Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The top story of the week: Mel Zelaya’s back in Honduras. Check out La Gringa excellent blogicito for the latest. Roberto Micheletti replies to Zelaya in today’s Washington Post. I’ll be talking about the latest news on Zelaya’s return on this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.
Update Babalu has an update on the story right now.
Oh, and by the way, the Russians are back in Cuba rearming the military.
Could war erupt in arms-spree LatAm?
El ojo de la tormenta
Jaime Bayly from last August (in Spanish),
Video: Colombia’s spy scandal
Juanes in Havana:`This is the power of music’
Hundreds of thousands of revelers filled Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution on Sunday for Juanes’ historic mega-concert, while in Miami, exiles watched on TV with mixed emotions.
The Russians are rebuilding the Cuban army: Rebuilding Cuban Army is a daunting task, assesses Russian report on general’s visit
Zelaya ‘will rebuild democracy’, just as he was when he had the ballots printed in and shipped from Venezuela, you mean?
Content warning: Security camera footage of the shootout at the Mexico subway El terrible video del tiroteo en el Metro de México (Adv: Imágenes fuertes)
The new relationship between Iran and Venezuela started in 2006. If we brush aside the rhetorical declarations of mutual love, we are left with three hard facts, all of which emanate from the military, political and economic accords signed by Caracas and Tehran.
First, Iran has set up financial institutions—such as the Banco Internacional de Desarrollo—in Venezuela ostensibly for development purposes. But since Iran is in no position to lavish on other countries the development it has failed to bring to its own people, investigators believe the real intention is to bypass sanctions that bar Tehran from using the banking institutions of the United States for payments related to its nuclear program. Second, in the past three years a series of factories owned by Iran have been established in remote locations inside Venezuela, including an area containing up to 50,000 tons of uranium. Third, last December, Turkey intercepted an Iranian ship bound for Venezuela with equipment capable of producing explosives; it was hidden in 22 containers labeled “tractor parts.”
Obama’s Extremely Historic Plans for the U
Special thanks to the Baron, Dick, Eneas, Larwyn and Maggie.
This week’s posts and podcasts
Breaking news: ZELAYA BACK IN HONDURAS
Today’s the Juanes concert in Havana
Honduras: Danny Glover heading there to help “resistance”, Zelaya to the UN. As we now know, Zelaya wasn’t heading to the UN, he was heading to Tegucigalpa.
The future of Venezuela?
And now for a brief post on Honduras, updated with VIDEO
Could war erupt in arms-spree Latin America?