Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.
This week's big story: Chavez's nationalizing the oil contractors, removing books from public libraries, threatening Globovision, all for the purpose of consolidating power around himself, which was the subject of this morning's podcast. See the links under Venezuela below.
Another big story: while the OAS aims to legitimize the Cuban regime by granting it membership in the organization, the Cuban government rejected the idea via an article by Fidel Castro in Granma, the official organ of the Cuban Communist Party.
In other news, Peru is also granting asylum to Bolivian ministers who oppose Evo Morales. as you may recall, Peru recently granted political asylum to Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales.
U.S. Government Funds $400,000 Study on Gay Sex in Argentina Bars
Commentary: Thompson's immigration declaration too harsh
At least 31 dead, 50,000 homeless in Brazil flooding
Vale iron ore train in N. Brazil halted by floods
Colombia and Venezuela: Latin America Bond and Currency Preview
At the Melia Cohiba
Castro le teme al huracán Obama
The OAS, Cuba and Memory Loss
Cuba Doesn't Belong in a Democratic Club
Castro's apologists make a move at the OAS.
Deep in the Jungle, Ecuador Targets the FARC. Let’s hope so.
Ecuador's Correa until 2017?
A Small Place
Nearly half the Falkland Islanders are immigrants. What draws people to a grim chunk of rock in the South Atlantic?
Spanish think tank awards Manuel Ayau for his exemplary lifework in the defense of liberty
After Dems Bailout, GM To Move Out of US
The cracks opened up by the flu: As the swine-flu outbreak appears to subside, Mexico is left to contemplate the cost and to ponder the authorities’ response
Frogs flown from Montserrat to flee deadly fungus
Panama and the decline of the Sao Paolo forum
Panama bucks the Latin American left
Super 09: A supermarket king defeats the Left
Paternity Makes Punch Line of Paraguay President
El video "personal" de Lugo
Peru's Garcia Gives Asylum to Bolivian Ministers -- Bolivia's Morales Calls Garcia “Vulgar”
Nadine Heredia, esposa de Ollanta, recibe dinero de diario 'chavista'
Crime in Peru: Printing Money
Quantitative easing in a new capital of counterfeiting
Chavez accelerates the pace of destruction of Venezuela, taking over oil service companies.
Chávez Seizes Assets of Oil Contractors
Venezuela: Chavez's government seizes oil contractors Photos here
Chavez latest seizures will likely reduce production
Chávez seizures fuel Venezuela oil fears
El Día Mundial de la Libertad de Expresión visto desde los barrios
You do not need to be an economist to know that things are not going well in Venezuela
Globovision shakes chavismo early this morning
Eurocámara apoya a "perseguidos" venezolanos
María Conchita busca "desenmascarar" a Chávez
Venezuelans aim to kick crime out
Trade unions in Venezuela: Socialism v labour. Curbing opposition to chavismo
Hugo Chávez Attacks Media Opponents Again, Threatens to Withdraw Their Licenses
Special thanks to Maggie and the Baron. Congratulations to Eneas Biglione on his Leadership Award