Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today’s big story: Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos won the country’s presidential runoff by a landslide,
Santos is credited with delivering some of the biggest blows against the FARC while serving as defense minister from 2006 to 2008. These include the 2008 rescue of 15 hostages including French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. defense contractors. He also ordered the raid into Ecuador that killed the group’s second in command, Raul Reyes.
Drugs, USAID Complicate Relations
Relations between Bolivia and the United States are still on a roller-coaster, two years after Bolivia expelled the U.S. ambassador, with Bolivian President Evo Morales now threatening to kick out the main U.S. government aid agency.
Doing business in São Paulo (audio)
Customs canine sniffs out cocaine soup at Dulles
Jamaica to host world domino championships. My brother-in-law ought to participate.
Today’s Video: Remnants of war
Remember that Oliver Stone propaganda movie that premiered in Caracas last week? Pro-Chavez Documentary Bombs In Venezuela – Report And it’ll bomb here, too:
“South of the Border” is due to hit U.S. screens next week.
The week’s posts and podcasts:
Colombia’s runoff election tomorrow
US asks Paraguay to extradite suspected Hezbollah financier, formerly of Broooklyn and New Jersey
Illegals in Mexico: What Calderon doesn’t want the US to know
Globovision owner flees Venezuela
National Lampoon Caribbean Vacation: Venezuela edition
Chavez at the BBC’s HARDtalk: Never answer what they ask you VIDEO
At Real Clear World,
Colombia: Santos Wins in Landslide