Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. The week’s big story: the PRI’s back in power in Mexico.
“Do as I say, not as I do”: Kirchner tells Olympic athletes to avoid ‘stupidity’
Iranians’ anger at Ahmadinejad over Brazilian snubs
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is facing domestic political embarrassment after enduring a series of damaging snubs on a visit to Brazil, Iran’s erstwhile close ally.
Parliamentary immunity in Colombia
A much-needed judicial reform misfires
Read the full report on Castro, Inc.: A Global Conglomerate
The real Che was no hero, via M.
Leaving the oil in the ground may cost too much
Ecuador’s plan falters
The Yasuní initiative seemed to break a deadlock: it proposed the world should compensate Ecuador for not extracting oil from a biodiverse national park. But the money is not rolling in
Diane Feinstein, US senator calls to prosecute Assange
Julian Assange defies police to stay at Ecuador embassy
A member of the WikiLeaks founder’s defence fund says Julian Assange is refusing a police summons and will not be leaving the Ecuador embassy in London until he hears about his asylum bid.
Britain files White Paper officially pledging to defend Falklands
The British government tabled a White Paper on Thursday officially pledging to defend the Falkland Islands and declared there would be “no weakening” in the country’s resolve.
Quite a haul: Coast Guard unloads $48 million in seized cocaine
In ongoing operations, the Coast Guard — working with other Caribbean nations and other U.S. agencies — seized 3,800 pounds of cocaine on the high seas.
The seized drugs were obtained through three different stings — off the coasts of Nicaragua and Colombia — across Caribbean waters.
Imperialists Gang Up on Paraguay
After the small democracy constitutionally removes its president, Chávez and Castro call it a coup. Canada recognizes the new president; the U.S. is missing in action.
Puerto Rico Police Hit with ACLU Lawsuit
The week’s posts:
Border security for pu**ies: The Sir Robin border patrol strategy
At Real Clear World,
Mexico: The PRI’s back
At Hot Air,
Venezuela and Iran prepare for war?