Last week Nicolas Maduro and a few others visited China in search of funds. How did that work out?
Robert Downey Jr. helped out, too: A Devoted Sean Penn Helps US Man Recover From Bolivia Ordeal
Ostreicher, who is an Orthodox Jew, had the attention of the Aleph Institute, a foundation that helps incarcerated Jews. The Florida-based group asked Wahlberg to reach out to Penn, who is widely known for his Haiti relief efforts and closeness to leftist Latin American leaders.
Penn became convinced Ostreicher had been unjustly imprisoned since mid-2011 so corrupt authorities could drain the assets of the $25 million rice-farming operation in which he was a minor investor. Though he was accused of money-laundering, no evidence was ever presented.
Penn was self-effacing when asked about his odd-couple friendship with Ostreicher and why he decided to help. “What can I say? He was likable,”
When Penn asked Bolivian President Evo Morales to intercede, Penn got a tepid response.
So he exposed the extortion ring, sparking a scandal that eventually would see 14 Bolivian officials jailed ? the ring’s No. 2 figure entered a guilty plea last week ? while others fled the country.
Penn then got Ostreicher moved to a medical clinic. The New Yorker had withered to 107 pounds from a liquids-only hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. Penn leveraged his Venezuelan connections ? he was close to the late President Hugo Chavez ? to get armed Venezuelan security guards assigned to protect him, fearing he’d be targeted for exposing the extortion ring.
Even though he had endured more than 30 court hearings, Ostreicher continued to insist he wanted to clear his name in Bolivia.
Penn told him to let it go.
Ostreicher should have listened to Penn.
Robbers set off explosion in Chile subway station heist
The Franklin metro station in Santiago was filled with smoke after thieves blew up two ATMs Wednesday night,
the Santiago Fire Department said. Authorities have not yet said if there were any injuries. This sort of thing keeps happening.
Dominican Republic Won’t Recognize Gay Union at British Embassy
— Rob McDowall (@robmcd85) January 2, 2015
Successful industrial parks are built by people who know the business and who demand accountability. This park was put in the hands of State, the IDB and Bill Clinton. The results have been predictable
Edgar Borja en la UdQ:
Carso Energy Slim-Owned Company Gets Share of Contract for Texas Gas Pipeline
No fries for you! Out of French Fries in Venezuela, McDonald’s Turns to Yuca
Venezuela food shortages: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’
Toilet paper, rice and coffee have long been missing from stores, as Venezuelan president blames CIA plot for chronic shortages. Idiot.
The week’s posts and podcast:
Jaime Bayly's showing the #CharlieHebdo cartoons in his show, thereby proving he's got more b*lls than CNN, NBC, & all the others who don't
— Fausta (@Fausta) January 9, 2015
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Cuba: Is Fidel dead yet?
Cuba & US-Latin America topics