July 25, 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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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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Assange: Hugo Chavez’s virtues “shook the world”

March 10, 2017 FaustaW 0

Julian Assange, still hiding in full view at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, sent a letter to the XV Encounter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defence of Humanity, held in Caracas, Venezuela (who knew there was such a thing?) earlier this week, praising Hugo Chávez, [Read More]

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Hillary goes for misandry

February 7, 2017 FaustaW 0

misandry: noun 1. hatred of males. In an attempt to make herself relevant, the once-future POTUS emerged to make a video: The video was made for the MAKERS conference and starts with (emphasis added), “Despite all the challenges we face, I remained convinced that, yes, the future is female,” Yes, [Read More]

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Brazil: PCC recruiting FARC

January 31, 2017 FaustaW 0

Seriously bad news for the entire hemisphere: Brazil’s largest criminal organization, the PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital – First Capital Command) is recruiting Colombian FARC members (emphasis added), as it seeks heavy-weapons and other expertise to help expand its hold over Latin America’s drug trade, investigators and officials in both [Read More]

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