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  • Colombia Election Skunks The Media

    06/01/2010 5:22:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 580+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 1, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Elections: Loopy Green candidate Antanas Mockus was hailed in the press as Colombia's next president. But the voters had someone else in mind and stunned with Sunday's result. It exposed Mockus' rise as pure media hype. Where have we seen this movie before? The media hailed the vaguely leftwing Green Party candidate with his hip sunflower campaign theme as "The New Obama." They pointed to polls as proof he'd win the election, said he was a new kind of politician and voters were in a mood for "change." "Colombian election tilting toward a maverick," crowed the Global Post, in a...
  • Venezuela raids forex firms, arrests one man

    05/16/2010 12:01:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 600+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 15, 2010 | Deisy Buitrago
    Venezuelan authorities have raided four money-changing businesses and arrested one man in the start of a clampdown on what President Hugo Chavez calls capitalist speculators distorting the currency market. The Attorney General's office said on Saturday that the businesses were illegally selling dollars in violation of Venezuela's currency exchange rules. The raids came late on Friday shortly after Chavez promised action to prevent unregulated foreign exchange activities following the bolivar's crash against the dollar on a free-floating "parallel" market. "The bourgeoisie have gone crazy, they want money, money and more money," Chavez said ... Analysts have warned this strategy may...
  • Venezuela is Crumbling

    05/14/2010 7:11:51 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 44 replies · 1,403+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    Recent weeks have brought more depressing economic news from Venezuela, where populist leader Hugo Chávez seems intent on destroying not only democracy but also the last remaining vestiges of private enterprise. On April 21, the Latin Business Chronicle predicted that Venezuela would post the world’s highest inflation rate in 2010, ahead of even the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. On May 5, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) in Venezuela dropped from $349 million in 2008 to negative $3.1 billion last year, “mainly as a result of nationalizations.” In...
  • Latin America Waits for Obama to Deliver

    05/10/2010 9:02:53 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies · 363+ views
    Real Clear World ^ | May 9, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    <p>In a recent interview with PBS host Charlie Rose, Sudanese-born businessman Mohamed Ibrahim said that Africans had great hopes for Barack Obama, but are still waiting for him to announce a new set of U.S. policies toward their continent.</p> <p>All of Obama's four immediate predecessors spearheaded at least one major initiative in the Western Hemisphere. Ronald Reagan established the Kissinger Commission on Central America and launched the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). George H.W. Bush started the "Enterprise for the Americas Initiative" and spearheaded the NAFTA talks. Bill Clinton completed NAFTA, created the Summit of the Americas, supported enhanced trade preferences for CBI members, and began negotiations for a "Free Trade Area of the Americas." George W. Bush signed CAFTA with Central America and the Dominican Republic), plus single free-trade pacts with Chile, Peru, Colombia and Panama; he also introduced the anti-drug Mérida Initiative.</p>
  • Focus on the immigration issue continues south of the border (Arizona)

    05/07/2010 3:09:28 PM PDT · by AuntB · 26 replies · 411+ views
    National Assn of Former Border Patrol Officers ^ | May 5, 2010 | NAFBPO- Foreign News Report
    Wednesday, 5/5/10 El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 5/4/10 Central American legislators take hands-on action re U.S. immigration The “Presidents” of the Congresses of seven Central American countries plan to meet in Guatemala on May 13 & 14 to elaborate a proposal to be presented to the U.S. Senate. That document would seek to halt Arizona’s law against immigrants. Roberto Alejos, President of Guatemala’s Congress, added that “At the same time, we will set out (to the senators) the importance of approving an integral migratory reform.” The presidents of the congress of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua...
  • Nicaragua accused of helping Colombian drug lords to establish trafficking routes

    05/03/2010 12:56:51 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 371+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/1/2010 | Hannah Strange
    The head of the Sandinista Government in Nicaragua protected one of the world’s top drug barons and helped him to establish trafficking routes through the country, a former high-ranking officer has claimed. During the 1980s Daniel Ortega, the revolutionary leader and current President, gave Pablo Escobar, the head of Colombia’s Medellín cartel, access to drug corridors as well as sanctuary and a military guard, according to the allegations. Cuba and Panama, then led by Fidel Castro and Manuel Noriega, are also said to have participated in the deal, with Panama acting as a financial and money-laundering centre and Cuba protecting...
  • Iran's Growing Influence In Latin America

