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Archive for 'Latin America'

Venezuela sinks into the abyss

I haven’t posted about the chavista regime in Venezuela recently, but that’s not because things there have got any better. I’ve just run out of ways to describe how abysmal the political and economic situation in that benighted country has become.
The collapse of oil prices and the failure to plan for that likelihood, combined with [...]

Argentine prosecutor: Nisman was murdered

Now that Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is no longer president of Argentina, and her chosen successor was defeated in last November’s election, we may get closer to the truth about the death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who turned up evidence that Kirchner and others helped cover up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of [...]

Corbyn on “fascinating” Bolivia

The Telegraph reports:
Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he would choose to live in Bolivia – the socialist South American nation – if he had to move away from Britain.
The Labour leader said he spent time in the country while a teenager and found its development in recent years “absolutely fascinating”.
Pushed on where he would live [...]

Chavistas suffer huge defeat in Venezuelan elections

Although Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor Nicolas Maduro’s term as president of Venezuela doesn’t end until 2019, he and the chavista political movement suffered a huge defeat Sunday in elections for the National Assembly.
About a half hour after midnight, the head of the country’s electoral body announced that the opposition coalition had won at least 99 [...]

New Argentinian president rejects Iran deal

According to Jeremy Corbyn’s favorite newspaper The Morning Star, the victory of Mauricio Macri in the runoff election for president of Argentina over outgoing president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s chosen successor Daniel Scioli is part of a sinister wave of US-backed destabilization against “leftwing” governments in Latin America.
The previous government of Cristina Fernandez was subjected [...]

Ex-Venezuelan prosecutor: Lopez trial was a “farce”

One of the prosecutors in the farcical trial of Leopoldo Lopez– which ended in a 13-year prison sentence for the Venezuelan opposition leader– has now admitted that, yes, it was indeed a farce.

…Franklin Nieves, one of the two main prosecutors in the case against the opposition leader, Leopoldo López, has released a video in which [...]

Leopoldo Lopez sentenced to 13 years in prison

After a farcical secret trial, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for his alleged role in inciting violence against the regime in 2014.
According to the Human Rights Foundation:
The criminal proceedings against López were riddled with due process violations. The trial consisted of 70 hearings and took [...]

Angry chavistas burn portraits of Chavez and Maduro

Before Jeremy Corbyn addresses another “Venezuela Solidarity” event, he may want to consider the latest events in the town of Sinamaica in the Venezuelan border region of Guajira.
At one time a pro-Chavez, pro-regime stronghold, the region has lately suffered, like much of the rest of Venezuela, from desperate shortages of food, water and electricity. Residents [...]

Western chavistas support regime as it imprisons and tortures dissenters

The Latin American TV propaganda outlet TeleSUR– funded mostly by the Venezuelan government– launched an English-language website last year.
The website recently featured a speech by MP Jeremy Corbyn– a (no-chance, I hope) candidate for leadership of the Labour party– addressing a meeting of the pro-regime Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in London.
According to TeleSUR’s account, [...]

Evidence-tampering in Nisman case exposed on Argentine TV

Guest post by Cait
Argentine radio, TV, and print journalist Jorge Lanata* returned to the airwaves a few days ago with a four-hour special program covering evidence-tampering in the investigation into the January death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the Argentine government’s role in covering up evidence of Iranian involvement in the 1994 [...]