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Latin Americans lecture Obama on Debt

by Rodan ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Brazil, Economy, Special Report at July 20th, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Talk about a turn of events. I remember a time back in the 80′s and 90′s when Latin American nations would default on their debts. Another tactic they would use is monetizing their debts, sound familiar. Now most Latin countries have their fiscal house in order, The result is economic growth. Buoyed by their new found success, they are now lecturing the Obama Regime about debt and fiscal responsibility.

SAO PAULO, July 20 (Reuters) – After three decades spent battling their own debt crises and getting constantly lectured about them by Uncle Sam, many Latin Americans are watching the countdown to a possible default in Washington with a mix of schadenfraude and fear of what a collapse might mean for them.

For everybody from presidents on down to street vendors, seeing U.S. politicians argue over where to make painful budget cuts has also been a reminder that those days are over in Latin America. For now, at least, as most of the region enjoys an era of economic prosperity and comparatively tiny deficits.

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Brazil, the region’s economic powerhouse, which just a decade ago had to come to Washington to ask the International Monetary Fund for a bailout, is now the United States’ fourth-biggest sovereign creditor — holding about $211 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, according to U.S. data from May.

This is unacceptable. America is becoming the economic laughing stock of the world. When you have former debtors telling us to be responsible, it’s embarrassing.

Immigration from Mexico and Latin America falls

by Rodan ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Headlines, immigration, Mexico at July 10th, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Due to a combination of a declining American economy, declining Latin American birthrates and Improving Latin economies, Immigration from those nations have fallen sharply. In the case of Mexico, it has crawled to zero. This changes the whole equation in the illegal immigration debate. If the legal numbers are down, that means those who are coming here illegally now are not doing it to seek jobs. They are coming here for drug distribution. If there are available visas slots from Mexico, that means those seeking work are not coming.

Immigration from Mexico to the United States has slowed down toward zero: that’s the thrust of an excellent story by Damien Cave in the New York Times (complete with excellent interactive graphics). I plan to write a column on that subject, but I can’t resist pointing out that I have been predicting this trend for more than two years now.

Examples:

June 7, 2009 blogpost. “There’s a need on all sides to rethink immigration policy. Both advocates and opponents of comprehensive bills have based their arguments on the assumption that large-scale immigration from Latin America and parts of Asia will continue indefinitely. But what if that assumption is false? Yes, our current recession is presumably temporary. But there is at least one other reason to assume that immigration from Latin America may not resume at previous levels: birth rates in Mexico and other Latin countries fell sharply around 1990.” The decline in Mexican birth rates is mentioned in the New York Times story.

This takes away a weapon from the Amnesty crowd. I have in my personal observation a decline in legal immigration from Latin American nations. As mentioned declining birthrates lowers the immigration poll. The improved economies in Latin America give people an incentive to stay home. Hence the call for amnesty is nonsense at this point. It’s not workers that will be legalized, they can apply for visas now due to the declining numbers. It will be cartel lackeys and drug runners.

On a flip side, the United States has a set quota of visas for Immigrants to enter per year. If Latin and Asian immigration have declined, who do you think are filling up the slots?

You know the answer.

 

Latin American nations having 2nd thoughts on UN Palestinian statehood vote

by Rodan ( 7 Comments › )
Filed under Dhimmitude, Headlines, Islamic Supremacism, Israel, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Mexico, Palestinians, United Nations, Venezuela at June 12th, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Several Latin American nations had recognize a fictitious Palestinian state. This was the work of the Obama Regime and their Brazilian allies. Even Pro-Israel nations like Chile and Peru recognized a Palestine. However, unlike the other countries, they didn’t recognize the 67 borders and said that the borders should be determined by negotiations favorable to Israel. Colombia refuses to recognize a Palestinian state and might even sue that entity should it arises. The PLO trained the FARC in the 70′s and 80′s, so the Colombians have a grudge. Now they are having 2nd thoughts for a variety of reasons and may not back a Palestinian statehood vote at the UN.

A majority of the 35 countries in Latin America are either against recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN in September, or are having second thoughts, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Sunday.

Ayalon, who returned over the weekend from attending an Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in El Salvador, told The Jerusalem Post “we certainly stopped the [Palestinian] momentum in Latin America.”
Among the countries which are not expected to support the PA move at the UN in September are Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Colombia.

Ayalon began his trip in Mexico, which is among the most influential countries in Latin America, along with Brazil and Argentina, and which has been the focus of intensive Palestinian efforts to get them to recognize a Palestinian state even before the UN vote – as all of South America – with the exception of Colombia, has done.

The only reason the Palestinians go any sympathy was because some of these countries are under 3rd World Liberation governments. Also, Israel had not  cultivated ties with these nations. Clearly realizing this, they sent Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon t0 the OAS meeting and he was able to change some minds.

Israel needs to keep this momentum going and continue cultivating ties with the Latin American nations. Colombia is right now theie closest ally. Using that alliance can open doors to other Latin countries. Unlike the Arabs, Israel has much to offer these nations. As a person with part of my roots in Latin America, I have more in common with an Israeli than an Arab Muslim. I hope these nations do the right thing and don’t reward Arab aggression.

