September 23, 2017
About FaustaW
Fausta Wertz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She blogs at Fausta’s blog on American and Latin American politics, news, current events and culture.
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Venezuela: Topic of discussion at the Palace

September 19, 2017 FaustaW 0

Pres. Trump talked about Venezuela during a dinner he hosted last night at the Palace Hotel, Trump calls for democracy to be restored in Venezuela ‘very, very soon’ but avoids talk of a ‘military option’ – President Donald Trump met with a group of Latin American leaders Monday – He said [Read More]

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Mexico: Following earthquake and hurricane, the Dems attack Trump

September 14, 2017 FaustaW 0

While we in Florida and the Caribbean were getting pounded by Hurricane Irma two weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Mexico was hit by a 8.1-magnitude earthquake and Hurricane Katia, Mexico Intensifies Recovery Efforts After Earthquake and Hurricane. At least 90 were killed in the 8.1-magitude quake late Thursday and two [Read More]

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Colombia: FARC’s listed assets fall short

August 29, 2017 FaustaW 0

The declared inventory included broomsticks, orange squeezers, mugs, talcum powder, dentistry equipment and industrial tools, but The FARC’s Riches: List of Assets Fails to Reveal Guerrillas’ Total Wealth. InSight Crime reports, that, for instance, Much of the real estate listed by the FARC, which amounts to around half of all its [Read More]

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Get assigned to Cuba, go deaf

August 25, 2017 FaustaW 0

Babalu has been reporting on the bizarre acoustic attacks on American and Canadian diplomats. Today’s WSJ has this, At Least 16 Americans Reported Health Problems at U.S. Embassy in Cuba. Some attributed hearing loss to sonic waves from covert listening devices, but mystery remains At least 16 Americans working at the [Read More]

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Venezuela: Ortega flees following constituent assembly power grab

August 21, 2017 FaustaW 0

Former attorney general Luisa Ortega fled with her husband, congressman Germán Ferrer, to neighboring Colombia via Aruba on Friday: Venezuela’s Former Attorney General Flees to Colombia. Her flight comes after the constituent assembly, an entity created by Nicolás Maduro, seized legislative powers from Congress Ms. Ortega was fired earlier this month by [Read More]

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The beginner’s guide to Brazil corruption

July 18, 2017 FaustaW 1

The BBC has Brazil corruption scandals: All you need to know. It’s clearly not all you need to know, since not only are entire books being written on the subject, the Beeb forgot to mention that the Federal Police shut down the Lava Jato task force, for instance, and Odebrecht is almost [Read More]

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Russia Russia Russia

July 11, 2017 FaustaW 3

This morning in the news: Dozens of Russia-related stories on every home page. All-Russia headlines. Latin American and Caribbean stories in the home pages of New York Times: 0 BBC: 0 Drudge Report: 0 Real Clear World: Venezuela Political Prisoner Leopoldo Lopez Released to House Arrest Surprise Concession for Opp [Read More]

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Brazil runs out of money to issue passports

June 29, 2017 FaustaW 1

Last year the Rio Olympics were 51% over budget, to the tune of $1.6 billion, the month before they opened. The 2014 World Cup $3 billion stadiums were becoming white elephants a year later. Now Brazilian authorities have suspended the issuing of new passports because of a budget crisis: The government said emergency funds [Read More]

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Ecuador: Odebrecht stoolie turns in tapes of meetings with officials

June 20, 2017 FaustaW 1

José Santos, Odebrecht’s top officer in Ecuador, has turned in to investigators videos of his meetings with government officials, according to Veja. In exchange, he received the shortest sentence of all seventy-seven of the company’s informants. Seventy-seven singing: Big enough for a symphonic chorus. Santos’s tapes must be music to [Read More]

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Venezuela: RCTV shut down 10 years ago

June 2, 2017 FaustaW 0

The great Joel D. Hirst remembers RCTV – The Day the Music Died. Hugo Chávez denied by decree RCTV’s license renewal, not by due process of law. Hirst writes, Ten years ago now – ten years. Maybe that was when it ended. It certainly was dramatic. Hugo Chavez had just [Read More]

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Venezuela: Arming the thugs

April 19, 2017 FaustaW 2

Demonstrations for and against the regime scheduled for today, the anniversary of Venezuela’s 1810 independence from Spain. As The Guardian put it, Venezuela braces for the ‘mother of all protests’ as both sides call for rallies. In anticipation, Maduro announced that the popular militia has added another 50,000 members (link [Read More]

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U.S., Mexico + 12 other countries to challenge Venezuela

March 23, 2017 FaustaW 0

The WSJ reports that, for the first time in twelve years (emphasis added), Fourteen nations plan to issue a joint statement in coming days calling on the government of President Nicolás Maduro to release political prisoners, return full powers to the National Assembly and set a timetable to hold regional [Read More]

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Mexico: Mass grave with 253 skulls found in Veracruz

March 16, 2017 FaustaW 0

Grieving Mothers Lead Authorities to Mass Grave in Mexico. Amid soaring violence in Veracruz, Mexico, a group founded by mothers of missing people discovered what may be the country’s largest mass grave. More than 250 skulls have been recovered so far. Horrible: Last Mother’s Day, a few dozen women, all [Read More]

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