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The Hispanic factor in the US and other Latin America stories of the week

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Guests: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog……….Israel Ortega,………we will discuss the latest about the Mexico peso and comments by President Pena-Nieto about meeting Mr Trump………..Venezuela continues in crisis…….elections in Rio de Janeiro…………..and the US election days away…………

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Source: The latest from Venezuela and other Latin America stories of the week 11/03 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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November 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Mexico and other US Latin America stories of the week

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GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for our weekly review of US-Latin America stories……the latest about the discontent in Brazil, the murder of Alberto Nisman in Argentina…..

we will also hear from Barnard Thompson, editor of, one of the best websites covering Mexico…..we will ask Mr Thompson about the upcoming mid-term elections in Mexico and President Pena-Nieto’s standing with the public…..the US-Mexico relationship…..

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April 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm

How do you say “Tea Party” in Portuguese?

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(My new American Thinker post)

We’ve seen massive anti-government demonstrations in Brazil over the last few weeks. These marches are happening because the people are disgusted. 

What we are seeing in Brazil is a perfect storm of misguided populist policies, an unsustainable welfare state, and the corruption that always comes when big business and bureaucrats are too cozy, i.e. “crony capitalism”.

Take a look: there are all of the signs of “a tea party” or whatever they want to call it in Portuguese.   

The March 15 demonstration was the largest Sao Paulo had seen in more than three decades, since 1984 protests demanding democratic elections after a long dictatorship.

And the amazing thing is that a young conservative is leading the way:

But more surprising than the crowd of more than 200,000, according to the Datafolha polling and statistics agency, was the fact it was being led by Kataguiri, a skinny, 19-year-old college dropout, and other young Brazilian activists inspired by libertarianism and conservative free-market ideals.
The grandson of Japanese immigrants, Kataguiri is a social media star whose quirky videos skewer Rousseff and the ruling party’s social welfare policies. His ascent as a protest figure has been rapid. Two years ago, when protests erupted across Brazil over corruption and poor public services, Kataguiri was a high schooler who avoided the unrest.
Today, he is the public face of the Free Brazil Movement, a growing force that is more focused than the 2013 unrest that expressed a wide range of middle-class anger. Brazil’s new wave of protests are seen as a right-leaning movement clearly channeled against Rousseff and her Workers’ Party.

This is the best news that we’ve heard from Latin America all year. It confirms that many people are sick and tired of the kind of “populismo” that has given us the big but rather inefficient Brazilian economy.   

In fact, the Economist reports that the economy will shrink in 2015! The economy will shrink but the marches will grow.

Frank Sinatra used to sing that they drink a lot of coffee in Brazil. It looks like there may be “a tea party” with a little samba, too!   

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.  

Maduro ‘muy malo,’ Castro ‘mi nuevo amigo’?

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(My new American Thinker post)

The U.S.-Cuba talks remind us that there are huge differences between the countries, from resolving the issue of the assets stolen from U.S. citizens to the case of Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey law enforcement officer years ago.

Add to this another ship full of weapons bound for Cuba, and you have a good reason for putting these talks on hold until further notice.

I cannot believe that this is what President Obama envisioned in mid-December when he called for a new approach toward Cuba.  It looks like the only one with a new approach in this relationship is the U.S.!

Over the last few days, the Obama administration confused us once again.
On one hand, President Obama issued another executive order regarding Venezuela (via Fausta’s Blog):

This new authority is aimed at persons involved in or responsible for the erosion of human rights guarantees, persecution of political opponents, curtailment of press freedoms, use of violence and human rights violations and abuses in response to anti government protests, and arbitrary arrest and detention of anti-government protesters, as well as the significant public corruption by senior government officials in Venezuela.  The E.O. does not target the people or the economy of Venezuela.

At first glance, we say: good job!  It’s about time that the Obama administration stood with people in the streets fighting for more freedom and democracy.  They didn’t in Iran in 2009, but we are happy that someone is telling the president that citizens are being crushed in the streets by government authorities.  One boy was even killed recently.

On second thought, we are puzzled:

Why not declare something similar about Cuba?  Don’t they know at the Obama White House that Cuba and Venezuela are the same?  After all, who has provided the island with subsidized oil for some time?  Who has trained the Venezuelan military?  Whom does Maduro call when he has a problem?  He calls Raúl Castro!

As we single out Venezuela, the Obama administration continues to push for Cuba to be removed from the State Department list of terrorist nations.  The Obama administration has apparently not heard that another ship full of weapons was intercepted bound for Cuba:

The Chinese captain of a freighter stopped by the Colombian authorities is under house arrest in Cartagena for allegedly carrying unregistered weapons and military equipment bound for Cuba.
The Hong Kong-registered Da Dan Xia has been impounded for a week after local authorities claim 100 tonnes of gunpowder, 99 projectile bases and 3,000 artillery cartridge cases were discovered aboard, reports AFP.

Of course, maybe President Obama has not read the Latin America section of his favorite newspaper.  After all, doesn’t he find out everything from the papers?

We understand that each country is different and you have to act accordingly.  However, Cuba and Venezuela are the same.  The leaders are the same and should be treated as anti-American thugs who need someone to bail them out from their misguided socialist policies.

It’s time to push them back and work on regime change, the only solution that will really help the people in these countries.   

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

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March 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm