Fausta's Blog

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 wrote 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.


Bolivia: The obligatory monastery dog post

Finally some good news from Bolivia: Friar Carmelo the schnauzer hits the news, BBC: Bolivian monastery accepts four-legged friar Twitter goes dog-crazy, A Franciscan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia welcomed an adorable dog into their ranks! https://t.co/loareOS3hQ pic.twitter.com/VqmSEzN89U — ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) March 8, 2017 BREAKING NEWS: A monastery took in a stray dog – the […] ...more

It was the #DayWithoutAWoman, and I was in a podcast

A one-day strike, by those who can afford it: So it’s the #DayWithoutAWoman Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico,Oberbrecht & other stories from Latin America…Listen in now at https://t.co/kQhX3YnN57. #BlogTalkRadio — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) March 9, 2017 ...more

Says the guy who hosted Cristina 5 x at the Vatican: UPDATED

Pope Francis issues veiled warning about Donald Trump: ‘Populism is evil’. Pontiff also confesses to moments of spiritual doubt in interview with German newspaper Die Zeit The pope told Die Zeit on Thursday “populism is evil and ends badly as the past century showed.” Throwback Thursday to June 2015: It’s up to you, gentle reader, […] ...more

Ecuador: A reprieve, a runoff

Mac Margolis is enthusiastic, Ecuador’s Voters Turn Back Latin America’s Pink Tide So 10 million Ecuadoreans will have a second go at the polls in a runoff April 2. Suddenly, the whiff of competitive democracy in this patch of the Andes, where so-called Bolivarian socialists once called the shots, has voters in a lather. They […] ...more

Entitlement fraud

Elizabeth Harrington reports that Feds Paid $1 Billion in Social Security Benefits to Individuals Without a SSN. Errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits The agency’s [Social Security Administration] inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who […] ...more

The not-quite-fake but rather manipulated news

If, as the Washington Post says, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”, the media should get a lot of the credit for dimming the lights. Not for simply making up stories out of whole cloth (remember the “hacked power grid” story that turned out to be one laptop with malware?), but also by omitting or ignoring pertinent […] ...more

Democracy Dies In [Google] Darkness?

Going for a goth theme, the WaPo unveiled a new banner, Meanwhile, I find out from commenter Bill that A Google search for “Fausta’s Blog” no longer turns up the current edition of faustasblog.com. I’m having my tech support guy look into it. During nearly thirteen years of blogging, I have received invitations to parties […] ...more

Mexico: Ryan goes to US-Mex border UPDATED with livefeed of Tillerson press conference

House Speaker Paul Ryan is at the border; the WaPo reports, Ryan makes trip to U.S.-Mexico border as lawmakers mull building Trump’s wall House Speaker Paul D. Ryan led a delegation of House Republicans on a six-hour tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday, seeing firsthand by helicopter, horse and boat the security challenges of keeping […] ...more

Brazil: Felipe Moura at Prager U

Brazilian journalist Felipe Moura on the corruption scandals, Related: Fearing jail sentences, investor lawsuits, and fines, Brazil Corruption Scandal Has Companies Rushing to Bulk Up Compliance Ranks. Antibribery operation known as ‘Operation Car Wash’ is causing wider cleanup of Brazilian business. This has a lot to do with it: Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht SA in […] ...more

It’s all about the headlines

I’m not going to CPAC this year thanks to my new $18,000/yr Obamacare premiums, deductible and out-of-pocket. I’ll miss most of all visiting with fellow bloggers, but here are a few thoughts on Milo and CPAC: Ii’s all about the headlines ....more