Intriguing little item in the news today: Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he will expel the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Mr Morales accused the agency of seeking to “conspire against” the Bolivian people and his government.
US state department spokesman Patrick Ventrell rejected the allegations as [...]
(AFP) – President Evo Morales announced the expulsion of USAID from Bolivia, accusing the US development agency of meddling in the country’s internal affairs.
So, it was the best of times last week as I took a week’s break from the news and the grind of ordinary life and went on a tropical vacation to central America. Specifically, I went to the Honduran Bay Island of Roatan. And I couldn’t help but take a critical eye to my surroundings.
I haven’t written much of late. Between a hectic schedule and a feeling of helplessness/uselessness it hardly seems worth the time. That’s not to say that important matters have not arisen.
Among those is the recent passing of my friend Oscar Cabello. Those of you that have read Contrabando should remember the name.
(AFP) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has renewed a strategic alliance with Cuba, signing $1 billion in cooperation agreements two weeks after his election to replace the late Hugo Chavez.
Washington Post, By Dana Priest, April 27
Mexico City — For the past seven years, Mexico and the United States have put aside their tension-filled history on security matters to forge an unparalleled alliance against Mexico’s drug cartels, one based on sharing sensitive intelligence, U.S. training and joint operational planning.
But now, much of that [...]
(BBC) – The authorities in Venezuela have detained a United States citizen they accuse of being an intelligence agent.
Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said Timothy Hallet Tracy had directed funds towards student protests after the disputed presidential elections earlier this month.
He said Mr Tracy was trying to destabilise the country with the goal [...]
(The Guardian) – Political heir to Hugo Chávez claims victory in presidential election but rival Henrique Capriles demands recount
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Washington, D.C., April 8, 2013 – Chiquita Brands International last week filed a “reverse” Freedom of Information lawsuit to [...]
The Guardian Exclusive:
For three years it has chronicled Mexico’s drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author’s identity.
Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a “front-row seat” to Mexico’s agony over drugs, has become a must-read [...]
(AFP) – Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica was left red-faced on Thursday after disparaging remarks apparently aimed at Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner and her late husband were picked up by an open microphone.
“This old hag is worse than the cross-eyed man,” Mujica was caught saying at the start of a news conference while speaking quietly [...]
(AFP) – Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas Maduro urged US President Barack Obama on Sunday to halt an alleged plot to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles ahead of the April 14 presidential vote.
Capriles, whom Chavez beat in October, is running in the upcoming election against Maduro, Chavez’s handpicked successor.
Maduro told the private Televen station [...]
(IPS) – As part of the country’s growing emphasis on green tech research, Brazilian scientists have developed plastic solar panels that could revolutionise power generation from this clean, renewable energy source. (Image)
What looks like a thin, flexible sheet of regular plastic is actually a solar panel printed with photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into [...]
I love it when the grown ups are in charge…
Washington expels two Venezuelan diplomats
The Obama administration has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, US officials say, in retaliation for Venezuela’s expulsion of two US military attaches.
Shortly before Chavez died last week, Venezuela expelled two US Air Force attaches in Caracas for alleged espionage.
(Speigel Online) – Guinea-Bissau has become a major hub of cocaine trafficking between Latin America and Europe. But any wealth the West African nation has derived from its middleman status has been offset by increased violence and instability.
João Biague says he only has one way to lose his job: “success.” As soon as he [...]