Today’s big story: Chavez announced that the Russian fleet will be visiting Venezuela, that China and Venezuela are launching a satellite on November 1 and opening a Venezuelan space program, and that the private cement manufacturers have run out of time and are now being nationalized. All that, after he got back from crusing Paraguay with Lugo.
I’ll be talking about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern. Update: You can listen to the podcast here.
Latin America’s populist decade may soon end
GAO Drug Control report (PDF file) U.S. outlines frustrations with anti-drug efforts in Latin America
A U.S. report showed improvements in coordinating antidrug efforts in Latin America, but cited corruption and lack of funding as top reasons the effort has not been more effective.
Georgia, The Olympics And A Tragedy Goes Unnoticed. Follow-up: Two charged with Antigua murders.
Mopping up the bonds
Slide show: A selection of stunning views of Brazil, in photographs submitted by the readers of O Globo OnLine
BBC Caribbean report (audio), mostly on Olympic sports.
Uribe to the Rescue
Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s interview of Armado Valladares: Twenty-two years in Castro’s Gulag
Dominican Republic president sworn in for 3rd term
In attendance Saturday were the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea and Haiti, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.
Taiwan’s new president, Ma Ying-jeou, came to meet with Fernandez and strengthen relations with a shrinking list of 23 countries that have diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of rival China.
The swearing-in ceremony took place even as Tropical Storm Faye slammed the country with heavy rains, killing at least three people.
Tidbits out of Nicaragua
Leftist presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Rafael Correa of Ecuador and Evo Morales of Bolivia, who have increased state control of the economy in their countries, saluted Lugo as a revolutionary brother when they arrived on Thursday.
CONSERVATIVES STAY AWAY
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez came to Asuncion for the swearing in and were met by a front-page editorial in ABC Color newspaper, calling on them to pay higher prices for electricity produced in Paraguay from dams their countries financed.
The region’s more conservative and pro-Washington leaders, from Colombia, Mexico and Peru, sent emissaries to the inauguration.
Tropical storm Fay brought drought relief. Details (in Spanish) Alivio para los embalses
the facts of the case could not be denied, a suitcase full of US$ 800,000 in cash, caught in a country friendly to Chavez, arriving in an airplane chartered by PDVSA and filled with PDVSA employees and Argentinean Government officials.
Governators to protect the borders
Bayly interviews his mom (in Spanish)
Special thanks to Eneas, Maggie and Siggy.