…11 april – as a summit ends, a venezuela event recalled…

…there is a tide in the affairs of men (and women)…

Today, the VII Summit of the America (SoA) ends. And, there, as evidence of the nobility of US intentions, would be that momentous handshake between Cuban President Raúl Castro and the US President Barack Obama – and for the corporate US MSM that symbolic event would be more than sufficient for those who still refuse to look elsewhere for reliable and accurate news.

So we put some context to this. US President Obama had no option but to meet with Castro – he had been warned by most countries at the VI SoA in Cartagena that no Cuba at the VII SoA, then no VII SoA. Simple. Of course, being the US one step forward must always be met by more than one backward. So, the US President, to placate the Cuban elites in the US and the right-wing nutters in both corporate parties, would then go forward and declare, just few weeks before the VII SoA, Venezuela a threat to the security of the United States, thereby provoking undiminishing ridicule, not to mention criticism from even close allies. Read the rest of this entry »

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…venezuela and that chile model…

…but we start with Prof William Black in Ecuador…

There he also was interviewed on Ecuadoran TV, Gama. That interview dealt with the social and economic policies of President Rafael Correa. Prof Black’s views put into context the obsession of the corporate US with reining in, undermining, disrupting, such policies that have been more successful in improving the quality of life for all Ecuador’s citizens, not just that of its oligarchs. [Honduras, anyone?]

Over at the new economic perspectives blog, we find that interview. And the advantage is the English translation. NEP’s Bill Black on GamaTV in Ecuador

And, as we know, Ecuador did really have its share of US-inspired  ‘protests’, especially from one entity funded by USAID. The effort then to oust the democratically elected President had failed. But we turn to Venezuela, that Moby Dick. Read the rest of this entry »


…cristina, queen of somewhere in the ‘backyard’?…

…To sing ‘What does it take to win your love‘ to the the ‘north’ and its corporate MSM, and expect some contrition, some respite from torment, the region should by now know would be futile …

Even-handedness in reporting is just that balanced, factual. So when The Guardian gives us a report, Peso panic and rocketing prices shake the throne of Argentina’s Queen Cristina, we have no choice but to wonder. The Guardian, more like WaPo or NYT, but for controversy? President Fernández de Kirchner is, and has been, the duly elected President of Argentina, and democratically so. And, to make matters worse,  in the article the reporter abandons the courtesy of quotation marks for the word.

The tenor of the report brings to mind similar work from the paper’s Rory Carroll, who was truly terrible at best, utterly clueless on Latin America. We wonder if that is the expected treatment of public officials of the ‘backyard’? After all, those leaders of the ‘north’, US, UK, and elsewhere have not acquitted themselves that well – if we are to accept that the ‘unwashed of the backyard’ are blameless for either the Great Depression or this quite near Great Depression (which still seems worse for the UK).

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…venezuela, madurando; y el otro?…

‘At long last, have you left no sense of decency?’ A famous question that applies today, with greater force.

That auspicious, leading voice of the US establishment media takes a brief and well-deserved respite from its relentless attacks against the Venezuelan ‘dictatorship’ of the current President, Maduro. Well, it did deserve a rest – after all, the intensity of its vitriolic attacks against the late President Chávez, was truly supernatural. And only the likes of the NYT and WaPo could have been expected to vilify as dictator an immensely popular President who had convincingly won every election in what had been called the best conducted and monitored elections in the world, including the US.

However, to stay sharp, an occasional gratuitous slap at the country is sometimes needed. Here we have something on the popularity of cosmetic surgery, yes, cosmetic surgery among the Venezuelan women, Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy. Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Then we get this nugget,

 The little data available indicates that Venezuelan women do not get plastic surgery more than their counterparts in many other countries. But Ms. Gulbas, the anthropologist, said the surgeries take on an elevated status thanks to the importance of beauty here and a belief that cosmetic procedures will help project a successful image.

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