Chavez’s influence wanes

by Rodan ( 62 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Dhimmitude, Fascism, Hezballah, Humor, Islam, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Music, Progressives, Satire, Socialism, Tranzis, Venezuela at May 19th, 2011 - 8:30 am

It seems Hugo Chavez should change careers. His Bolivarian 3rd World Liberation movement is losing steam. Even Progressive regimes like Brazil are distancing themselves from him. Chavez has increased his singing antics and even talks about Ancient Aliens on Mars. Clearly he is a man on the decline. His growing isolation in Latin America is due to his tightening ties with Iran. Most of them, even if sympathetic in rhetoric, know that these Islamists are trouble.

IPOJUCA, Brazil — Here on Brazil’s northeast coast, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dreamed of building an oil refinery and naming it after a Brazilian adventurer who had fought for Venezuela’s independence. The joint venture with Brazil, he said in trips here, would help unify Latin America against his adversary, the United States.

The $15 billion refinery is now two years away from completion, but with little input from Venezuela or its mercurial president, who for years backed projects regionwide in his drive to make Venezuela the vanguard of a new era in Latin America.

Indeed, these days Chavez’s influence is waning across the region as Venezuela’s oil-powered economy has gone bust and concerns have been raised about his governing style, which includes the jailing of opponents.

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When the group asked people to rate leaders in the Americas, Chavez finished second to last in its 2010 report. Even in Bolivia and Argentina, countries with warm relations with Venezuela, fewer than 35 percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of Chavez. “Evidently, what’s happening with Chavez is he’s not a leader of the region,” Lagos said.

Read the rest: Chavez’s influence wanes in Latin America

Hugo Chavez is sill a dangerous character. Venezuela has become a operations hub for Hizb’Allah and Al-Qaeda and his regional isolation means he will be reliant on these groups. Hopefully, his regime will collapse and Venezuela can be a normal nation again.

Maybe he should just pursue his true calling in life. Singing!

I know a Jazz Guitarist in Culver City who might be a good fit for his band!

Obama doesn’t get Latin America

by Rodan ( 13 Comments › )
Filed under Special Report at March 27th, 2011 - 8:40 am

Barack Hussein Obama was recently in Latin America. When he was there he made the claim that all of Latin America was Democratic. He ignored the oppression of Hugo Chavez and his cronies in Bolivia and Ecuador.

Most curious was Mr. Obama’s decision to simply ignore the fact that in large parts of Latin America, the “shared values” that he said bind the hemisphere are being trampled. In a speech directed to the region that he delivered in Santiago, the president declared that “today, Latin America is democratic” — even though rulers in a number of countries are shutting down media, eliminating judicial independence and rigging elections. He said “Latin America is contributing to global prosperity and security,” even though many of those same rulers are forging ties with Iran and have been defending the regime of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi.

Mr. Obama mentioned the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which nominally binds the governments of the hemisphere to act against those who commit political abuses, and said “we have to speak out when we see those principles violated.” Yet he himself did not speak out. Not once during his tour did he mention Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador or Bolivia or their increasingly autocratic rulers.

Clearly Arabs are more important than Latins to Obama. Why is he so obsessed with Libya,  yet is silent about Hugo Chavez and his cronies? The answer is, he supports the Bolivarians, since they are 3rd World Liberation Ideologues. He could care less about our own hemisphere.

US Continues to Ignore its Backyard

by Rodan ( 113 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Progressives, Republican Party, World at February 2nd, 2010 - 3:00 pm

One of my biggest criticisms of US foreign policy has been it’s Bi-Partisan obsession with the Middle East. This is largely due to Saudi/Gulf States Oil interests that have infiltrated Washington and their poisonous effect. Another aspect is the Progressive anti-Semitic obsession against Israel. In their warped mind, Israel is the center of all the world’s ill. A small nation with a population of 7 Million is somehow responsible for AIDS, world hunger, cancer and global warming. Their solution is the dismemberment of Israel and giving it to the Dar AL Islam. The Saudis paws are all over this as they hate Israel and are funding many of these so called peace groups.

The result of this obsession with that far away part of the world, has been America neglecting it’s back yard. Latin America and the Caribbean are much closer to home and have more effect on our security. Hugo Chavez and his Bolivarian Progressive movement is floundering, Mexico is in near anarchy and Brazil is now an economic power. All this is happening, yet you hear nothing about it.

While pundits called President Obama on his failure to mention Israel and the Palestinian problem in last week’s State of the Union Address, a far greater omission went ignored: Latin America.

Aside from one fleeting reference (to Colombia and free trade), the closest Obama came geographically was a rhetorical jaunt to the Caribbean to note the disaster in Haiti.

Mexico is battling a full-blown narco-insurgency right on our border. In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez is constructing a vicious dictatorship. Argentina’s stumbling toward a government crisis. While we were napping, Brazil became a great power.

Read the rest.

