Tag: South America

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The president referenced the number of walls existing or under construction around the world recently….which of course in itself won’t change any minds on whether one along the US southern border is appropriate. Surprisingly, even in the hostile press world, it was admitted walls are a big phenomenon, not just a flaky medieval idea. But […]

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Hoyt Brings the Hammer

 

Portugese-born writer Sarah Hoyt:

I didn’t grow up in a South American country, but the culture rhymes. I think I told before of the father of a friend who, when I was fourteen, informed me that the Portuguese would have invented/produced much better computers than IBM if “the US let us.” I tried to figure out what the US was doing to hold back this powerhouse of Portuguese computing and got a confused story about not being allowed to grow rice and if Portugal did something or other (search me. It made no sense then, and I have trouble remembering insane ramblings) the US would cut aid. Thereby making it impossible for Portugal to have a computer industry.

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Some recent stories from Venezuela, Brazil, and Nigeria caught my attention; they have some interesting similarities. They are all oil-producing countries–with state-owned oil companies–that have been impacted by falling oil prices. And they are also reaching levels of political maturity where corruption is becoming more scandalous. In Venezuela, the opposition has resolved to oust Chavez’s successor Nicolas […]

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An opposition candidate who was the former mayor of Buenos Aires has won the Argentinian presidential election in a run-off: Mr Macri promises to set Latin America’s third biggest economy on a more free-market course after a combined 12 years of leftist populism under Mrs Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner. Preview Open

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I don’t follow news from Latin America that closely, but recent conversations on Ricochet prompted me to take a look. If the rest of the world is going somewhere in a hand basket, to the point that plans for fortress America start getting dusting off, then it seems worthwhile to be aware of developments on […]

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The Real Security Threat to Venezuela

 

According to El País, 50 newborn babies died this past month in a public hospital in the northern coastal town of Barcelona, Venezuela, and the cause of death is attributed to bacteria from an opossum that was spotted in the neonatal unit. Sadly, sanitary conditions like these are the norm in public hospitals across Venezuela, which also suffer from a 93% shortage in basic medical materials. Venezuela’s healthcare scarcity doesn’t stop there. Since former president Hugo Chávez’s election in 1998, more than 12,000 doctors, surgeons, and various other medical practitioners have left the public health system, 60% of them fleeing the the country to continue their careers elsewhere. Cuban “medical missions” have partially filled the void, but many of these physicians are treating the mission as an escape route. Just last week El Colombiano reported that at least 720 Cuban doctors have abandoned their Venezuelan medical posts and escaped to Colombia, in hopes of reaching the United States.