Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like your posts included in next Monday's Carnival, please email me: faustaw2 "at" gmail "dot" com.
The big stories last week were Hugo Chavez's nationalizing American food producer Cargill in Venezuela, and the change in the Cuban Communist regime. Developing this week: Nicolas Sarkozy's first state visit to Mexico, and Lula's visit to the White House on Saturday.
The Sarko visit, in today's podcast:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni spent the weekend at the beach and touring Aztec ruins with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Sarkozi's first state visit to Mexico starts today. He's expected to discuss the upcoming G-20 meeting, economic crisis and the Florence Cassez case.
Other links from the international media on the Sarko visit:
Le Figaro: Mexique : Sarkozy et Calderon évoquent «l'affaire Cassez»
Libération: Affaire Florence Cassez : transfèrement «probable»
France24: Cassez case casts long shadow over Sarkozy's state visit
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting Mexico on a mission to boost trade with the Central American country. He will also plead the case of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who is languishing in a Mexican jail on kidnap charges.
El Universal: Calderón-Sarkozy: una cita en tierra de dioses
Sin actos protocolarios, los presidentes de México, Felipe Calderón, y de Francia, Nicolas Sarkozy, recorrieron ayer las pirámides de Teotihucán
UK's Mail: Sarkozys' stay in £3,000-a-night Mexican villa sparks outrage in recession-hit France
Border lawmakers fear narco-nuke terrorism link
Bad news for Latin America
El kirchnerismo analiza nacionalizar el comercio de granos
Double digit unemployment recorded in Bahamas
Bolivia Exports Decline 32.9% in January From a Year Earlier
Nine-Year-Old's Abortion Outrages Brazil's Catholic Church
Reaping the rewards of indolence:
Some of the unreformed aspects of Brazil’s economy are now helping to limit the damage from the world downturn—but its prudence in recent years is helping too
Brazil Said to Be Considering Reducing Primary Surplus. Reaction? Negative
We Recommend Shunning Shares of Ingrid Betancourt. The Revelations of the Three Americans Finally Break an Absurd Code of Silence
Via IBD Blog, Colombia says troops kill guerrilla commander
An article by Marc Gonsalvez: I Was Held Hostage in Colombia, and My Captors Should Face US Justice
An unmended fence: Colombia gained much and suffered little from its raid into Ecuador
Fidel not a hands-off political leader
CT Blog: Is Removal of Cuba From “State Sponsors” List Inevitable?
Richard Brown Pérez, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 3/8/09
Como vacas al matadero
Ex-ministers admit “errors”
The other Castro stamps his heel: Two senior figures are dismissed after tasting “the honey of power”
Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the cold
US companies are queuing up as the president moves to ease restrictions on travel and trade, raising hopes of warmer relations and an end to the embargo
Cuba regime purge may be defensive act
Narcotrafico de las Farc se beneficio en frontera con Ecuador tras ruptura de relaciones
El Salvador's Presidential Election, March 15th 2009
Via the Baron, EXCLUSIVE: 100,000 foot soldiers in cartels
Numbers rival Mexican army
Make Mexico's War A Higher Priority
Mexican criminal insurgency comes to Houston
Mexico Finally Rises Near the Top of the Agenda
US Federal agent cautions travelers headed to Mexico
Lech Walesa receives the Legion of Liberty Award - IPEA
Hasta la vista, baby
The Financial Storm Hits Mexico : Their politicians aren't doing much to staunch the bleeding.
A rare victory in the judicial war in Peru
Las casas ALBA en el Perú
Coast guard rescues 1 man, searches for another, while 11 others rescued in Puerto Rico
No more arepas for you
Government to “intervene” areperas?
Hugo Chavez Calls On Obama To Follow Path of Socialism
Chavez tightens state control of food amid rocketing inflation and food shortages
Venezuela seizes Irish company's tree farm
Chavez Sets Up Showdown With Mendoza After Seizures
Venezuela May Take Over More Rigs to Allow Drilling to Proceed
Chavez sours Latin American investment climate
Inmates at Venezuelan jail play football with inmate's severed head
to Ada, the Baron, Eneas, Larwyn and Maggie.
The week’s posts and podcasts
In the face of the Cuban cosmetic change, Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the cold
Viva Maria Conchita
Chavez calls on Obama to follow the path of socialism. UPDATE: “Go wash your *ss, Mr. Obama”
Chavez’s full digestive cycle: First the rice, now the toilet paper - all in today’s podcast!
Today at 11AM Eastern: Unannounced Fidel Sightings
Chavez and the food supply
The real Ingrid Betancourt in captivity, and today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern
¿Por qué no te callas?, part 2
The Cuban cosmetic change
Brazil’s Lula to visit Obama
Raúl Castro's House Cleaning
You can also find all the week's tango posts here