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.
There are lots of interesting stories today, but do not miss Mary O'Grady's excellent article in today's Wall Street Journal, Aid Keeps Latin America Poor: For real progress, they need the means to accumulate wealth. This should be required reading for everybody.
A meeting with Vladimir Bukovsky
Iran Setting Up Shop South of the Border
The Southern Front- Islamic Terrorism and Failed States, South and Central America
3 trends in Central American real estate as developers and buyers respond to market conditions
Why Biofuels Are the Rainforest's Worst Enemy
Obama administration 'comfortable' with Hezbullah?
Latin Governments are Resorting to Protectionism to Cushion Their Economies From Effects of Global Crisis, According to Analysis Piece by Reuters
Americas summit's draft declaration is hard to take seriously
Raúl Alfonsín, An Argentine democrat: A flawed politician of rare integrity
La coparticipacion de la violencia
Biggest cocaine lab found in Bolivia
Sin resistencia no habra democracia
Brazil Constructs Walls Around its Slums and Sends a Message: “You’re doing it Wrong.”
Brazil’s ‘Teflon’ Leader Nicked by Slump
The progressives' Chile summit: Home truths. A global alliance of the centre-left is (scratchily) back in business
From Medellin, Hopeful Signs For A Free-Trade Pact
La advertencia de Biden
La lucha de México contra la droga tendrá el efecto secundario de empujar a los traficantes hacia Centroamérica
Para desgracia de México, los esfuerzos por cerrar el corredor del narcotráfico en el Caribe tuvieron éxito
U.S. Promotes “Good Friends” Policy in Central America
No to Penguins and Albatrosses, Yes to Supporting a State Sponsor of Terrorism
Brunswick, ME…Castro’s useful propogandists…
Power Line, How not to promote democracy in Cuba and at home
U.S to Lift Some Cuba Travel Curbs
'Hey! Let's ease restrictions on Cuba' – Lugar
Lugar favors a special envoy to Castro
House reps head to Cuba
Embargo myth #1
NYT Ignores Free Speech Activist Yoani Sanchez; Focuses on Lefties
Correa Calls for Arrest of Journalist
Subverting Latin Democracy
Hugo Chávez scores a victory in El Salvador. Is Panama next?
Obama curtails successful drug interdiction program in El Salvador
Zeta camp found in Guatemala
Mexican asylum seekers on rise in Vancouver
Large number of those hoping to stay in Canada are affluent professionals claiming to be on the run from warring drug cartels
Washington continues to play ostrich about Mexico (UPDATED 2X)
Mexican and U.S. Attorneys General Confer to Strengthen Cooperation on Drug Violence
Stepping up the fight in Mexico
Two from The Economist:
Taking on the narcos, and their American guns. Senior American officials are trooping to Mexico with assurances of support in its drug war. Will warm words be backed up by action?
The Mexico-US border: Fear of violence, But still pretty safe—on the northern side
Fundacion Libertad presenta a Franco un plan de impuesto unico
FBI: Thousands of Puerto Ricans victims of ID theft
As many as 12,000 Puerto Rican schoolchildren, teachers and school administrators are believed to be victims of an identity-theft ring that sold stolen personal documents to illegal immigrants in the mainland United States, according to the FBI.VENEZUELA
Prisoners from Guantánamo would be welcome in Venezuela
Miss Universe Displays Better Judgment than President Obama
Cuba’s style justice in Venezuela
Chavez completes repressive sweep, as April 2002 policemen are condemned to 30 years in prison
Chavez: Capitalism is 'the Road to Hell'
How squeaky clean is Teodoro Petkoff?
Meanwhile, in that other haven for narcos.......
Hoy se celebra audiencia de Baduel
Venezuela's Chavez: Capitalism Must End
McCain loses temper with Hispanic immigration activists
Census Head to Use "Community Organizing" Groups to Count (or... "Count") Illegal Aliens
Special thanks to the Baron, Eneas, Larwyn and Maggie.
This week’s posts and podcasts:
How Chavez is subverting Latin Democracy
The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S
Ecuador: Who is Rómulo López and why does Correa want him arrested?
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart on the budget, easing restrictions with Cuba, and the US joining the UNHRC
At Real Clear World:
U.S to Lift Some Cuba Travel Curbs
Doha Brief: Chávez Invites Bashir to Venezuela