- Correa nixes amnesty talk for cops.
- Evo wants Iran to invest in Bolivia.
- Peru and Thailand to sign FTA next month.
- They are STILL counting votes in Lima mayoral contest.
- Mexican Senate votes to raise cigarette taxes from 10 to 35 cents. If enforced I have no doubt that Mex will be running a surplus for years on end.
- APRA ticket in Peru likely to be led by a woman, Mercedes Araoz, former Finance Minister and grad school grad of The U. APRA is President Alan Garcia's party.
- PRD flips...Godoy stays.
- China's Eximbank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) sign letter of intent to boost trade in the region.
- Mex Mayor and AMLO thorn Ebrard tries to get international cred in Spain.
- Peru and Ecuador have bi-national cabinet meeting tomorrow.
Monday, October 25, 2010
LA Quick Hits: Correa's Cops, Evo in Iran, FTA for Peru, Mex Senate Finds a Cash Cow, APRA's Pick, To Godoy or Not To Godoy & More
Saturday, October 23, 2010
LA Quick Hits: Cholera Kills in Haiti, Juarez (Again), Hugo and Santos, Bolivia - Not So Gassy, Peru Talks Security, PRD Drops Godoy & More
- Cholera outbreak in Haiti kills 150 thus far; not in Port-au-Prince but earthquake to blame. WaPost and LAT also follow story.
- 15 youths dead in Juarez.
- Santos and Hugo to meet in Caracas on October 29.
- Bolivia gas reserves a lot lower than previously believed.
- Colombia, Brazil and Peru talk security (notice the source link and how they play down Chavez nuke plans).
- Peru says FARC is hanging out there.
- Peru talks narcos with Bolivia.
- PRD dumps Godoy. Why did they accept him in the first place. Godoy has ties to organized crime and still sits in Chamber of Deputies. He is immune from prosecution while in office.
- PAN's preemptive strike against AMLO fails - they should just ignore him. They are turning him into a martyr...again.
- Colombia has more fauna under threat than any country in world, save Mex.
- Susana Villaran still has a 14K vote lead in Lima mayoral race with over 88% of votes counted.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
LA Quick Hits: Hugo & the Banks, Cubans Doubtful About Change, Peru Talking FTA as Exports Explode & I Wish My Girlfriend Was Colombian
- Since he has not done enough to frighten off investment and squelch any hope for private sector growth, Hugo is going after the banks now. He also gives a hat tip to Correa for coming up with the idea of not allowing banks to have ownership stake in media.
- Cubans sceptical of Raul's promise for economic change, they have seen this all before.
- Peru has started FTA talks with Central America.
- Year-to-year, Peruvian exports shot up a shade over 40%, imports were up 38%.
- Colombians only buy 2.2 shoes a year?
Monday, August 02, 2010
It did not take long for this hero-obsession to disclose itself in bizarre forms. One evening, as we were jetting through the skies, Brinkley mildly asked whether Chávez's large purchases of Russian warships might not be interpreted by Washington as a violation of the Monroe Doctrine. The boss's response was impressively immediate. He did not know for sure, he said, but he very much hoped so. "The United States was born with an imperialist impulse. There has been a long confrontation between Monroe and Bolívar. … It is necessary that the Monroe Doctrine be broken." As his tirade against evil America mounted, Penn broke in to say that surely Chávez would be happy to see the arrest of Osama Bin Laden.
I was hugely impressed by the way that the boss scorned this overture. He essentially doubted the existence of al-Qaida, let alone reports of its attacks on the enemy to the north. "I don't know anything about Osama Bin Laden that doesn't come to me through the filter of the West and its propaganda." To this, Penn replied that surely Bin Laden had provided quite a number of his very own broadcasts and videos. I was again impressed by the way that Chávez rejected this proffered lucid-interval lifeline. All of this so-called evidence, too, was a mere product of imperialist television. After all, "there is film of the Americans landing on the moon," he scoffed. "Does that mean the moon shot really happened? In the film, the Yanqui flag is flying straight out. So, is there wind on the moon?" As Chávez beamed with triumph at this logic, an awkwardness descended on my comrades, and on the conversation.
LA Quick Hits: Calderon Still Talking Security, Hugo Isn't, But He Should, Hugo Skipping Mercosur, Chincilla Wants to Cash In & More
- Calderon acknowledges the need to open a new chapter in the battle to provide security for Mexico.
- There is a security problem in Venezuela and the opposition promises to make it an issue. The only city in LatAm that has suffered more? Ciudad Juarez.
- Momentum for Honduran recognition continues. Mex and Chile give a thumbs up to the Lobo government. Don't hold your breath for the Legion of Doom following suit.
- Hugo is not going to make it to the next Mercosur summit in Argentina. Cites the tensions with Colombia.
- Chinchilla met with Red Chinese FM Yang Jiechi. The Ticos are trying to cash in on their switch from ROC to PRC recognition - they asked for a donation to finish a four-lane expressway.
- The Santiago exchange soared to a historical high of 4,418.66