Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The bad news of the week is the return of Baby Doc Duvalier to Haiti
Mr. Duvalier’s return comes as Haiti tries to sort out its political future after disputed presidential elections in November ended in rioting, and widespread charges of fraud when electoral authorities declared that Jude Celestin, who has the backing of Mr. Préval, had placed second, behind former first lady Mirlande Manigat, and just ahead of crooner Michel Martelly.
Earthquake, cholera, violence, and now Baby Doc. Haiti is a benighted land.
Latin America’s economies
Waging the currency war
Strong economies, soaring currencies and rising inflation have brought a dilemma for policymakers. Some are reaching for unorthodox tools
Argentina’s dry spell trims harvest
This is just a warm-up for what some Cuban Americans believe will be an effort by President Obama in a second term to lift the embargo and normalize relations with the Castro brothers. That would be just the kind of world-historical move that appeals to Obama’s outsized view of himself as both peacemaker and an agent of change.
Ecuador’s Chevron Shakedown
Trees in Haiti,
Extent of Corruption in Countries Around the World Tied to Earthquake Fatalities, h/t Ace
Someone, part 2
A Currency Crisis is coming
Bayly’s girlfriend:”I don’t mind if Jaime writes about committing suicide”. Speaking of Baily, he had some Argentinian psychics making some interesting predictions,
Not even the soap operas are safe, Venezuela: Ordenan suspender telenovela colombiana