Last week Nicolas Maduro and a few others visited China in search of funds. How did that work out?
Ha! You Thought Argentina Would Negotiate
What the New Value Added Tax Means for Visitors to the Bahamas
Robert Downey Jr. helped out, too: A Devoted Sean Penn Helps US Man Recover From Bolivia Ordeal
Ostreicher, who is an Orthodox Jew, had the attention of the Aleph Institute, a foundation that helps incarcerated Jews. The Florida-based group asked Wahlberg to reach out to Penn, who is widely known for his Haiti relief efforts and closeness to leftist Latin American leaders.
Penn became convinced Ostreicher had been unjustly imprisoned since mid-2011 so corrupt authorities could drain the assets of the $25 million rice-farming operation in which he was a minor investor. Though he was accused of money-laundering, no evidence was ever presented.
Penn was self-effacing when asked about his odd-couple friendship with Ostreicher and why he decided to help. “What can I say? He was likable,”
When Penn asked Bolivian President Evo Morales to intercede, Penn got a tepid response.
So he exposed the extortion ring, sparking a scandal that eventually would see 14 Bolivian officials jailed ? the ring’s No. 2 figure entered a guilty plea last week ? while others fled the country.
Penn then got Ostreicher moved to a medical clinic. The New Yorker had withered to 107 pounds from a liquids-only hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. Penn leveraged his Venezuelan connections ? he was close to the late President Hugo Chavez ? to get armed Venezuelan security guards assigned to protect him, fearing he’d be targeted for exposing the extortion ring.
Even though he had endured more than 30 court hearings, Ostreicher continued to insist he wanted to clear his name in Bolivia.
Penn told him to let it go.
Ostreicher should have listened to Penn.
Brazil’s Inflation Rises Even Amid Low Growth
Inflationary Pressures, Sluggish Growth Create Challenger for New Economic Team
Robbers set off explosion in Chile subway station heist
The Franklin metro station in Santiago was filled with smoke after thieves blew up two ATMs Wednesday night,
the Santiago Fire Department said. Authorities have not yet said if there were any injuries. This sort of thing keeps happening.
Colombia Passes Law for Referendum on Peace Agreement Along with Elections
Cuba dissidents says 36 activists freed as part of deal with US
Opposition activists are freed following Cuban and US governments agreeing to renew diplomatic relations in December
Dominican Republic Won’t Recognize Gay Union at British Embassy
Dominican Republic Won't Recognize Gay Marriage Performed At UK Embassy: SANTO DOMINGO, Domin… http://t.co/wtnd0SO4b8 via @huffpostgay
— Rob McDowall (@robmcd85) January 2, 2015
Ecuador Debt: Vulnerable To Oil, But Safe W/China Loan Vs. Argentina, Venezuela. Maybe.
Hillary’s Half-Baked Haiti Project
Caracol Industrial Park is failing to deliver on the promises made to foreign investors and Haitians.
Successful industrial parks are built by people who know the business and who demand accountability. This park was put in the hands of State, the IDB and Bill Clinton. The results have been predictable
Kidnapped Honduras Aids activist Keren Dunaway freed
‘Blame the Government of Jamaica’
Edgar Borja en la UdQ:
Carso Energy Slim-Owned Company Gets Share of Contract for Texas Gas Pipeline
Human-Rights Failings Overshadow Peña Nieto’s US Visit
Pressure Mounts to Resolve Iguala Disappearances, End Impunity
Mexican President Offers Obama Help With Executive Amnesty
Obama Outsources Leader-Of-The-Free-World Job To Mexico
Springfield firefighters in Nicaragua to help build homes
The Expansion Of The Panama Canal Will Have A Huge Effect On Global Trade
Paraguayan rebel leader Albino Jara ‘killed’
Peru’s Fujimori Gets Eight Years for Tabloid Bribe
Cash for Coverage Conviction Joins Upheld Corruption Charges
Puerto Rico begins school semester with complaints of teacher shortage
Fake bomb prompted evacuation of Israeli embassy in Montevideo
No fries for you! Out of French Fries in Venezuela, McDonald’s Turns to Yuca
Ángel Vivas: Venezuela Must Resist the Cuban Invasion
Former General Will Defend His Homeland Through Any Means
Venezuela food shortages: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’
Toilet paper, rice and coffee have long been missing from stores, as Venezuelan president blames CIA plot for chronic shortages. Idiot.
The week’s posts and podcast:
And now, a post on eyeglass frames
Charlie Hebdo’s next: 1,000,000 copies
Venezuela: Maduro does/doesn’t get $20billion UPDATED
France: Massacre on #CharlieHebdo
Jaime Bayly's showing the #CharlieHebdo cartoons in his show, thereby proving he's got more b*lls than CNN, NBC, & all the others who don't
— Fausta (@Fausta) January 9, 2015
Venezuela: Maduro wants a Puerto Rican out jail
Argentina, Venezuela, chickens coming home to roost
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Cuba: Is Fidel dead yet?
Cuba & US-Latin America topics