Glentico Renaldo, indeed!
The week’s financial news is that Latin America Leaders Set to Inaugurate Chavez’s Bank of South. Equally as important (and possibly more important), the US Senate passed the free trade agreement with Peru. IBD asks, Peru Is In, Now Where’s Colombia?
This week’s video:
Mary Anastasia O’Grady discussing what took place on referendum day in Venezuela.
This week’s Spanish language website:
Carlos Alberto Montaner‘s website, which is also available in English.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Montaner and his wife last week at the Globalization and the aRise of the Left in Latin America, and will be posting more on the conference later this week.
the diocese, which operates out of offices in Fresno, will report to the Most Rev. Gregory James Venables, presiding bishop of the Southern Cone and of Argentina, in his office in Buenos Aires.
Trouble in Bolivia
Sex, sleaze, and taxes
Update: Catalanist Convergencia party travels to Cuba in support of the Ladies in White, and promptly get rounded up by the police, detained, and are waiting for extradition.
Dual-language post at Spanish Pundit Cuba celebrates International Human Rights Day by jailing dissidents. Don’t miss also today’s coverage of BUCL’s International Human Rights Day initiative in support of Cuban dissidents: go to Babalu, scroll down and follow the links.
Cuba’s Correa and Chavez Suffer Embarrassment of Fraud in Caracas
I predict that Correa will slowly start distancing himself from Hugo.
Updated: Chavez tried rigging the referendum vote; Attempted Theft
Hugo Chávez tried to overturn the results of Venezuela’s recent vote but was rebuffed by the military.
Via Sara, The beginning of the end for Hugo Chavez. This strikes me as overly optimistic.
In Spanish: La verdadera historia de la derrota de Chavez
By far, the most asinine article by a movie star this year: Piano Wire Puppeteers: The Constitution, Media & Dennis Kucinich
Baduel volvió a pedir al electorado opositor que, una vez derrotada la propuesta en referendo, ahora debe movilizarse por una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, porque una vez que ”se conquista un objetivo, no es tiempo de desmovilizarse, ni tiempo de echarse a dormir. ¡Es tiempo de consolidar el objetivo!”, exclamó.
Una Asamblea Constituyente permitirá, dijo, salir ”al paso” a quienes ”quieren perpetrar el arrebatón que se intentó” con un supuesto desconocimiento de Chávez al resultado del domingo pasado, en alusión al referendo en el que ganó el ”no” a la reforma de Chávez, con una relación de 51 votos a 49.
HACER‘s Venezuelan referendum page.
More articles at HACER.
HUMOR: [language warning]
Via Miguel, a loose translation with all the bad words you’ll ever need in Spanish.
With Hugo in the headlines again, the Carnival goes on.
If you have a chance, please listen to last night’s 1/2hr podcast on the Venezuelan referendum.
SPANISH LANGUAGE BLOG OF THE WEEK:
Basta de apartheid en Cuba
POSTS ON LATIN AMERICA IN GENERAL;
How to enjoy traveling abroad
MS-13 Creeps Into Canada: Documentary videos at LiveLeak.
Really intact Dinosaur found
Force, Not Talk
“His family in Puerto Rico had to send him the medicine”
This is not news
Tremor in Martinique
Nica news for Nov 27
Beauty queen ‘wasn’t pepper sprayed’
The Limits of 21st-Century Socialism
Here are a few links to recent posts on Venezuela:
On Election Eve, Chavez Ally Turns Against Him
Al-Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reporting from Venezuela finds discontent among Chavez’s base:
Prior posts and roundups from the last 7 days:
Hugo’s meltdown, at IBD
Wednesday: Countdown to Tyranny
Thursday: Today’s Countdown to Tyranny
The “Blame the CIA Game” is back!
Friday: Countdown to Tyranny: Last-minute Chavista Propaganda Offensive
Countdown to Tyranny: The day before the vote
Election day roundup
Last week’s top story:
Not as strident as all the Venezuelan news, but very important, Four killed in Bolivia clashes over new constitution
A Bolivian protester died early on Monday after being injured in clashes with police over the weekend, local officials said, raising the death toll to four from violent confrontations over a new draft constitution.
Jose Luis Cardozo “died in the early hours on Monday,” said Fidel Herrera, the head of the municipal council of Sucre, and one of the protest leaders.
Cardozo suffered serious injuries on Saturday as thousands of demonstrators demanded their southeastern city of Sucre be named the capital of Bolivia and protested pro-government delegates approving a new constitution.
The protests took a violent turn on Saturday evening when another demonstrator, a 29-year-old lawyer, died of a gunshot wound. Police later used tear gas to quell the protests.
Two other people, a police officer and a third protester, were also killed in the street violence and dozens were injured.
The Bolivarian Revolution’s not quite going as planned in Bolivia.
SUCRE, Bolivia (Reuters) – Demonstrators opposed to efforts by Bolivian President Evo Morales to overhaul the constitution on Sunday torched police stations and stormed a jail, freeing 100 inmates, while on the streets protesters clashed with police and one officer was killed.
