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A mystery worthy of Adolfo Bioy Casares:
Witnesses say Mr Maldonado was last seen after he was arrested at a demonstration for the rights of the Mapuche indigenous group in southern Argentina on 1 August.
On the day that he disappeared, border police clashed with protesters while dismantling a roadblock that had been erected on Route 40, the main road crossing Argentina from north to south.
Police later denied detaining Mr Maldonado.
President Macri’s government offered a reward of nearly $30,000 for information on Maldonado’s disappearance.
Now a body was discovered in a riverbed just a few hundred yards from where Maldonado was last seen, wearing clothing that resembled his. Major political parties in Argentina have suspended campaigning for Sunday’s election as the body is transported to Buenos Aires for identification.
As the BBC puts it, “Argentina’s history of political disappearances has made the case an extremely hot subject.”
Hillary, Obama, the Dept. of Justice blocks a witness, Rosenstein, Mueller, Comey, and Russia Russia Russia: John Solomon and Alison Spann report that in 2009 the FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow, Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One.
And these are not the only players in the case. Last year I posted on the Clinton’s Colombian Fondo Acceso partner Frank Giustra, whose mining company merged with three Kazakhstan mining companies, after which it was acquired by Rosatom. Guess who authorized that.
Read my post, The original Russia collusion story: Uranium.
InSight Crime raises the question, Is Colombia Underestimating the Scale of FARC Dissidence?
InSight Crime estimates that there are approximately 1,000 to 1,500 dissidents who have abandoned the peace process for various reasons, accounting for around 15 percent of the total number of FARC ex-combatants.
Many of the dissidents identified by InSight Crime have returned to their past strongholds to regain control of highly profitable criminal activities, mainly tied to drug trafficking, though there are a range of reasons why former fighters are abandoning the peace process.
The government’s numbers are fractions of the above figures.
Alvaro Uribe tweeted on a dissident FARC faction shooting at a government helicopter,
Disparan contra helicóptero del Ejército https://t.co/JnRTFPMSGK
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) October 17, 2017
Next we’ll hear how the “peace” will take a very long time. Can’t expect it overnight. Great consolation to the victims. https://t.co/8PkvHjgTh5
— MaryAnastasiaO'Grady (@MaryAnastasiaOG) October 18, 2017
Carlos Eire, who lived near the mansion that Che appropriated for himself, has a theory on Che’s Irish Postage Stamp and the New, Improved, Postcolonial White Folk’s Burden
In sum, anyone from the affluent world who thinks that the repressive, soul-crushing, collectivist nightmare that calls itself the Cuban Revolution is good for Cubans but not for themselves is implicitly admitting that they are superior to Cubans in some way, be it morally, economically, intellectually, culturally or racially. It makes no difference how the differences are parsed; anyone who says that Che was a virtuous hero or that the repressive Castro regime he served is good for Cubans but not for themselves necessarily implies that Cubans are somehow different and that they are undeserving or incapable of enjoying the same political, social, and economic rights, either because they are in some way inferior or less developed, or because they are construed as simpler, purer, abnormal or uncivilized in some essential way, much like Rousseau’s noble savage. And no one can dispute the fact that most of those who tend to hold such views or who invest capital in Cuba’s tourism industry, or go there as tourists happen to be Europeans and North Americans of European stock who think of themselves as white and of Cubans as “people of colour.” Ironically, then, Rudyard Kipling, the ultimate poster boy of old-style colonialism, turns out to be the intellectual and spiritual forebear of today’s leftist ideologues, and of anyone who defends the so-called accomplishments of Che, and the so-called Cuban Revolution. It may come as a surprise and a great shock to anyone who venerates Che to hear that they are similar in outlook and attitude to Rudyard Kipling, a dead white male who embodies so much political incorrectness. But the obscene, undeniable truth is that there is virtually no difference between anyone alive today who says that Fidel and Che did great things for Cubans and anyone in days of yore who argued that European imperialism was a blessing to all those benighted “new-caught, sullen peoples,” that Kipling called “half-devil and half-child.”
The bigotry and racism of these postcolonial neocolonialists may not lead them to conquer non-white folk, but it does cause them to think that there are still “sullen peoples” who are actually happier when subjected to all sorts of repression at the hands of their own “enlightened” or “visionary” despots.
Read the whole thing.
I wonder what the Venn diagram would look like if you join the Che worshippers, the people who think Mao’s revolution made women’s lives much better, and those believing on the superiority of communist women’s orgasms.
Mark DeCambre at Market Watch explains how Puerto Rico has more than $70 billion in debt
Why is Puerto Rico in such bad economic shape?
More than a decade of economic decline and ballooning deficits, amplified by an exodus of the territory’s best and brightest, including doctors, to the U.S. has dealt a heavy blow to the Puerto Rican economy. It has been in a recession, defined as at least two consecutive periods of declining growth, since 2006.
- The Commonwealth had an unemployment rate of 12% before the hurricanes, compared with an unemployment of 4.4% for the U.S., as of August.
- 43.5% of its residents live below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, more than double that of Louisiana and Mississippi.
- Its population is 3.4 million as of July 1, 2016, representing a decline of more than 8% since 2010.
- [emphasis added] The island’s debt load represents $12,000 per capita, with its debt representing more than three-quarters of its annual gross national product, which would make it one of the most indebted countries in the world.
- As a U.S. territory, the island uses the U.S. dollar, That means it can’t devalue its currency in a bid to improve competitiveness.
The article was published twelve days ago.
As if things weren’t bad enough, Howard Dean wants to put the Clinton Foundation in charge of Puerto Rico relief. That would make it official for the Clinton political machine, but, on the other hand, Howard ignores the Clinton shenanigans in Haiti. (Related: How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians)
Yesterday Venezuela held elections for its 23 state governors, and as usual, amidst more fraud. Of course, Maduro’s party, the PSUV, won.
Clueless NPR was surprised.
Sunday’s exercise in the Cuba-backed dictatorship was a sham.
Maduro had other motives as well. He wants to lull Venezuelans into the false sense that a transition away from communism is possible at the ballot box. That illusion has so far held back rebellion.
He also seeks to legitimize his illegal “constituent assembly,” elected on July 30—from an unchallenged list of candidates—to replace the Legislature and rewrite the constitution. He said voting Sunday was an endorsement of the new assembly and any opposition governor who will not swear allegiance to it will be removed.
The fraud was under way long before the first vote was cast. The dictatorship announced the election only a month in advance. Candidates rushed to submit their names under a five-day deadline. Later the regime decided to hold a day of primaries. But when antigovernment candidates who lost the primaries asked to withdraw and throw their support to the primary winners, the regime refused to take their names off the ballot.
And then polling stations were relocated.
Caracas Chronicles looks Down the Sketchy Election Fraud Road, Again.
Daniel Duquenal calls it A grotesque electoral fraud. As one of his commenters said, “Dictatorships don’t leave with votes.”
The Company run through their daily ballet class, filmed in full as part of World Ballet Day 2017