I wouldn’t call it diplomacy: Argentina’s crass Olympics advert is the lowest form of diplomacy
Bolivia Following Argentine Takeover Deepens Regional Divide
EU urges Bolivia to compensate Spain over electricity grab (h/t Gates of Vienna)
Expropriations in Bolivia
Just when you thought it was safe
Evo Morales nationalises a Spanish electric company. Spanish companies got taken in Cuba, in Venezuela, and in Argentina; now in Bolivia.
Horses are expensive, and labor-intensive. Elitism in Chile’s national sport
Cartagena prostitution scandal is no laughing matter to Secret Service alumni
The Guardian: Colombian rebels hold French journalist as ‘prisoner of war’
10 Most Censored Countries (h/t Babalu)
Oh, how polite: Pope sends letter of thanks to Cuban dictator Raul Castro
Report: IKEA used Cuban prison labor to make furniture in the late 1980s
The Swedish company says it had an arrangement of a limited nature with Cuba and is investigating the allegations
Curacao PM suspends island’s secret service agency
Ecuador Bank CEO to Challenge Correa for President, Envivo Says, via America’s Forum.
Issa sends out draft contempt order against Holder, says ‘Furious’ response ‘cannot stand’
23 Bodies Found Near US-Mexico Border
UBS PR to Pay $26.6M to Settle SEC Charges Over Muni, Other Funds
Coors Loses Fight Over High Puerto Rico Taxes
Hugo Chávez’s agony
Venezuela After Chavez: In the Footsteps of Franco, Ceausescu or Stalin?, (h/t Public Secrets).
Venezuela: say hello to the junta
Jaime Baily’s May 1st (in Spanish) monologue,
In Spanish, Bocaranda’s update on Chavez’s condition: the Cuban doctors are finally facing reality and have ceased the radiation treatments.
The week’s posts:
Bolivia: Evo Morales’s Victims Push Back
“Cuba May Be the Most Feminist Country in Latin America”
Venezuela to drop out of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights UPDATED with VIDEO
What the USA can learn from Chile