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Cuba, marches in Brazil & other US-Latin America stories

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August 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

The people are marching again in Brazil

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Brazilians are out in the streets again, and it has nothing to do with a “fútbol” game.  The marches are signs that many Brazilians are fed up with the corruption in the current administration……click to read:

http://cantotalk.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-people-are-marching-again-in-brazil.html

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August 18, 2015 at 6:30 am

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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 Mexidata.info, 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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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/04/30/mexico-and-other-us-latin-america-stories-of-the-week

 

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April 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and other US-Latin America stories of the week

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April 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Hope that You Didn’t have to Call Anyone in Rio

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(My new American Thinker post)

The Brazil crisis, situation, or whatever else you want to call it, got very interesting over the last few days. Check out this from Reuters via the New York Times:

The state government of Rio de Janeiro, which is feverishly preparing for next year’s Olympic Games, has failed to pay its phone and Internet bills, triggering a cutoff in service, the phone company responsible said on Friday. 

The company, Oi, said it had cut the lines after the state government racked up $55.7 million in unpaid Internet and telephone bills due over three years ago. 

As Rio de Janeiro State pays for a number of large infrastructure projects in time for the Olympics, its tax revenue has fallen along with a drop in the price of oil. 

The cuts to the lines do not affect vital services like fire protection, schools or hospitals, Oi said. 

A spokesman for the state government contested the debt figure and said Oi also owed the state money. 

Of course, all of this comes on top of marches and more marches. There is awful anger over the corruption and economy. The marches are growing and getting louder as reported by Donna Bowater:

Fabio Ostermann, a political scientist who backed the Free Brazil Movement (MBL), said: 

“We need to show them that Brazil is no longer a country where politicians can do whatever they want without suffering the consequences.

“Dilma no longer has political, legal or especially moral conditions to occupy the presidency of the republic. It’s time for impeachment or surrender.”

Mr Ostermann conceded that the protests attracted less support in absolute numbers than the last nationwide demonstration on March 15 but said the movement had spread to more cities.

Wonder how all of this is going to impact the Olympics coming next year? A Brazilian friend in Dallas said a couple of interesting things:

1) The marches will get bigger and louder as the games get closer. He believes, and I agree, that marchers will get the attention of many international journalists about to arrive in the country; and,

2) He is less and less confident that President Dilma Rouseff will survive. In other words, she’s just a little too close to the corruption. She’s also very unlucky as the economy gets worse and worse.

I’m sure that this is not what the Brazilian political class had in mind when they worked so hard to bring the games to their country.  

What a situation, or “Que situcao” as they say in Portuguese.   

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April 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

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Hope that You Didn’t have to Call Anyone in Rio

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April 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The Bay of Pigs, Apollo 13 and a few other thoughts

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We will look back at some of my American Thinker posts of the week, from marches in Brazil to US-Cuba talks to The Monroe Doctrine to Cuba no longer on terror list…..plus remembering The Bay of Pigs in 1961, Apollo 13 safely returns to Earth in 1970 and a few other thoughts……

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/04/17/the-bay-of-pigs-apollo-13-and-a-few-other-thoughts

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April 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm