World

Peru: Fujimori going on trial . . . again

The BBC reports that Peru’s ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been ordered to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers. It comes just over a month after he was released from prison, where he was serving 25 years for human rights abuses and corruption. The 79-year-old was given a [Read More]

Politics

Menendez case dismissed, DoJ won’t retry

The Justice Department dismissed its case against New Jersey Democrat Senator Robert Menendez, and will not re-try: Justice Department drops corruption case against Menendez. The decision comes a week after a federal judge acquitted Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen on seven of the 18 counts. The decision is a major [Read More]

World

Brazil: Lula’s passport seized, runs for president again

What does a former president do after losing an appeal, having a prison sentence extended, and his passport seized? Run again! A federal judge in Brazil has seized the passport of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and banned him from leaving the country. Judge Ricardo Leite is investigating [Read More]

World

Ecuador: When will Assange have to leave?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been staying at the Ecuadorian Embassy (a small apartment) in London for nearly since 2012. He has not left the premises due to outstanding warrants for his arrest. He tweeted this last year, criticizing president Lenín Moreno, If President Moreno wants to gag my reporting [Read More]

World

Mexico: AMLO in sheep’s clothing

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, best known as AMLO, is running for president of Mexico. The thing is, communism doesn’t sell, so he’s wearing moderate clothing, Mr. López Obrador does not seem to have given up on his dream to revive Mexican corporatism, in which government intervenes heavily in the economy. But [Read More]

World

Obama administration allegedly covered up for Hezbollah in Latin America

Long-time readers of my blog will remember that I have blogged about Hezbollah‘s inroads in our hemisphere for the last decade (for additional posts see also Hizballah Hizbollah). Josh Meyer’s fascinating report, The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook, highlights the connections between the drug trade and terrorism: Over the [Read More]

Hollywood

The two Hayeks: Madame Pinault (finally) speaks out on Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Mexican actress Selma Hayek for a decade. She finally spoke out in a NYT article, Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too. I had already mentioned that I’m done with the sex scandals, since they are a distraction from the great moral question of our times, but I’ll make [Read More]

World

Puerto Rico doesn’t want reform

Puerto Rico is set to become the world’s worst economy next year (emphasis added) the island’s economy will shrink by about 8% in 2018, according to a November forecast by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Our @TheEIU forecasts for the world’s 20 slowest growing economies in 2018. #Venezuela to shrink yet [Read More]

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Argentina: Search for sub continues

One of Argentina’s three submarines has been missing since November 15. The BBC has details, Argentina’s navy says it will take advantage of improved weather conditions to further step up its search for a submarine that vanished last Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean. Strong winds and high waves have hampered [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Restructuring debt?

The guy in charge of the commission’s in Washington’s drug kingpin list. The Finance Minister is under U.S. sanctions for alleged corruption. And the investors couldn’t get information on how to attend the commission’s meeting in Caracas yesterday, Nov. 13, “which happens to be the deadline for almost $300 million [Read More]

World

Mexico: Cartels are using explosive drones

The case has stoked fears drug cartels could soon target the U.S. Mexican Federal Police arrested four men Oct. 20 in Guanajuanto who were driving a stolen vehicle equipped with a 3DR Solo Quadcopter drone attached to an IED, Small Wars Journal reported. The drone had a range of about half a [Read More]

World

Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado?

A mystery worthy of Adolfo Bioy Casares: Santiago Maldonado, 28, is an Argentinian activist for the rights of the indigenous Mapuchepeople of Patagonia. He has been missing since August 1, Witnesses say Mr Maldonado was last seen after he was arrested at a demonstration for the rights of the Mapuche indigenous group in [Read More]

Elections

Will Puerto Rico turn Florida blue?

The state of Florida, population 21 million, currently has 29 electoral votes. On the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton lost Florida to Donald Trump by 112,911 votes (Trump’s 4,617,886 – Hillary’s 4,504,975). In 2015 89,000 Puerto Ricans left the island for the States, with Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut (in order [Read More]

World

Puerto Rico: The centennial of my grandfather’s house

My grandfather didn’t come to America; America came to him. Like many young Spaniards over the ages, he – along with his brother and two cousins – left Spain. They left their sisters in Northern Spain, arrived in Puerto Rico in the late 19th century, started businesses, married, started families, [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Topic of discussion at the Palace

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]

World

Colombia: FARC’s listed assets fall short

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]

World

Get assigned to Cuba, go deaf

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]