December 13, 2017
World

Puerto Rico doesn’t want reform

November 27, 2017 FaustaW 0

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

November 21, 2017 FaustaW 0

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]

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Venezuela: Restructuring debt?

November 14, 2017 FaustaW 0

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]

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Mexico: Cartels are using explosive drones

October 26, 2017 FaustaW 0

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]

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Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado?

October 20, 2017 FaustaW 1

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?

October 10, 2017 FaustaW 0

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]

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Puerto Rico: The centennial of my grandfather’s house

September 25, 2017 FaustaW 0

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]

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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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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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