Fausta Rodríguez Wertz

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.

Fausta also writes on Latin America at Real Clear World.

Fausta was a featured blogger at the Star Ledger NJ Voices and LadyBlog; and is a BlogHer, PJ Media and Forbes business and finance network blogger.

Fausta has been a panelist at BlogHer 08, BlogHer 09, PajamasTV, the Fox News Strategy Room, and CNN Live’s Bloggers Bunch.

 

My Blogs

En español: regresa la Unidad de Quemados

@DrNetas volvió del Brasil, chicos, ...more

In transit

I’m in transit for the next week or so, therefore blogging will be sporadic. Here’s a tweet: Gov. Rick Perry released a statement on his meeting with President Obama, which included these requests: pic.twitter.com/p09yi5UD9S — L.A. Times National (@latimesnational) July 9, 2014 ...more

Venezuela: Looking for a bailout

Venezuelan gov’t approaches world banks Next October-November a very high concentration of the debt of the Nation and Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) will involve payment on account of amortization and interest for approximately USD 7 billion Maybe they ought to consider auctioning the Matisse. Venezuela Inches Toward a Single Exchange Rate Rafael Osío Cabrices describes I escaped Venezuela for North America. Here’s how ....more

Today’s illegal invasion roundup

Obama’s in Texas, carefully avoiding the border, BORDER BREAKDOWN: MORE MIGRANT BUSES BLOCKED… UNITED NATIONS: ‘REFUGEES’… LICE SO BAD ‘They Can Be Seen Crawling Down’ Their Faces! As always it’s someone else’s fault: No mention of this, A plane carrying 140 undocumented immigrants, including lone children, landed at Lindbergh Field in San Diego Tuesday afternoon amid a brewing crisis over a surge of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border to escape poverty and crime in their home countries. Notice the “poverty and crime” meme ....more

The semifinals Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentina and Brazil go to the World Cup semifinals, and that has been the top story all over the hemisphere. ARGENTINA Argentina running out of options in lose-lose debt battle with ‘vultures’ Murder verdict over Argentina bishop Two former senior military officers in Argentina have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli in 1976 during military rule. World Cup police cooperation leads to arrest of fugitive from Argentina’s ‘dirty war’ Salvador Siciliano, a leading member of the notorious Triple A anti-communist death squad in the 1970s, captured in Brazil thanks to heightened communications between international forces around the tournament BOLIVIA Bolivia sanctions child labour as young as 10 Bolivian congress passes laws that allow 12-year-old children to be employed in full-time work for others, with 10-year-olds permitted to work if self-employed Bolivian Cops Occupy Command Centers to Demand Pay Hike BRAZIL Brazilian police link Fifa official to World Cup ticket gang Brazil Tragedy Raises Doubts on Building Rush Grief Descended on Belo Horizonte, a World Cup Host City, Following the Collapse of a Highway Overpass Video here ....more

Puerto Rico: Default

Mary O’Grady writes, Puerto Rico’s Borrowing Bubble Pops Moody’s measure of ‘expected default’ for Puerto Rico is higher than Argentina and Venezuela. A Puerto Rican default should not surprise anyone. According to Carlos Colón de Armas, acting dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, for eight years from 2005 through 2012, government expenses exceeded revenues on average by approximately $1 billion annually ....more

Guatemala: When The Mountains Tremble to be corrected

Filmmaker to correct 1983 film on Guatemala war (emphasis added): “When the Mountains Tremble” was an award-winning movie that awakened wide attention to the war in Guatemala. But at least one thing turned out to be wrong — and filmmaker Pamela Yates says she’s going to set it right. A dramatic scene from the 1983 documentary will be corrected to show that the Batzul massacre highlighted in the film was committed not by the military, but by leftist rebels disguised as soldiers ....more

Venezuela: Bye-bye, El Universal UPDATED

As Venezuelans struggle with the world’s fastest inflation and the worst growth prospects outside Equatorial Guinea, Major Venezuelan newspaper to be sold One of Venezuela’s oldest and most prestigious newspapers has been sold amid increasing government pressure on independent news media. The editor in chief of Caracas-based El Universal, Elides Rojas, confirmed that a group of Spanish investors had bought the broadsheet from the family that has run the paper since it was founded 104 years ago. While neutral reporting in Venezuela is hard to come by after 15 years of polarization over socialist rule, El Universal has stuck closer than most to the ideal of fact-based, investigative reporting amid a crackdown on media outlets that, like it, have been fiercely critical of the government ....more

ISIS’s Chilean spokesman

The man in this video, Abu Safiyya, spokesman for jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), was identified by Norwegian public TV NRK as 24-year old Bastián Alexis Vásquez. Vásquez was born and raised in Norway of Chilean parents. After converting to Islam he took the name Muhammad Jundullah or Abu Saffiya, and joined radical islamist Norwegian group ....more