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Lopez-Rivera, Puerto Rico, Brazil & other stories with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog…….we will look at Lopez-Rivera at the New York City parade………President Temer in Brazil out of trouble for now……Chancellor Merkel in Mexico……..Latin America countries and Paris climate accords………..Puerto Rico and statehood……. … other stories…..

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Source: Lopez-Rivera, Puerto Rico, Brazil & other stories with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 06/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Welcome President & Sra. Macri of Argentina

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We are very happy that President Macri of Argentina visited President Trump.   In so many ways, Macri represents the new center-right leadership in Latin America.   We should do everything to help him and others like him in the continent.    

Let’s add that the two First Ladies were stunning!

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April 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

Looking for a ‘Bush v Gore’ in Ecuador

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A couple of Sundays ago, Ecuador had a presidential election, and a leftist named Lenin Moreno defeated a center-right businessman, Guillermo Lasso.

It was so close that Mr. Lasso called for a recount, especially after some “irregularities” showed up.  

So the left opted for the Gore gambit, or a partial recount of the votes (via Fausta’s Blog).

Guess who won the partial recount!  Who else but the leftist named after Lenin?  Whom else did you expect when the incumbent president running the recount was committed to the leftist winning?

This is from the BBC:

Following a recount of almost 1.3 million votes in Ecuador, the electoral council has confirmed left-wing candidate Lenín Moreno as the winner of the presidential poll held on 2 April.

The recount slightly boosted Mr Moreno’s margin over his conservative rival, Guillermo Lasso.

Mr. Lasso had demanded a full recount citing allegations of fraud but the national electoral council only agreed to a recount of 10% of the votes.

Mr. Moreno will be sworn in on 24 May.

As I was reading this story about the partial recount, it occurred to me that Ecuador could have used their own version of Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court decision from 2000 that shut down partial recounts in Florida.

I appreciate the U.S. every day that I watch the left steal elections in Latin America.

God bless the USA and Bush v. Gore!

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April 22, 2017 at 7:08 am

The Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……….we will look back at Mariel 1980 and the events that sent 100,000 Cubans to the US this week…….the runaway Mexican governor………….Mexicans returning to Mexico….King Felipe & PM Rajoy to visit Cuba……Colombia the ELN and economy………….no recount in Ecuador……total chaos in Venezuela……… more stories………

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Source: The Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 04/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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April 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog…….we will look the mess in Venezuela…..Maduro’s weekend with Raúl Castro……..In Argentina, Cristina Fernandez’s 4th indictment…..Down in Brazil, documents show that Odebrecht paid ex-President Lula $5 million……El Salvador’s VP involved with ‘Chepe Diablo’ (not to be confused with El Chapo)……Kate del Castillo’s new Netflix series, ‘Ingobernable’…………….Mr. Krause calls on the US to accept Mexicans as a consequence of US-Mexican history from the 19th century……..the latest on the election in Ecuador…….A new post by Fausta about Mexico and Putin………plus more stories……….

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Source: Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 04/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

A family affair: Cristina and her kids!

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Down in Argentina, where tango is king and fútbol is the national religion, the ex-first family is back in the news:    

Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina was indicted again on corruption-related charges on Tuesday, and this time her son and daughter were also charged in a case involving a family real estate company.

The federal judge, Claudio Bonadio, said there was enough evidence to indict Mrs. Kirchner for conspiracy over allegations that businesses rented properties from the real estate company, Los Sauces, in exchange for public works contracts and other favors.

For the first time, Mr. Bonadio also indicted the former president’s children, Máximo and Florencia Kirchner, in the case that includes charges of money laundering and negotiations incompatible with public office.

The charges could lead to prison sentences of up to 10 years if the Kirchners are convicted. Mr. Bonadio also ordered the freezing of assets of about $8.5 million each for Mrs. Kirchner and her son, and $6.5 million for her daughter.


As my friend from Argentina said yesterday, “diós mío – where did they get all of that money?”  Then he answered his own question: “El sistema.  ¡La corrupción!”

The answer is sadly obvious.  As my friend said, it’s the corrupt system that started many years ago.  We call it “crony capitalism” up here, and they call it “el sistema” down there.   

The allegations include kickbacks involving the renting of rooms in a hotel owned by the Kirchner family.  By the way, the name “Kirchner” refers to her late husband, the man she followed in the presidency.    

The ex-first family has been indicted on fraud and corruption charges relating to public works projects in Santa Cruz Province in southern Argentina.  I guess there is always a public works project when we talk about corruption in Latin America.

First, there was Evita Perón, although she never became president.  Second, there was the second Mrs. Perón, who did become president in the 1970s and resigned over corruption.  Third, there is now President Cristina, who is apparently going down with her kids as well.

It all makes for some rather remarkable political drama, with President Cristina now tweeting her innocence and calling everything a witch hunt.

At least Evita had a Broadway play named after her.  They still love her down there!  She never became president, and that may have been a blessing.   

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April 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

The ‘Deep state’ Ecuador style

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Ecuador Map


(My new American Thinker post)

Ecuador is bitterly divided over the presidential election last Sunday. Some experts are saying that Ecuador is bucking the movement to the right that we saw in Argentina and Brazil. Frankly, I would not jump to conclusions about an election that half of the country is not accepting. There are some rough days ahead for this little country in South America.

Down in Ecuador, we saw protests again:

Supporters of Ecuadorean opposition leader Guillermo Lasso gathered in the streets for a second night Monday to protest what they consider fraud at the ballot box that tilted a presidential runoff in favor of his leftist rival.

Sunday’s razor-thin election win by ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno bucked the trend of right-wing electoral victories in South America following 15 years of leftist domination. 

Even as calls from Latin American governments congratulating Moreno poured in, Lasso, a conservative banker, vowed to keep up the fight against the installation of an “illegitimate” government.


The current score is Lenin Moreno 51%, Guillermo Lasso 49%, with 99% of the vote reported. The raw numbers are roughly 200,000 out of 4.8 to 5 million votes.    

Lasso is challenging results because several exit polls had him up, one by 5-6 points.    

The right is pointing out that there were serious problems with the official website counting votes, i.e. memories of 1988 Mexico when the official computer crashed.   

Furthermore, violence was also reported in some provinces and it may have been related to voter suppression.

The other issue is that the right just does not trust the bureaucracy put together by incumbent President Rafeal Correa, a leftist leader who has divided the country terribly. Let’s call it “Deep state Ecuador style”.

Back to the article:  

Part of the problem is the opposition’s distrust of the National Electoral Council, which it says has become an appendage of the executive in the way the electoral board in Venezuela has all but lost independence under President Nicolas Maduro, a key ally of Correa.

“We’re looking at an unprecedented situation: those behind the fraud are the judges themselves,” Lasso told foreign reporters, adding that his campaign would seek a recount once the results are certified. “We expect they’ll deny our requests but in doing so they’ll be confirming the fraud.”

Despite such heated rhetoric Lasso so far has failed to present any evidence of vote tampering except for a single voting act of 248 ballots from a rural area whose tally is says was reversed in favor of Moreno when official results were computed.

The left will probably win this one thanks to the “deep state”.   

Again, it’s not what the country needs. Mr. Assange in London may be the only person in the world who feels good about this count.

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April 5, 2017 at 7:36 am