This week’s focus: China’s growing influence in our Hemisphere. I’ll be podcasting on China’s Latin American influence today at 10AM Eastern. Chat’s open by 9:45AM and the call-in number is 646 652-2639.
In today’s WSJ, Are Argentina’s Cows Happy Eating Grain? This matters because grass-fed beef is Argentina’s most famous export.
President George W. Bush suspended a trade agreement with Bolivia, saying the country provided insufficient cooperation in U.S. efforts against drug trafficking.
The president signed a declaration ending trade benefits under the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said in a statement yesterday.
Cutting of trade benefits is the result of Bolivia’s “failure to cooperate with the U.S. counternarcotics efforts,” a condition of maintaining trade preferences, such as reduced tariffs, Perino said.
Faltan las marchas
Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa is heading to Iran this week
APEC summit divides bloggers, according to France24 news:
Puerto Rico Governor Promises Changes
The recession now emerging in places like Florida and Ohio has been a fact of life in Puerto Rico for three years. Unemployment has climbed to nearly 12 percent. Taxes have gone up, purchasing power has declined, and the island’s roughly four million residents are unlikely to be patient with their new leader.
The structural challenges are immense. Government here plays an outsize role, employing 20 percent to 30 percent of workers on the island, and it is on the verge of bankruptcy. The current administration said this week that it would end the year with a $2 billion budget deficit. One official suggested it was struggling to make payroll, and some institutions — like the Center for Puerto Rican Studies — already report that they have not received government money they are owed.
Chávez Again Seeks to End Term Limits; Chavez renews reelection ambition
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced a plan to seek a constitutional amendment to allow him to stand for reelection
Alvaro Vargas Llosa writes about Chavez’s Stumble
Che Movie Debuts Miami this Week (Dec. 4)
Smell Test (When Does Satire Go Bad?) Good question – that post is pretty awful.
FOR MORE CARNIVAL GOODNESS
Shiny happy dhimmi – #3
The week’s posts and podcasts
The Russia-Venezuela maneuvers in the Caribbean: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Chávez Lets Colombia Rebels Wield Power Inside Venezuela
Nuclear Latin America: Today’s 15 Minutes on Latin America