Col. Ralph Peters’ analysis is spot on. He is a Military thinker and looks at geography. The fact is Latin America and the Caribbean are the two most vital areas to America’s security. It is close to home and is our southern flank. We have been neglecting it at our own peril. But as is mentioned in the article, China is moving in. They are signing trade agreements and giving out loans to various countries. This is buying them friends in these nations, which is our sphere of influence. Why are we neglecting our own continent?

America needs to wake up out of it’s Bi-Partisan Middle East delusion and realize that Saudis are not our friends and Israel is not the center of the world’s problems. This delusion is draining our attention from our own backyard. Mexico is in anarchy, yet very little of it is discussed. We know more about Afghan villages filled with pedophiles than Mexican border towns controlled by ruthless drug cartels. Phoenix is now the top kidnapping city in the nation. This a result of our inattention to what is important: our own neighborhood. This is dangerous and could come back to haunt us.


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China replacing US in Latin America

by Rodan ( 44 Comments › )
Filed under China, Economy at July 9th, 2009 - 9:14 am

While the US wastes it’s time in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, the Chinese are increasing their influence in Latin America. This is very worrisome as this is our own hemisphere. One of the biggest gripes I have with US foreign policy is the fact that it is too Euro-Middle Eastern-Asian centric. This is our backyard with plenty of resources, we need to be dominant in our continent.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — All but invisible in Latin America a decade ago, China now is building cars in Uruguay, donating a soccer stadium to Costa Rica and lending $10 billion to Brazil’s biggest oil company.

It’s supplanted the United States to become the biggest trading partner with Brazil, South America’s biggest economy.

China has moved aggressively to fill a vacuum left by the United States in recent years, as the U.S. focused on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the global economic crisis sapped its economy.

Read the rest.

Intel. Report: Iran Will Use Latin America to Attack U.S.

by WrathofG-d ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Ahmadinejad, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Dhimmitude, Hezballah, Iran, Islamists, Jihad, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Politics, Terrorism, Venezuela at April 20th, 2009 - 11:23 am

President Obama Greets Hugo ChavezJust two days after President Barack Hussein Obama shared a cordial handshake with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has released a study analyzing the flowering alliance between the increasingly anti-Western Latin America and the virulently anti-Israel Iran.

According to the study, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is using anti-Western Hugo Chavez as a springboard into several Latin American countries, such as Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador, where he intends to establish a religious, terrorist, political and economic foothold in South America.  Iran has already made major inroads in its relationship with Venezuela and Bolivia, largely based on shared anti-American sentiments.

Iran will utilize this developing relationship to challenge the United States, parts of Asia, and Africa, said the study.

The Islamic Republic will also leverage petrodollars and Muslim operatives positioned throughout key Latin American countries to implement a radical anti-Western agenda, fight America’s anti-nuclear policy, and to slash international economic sanctions according to the IICC.

In addition, the report warns that Iran may launch anti-American and anti-Israel terror attacks through intelligence and terror networks in South American countries.

Ahmadinejad, who hosted a “World Without Zionism” conference in 2005, promoting his goal to “wipe Israel off the map”, has already succeeded in wounding Israeli diplomatic relations in the region, with Israel’s diplomatic core being forced out of Chavez’s Venezuela and Bolivia during the anti-terror Operation Cast Lead in January 2009.

Khomeini-inspired Shi’ite Islamic and Iranian revolutionary propaganda is being exported by Iran into non-Muslim and Muslim communities in Latin America, in large part through its terror proxy, Hizbullah, which is raising funds for operation by uniting with South American drug and crime cartels.

The IICC report cites several U.S. intelligence and military officials expressing concern over rising Iranian activity in Latin America, and increasing numbers of converts in the region to Islam.

{The Rest of The Article}

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The audacity of the dope once again brings us a “peace in our time” moment.

Latin Leaders Bash America While Obama Just Sits There

by Rodan ( 15 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama at April 19th, 2009 - 8:22 pm

Obama is a fool. Various leaders of Latin America bashed the US, he sat there and said nothing.

Obama Gets History Lesson From Latin American

April 18 (Bloomberg) — Latin American leaders railed against the U.S. during President Barack Obama’s first trip to the region, turning what was intended to mark a new direction in relations into a history lesson that chastised “Yankee troop” interventions and U.S.-dictated economic policies.

Obama arrived at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday promising to “listen and learn” from regional leaders. He got an earful.

Obama is a sucker and it is plain for all the world to see.

Mexico may Collapse.

by Rodan ( 5 Comments › )
Filed under Military, World at January 14th, 2009 - 8:13 pm

I really hope this doesn’t happen. It might with the power the Drug Cartels have. They basically control the northern towns of Mexico. They are developing a parallel government. They already have tentacles here.

U.S. military report warns ‘sudden collapse’ of Mexico is possible

EL PASO – Mexico is one of two countries that “bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse,” according to a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats.

We need to watch this. Our border is important. We need to deploy troops now to defend from the Cartels trying to take over here. They already are here and are lurking. We need to spy on the Cartels the way we spy on Jihadists.

The command’s “Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)” report, which contains projections of global threats and potential next wars, puts Pakistan on the same level as Mexico. “In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.