Latin America report: Chavez heading back to Caracas, while Cuba sends new “multi-purpose” ships; Marco aces it.
posted at 6:19 pm on March 16, 2012 by Fausta Wertz
My blog, http://faustasblog.com is down due to server issues, so I’ll be blogging here for the next few days – maybe even permanently, at least for as long as Hot Air allows it. Here are a few items on Latin America:
Venezuela had some ships built by Cuba, that world-class shipping industry giant, and the first ship arrived today. Here’s some video from a Spanish-language newsreel for you maritime-knowledgeable readers to appraise the ship,
Looks very modest to me, particularly when you bear in mind that the ship is to be used “for social and military” operations.
Venezuela is the #1 point of departure for illegal drugs. Rumors abound in Venezuela as to what Cuba will do if Chavez dies or loses the upcoming election. New Cuban ships arriving in Caracas are the least of the Venezuelans concerns.
Speaking of Chavez, after promising that he’d return from Cuba after having another cancer surgery, he just tweeted saying he’s aboard the plane bringing him back to Venezuela. The Venezuelan news website Noticias 24 has been running ads all week of Chavez saying “we will live and we will triumph”.
Hugo spent a full three weeks availing himself of that famous “free” Cuban health care, to the tune of an estimated $200,000 to $400,000 per day for his costs and that of his 240-people team.
Chavez and his cronies in Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua may be aiding Iran bypass economic sanctions, particularly since
The fact that Ecuador uses the U.S dollar as its currency means that once the money gets into the country it is automatically injected into the economy. Ecuador’s dollarization plus the SUCRE mechanism together represents a scheme that facilitates money-laundering operations in the region. Considering that Iran and Venezuela support terrorism, that high Venezuelan officials have been designated as “Drug Kingpins” by the United States, that Ecuador has become a haven for organized crime, there is reason to believe that those countries are using Ecuador to launder money from illicit activities such as narcotics trafficking, kidnapping and terrorism.
In other parts of South America, not only is the Argentinian government prosecuting economists who analyze the real inflation rate (not to be confused with the official inflation rate), they are now pulling the plug on live TV interviews on the subject. In the meantime, Argentina will sue any companies involved in oil exploration off the Falkland Islands in an attempt to pressure Great Britain into sovereignty talks.
Where is Margaret Thatcher when we need her?
Closer to home, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Puerto Rico, and so is Rick Santorum. Since PR has a population of more than 4 million people, the 23 delegates will increase Mitt’s lead.
Forget about what Santorum said regarding English and Puerto Rico; the guy who has his eyes on the real issue is not running:
Marco Rubio aced it,
“What’s on people’s minds is what’s on your mind and my mind and everybody else’s mind: How am I going to provide for my family?”
Marco, unlike the current contenders, is the one who has it right.
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