    04/27/2010 1:33:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 222+ views
    SPERO - SPERO News ^ | April 24, 2010 | Commentary, Analysis by Mark P. Sullivan
    SNIPPET: "President Chávez also announced during the visit that Venezuela is working on a preliminary plan for the construction of a “nuclear village” in Venezuela with Iranian assistance so that “the Venezuelan people can count in the future on this marvelous resource for peaceful purposes.” The transfer of Iranian nuclear technology from Iran would be a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions - 1737 (2006), 1747 ( 2007), and 1803 (2008) - that imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear technology transfers. In late September 2009, comments by Venezuelan officials offered conflicting information about Iran’s support for Venezuela’s search for uranium deposits....
  • Hezbollah, Hamas Activities In Argentina, Brazil And Paraguay

    04/27/2010 1:06:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 452+ views
    EURASIA ^ | April 23, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "In recent years, U.S. concerns have increased over activities of Hezbollah and the Sunni Muslim Palestinian group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) in the tri-border area (TBA) of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, which has a large Muslim population. The TBA has long been used for arms and drug trafficking, contraband smuggling, document and currency fraud, money laundering, and the manufacture and movement of pirated goods." SNIPPET: "This article is an edited portion of a longer January 25, 2010 CRS report, Latin America: Terrorism Issues (PDF) prepared by Mark P. Sullivan, Specialist in Latin American Affairs for the Congressional Research Service...
  • Now Arizona Has More Than One War In Our Backyards MY OPINION: Hezbollah using drug routes

    04/27/2010 12:47:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 709+ views - Inside Tucson Business ^ | April 23, 2010 | Opinion by Lionel Waxman
    "Now Arizona has more than one war in our backyards MY OPINION: Hezbollah using drug routes" By Lionel Waxman, Inside Tucson Business Published on Friday, April 23rd, 2010 SNIPPET: "For years, I have been warning that the Mexican drug war will sweep over Southern Arizona if we don’t close the border. Well now the war is here. But today, I am writing to warn you of another war. It is using the drug routes but it isn’t connected to the cartels. Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese group, is on its way to involving Tubac, Tucson, Phoenix and other parts of Arizona...
  • Otto J. Reich: 21st Century Socialism - The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

    04/23/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 343+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 23, 2010 | Otto J. Reich
    21st Century SocialismThe attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.  The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders. If we can be liked while advancing our interests, so much the better. But when we try to befriend...
  • US Accuses Guinea-Bissau Military Officers of Drug Trafficking

    04/13/2010 12:25:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 503+ views
    VOA ^ | 09 April 2010 | Scott Stearns - Dakar, Senegal
    "US Accuses Guinea-Bissau Military Officers of Drug Trafficking Two top officers are named as major players in cocaine shipment from Latin America to Guinea-Bissau" SNIPPET: "Na Tchuto denied the allegations on Friday and said that he will cooperate with the United States government. He also said the charges of drug trafficking do not make sense because he was in Portugal on June 29, 2008 when the cocaine shipment from Venezuela arrived. Na Tchuto said he did not return to Guinea-Bissau until July. Na Tchuto also pointed out that he was not arrested by Interpol when he was in Gambia or...
  • The Bear in Caracas (Chavez SPACE PROGRAM!)

    04/07/2010 9:28:42 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 7, 2010 | aime Daremblum
    Beam me up, Hugo. As Venezuela sinks deeper into economic quicksand, President Hugo Chávez continues to mortgage his country’s future with weapons purchases and harebrained schemes. Last week, Russia’s Vladimir Putin visited the South American nation to promote greater bilateral cooperation on strategic issues, including energy and defense. According to Russian media outlets, Putin said that Moscow’s arms sales to Caracas “could exceed $5 billion.” It’s unclear how much of that $5 billion reflects previous agreements -- Chávez has already spent billions on Russian military equipment -- but we can safely say that the Venezuelan arms buildup is moving forward...
  • U.S. worries as Iran slips in backyard

    04/05/2010 10:03:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 249+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/1/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    The United States is concerned about Iran's bridge-building with Latin American regimes as the confrontation with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions gets sharper. Washington's focus is primarily on Venezuela and Brazil at the moment; especially Brazil, which is emerging as a new energy power. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a center-leftist, seeks to transform Brazil into a diplomatic heavyweight on the world stage. Since Iran's firebrand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was first elected in 2005, he has opened embassies in six Latin American states: Nicaragua, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. All told, Iran has 11 embassies in the...
  • Argentina demands turnover of Falklands

