The big story of the week: Lula’s trip to the US. Please scroll down to the Brazil section and watch/read Mary O’Grady’s report. As she puts it, Brazil shouldn’t count on Washington. This is a huge opportunity totally wasted by the administration in Washington.
Another big story: Former governor of Puerto Rico Aníbal Acevedo Vilá has been declared not guilty on all nine counts of corruption after a trial where the defense did not call any witnesses and 10 people indicted with Acevedo had plead guilty before the case went to court.
If you haven’t read it yet, there’s a must-read series at The Economist:
Dealing with drugs
On the trail of the traffickers : Illegal drugs are causing havoc across the world. Over four articles, we look at attempts to curb supply and cut demand, beginning in Mexico
The cocaine business
Sniffy customers: Drug-traffickers are expanding their operations in Europe, despite the best efforts of the police
Levels of prohibition: A toker’s guide
Drug education: In America, lessons learned
But efforts to warn people off drugs are still too timid
If Mr. Funes as well as the election’s losers now respect the rule of law, the result could be the consolidation of the political system the United States was aiming for when it intervened in El Salvador’s civil war during the 1980s.
>That’s a heck of a big “IF”.
Chavez unveiled a new economic plan:
Chavez’s economic fart
Using Connecting Words In Spanish