Watch the video, read the transcript at my post, Brit Hume asks a good question: If the FBI investigates, isn’t there surveillance?
News the MSM ignores: The LAHT reports, Trump Talks about Venezuela in Calls with Brazilian, Chilean Leaders (emphasis added)
Trump, who is spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, his exclusive Florida country club and resort, spoke with Temer on Saturday and with Bachelet on Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington.
According to a White House statement, Trump and Temer held a lengthy and fruitful chat in which the US leader emphasized the importance of the bilateral relationship with Brazil, a key partner in the Western Hemisphere.
The pair also discussed fostering respect for democratic and humanitarian rights in Venezuela, the White House said, and Temer said on his Twitter account that Trump invited him to visit Washington in the near future.
Trump then spoke with Bachelet Sunday afternoon and expressed his “concern” with the situation in Venezuela, and the two leaders agreed on the importance of advancing democratic principles throughout the Western Hemisphere, the White House said in a statement.
The mogul discussed the US-Chile bilateral relationship with Bachelet and issues linked to the close mutual cooperation on trade and security questions, the White House added.
Temer tweeted (my translation),
“Today I had a telephone call from @realDonaldTrump. He ffollows our work and congratulated us on our results.”
Recebi hoje telefonema de @realDonaldTrump. Ele está acompanhando o nosso trabalho e me congratulou com os resultados que já alcançamos.
— Michel Temer (@MichelTemer) March 19, 2017
“We strengthened our direct channels of communication with @realDonaldTrump. He would like us to visit him in Washington.”
Fortalecemos com @realDonaldTrump a manutenção de canais diretos de diálogo. Ele disse do seu interesse em uma visita nossa a Washington.
— Michel Temer (@MichelTemer) March 19, 2017
The Obama administration took a different approach to Venezuela.
Public school teachers have been striking over the past three weeks, and have scheduled demonstrations for today. The WSJ reports that Demand for higher wages complicate President Mauricio Macri’s efforts to curb inflation and spur economy as the opposition backs the strikes with an eye on October’s legislative elections:
In intensifying walkouts and street rallies involving five national unions, teachers are asking for higher salary increases and blasting Mr. Macri for failing to jump-start the economy and control Argentina’s relentless inflation, which reached 40% last year. The government, aiming to cap inflation at 17% this year, has discouraged cash-strapped provincial governments, which set teacher salaries, from granting more generous raises.
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The deepening standoff underscores the difficulties facing Mr. Macri’s pro-business government as it seeks to unwind years of free-spending populist polices by his predecessor, President Cristina Kirchner, and secure the political and popular support needed ahead of legislative elections in October. Mr. Macri needs a convincing win to push forward with his reforms.
The Journal reports that teachers in the Buenos Aires province make 43% of what teachers earn on average in other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries.
Ami Horowitz visits a Caracas barrio at great risk to interview the locals,
1:30 into the video, Horowitz explains, “It’s a very dangerous place. We made a deal wth the [Barrio Nuevo Tricolor] bosses, so we should be safe.” A voice outside camera range then states, “Hopefully.”
The Daily Wire has more.
Miami is unlike any other place in the USA, with stories like this, which go unnoticed by the national media:
Billions in drug dealers’ illegal Amazon gold ‘laundered’ through Miami refinery, feds say.
In brief, a Colombian guy named Juan P. Granda, working as director of operations NTR Metals, allegedly – with two other guys – was buying gold from illegal mines in Peru’s Amazonian rain forest, refining it, selling it, and then wiring the funds back to drug traffickers.
Things get complicated and at least seven countries are involved: Granda was born in Ecuador, is a U.S, citizen, the gold was coming from Peru, but was routed through Bolivia, and
At least one of the companies sending the gold to NTR was financed by a man identified as P.F. in the complaint. According to sources, he is “Peter Ferrari,” whose real name is Pedro Perez Miranda.
Ferrari was acquitted of narcotics money laundering in Peru. But he was later arrested on charges of illegal gold mining and laundering more than $500 million worth of gold.
After the Peruvian crackdown, smuggled gold was transported to Bolivia before it was shipped to NTR in Miami, the complaint said. Last year, Ecuadorean authorities made arrests involving about $400 million in gold from Peru bound for refineries in Miami, including NTR Metals, according to the complaint.
Federal agents said customs records show that NTR also participated in “highly suspicious gold imports” from Colombia, Chile, Guyana and the Caribbean.
The project to make the Magdalena River in Colombia more navigable has been suspended:
Odebrecht Bribery Plea Muddies Colombia’s Big River Project. Channelization of Magdalena River stalled over corruption fears, thwarting country’s ambitious infrastructure plans
A string of gritty river towns along Colombia’s mightiest river have waited years for mounds of silt to be dredged from the waterway, a project that was supposed to start last year and bolster growth in Latin America’s fourth-largest economy.
But the $862-million contract to make 565 miles of the Magdalena River more navigable went mostly to Brazilian firm Odebrecht SA, whose explosive admission that it paid extensive bribes to land infrastructure projects led Colombian regulators last month to suspend the river works. That contract, which promised to triple river cargo, was the cornerstone of a now troubled $25-billion infrastructure initiative to build new highways, airports and ports that would modernize a country bedeviled by its rugged terrain.
The Odebrecht corruption investigation has tied up hundreds of infrastructure projects in the hemisphere: Odebrecht Mess Leaves Devastation Trail From Andes to Caribbean, among them
Peru’s grandest infrastructure project. The 1,025-kilometer (637-mile) Gasoducto Sur Peruano was meant to climb from Cuzco’s jungle gas fields to nearly 5,000 meters (16,405 feet) above sea level and then back down. Only 33 kilometers of pipe were in the ground before bribery allegations ended Odebrecht’s access to funds, prompting the government to terminate the contract last month.
Peru is particularly affected,
Nowhere is the scandal more damaging than in Peru where President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is struggling to make good on his promise to boost growth by investing in infrastructure. Cancellation of Odebrecht’s pipeline contract set back a $70-billion infrastructure plan. Other projects have slowed under added scrutiny. Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne was forced to shave a percentage point off his growth forecast for 2017.
The BBC has a brief summary, Brazil’s Odebrecht corruption scandal
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