Together with the current economic recession, a hovering corruption scandal, a potential presidential impeachment and now the WHO declaration of a global emergency over the Zika virus, Brazil seems to be taking more than it can handle.
Let’s face it, for better or worse policymakers and politicians say and do a lot of funny things in and about the Americas. The region seems to lend itself to the tragic-comic events like former Congressman and then-chair of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee Dan Burton saying in a Congressional hearing that the U.S. ”should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.” (If you don’t get the joke, look at a map.) Or there’s Venezuelan President Maduro’s use of “de-mangos” as a tool of citizen participation. In short there’s a lot to laugh at in the Americas, or at least that’s what we have to do or we’d just get depressed. LatinAmericaGoesGlobal will keep track of the more ridiculous things policymakers and politicians say and do—and those that are poking fun at them—and post them here.
At what point is a country considered in crisis? Is it when basic goods aren’t available? Is it when citizens must choose between “having a life” or waiting endless hours in “colas” (lines) to go shopping for the little that’s left?
How does a trial for a political prisoner in Venezuela turnout? The fourteen year sentence issued to the popular Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on September 10th, 2015, surely gives away that the outcome is not favorable. But forget the outcome, what about the process? Given Lopez’s commitment to democracy, this question of “procedure” may be self explanatory…
Is resource diplomacy the only diplomacy Maduro has left?
Sometimes the statements at the UNHRC make the UN human rights body sound more like a comedy club than a serious forum dedicated to human life, security and dignity.
It is a sad state of affairs when a U.S. Senator cannot differentiate between beachside resorts and the impoverished, dangerous situation in which many Hondurans live.
Esperemos no sea el caso este Domingo.
John Oliver discusses Cuba’s removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, and whether the Cubans will really want to stay off that list once they’re overrun with American tourists.
In a long rant about FIFA corruption, John Oliver uses as an example the white elephants created by the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As he says—referring to the classic Joni Mitchell song, Brazil has literally “paved paradise to put up a parking lot.
Here is John Oliver’s rightly surprised take not only on what President Fernandez de Kirchner tweet but also on China’s lack of response, though ultimately that may have come when the Chinese Premier didn’t include Argentina in his last swing through South America. He who laughs last, we guess, laughs the loudest, even in Beijing.