Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The week’s big news: Venezuela’s Chavista-controlled lame-duck National Assembly granted Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for the next eighteen months, essentially voiding the results of last September’s Congressional election.
Mexico: mass jail-break near US border
Paraguayan Senators would not allow Venezuela to join Mercosur since the country not a full democracy, Paraguay: Senadores explican que Venezuela no ingresará al Mercosur porque no es una democracia plena , following the Venezuelan National Assembly move granting Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months.
Venezuela’s armed forces in the middle of coups and voting
When saying that a potential victory of the opposition would not be accepted by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), General Henry Rangel Silva put the army in a dilemma of using force to keep Chávez in office
For events developing in Sur del Lago, where the military may intervene, follow Milagros Socorro’s tweets.
The week’s posts and podcast,
Chavez to rule by decree UPDATED
Sicko banned in Cuba for portraying Cuban medical apartheid
Chavez, not allowing a disaster to go to waste, seeks dictatorship
Chavez’s steaming bucket of urea