    04/03/2010 11:43:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 152 replies · 5,869+ views
    upi ^ | April 3, 2010
    BUENOS AIRES, - Argentina marked the anniversary of the 1982 Falklands war with a parade, and the country's president says Britain should turn over the islands . Argentina invaded the Falklands, claiming they were part of its sovereign territory, but a British counter-invasion defeated the Argentines, who lost 904 lives. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivered a national address on the anniversary Friday from Ushuaia, which was the hub of the Argentine military operations during the 1982 conflict, The Times of London reported. Under Argentine law it is the capital of the region that encompasses the islands, which Argentina calls...
  • Brazil to announce winner of huge jet fighter deal

    03/28/2010 12:29:24 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 901+ views ^ | 3/26/2010 |
    Brazil plans to announce in early April the winner of a multi-billion-dollar competition for modern fighter jets meant to cement its new role as Latin America's preeminent military power. The tender, though, has been marked by infighting between Brazil's air force and government, and fierce rivalry between the three nations vying to score the deal. The finalists now comprise France's Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden's Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet by US giant Boeing. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's stated preference for the ultra-sophisticated, semi-stealth Rafale jet annoyed the air force, which preferred the much...
  • Chilean President Piñera: "My government will do whatever it can to reestablish democracy in Cuba"

    03/23/2010 4:05:26 PM PDT · by WellyP · 15 replies · 533+ views
    The Real Cuba ^ | 22 March 2010 | The Real Cuba
    "Chile's President Sebastian Piñera said on Monday that his government "will do whatever it can" to help restore democracy and respect for human rights in Cuba. Piñera also expressed his "profound preoccupation" with the health of Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas who has been in a hunger strike for 27 days..."
  • Time to Update Monroe Doctrine

    03/10/2010 5:18:24 PM PST · by kathsua · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 3/10/10 | Bert Chapman
    In 1823 President James Monroe issued a seminal foreign policy statement which has become known as the Monroe Doctrine. This stated that the United States would view any European involvement in Latin America as a threat to the United States to be resisted. At the time of its issuance, the U.S. did not have the military power to effectively enforce this so the Royal Navy served as the de facto enforcer of this policy until the U.S. gained requisite military strength around the turn of the 20th century. In 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt issued the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe...
  • Clinton: U.S. part of Latin drug trade

    03/06/2010 10:56:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 313+ views
    GUATEMALA CITY -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. is "part of the problem" in Central America's worsening drug trade, and is working to reduce demand at home while assisting neighbors in their fight against traffickers. "The United States under the Obama administration recognizes and accepts its share of responsibilities for the problems posed by drug trafficking in this region," Mrs. Clinton said today at a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Guatemala City, before meeting with regional presidents. "That's an admission that we have been willing to make this past year," she said, adding the...
  • The Cubanization of Venezuela-Castro works to keep Chávez in power and the cheap oil flowing.

    03/02/2010 3:32:33 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 235+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    The Cubanization of Venezuela began a long time ago, but it took another large step in early February, when Cuban general Ramiro Valdés arrived in Caracas to serve as a government consultant. Valdés, 77, has been one of the most brutal enforcers of the Castro regime, beginning in the 1960s when he was responsible for crushing popular protests over energy-use restrictions. He established Castro’s ruthless G2 intelligence service and is currently number three in the Cuban hierarchy. According to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, Valdés and his retinue are there to help the South American country solve its dire electricity crisis....
  • Partisan Fallout of Immigration GOP Vote Share Drops as Foreign-Born % Grows

    02/19/2010 9:16:40 AM PST · by AuntB · 63 replies · 875+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | Feb. 2010 | James G. Gimpel
    How has the growth of the immigrant population changed the political partisan leanings of the places where immigrants have settled? The answer to this question is of considerable interest to academic specialists, journalists, interest groups, and political parties engaged in the immigration policy debate. If the impact of mass immigration is politically neutral, there is no reason to be concerned that constituencies will change appreciably by the settlement and naturalization of new arrivals. In that case, immigration might have economic and cultural impacts that should be anticipated, but no one need be concerned about political shifts. On the other hand,...