The protests in the southern city of Sucre came hours after pro-government allies in a constitutional assembly approved a preliminary draft late on Saturday of the new constitution, a key Morales political project.
Morales, a leftist and Bolivia’s first Indian president, says the new constitution will give the country’s indigenous majority more political power.
But the vote was boycotted by the rightist opposition, which has heavily criticized the assembly.
On the streets of Sucre, protesters stood face to face with police officers, setting fires to tires as tear-gas rained down on them.
They also set fire to Sucre’s San Roque prison, starting a prison riot that saw at least 100 inmates escape, local media said.
In other Bolivian news, Bolivia’s Gas Nationalization: Opportunity and Challenges
Spanish-language website of the week:
RELIAL Red Liberal de America Latina
Crisis in the Americas
Estados Unidos, Admision Gratis
From Mexico but posting on the Brooklyn madrassa, War of Ideas on the Homefront
The referendum on the extensive rewrite of the Constitution is scheduled for December 2.
This Ain’t Hell has a roundup of referendum articles and posts.
Read the item-by-item analysis of the constitutional reforms at the Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform website.
Vi a Maria A comeback for communism
Other Venezuela-related posts:
Yes, we have no milk in Venezuela
Special thanks to Maggie, Eneas Biglione, Larwyn, and Maria.
As usual, Chavez manages to suck off all the air when it comes to Latin American news.
The “Por que no te callas?” fallout continues. While the story went mostly ignored here in the USA, it was the story of the week in Latin America and parts of the USA: there’s even a ringtone:
The king’s on the phone, and he says: ‘shut up!’
To give an idea of how much attention the king’s five-word outburst has received, consider the numbers on YouTube.com. Three YouTube postings with the exchange have been viewed almost 800,000 times.
By comparison, the first part of the YouTube/CNN Democratic debate received about 73,000 hits, according to YouTube.
Happy to oblige, here’s the You Tube explaining the event:
But I prefer the Juan Carlos as Leonidas:
Plenty of You Tube to go around.
First it was King Juan Carlos; Now it’s King Abdullah‘s turn. Is this the beginning of a trend? More Governments seem ready to join the King of Spain in telling Chavez to shut up.
Spanish-language link of the week:
Via Kate, El comandante y el Rey: La salida de Juan Carlos I, tras las interrupciones e insultos de Hugo Chavez, tuvo la virtud de rasgar el velo de hipocresía que rodea las Cumbres Iberoamericanas
Also don’t forget to visit The Wall Street Journal in Spanish.
In other Venezuelan news,
The referendum on the Constitution is scheduled for December 3. Here’s what Chavez wants to do and what will really happen
Chavez’s proposal to change the name of the National Guard to that of Territorial Guard, and reassign its members to other security forces, triggered a wave of discontent in mid-August. Corporals in the 40,000-strong Guard complained that the change amounted to the Guard being eliminated — and Chávez was forced to backtrack.
Via Siggy, who calls it “journalistic fraud and deceit re: South America”, If Hugo Chavez is a dictator, then so are Brown and Sarkozy
Among the inbound luggage there might be the odd flying carpet bought by the more outlandish visitor to Tehran’s Grand Bazaar. But Venezuela’s main international airport is buzzing with rumors that the “ghost plane” comes and goes laden with artifacts that would make a TSA official throw a fit: automatic weapons, electronic gadgets, and suspect lead crates.
Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post is exactly right (emphasis added):
For the past week, the press of the Spanish-speaking world has been abuzz about a verbal slapdown of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Incensed by Chavez’s ceaseless insults and interruptions during an Ibero-American summit meeting in Chile, the normally temperate Juan Carlos turned to Latin America’s self-styled “Bolivarian” revolutionary and blurted: “Why don’t you shut up?”
The story might have lasted a day, while everyone chuckled over something that, as one Spanish newspaper put it, “should have been said a long time ago.” That it has lasted a week is the work of Chavez. He called a news conference last Monday in which he recounted the history of Spanish colonialism and compared himself to a persecuted Jesus Christ. He held another news conference Wednesday to announce that he was reviewing all ties between Venezuela and Spain. He demanded a royal apology. He even coined his own phrase: “Mr. King, I will not shut up.”
Crude and clownish, si, but also disturbingly effective. Borrowing the tried-and-true tactics of his mentor Fidel Castro, Chavez has found another way to energize his political base: by portraying himself as at war with foreign colonialists and imperialists. Even better, he has distracted the attention of the international press — or at least the fraction of it that bothers to cover Venezuela — from the real story in his country at a critical moment.
In 13 days, abetted by intimidation and overt violence that has included the gunning down of student protesters, Chavez will become the presumptive president-for-life of a new autocracy, created by a massive revision of his own constitution. Venezuela will join Cuba as one of two formally “socialist” nations in the Western hemisphere. This “revolution” will be ratified by a Dec. 2 referendum that Chavez fully expects to win despite multiple polls showing that only about a third of Venezuelans support it. Many people will abstain from voting rather than risk the retaliation of a regime that has systematically persecuted those who turned out against Chavez in the past.
