This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra

Happy Christmas weekend! I want to write about the Obama administration alleged cover up for Hezbollah in Latin America story, since I've been blogging about Hezbollah‘s (Hizballah Hizbollah) inroads in our hemisphere for the last decade. It's 8:30 in the morning and this post is due at noon, so I'm doing a bit of research while … Continue reading This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra

Three elections this week you probably missed

Last Sunday, three Latin American countries held elections: Argentina, Guatemala, and Colombia. In Argentina, governor of Buenos Aires Province Daniel Scioli, president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s anointed, was regarded as a “clear favorite.” The local media started the evening reporting he won, and by midnight the results showed Scioli at 36.7% of the vote, while … Continue reading Three elections this week you probably missed

It’s all about Iran

In Monday's State of the Union Address, Pres. Obama said,Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement … Continue reading It’s all about Iran

Russia aims at Latin America

UNASUR, the Union of South American Nations, is holding its summit this week in Ecuador. The envoys or the heads of state of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guayana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela are in attendance. Latin American countries, particularly the socialist countries, hold summits frequently throughout the year, so this is … Continue reading Russia aims at Latin America

Pretty good news from Latin America: the Pacific Alliance

While Venezuela, at one time arguably the richest country in the region, sells itself to Cuba and careens into disaster, and Argentina, another has-been, defaults yet again, it is easy to despair about the state of things in our hemisphere. It comes as a relief to read about the Pacific Alliance, a common market in … Continue reading Pretty good news from Latin America: the Pacific Alliance

O’s foreign policy, Northern Triangle edition

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz [The Northern Triangle refers to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in Central America.] I live in Princeton, NJ, where you can find the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I am not connected to the School, or to Princeton University, but over the years I have attended many speeches, … Continue reading O’s foreign policy, Northern Triangle edition

What would it take for Latin America’s left-wing populist economies to turn around?

by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz We turn our attention away from porn stars (and no, looking up a Twitter feed is not a good idea), if we may, to a more vexatious problem: The economics of ruinous populism in Latin America, and how to avoid that in the USA. Samuel Gregg, in his essay EXORCIZING LATIN … Continue reading What would it take for Latin America’s left-wing populist economies to turn around?

Latin America: What was missing from the SOTU

In last night's State of the Union speech, President Obama mentioned Iran ten times, Hezbollah once, but not a word on Latin America and how it plays in Iran's plans. The President may not have read, for instance, the 2011 report from the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence describing Hezbollah's growing terrorist … Continue reading Latin America: What was missing from the SOTU

Venezuela: Killing beauty

Venezuelan actress and former Miss Universe runner-up Mónica Spear was murdered, along with her ex-husband Henry Thomas Berry, in front of their five year old daughter on Monday, the Feast of the Epiphany, while on vacation Thomas Berry – who moved to the South American country when he was seven – and Monica Spear Mootz … Continue reading Venezuela: Killing beauty

How things can get worse in Venezuela

Most of us don't pay much attention to Latin American countries. The Europeans, the Middle East, China, and back in the 1980s, Japan, get most of the headlines. I know this from experience since I have been blogging on Latin America for almost ten years; while my blog gets a nice amount of visitors and … Continue reading How things can get worse in Venezuela