Starting on September 19th, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cuba and the U.S.. The Communist regime’s propaganda machine announced it will be releasing 3,522 prison inmates, none of which is a dissident;
The latest 3,522 prisoners to be freed will include minors, people over the age of 60, prisoners in poor health and foreigners who will be repatriated, according to the Granma newspaper. It said there will be no releases of those convicted of “crimes against state security”.
Over in Philly, pop-up-popes are springing up all over town:
Pope Francis: The Patron Saint of Tourism: https://t.co/scExf03xIP via @YahooTravel. #PopeInPhilly #ISEPTAPHILLY pic.twitter.com/OWTlqa4ZvG
— ISEPTAPHILLY (@SEPTAPHILLY) September 2, 2015
Because we went to catholic school for 12 years @ McGillin’s Olde Ale House https://t.co/VwCY3sUlll — breana lynn (@brieebev) September 5, 2015
Argentine Court Blocks Proclamation of Winner in Provincial Vote
An Argentine court on Tuesday ordered the electoral board of the northern province of Tucuman not to declare any winner in the Aug. 23 gubernatorial election until a move to have the ballot overturned is resolved.
Jorge Lanata’s investigation showed votes bought with drugs (video in Spanish):
Alberto Nisman could not have killed himself, ballistics tests show. The prosecutor investigating Argentina’s worst-ever terrorist attack was shot dead by someone else
Conferencia: “Escenario económico y político de la Argentina preelectoral”
Significant Amendments Made To Bermuda’s Partnership Legislation
WATCH: SANDRA BULLOCK TAKES ON BOLIVIAN POLITICS IN ‘OUR BRAND IN CRISIS’
Brazilian Police Seek to Question Former President in Petrobras Probe. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his ruling Workers’ Party ‘could have benefited,’ authorities say. An understatement if there ever was one.
Brazil to Auction Hydroelectric Plants. Brazil plans to auction off 29 power plants to private operators Oct. 30, a government official said, a move that is expected to bring the cash-strapped government about $4.4 billion.
Down to BB+: S&P Cuts Brazil’s Debt Rating to Junk. Brazil lost its coveted investment-grade credit rating in the eyes of one major firm on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the government’s credibility with investors and threatening to aggravate its economic downturn.
Chilean Police Arrest 2 in Robbery of Bachelet’s Security Team
Bulletproof Vest Saves Colombian Mayoral Candidate
Cloud of Secrecy Obscures Colombia’s Human-Trafficking Blight. Reported Cases the Tip of the Iceberg, Say Anti-Trafficking Specialists
Normalization update: Tens of thousands of Cubans streaming into U.S. through southwestern border
Free Education in Cuba? Sort of / Ivan Garcia
Castro’s Empty Barabbas Politics For The Pope
Ecuador Moves to Shut Down Press Freedom Group
Rafael Correa’s Fairyland of Misinformation. Lies, Distortions Are All Ecuador’s Delusional President Has Left
El Salvador baby-swap couple reunited with child
Guatemala Outsources a Corruption Crackdown.A U.N.-sponsored agency has put Guatemala’s president and much of its political elite behind bars, in one of the most sweeping anticorruption campaigns ever
The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, or Cicig, has broad powers to launch its own criminal investigations. It then works alongside Guatemala’s own attorney general’s office to prosecute cases in local courts. Its staff hails from 20 countries, from Italians who have tussled with the Mafia to Colombian anti-money-laundering experts.
Guyana to press UN strongly for judicial end to Venezuela controversy – Granger
Two Out of Three Hispanics Oppose Immigration Increase
Only 34 percent of U.S.-born Hispanics, and 33 percent of foreign-born Hispanics, want to increase legal immigration, said the Gallup report.
Sixty-four percent of each group of Hispanics want migration to be reduced or leveled, said Gallup, which released the report under a misleading headline, “U.S. Support for Increased Immigration Up to 25%.”
Jamaica contributes US$100,000 to flood-hit Dominica
‘El Chapo’ Guzman escape: Mexican prison officials charged. Four Mexican officials have been charged with aiding the escape of the notorious drugs lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman from a maximum security prison.
Uh oh! New Panama Canal lock leaking
Paraguay Guerrilla Splinter Group Brought Back Into Fold?
New evidence has emerged suggesting ACA guerrilla rebels in Paraguay have reunited with their cousins in the EPP, likely marking the end of a tiny guerrilla organization that has suffered several casualties and arrests of top leaders since breaking away last year.
Over 5,000 Chinese citizens applied for Peru visas
S&P Lowers Puerto Rico’s Credit Rating to Its Second-to-Last Rung
Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: A Bond Guide as Potential Defaults Loom, or, a brief guide to Russian roulette, money-wise?
Puerto Rico’s debt. No way out
Uruguay will help Syrian refugees reach another country
[President Tabare] Vazquez said Uruguay has reached out to Lebanon because that’s where the refugees would like to go. Since Lebanon is not willing to welcome them, his government is asking the five Syrian families to choose another country.
Last February’s report on domestic abuse within one of the families (note that the 5 families are comprised of 80 people):
Venezuela Takes Out Full-Page NYT Ad to Defend Violent Deportation Spree
Court Rules TV Network Shut Down by Chávez Must Be Reinstated. RCTV President Celebrates Venezuelans’ “Right to Be Informed”. Good luck with that:
On Monday, September 7, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) issued a ruling ordering the Venezuela government to restore the network’s broadcasting license and return all seized assets.
Miserable Decision Against Leopoldo Lopez No Surprise
VenEconomy: Justice of Horror Enforced All the Way in Venezuela
The week’s posts and podcast:
9/11/2001: It is altogether fitting and proper
Venezuela: Lopez sentenced to 13+ years UPDATED
September 11: In memory of Joe Angelini, Jr.
Argentina: #Nisman could not have shot himself
Colombia: Is the U.S. pressuring Uribe to accept FARC terms?
Mexico: A fifth bus on the Iguala students case
Guatemala: Comedian wins first round
Uruguay: Syrians don’t like it
Podcasting live now http://t.co/u7OxyOwPu1 on @SCantojr's show
— Fausta (@Fausta) September 10, 2015