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The week's big story: As the country is about to default again on its debt, Argentina’s leftist President Cristina Kirchner signed a proposal nationalizing the country’s private pension funds in what could be seen as a grab for cash and power amid the global economic crisis. Read more about it in the section for Argentina below.
The Hezbollah-Latin American Ties Become More Evident, also at Counterterrorism blog
Argentina Allows Pension Funds to Resume Trading
Juan Forero summarizes the suitcase trial in Miami, which is now gone to the jury: Court Case in Miami Casts Light on Corruption in Venezuela
If it feels good, do it!
Cristina's looking-glass world: A plan to nationalise private-pension funds looks like a cunning but short-sighted government effort to stave off another debt default
Asco de gente
While the US cuts off trade benefits with Bolivia because of cocaine, Evo Morales goes for nose surgery:
U.S. Cuts Off Trade Benefits to Bolivia Over Drugs
Via Lucianne, Bolivia's president to undergo nasal surgery
Licensed to scribble: An end to journalism’s closed shop?
Brazilians vote in key city polls
Consumer groups call on FDA to test Chilean salmon
Suspected Hezbollah Operatives Nabbed in South America, Congress Should Approve FTA
Huge cocaine bust in Colombia
Colombian army frees Farc hostage but he says he escaped with his guard: Farc hostage escapes with guard
Via IBD Blog, For every hectare of coca planted, 3 to 4 hectares of forest are actually cut down: POINT OF VIEW/ Francisco Santos Calderon: Colombia battling cocaine, preserving nature
Colombia's indigenous protest against Uribe
Small explosions wound 18 in Colombian capital
Surprise! Cuban DGI helped Ayers and the Weather Underground
Hirám González Torna, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 10/26/08
Vicious attack turns couple’s dream trip to nightmare: Oregon man critical but stable after being stabbed on Ecuadorian beach
Iran's Financial Scams: Ecuadorean Fiscal Astroturffing for Criminals
Read about Fusion Technology's dealings in Haiti: Democrats for Despotism Party figures had a profitable relationship with Haiti's dictator. Video at the article.
Illegal immigration, and Jamaican ganja for Haitian guns: Haiti and Jamaica's deadly trade
Declining conspicuous consumption for drug thugs
Mexican Senate Passes Energy Reform
Return of Peru's Shining Path as terror movement kills 19 soldiers
Jaime Bayly, in Spanish, talking about South Park’s Andean bands
Via Jeremayakovka, The Republican Party of Pennsylvania and PA's Secretary of State are trading barbs over voter registration.
Nearly 1,000 pounds of coke seized in Puerto Rico
After the San Juan Star's closing, the government will be subsidizing a new English-language daily: English-language daily to debut in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - A group of journalists in Puerto Rico said Tuesday they are ready to launch the island's first cooperative-style newspaper this week with a $1 million boost from the government.VENEZUELA
The new English-language tabloid would replace the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Juan Star, a nearly 50-year-old daily that closed two months ago amid declining revenues and disputes between the publisher and union over layoffs and benefit cuts.
Roughly 15,000 copies of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun will be printed on Wednesday and about 2,000 subscribers have already signed up, editor Rafael Matos told a news conference in the U.S. island's capital, San Juan.
The Puerto Rican Department of Labor and Human Resources will contribute $1 million to help cover salaries and benefits. Half that amount will be available under a local law that provides incentives to companies that create new jobs, Secretary Roman Velasco said.
Matos said the paper's objectivity would not be compromised by the government help.
"We are subject to the strictest of journalistic canons," Matos said. "This is not an investment from the government - it is a contribution."
Matos said 90 former Star employees agreed to buy a minimum of $200 in shares of the United Press Cooperative to help start the paper/
Via Grouchy Old Cripple, Chavez raises whisky prices
Via Venezuela News and Views, Sacrificios bolivarianos
U.S. Treasury Designation Targets Iran's WMD Financing, Alliance With Venezuela
News from Europe: thumbs down on Chavez
Chavez' folly: He owns and controls everything, but they don't work. It can only get worse
A letter to Sean Penn
"I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the USA"
The more things change: The neighbours’ tepid enthusiasm for Barack Obama
The Conservative Rebellion
Would There Be Change in Obama's Americas Policy?
More news on Latin America at Wall Street Journal en español and HACER
THIS WEEK’S POSTS AND PODCASTS
Chavez wants to jail rival Rosales
A suitcase full of money from Hugo to Cristina
OPEC cuts production, prices fall, Hugo sweats some more
Colombia smashes drug ring with Hezbollah ties
Argentina: Let’s plunder the pensions!
Sean Penn goes to Caracas
Special thanks to Eneas, Larwyn, Maggie and Maria.
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