If you’re thinking you haven’t heard much about this transformation in a major oil-producing country two hours by air from Miami, you’re right. U.S. media and human rights groups have basically ignored Chavez’s latest power grab. Human Rights Watch, which has been conducting a campaign about what it says is the “human rights crisis” in neighboring, democratic Colombia in close cooperation with congressional Democrats, has issued no statement on the Venezuelan violence — including the shooting of the students by government-backed paramilitaries on Nov. 7 — and objected to only one of the 69 new constitutional articles.
The Bush administration seems to have abandoned any effort to influence events in Caracas, hamstrung by Chavez’s use of “the empire” as a foil. Worst of all, Latin America’s own democratic leaders, who rallied in the 1990s against a less-ambitious attempt by right-wing Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to install an autocracy, have largely been silent. Unlike Chavez, Fujimori didn’t have petrodollars with which to subsidize his neighbors’ fuel or buy their debt bonds; Chavez has spent billions on both. The summit of Spanish-speaking countries would have been entirely harmonious had not Chavez himself deliberately provoked Juan Carlos. The king missed his cue; rather than addressing Chavez, he should have asked the assembled heads of state: “Why don’t you speak up?”
ELSWHERE IN LATIN AMERICA:
Posts on SOUTH AMERICA in general
Brrrr… South America Has Coldest Winter in 90 Years
ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, PARAGUAY (Tri-border area)
In Paraguay, Piracy Bleeds U.S. Profits, Aids Terrorists
Hugo’s having trouble exporting his Bolivarian Revolution,
Revolution postponed: A popular president deadlocked by a determined opposition
After the Caudillo
A roundup of Anti-Fidel “International” Blogs
Dominican Government Calls for Censorship of HRF Film on Human Trafficking
You must be a legal resident to get a driver’s license in Mexico
A Colombo-americana’s perspective has a huge roundup links on the subject of Venezuela’s influence in Nicaragua
Adios: Pharma Retreats From Puerto Rico
Special thanks to Eneas Biglione of HACER
Would you like to send a link to next week’s Carnival on Monday November 19? Email me your links to: faustaw “at” yahoo “dot” com.
This week’s big Latin American news is that the King of Spain told Chavez to shut up during the XVII Latin American Summit in Chile.
Mind you, the King not only told him to shut up, King Juan Carlos told him in the most in-you-face disrespectful way. Thank you, your majesty.
Not one to stop when having dug himself into a hole, now Chavez Accuses King of Coup Knowledge
Also in Spanish, WSJ Americas
SOUTH AMERICA: general articles:
Sources: Feds Target Hezbollah Cell in L.A
(In Spanish) El mito del cadaver del Che Guevara (The myth of Che Guevara’s corpse)
Don’t Cheer for Cristina, Argentina
Trinidad must be stopped
A Caracas Musharraf
Would you like to send a link to next week’s Carnival on Monday November 19? Email me: faustaw “at” yahoo “dot” com
Welcome! This week’s posts on Latin America and the Caribbean are:
SOS: Truth Telling Deeply Needed for Latin America (link now corrected)
Via Eneas of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research, Corruption in Argentinian election – 28-October-2007
Learning English through avatars
“The Victims of Che Guevera” poster, produced by the Young America’s Foundation, centers on a collage that uses tiny photos of those killed by Cuba’s communist regime to compose the face of the Marxist guerrilla, who has become a popular T-shirt icon.
Nica news for Nov 2
Welcome to the first Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Today’s top Latin American news is that Argentina’s first lady, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is now its president.
Here’s the BBC video report
From The Heritage Foundation: Argentina: Implications for the U.S. If First Lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Becomes President. One thing for sure: expect more populism.
This week’s Spanish-language roundup: Martha Colmenares’s roundup on the Argentinian elections
Road Rage in the Bahamas
The women’s civic committee of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, shows how the police have tried to repress protestors. Bolivia Confidencial posts their video here (Such is Evo’s repression) in Spanish.
Learn To Surf In Floripa
ECrisis posts on International terrorist rings in Spain and Latin America, and links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps
Anything but no, when it comes to travelling with the dog.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Fujimori’s Shadow
La Casa’s Leticia Rodriguez Continues Legacy
The Venezuelan bloggers are doing a line-by-line review of Chavez’s proposed constitutional reforms. You can read it all here: Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform.
Veneuela-USA looks at
Constitutional reform – Article 100
The Prophetic Scent of repression.
The Human Rights Foundation: Artists Reunite for Human Rights in Latin America; Concert Tour in New York to Stress the Plight of the Caracas Nine
If you are a Latin America or Caribbean blogger who wants your post featured in next week’s Carnival, please send me your link: faustaw “at” yahoo “dot” com.
One link per blog, please.
Special thanks to Lady Godiva for her kind words and support.
Don’t miss also the resources at the Hispanic Center for Economic Research for more information on Latin America.
Others blogging on this:
The Astute Bloggers
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred