Puerto Ricans’ opinions don’t matter to the tinpot Venezuelan dictator or to the Evita-wannabe, because they need a distraction from driving their own countries to ruin:
Crises Squeeze Two Latin Leaders
The leaders of Argentina and Venezuela were set to attend a conference in Cuba to debate Puerto Rican independence on Tuesday, as their countries faced their most acute economic crises in a decade.
On the streets of Argentina and Venezuela, many asked what their leaders were doing in Cuba when they were struggling with Latin America’s highest rates of inflation and the palpable fear that things could worsen when private investment is veering toward a recovering American economy.
independence for Puerto Rico, which was handed over by Spain after the Spanish-American war, has never gotten much traction. In a 2012 referendum, 61% voted for statehood and only 5% for independence.
Puerto Rico’s independence party has such low turnout that they needed to re-register after general elections.
Apparently, the first objective of that organization, as declared, is: “To reaffirm that the preservation of democracy and democratic values, the validity of the institutions and the Rule of Law, a commitment to the respect for, and the validity of, all human rights for all, are the essential objectives of our countries.”
What do these people understand democracy to be? Cuba, like the other countries hatched by the now-extinct Soviet Union, is a one-party dictatorship older than half a century where no individual freedoms exist and no human rights are respected. While the CELAC is being held, the political police harasses and bashes the Ladies in White and the opposition democrats who dare to protest. Is anyone unaware of this?
Cuban dissidents and activists plan to hold a forum on democracy in Havana on Jan. 28, parallel to the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, opposition sources told Efe on Saturday.
Organized by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America, or CADAL, and the dissident group Arco Progresista, the forum hopes to bring together members of the opposition like Guillermo Fariñas and Jose Daniel Ferrer, Ladies in White leader Berta Soler, blogger Yoani Sanchez and activist Antonio Rodiles, among other representatives of civil society on the island.
Cuban police will block the opposition’s meeting.
OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza is attending CELAC, but refused to meet with any dissidents, thereby offering further evidence of the OAS’s irrelevance.
Elsa Morejón, whose husband Dr. José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) was arrested after meeting with the ambassadors of Spain and the Netherlands this week and transported away from Havana for the duration of the summit, tweeted,
The only country in the Americas without free elections or multi-party [system] in 56 years, will host the #CELACSummit. Unbelievable.
— Elsa Morejon (@ElsaMorejon) January 20, 2014
But look at the bright side: The more Maduro, Cristina, and their ilk cackle about Puerto Rico, the fewer the Puerto Ricans who’ll side with them.
Post re-edited to add links.
#CELACSummit As if there isn’t enough poop in #PuertoRico, @NicolasMaduro & @CFKArgentina want to bring theirs.
— Fausta (@Fausta) January 27, 2014
Argentina launches naval campaign to isolate Falkland Islands
Argentina has launched a naval campaign to isolate the Falkland Islands that has seen it detain Spanish fishing vessels on suspicion of breaking the country’s “blockade” of the seas around the British territories.
Cristina “8 y ½”, in Spanish.
Today’s Video: Rolling for Peace
Police Bust Guatemala-Jordan Sex Trafficking Ring
Guatemala has announced the dismantling of an international human trafficking ring that lured young Guatemalan women to Jordan, where they were forced to work in prostitution.
Mexico, a Country in Crisis, Needs a Fix the Size of the Marshall Plan
When a member of the Qaddafi family wants to make your country his new home, you know things are rotten. But Mexicans knew that already. They also know that the corruption, murder, and economic failure they live with won’t be cured by government posturing and a useless ‘war on drugs.’
Panama’s jailed ex-ruler Noriega ‘to return Sunday’
Panama’s jailed former ruler Manuel Noriega will be extradited from France to his homeland on Sunday, Foreign Minister Roberto Henriquez says.
Christian Nieves playing cuatro,
The week’s posts,
Heritage on The Iranian Threat
CITGO’s Santa’s coming to New Jersey!
La amenaza Iraní
Israel Accuses Iran of Introducing Terrorism in Latin America With Chávez’s Support UPDATED on 12-9-11
Fortuño for VP, and the Constitutional question
Fast and Furious documents dumped last Friday afternoon UPDATED
#DarsiFerrer blogburst today, Human Rights Day.
Marc Masferrer has the story:
Blogburst/blogacción, 12/10/09 | Free Darsi Ferrer NOW!
Dr. Ferrer is a leader. Dr. Ferrer is a patriot. Dr. Ferrer is a hero.
But this year, Dr. Ferrer needs our help. We must pick up his banner and demand human rights for Cuba.
We must demand the end of tyranny.
And we must demand the release from prison of Dr. Darsi Ferrer.
Go to the above link and read the rest.
Snapped Shot is posting on how the AP captions don’t match the story: Caption Does Not Compute