Panama has shown that having a Canal is cool, so now everybody wants one. This Carnival is dedicated to their pipe dreams.
The ANSES-PDVSA link
As the Economist reported in February, ANSES is already under fire in Argentina for failing to index pension funds to inflation, meaning that many of Argentina’s seniors are receiving far less money than they put in the system. More generally, CFK has turned the agency into a large slush fund for social programs that go to political supporters. Argentina’s opposition hopes to make an issue over why ANSES can find over a billion and a half dollars to pay Venezuelan debt when Argentina’s seniors can barely get by on their pensions and the average Argentine citizen must fight for every peso-to-dollar conversion they need to do international business.
Shocking video of train drivers sleeping and reading a book
CCTV is released of train drivers in Buenos Aires, sleeping, reading a book and checking their emails while behind the controls.
Religion in Brazil
The promise and peril of a papal visit
Brazil jail massacre police guilty
Twenty-five Brazilian police are given life sentences for their part in the 1992 Carandiru jail massacre in Sao Paulo that left 111 prisoners dead.
Samples of Sales Taxes on Products in Brazil
‘I want to dig a deep hole and bury myself again’: Chilean miners stunned by decision not to prosecute over accident
The decision that no one will face charges over the mining accident in Chile that left 33 men underground for 69 days has left many speechless
UN official tells Chile to stop using anti-terrorism law against Mapuche in land dispute
A United Nations investigator has urged Chile’s government to stop using an anti-terrorism law against Mapuche Indians who are fighting to recover their ancestral land.
Army blame leftist guerrillas as Colombia’s largest oil pipeline is attacked
Colombia’s largest oil pipeline was hit by an explosion causing a significant oil spill in an attack blamed on leftist guerrillas, according to the army.
Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead
Costa Rica leads its Latin American neighbors in women’s and civil rights but trails in government responsiveness and civil society participation.
Cubans killed activist: Spanish politician
Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya did not die in a car crash last year but was instead “assassinated” by Cuban secret services, a Spanish politician who was at the wheel of the car said in an interview published on Monday. (h/t Babalu)
The Cuban Sugar Missile Crisis: ‘Obsolete’ live munitions and grenade launchers found on N. Korean ship
Prisons in Honduras are ‘in control of inmates’
As Cost of Importing Food Soars, Jamaica Turns to the Earth
Mexico blast blamed on explosive mix
An official inquest says an explosion that killed 37 people in January at Mexican state oil firm Pemex was caused by a mix of methane gas and solvent vapours.
Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama
Sniffer dogs found ammunition for grenade launchers and other munitions aboard the Chong Chon Gang
A lonelier president faces protests
British climber feared dead after scaling 19,000ft mountain in Peru alone
A British climber is feared dead after failing to return from a solo ascent of a 19,000ft mountain in Peru.
84 Haitians abandoned off Puerto Rico
People smugglers have abandoned 84 men and women from Haiti on a deserted island off the west coast of Puerto Rico.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Politics in Trinidad and Tobago
Drug legalisation in Uruguay
Another blow against prohibition
Groll: Meet the NSA’s new data centers: Russia, China and Venezuela
Otto Reich sues Derwick Associates
Bronze medal in prison overcrowding
PDVSA Creates Privatization-Like Program To Increase Oil Production
Chavez’s heirs in full psychotic dissociation
The week’s posts:
Good news: Colombia eradicates “river blindness”
Colombia: WSJ reviews 2 novels
Venezuela imports US$3 billion worth of Cuban surveillance equipment
Argentina: Wall-to-wall Papal photo up
Panama: More Cuban weapons in the N. Korean freighter
High intensity drug trafficking areas: Caribbean security threats
Brazil: Santos Basin/Libra field among top 6 key oil & gas discoveries of 2013
Central America: Everybody wants a canal