Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The big story of the week: Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa consolidates his power after coreographing a coup. Mary O’Grady writes about What Really Happened in Ecuador
Eyewitnesses deny police kidnapped the president, and there’s no evidence a coup was in the making.
Another big story, Brazil’s election did not give Dilma Rousseff a 50% majority, so there will be a runoff in four weeks.
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In Brazil, student militants become presidential candidates
The Brazilian president’s hand-picked successor, Dilma Rousseff, may be able to win in the first round. José Serra, former governor of Sao Paulo, has been polling second in a nine-candidate field.
At The Guardian: Ecuador police mutiny censorship
After declaring a state of emergency, the country’s president, Rafael Correa, ordered TV and radio stations to interrupt their programming to carry state news broadcasts.
It meant that citizens were unable to receive balanced information from an independent media at a critical time, said Freddy Barros, editor-in-chief with the TV station Ecuavisa.
At least 22 reporters and photojournalists were attacked, threatened, or harassed as they covered the police rebellion, according to the Quito-based group press freedom group Fundamedios.
Gobierno de Ecuador declaró estado de excepción por intento de golpe
Chávez alerta a Unasur por intento de golpe de Estado a Rafael Correa
U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments
Government researchers infected patients with syphilis, gonorrhea without their consent in the 1940s
Commander-President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that his government expropriated 250. 000 hectares of land during the month of October and expects the number to double until the end of the year, and continue throughout 2011.
This week’s posts and podcasts:
Rousseff going to runoff after Brazil’s election
Spotlight on Brazil’s election
#Ecuador: Coup or warning? VIDEO
In today’s podcast: Killer Facts About Venezuela’s Parliamentary Elections
Don’t Rule Out Chavez Chicanery
Stoned to death… in Mexico?
At Real Clear World:
Chavez Loses National Assembly Super-Majority