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Monday, July 07, 2008

The Colombian hostage rescue edition of the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your posts included, please email me: faustaw2 "at" gmail "dot" com.

The big news of the year so far is the rescue by the Colombian military of the FARC's four most valuable hostages: French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, Americans Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell and Marc Gonsalves, and eleven Colombian officers and NCOs, including the courageous Lt. Malagon who remained unbroken after ten years of captivity.

Chavez tied to Argentine bribe scandal coverup

Bolivian president Evo Morales's administration is tottering, and so was he when getting off the plane in Tucuman: No red carpet for Evo at Argentina's Mercosur summit

Argentina's War on Farmers Raises Food Prices Around the World

¿Alguien entiende a la Democracia de Bolivia o de Evo Morales? La oposición gana la Prefectura de Chuquisaca.

UK Navy commandos seize huge cocaine shipment; among them, Prince William.

Chavez voodoo dolls on the streets of Colombia

Must-read insights: Reflections on 2 July’s rescue

From the Colombian government website: Uribe apoya idea de Chávez de construir ferrocarril colombo-venezolano Uribe supports Chavez's idea of a Colombian-Venezuelan railway, with one line through the eastern plains tying into Ecuador, and another line by the Caribbean.

Uribe's hostage triumph

And how do we thank Colombia?

Kouchner: France paid no ransom for Betancourt Ingrid's liberation seen from Bogota: "The whole room was cheering"

FARC's 'Human Rights' Friends
Since the late 1990s, the NGO practice of dragging the military into court on allegations of human rights violations has destroyed the careers of some of the country's finest officers, even though most of these men were found innocent after years of proceedings. "Judicial warfare" turned out to be especially effective because under legislation pushed by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, "credible" charges against officers put at risk U.S. military aid unless the accused was removed. The NGOs knew that they only had to point fingers to get rid of an effective leader and demoralize the ranks. Given this history, it's not surprising that the FARC thought a helicopter from an NGO was perfectly natural.
With friends like this


Colombia Rescues the FARC’s Most Famous Hostage

Colombian Press on Betancourt Rescue

Is this truly a farewell to the revolution?

More on the hostage rescue
They're Home: Three American Hostages Rescued by Colombian Military

Rescued Americans feast on pizza, soda


Fallout from Colombian Hostage Rescue all Good

Israel Helped in FARC Hostage Rescue Operation

Now this is their kind of crisis

Planning for rescue included a seating chart

Video shows orderly hostage rescue become celebration


Comment at Just One Minute on Uribe & human rights.

Some more stuff about the Colombian FARC hostage rescue.

MSNBC host: Was the Colombia hostage rescue a sham designed to benefit McCain?

Speaking of which, a few links John McCain's trip to Colombia (Sen McCain had already left for Mexico when the rescue took place, unlike what this blogger states):
McCain lauds Bogota's fight against drug trafficking
McCain to tour Colombian drug control efforts
McCain Heads Today for Colombia, Where Adviser Has Long Had Ties

On this day in history

"Word of mouth"

Ecuador indulta 1,200 "mulas" y traficantes de drogas. Ecuador pardons 1,200 "mules" and drug traffickers

Ecuador drops visa requirement

Ecuador buys planes, radar for border

Ecuador is Unstable Because the Current Regime is Corrupt

The UN says Things Not All That Bad in Haiti. How bad do they want them to be?

Sick transit: The murder of an anti-corruption campaigner

Markets for the poor in Mexico, with video:

McCain knits trade, security issues

Greenback Is a Reason to Rejoice in Panama

James Cason, Ambassador, Paraguay Singing Sensation

Via Sam, Theo Spark
Pfc. Robert Camocho, of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Co. B., 2-6th Inf. Regt., scans a simulated IED lane while training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Schuch)
Hugo Chavez's Venezuela 'supplies half of Britain's cocaine'

Hugo Chávez's Jewish Problem

Socialist Cities. More at the Washington Post's Chávez's 'Socialist City' Rises
First of Several Grand Projects in Venezuela Reflects Leader's Monopoly on Big Decisions

Via Irish Spy, Testimony places Chávez in scandal
According to court documents, Carlos Kauffman told the FBI that lawyer Moisés Maionica assured him, 'President Chávez was involved' in Venezuela's `briefcase scandal.'

U.S. ties Caracas to Hezbollah aid
Freezes assets of envoy, businessman

Iran and Venezuela agree on cultural ties

Venezuela's Chavez Implicated in Argentine Scandal

Fears grow for Venezuelan banks

US imports less oil from Venezuela

When all the clowns in Venezuela want to run the circus

Chávez's Continental Strategy in Tatters

Army unrest grows over Chavez reforms Fotos del camion volteado en el desfile del 5 de Julio. I'm posting on this in today.

Benign Neglect? by Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Parsing--but not quite praising--Obama's Latin America policies.

Eight Questions on Latin America for John McCain

McCain in Colombia: don't embody "Bush's third term" in Latin America

You and your people

Jaime Bayly gives the best political commentary on his show. Here's what he had to say on the hostages, via Noticias 24:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Prior posts and roundups on the hostage rescue:
One side benefit of the Colombian hostage rescue: No Alo Presidente!
The Colombian hostage rescue: Aftermath
The Colombian hostage rescue video
"Hostage rescue is happy coincidence for McCain in Colombia..."

Special thanks to Eneas, Larwyn, Maggie, Sam, and Siggy..



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At 11:30 AM, Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles) said...

I don't know if you read the Miami Herald article underlying Prairie Pundit's report on Chavez and the Argentine bribery scandal, but I laughed aloud at the Spanish acronym for Venezuelan Military Intelligence: DIM.

So fitting. :D

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Anthony, send me the link & I'll add it.


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