Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean, the weekly roundup of news items and blog posts on the region. If you would like your posts included, please email me: faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com.
This week’s big story: The G20 weekend meeting in Washington DC. While Washington commuters had to put up with the traffic jams, and the leaders pledged to work together to restore global growth, that pledge is probably worth the paper it was signed on (since it wasn’t signed on paper), and nothing much else happened. On the bright side, oil is trading in the $56 range.
I’ll be talking about the G-20 in today’s 15 Minutes on Latin America podcast.
Menem faces court over bomb probe
The Forest Jihad
Pelosi Serves Up Colombia To Europe
To save the ants
From the official Communist party organ, Castro writes a book about Colombia
Dominicans charged with organizing fatal journey
Landing on our airstrip
Puerto Rico to eliminate Electoral Fund in 2009
On Sunday, Venezuelans will be voting for 23 governors across the country. Mary O’Grady writes about Chávez’s threat to bring out the tanks if people don’t vote for his candidates: Dodd’s ‘Democrat’ Tightens His Grip
Venezuela News and Views has been posting on the elections. Here’s the latest: The Venezuelan 2008 election: update 16 – Holding Margarita
The NYT has a lame article about how Obama’s athletic abilities make him qualified to discuss foreign policy with the likes of cigar-yielding tyrant Castro (I wonder when was the last time Fidel even saw a baseball) and coca leaf growers’ union leader Evo Morales, For Obama, a Scouting Report on Athletic Heads of State. James Joyner aims, shoots, and scores in his comment on the puff piece.
SCIENCE and EDUCATIONAL
The ‘Secret Jews’ of San Luis Valley
This week’s posts and podcasts
Today’s 15 Minutes on Latin America: The G-20.