Category Archives: Latin America

VIDEO: U.S. Role In Assassination Of Haitian President Coming Into Focus

VIDEO: U.S. Role In Assassination Of Haitian President Coming Into Focus; Colombians Reportedly Involved

Kim Ives, English language editor at Haiti Liberté, discusses the latest developments in the investigation into President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination.

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HAITI: Doubts raised about who was behind the assassination of Haiti’s president

Police claims that Jovenel Moïse was killed by a mainly Colombian hit squad thrown into doubt

Haitians gather at the US embassy in hopes of visas amid fear and uncertainty following the assassination of the country’s president.
PHOTO: Haitians gather at the US embassy in hopes of visas amid fear and uncertainty following the assassination of the country’s president. Photograph: Orlando Barría/EPA
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Questions have been raised over Haiti’s official narrative for the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, who was gunned down at his mansion in Port-au-Prince last Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

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THE VIEW FROM EUROPE: Difficult choices for the Caribbean – By David Jessop

By David Jessop

Can the Caribbean avoid being caught up in the accelerating east-west struggle for global influence? Is the region likely to find itself in a bidding war, ‘dancing to the rhythm of dollar diplomacy’, as Jamaica’s former prime minister, Bruce Golding, has suggested?

Reading the communiqué from the recently held G7 summit, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the consensus arrived at by wealthy western nations on relations with China and Russia, the promotion of shared values, and investment in post-pandemic economic recovery, will not be used to attempt to seduce the region.

Although the meeting held in England’s far Southwest touched on multiple issues, it is the future approach agreed towards China and its Belt and Road Initiative, and on corporate taxation which will likely become the most complex future issues that Caribbean governments must now respond to.            Continue reading

FINANCE: Cryptocurrencies, central banks and the Caribbean – By David Jessop

– By David Jessop

In less than three months, El Salvador intends becoming the first country in the world to make bitcoin its official currency alongside the US dollar.

President Nayib Bukele, a populist and media-savvy disruptor, says his decision will generate employment, enable the financial inclusion of tens of thousands of the country’s citizens who operate outside the formal economy, and enable its large diaspora in the US and elsewhere to send money to their families more cheaply.

The idea is that the government will guarantee convertibility to dollars at the time of transaction through a US$150 million trust fund created at the country’s development bank, BANDESAL.            Continue reading

VIDEO: The Amazon Rain Forest

POLITICS: How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

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How Chinese Financing is Fueling the World’s Megaprojects

On a mountaintop a few miles north of the bustling streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, a curving, modern complex is beginning to take shape. This building, once completed, will be the home of the African country’s parliament, and the centerpiece of a new section of the capital city.

Aside from the striking design, there’s another unique twist to this development — the entire $140 million project is a gift from Beijing. At first glance, gifting a country a new parliament building may seem extravagant, but the project is a tiny portion of China’s $270 billion in “diplomacy spending” since 2000.          Continue reading

VENEZUELAN MIGRATION: Illegal immigration big business in Trinidad – National Security minister

 — Drone, new vessels to help combat illegal immigration

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds (centre) speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the National Security Ministry Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. Looking left is Chief of Defense Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith right.

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds (centre) speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the National Security Ministry on May 2, 2021. Looking left is Chief of Defense Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith right.

The Ministry of National Security is moving to clamp down on illegal immigrants entering Trinidad and Tobago as 15 beaches have now been identified as major points of entry for this activity.          Continue reading

ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.          Continue reading

VIDEO: The Amazon Rain Forest – An Amazing Ecosystem

David Jessop | Regional tourism outlook brightening

| April 18, 2021   
Recently published visitor arrival figures indicate that Caribbean tourism has started down the long road to recovery. Following a disastrous 2020, during which governments closed borders to try to halt the spread of COVID-19 and months when the sector all but ceased operations, visitor numbers are now slowly increasing.

According to Tourism Analytics, the Aruba-based consultancy that publishes tourism arrivals figures on a rolling basis, stopover visitors to the island Caribbean, excluding Haiti, declined by 66.1 per cent from 23 million in 2019, to 7.8 million last year.    Continue reading