The big news of the week is the alarming increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the region, including Venezuela where the country’s oldest synagogue was vandalized last Friday. Jews in Venezuela, who have for over two hundred years enjoyed tolerance and peace, over the past few weeks have suddenly found themselves in fear of attack and discrimination. Andres Oppenheimer, writing at Miami Herald points to other incidents in Argentina and Brazil. Meanwhile, Telesur broadcasts
a story entitled ”Gaza’s Ruins,” which accuses Israel ”and the world’s Jews” of failing to denounce alleged atrocities by Israeli troops and ”Jewish planes” in Gaza
I’ll be talking about this disturbing trend in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern. Chat’s open at 10:45AM and the call-in number is 646 652-2639.
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
The Caribbean economies
Lonely beaches: A fall in tourism, and other body blows
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Fuga de capitales se triplico en el 2008
DEA presence ends in Bolivia
The last of the U.S. drug agents leaves on President Evo Morales’ orders. The U.S. and Bolivia are in a bitter dispute over the South American country’s anti-drug efforts.
Dig like Brazil
Colombia FARC Frees Four Hostages to Opposition Senator Cordoba, three policemen and a member of the Colombian army; The Red Cross verified that the hostages were released; however, Colombia FARC Have Killed Many of Their Captives, Caracol Says
As many as 300 captives taken by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are dead, Caracol Television reported.
The FARC, as the drug funded group is known, were thought to hold as many as 700 Colombians kidnapped for ransom, the TV channel said. Herbin Hoyos, founder and host of “Voices of Kidnapping,” a radio program that relays messages from family members to rebel hostages, said in an interview with Caracol he has the names of many of the victims and their burial sites.
The details were provided to Hoyos by demobilized members of the FARC.
During his state visit to Germany after his trip to Davos, Uribe insists he’s not asking to stay in power in perpetuity, but that he wants his long-term policies to take hold (article in Spanish).
Nicaragua Strongmen’s Pact Under Strain
Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Ecuador’s Rafael Ortega, Honduras’s Manuel Zelaya, and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, plus Cuba’s vicepresident, Carlos Lage asisten a la cumbre extraordinaria del ALBA.
What Obama Can(Not) Do for Latin America
The week’s posts and podcasts
Meanwhile at at the World Social Forum in Brazil: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Maradona does Caracas
Brave Benicio ran away. Bravely ran away, away.
Today at 11AM Eastern: Iran’s “Subversive” Role in Latin America
Wonder why no countries like to do business in Cuba?
The Battisti asylum in Brazil: 15 Minutes on Latin America