Venezuela: Celebrities’ ire

While here in the U.S. we talk about Mia Farrow’s junket to Ecuador, in Venezuela two other celebrities are in the spotlight: Maria Conchita Alonso and Jose Luis Rodriguez El Puma. Venezuela threatens citizenship of actress Alonso The country’s foreign ministry announced in the official gazette that it would ask a judge to remove her Venezuelan nationality. Alonso and her brother Robert are democracy activists, very much opposed to chavismo ....more

Ecuador: Celebrities for hire

Well, it’ll come as no surprise to anyone who reads Paul M. Barrett’s book Law of the Jungle, but the Ecuadorian government paid celebrities to tour areas of the rainforest allegedly contaminated by Texaco. Allow me a Capt ....more

En español: Guillermo Padrés en la Unidad de Quemados

Guillermo Padrés, Luego de que se revelara que construyó una presa en su rancho familiar sin pedirle permiso a nadie, el gobernador de Sonora llega a la Unidad de Quemados… y en el Cineclub de Nicasio: Lucy ...more

Why the game should stand tall

My latest article, Why the game should stand tall, a review of the excellent When the Game Stands Tall, is up at Da Tech Guy Blog. Go read it, and hit Pete’s tip jar ....more

Ecuador: If Correa ain’t happy . . .

he hires Putin’s PR people. Two items from Ecuador, First: I’ve been hesitating to review Paul M ....more

Is ISIS at the border? UPDATED

Who to believe? U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security ....more

Venezuela: What do El Puma & Ricardo Hausmann have in common?

What do a retired pop idol and a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government have in common? Answer: Any criticism is met with public pillorying. First instance: El Puma ....more

Beethoven goes salsa

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The third Monday in September Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

ARGENTINA Judge Thomas Griesa Rules Against NML Capital in Argentine Debt Case Citibank Doesn’t Have to Hand Over Documents in Hedge Fund’s Bid to Block Next Interest Payment Argentina: Down the Tubes, Again BOLIVIA A Nuclear Bolivia? Why Not? BRAZIL Pelé unveils unique football pitch where players’ energy produces electricity Brazillian football legend launches a revolutionary artificial pitch that converts players’ energy into electricty to power Rio de Janeiro favela Brazilian Tycoon Faces Criminal Charges Brazil’s federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Brazilian businessman Eike Batista, compounding the legal woes of the once high-flying entrepreneur ....more

Venezuela: The next default

Mary O’Grady writes on more to come from the ALBA deadbeat zone: Venezuela Heads to a Default Reckoning Amid bills for imports and debt servicing, and shrinking dollar liquidity, something has to give. Venezuelan bond prices swooned last week on renewed speculation that the government of President Nicolás Maduro might soon default on as much as $80 billion of foreign debt. The yield on the government bond due in 2022 hit a six-month high of 15.8% on Sept. 9 ....more