The big stories this week, all of which went mostly unnoticed:
On the same week that Chavez was supposedly telling the FARC to lay down their arms, Venezuelan journalist Patricia Poleo reported that Venezuelans of Arab ancestry are being recruited under the auspices of Tarek el Ayssami, Venezuela’s vice-Minister of the Interior, for combat training in Hezbollah camps in South Lebanon. Here is my translation.
Chavez’s buddy Rafael Correa of Ecuador apparently tried to create a distraction by claiming an assasination plot. Meanwhile, Ecuador didn’t like that Interpol authenticated the FARC files, so they are trying to get the Interpol boss fired (see links under ECUADOR below).
Spain extradited to the USA a Syrian-born arms dealer who had been supplying the FARC with weapons. He was a long-time resident of Spain and was caught by a DEA sting operation. Prairie Pundit has the details.
Syrian in FARC sting extradited to the US
RISING inflation is causing headaches for central bankers across the world. But it seems that Argentina’s monetary policymakers will be spared such concerns, thanks to the country’s updated consumer price index, which came into force on June 10th. According to the new methodology, every time a product’s price rises too sharply, it will simply be removed from the index on the ground that consumers will be deterred by the expense and switch to other goods. It came as little surprise, therefore, when the government announced the official inflation figure for May to be a mere 0.6%, while virtually all independent estimates topped 1%
How minor league Latin players adjust to life in America
Father’s Day 2008
The UN Sinks to New Depths
It’s said that the U.N. is only as good as its members. But putting a Nicaraguan dinosaur communist at the presidency of the General Assembly takes it all a step lower. Already, the America-bashing is back.
Guanomania: Sr. de la Torre, I beg to differ!
Obama’s Clues to Wooing the Latino Vote
Hezbollah and Al Qaeda in Venezuela
El pelo de Bayly: