the FARC top guy, is dead. The FARC has confirmed this news. There is much speculation as to the fate of the hundreds of hostages – among them Ingrid Betancourt – and as to how Marulanda’s death will impact the FARC.
Of course you will find headlines glorifying the son of a bitch, as TIME magazine does with Colombia’s Rebel Patriarch Is Dead. Patriarch of death, if anything. Notice also the photo showing his pious hands held in prayer (no, I won’t post the photo here). The editors of TIME have earned my contempt.
BLOG OF THE WEEK
Investor’s Business Daily blog
The Criminal-Terrorist Nexus and the DEA
South American Presidents Agree to Form Unasur Bloc: “The continental bloc, for now at least, is likely to exist only on paper.”
Argentina: Epopeyas en pugna
Colombia’s FARC leader dead
In addition to Tirofijo’s death, yet another FARc criminal surrendered last week: Starving FARC Leader Surrenders in Colombia– Responsible For Murder of President Uribe’s Father Gateway Pundit also posts FARC Connections to German Leftists & US Democrats Exposed, also at Prairie Pundit, from Der Spiegel’s German Left Wing May Have Ties to Colombian Extremists
The computer files found with slain FARC leader Rául Reyes continued to reverberate in Colombia on Thursday with the announcement by prosecutors that they will investigate whether 12 people — including three Colombian lawmakers and a retired American consultant — had unauthorized contacts with the guerrilla group.
At least some of those now under investigation — including Colombian Sen. Piedad Córdoba and American consultant James Jones — have tried to get the FARC to release hostages they have kidnapped.
Allegiance and citizenship
Puerto Rico’s Historic Vote
London mayor Boris Johnson said the energy funding agreement between London and Venezuela’s state- owned oil company will not be renewed on Aug. 20, according to an e-mailed statement from his press office.
This will save an estimated 67,000 pounds ($133,000) per year in running and staff costs, Johnson said
Charleston Caribbean Festival
US Elections 2008
Obama’s Latin America policy
Special thanks to Maria, Larwyn, Eneas and Maggie.