Does Evo know that thousands have been killed by that ugly symbol?

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Our wonderful friend Carlos addressed this in great detail.    I just have to say a word about this pathetic image of Pope Francis and Evo Morales:

“Yesterday, I heard President Fernandez of Argentina talking about “The Merchant of Venice”.

Today, it’s President Evo Morales’ turn to show that most of Latin America is voting for people who should be doing something other than governing.

This is what happened in Bolivia:

“Pope Francis has received a rather unusual gift from Bolivia’s first indigenous president Evo Morales during his visit to Latin America: a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol of the union of labour and peasants.”

I hope that Pope Francis reminded Sr. Evo that thousands of Christians and innocent people have been killed by that communist symbol that he is proudly displaying.

Romania 25 years after communism

Like Cuba, Romania was governed by a corrupt dictator who lived in fancy palaces and had prisons all over the country.

Check out our chat with Dr Ileana Johnson, author of “Echoes of communism“……she visited her homeland on the 25th anniversary of the collapse of communism…..

Click to read and listen:

http://cantotalk.blogspot.com/2015/06/romania-25-years-later.html

The Gitmo 6 bouncing around in Uruguay

(My new American Thinker post)

It reads like a Saturday Night Live segment.  All you need is a guy with a Syrian accent screaming, “Live from New York…”

In reality, this is the story of the Gitmo terrorists who were sent to Uruguay not long ago:

Uruguay’s president says the U.N. refugee agency will help six former Guantanamo prisoners obtain housing in his country.

President Tabare Vazquez told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Panama that each of the six will soon have a home, thanks to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The six freed prisoners have struggled to adapt to life in Uruguay since arriving in December following years of captivity at Guantanamo.

They have not gotten work and are getting by on about $600 a month provided by a non-governmental organization.

Why is anyone surprised?

First, you take six of the world’s worst terrorists and turn them into victims of the U.S.

They are not victims.  They were detained in Gitmo because they were captured on the battlefield fighting U.S. and other troops.  They were detained without trial because the war is still going on.  Prisoners have been held in every war without trial waiting for the resolution of the war or the end of the conflict.

Also, most countries did not want to take these people, as was reported in the news:

The six, who were detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda in 2002 but were never charged, were cleared for release in 2009.

But they were stuck in Guantanamo for the next five years because they could not be sent home – and no one wanted them, until Uruguay stepped into the breach.

Second, what genius thought that you could relocate them to a very cosmopolitan city like Montevideo?

Who expected these terrorists and fanatics to adjust to the Western way of life that they detest, such as treating women with respect?  Again, why is anyone surprised that these 6 killers are having such difficulties adjusting to a modern way of life?

The author of the idea was former President Mujica.  Unfortunately, Mr. Mujica’s little anti-U.S. play has turned into a nightmare for his fellow citizens, who have to put up with these incorrigible men.

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‘Populismo’ is Killing Brazil

“Latin America should know by now that “populismo” does not create prosperity. It just drives investors to other more attractive places, like Chile next door. 

It also creates a bloated state, “crony capitalism” and the corruption that comes with it.

It’s time for real change to come to Brazil. Frankly, all that they have to do is look next door to Chile!”

You can read the post here:  

http://cantotalk.blogspot.com/2015/03/populismo-is-killing-brazil.html

An early Bibi update: Did Obama’s endorsement kill another candidate?

So far so good for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu!   I understand that his victory is not official but it looks good.

My friend Barry Casselman (The Prairie Editor) has an explanation of how these multi-party elections work in Israel:

“The votes are still being counted in Israel, but it appears
that Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has defied
the odds, pundits and polls to stage a historic last-minute
comeback.

Exit polls which are sometimes inaccurate, show Netanyahu’s
party, Likud, with a slight lead over the leftist Zionist coalition
led by Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog. Actual vote counting,
with 67% tallied, show Likud leading its major party opponent
by about 4.8%, but it is unknown where the uncounted 33% are
from, and the totals might be much closer when all votes are
counted. Mr. Herzog’s party was, based on final pre-election
polls, expected to gain four more seats than Likud.

No political party has ever won a majority of the 120 seats in
the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. In order to control the
government and name the prime minster, a party leader must
form a coalition from the numerous small parties represented
in the Knesset.

Netanyahu, with a dramatic last-minute promise not to allow a
Palestinian state while he was prime minister, apparently was
able to draw votes from other conservative and nationalist
parties. Mr. Herzog, at the last-minute, said the leader of the
party with which his party formed a pre-election coalition
would not serve as prime minister in rotation if they won.
Some analysts said this hurt, rather than helped, Mr. Herzog’s
prospects to form the next Israeli government.

Wednesday morning the final results will be in, and both Mr.
Netanyahu and Mr. Herzog will attempt to assemble a majority
of 61 or more members of parliament. The actual naming of
the prime minister is by the elected president of Israel after
rceiving the official result on Thursday. The person he chooses
then has 30 days to form a government. If he or she cannot, the leader
of the party which came in second then has the opportunity to
form a government. If no one can do so, the Israeli president would
then call a new election.”

Again, it’s not final but Bibi looks very good.

Of course, the real question is this:  What role did the speech before Congress have in this result today?   Or what about President Obama’s overt effort to interfere with the Israeli election?

My guess is that the speech had a bigger impact in the US than Israel.  At the same time, I do believe that President Obama’s role to derail the Prime Minister backfired.

First, President Obama is extremely unpopular in Israel.  I would venture to say that he is the least popular US president since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.

Second, most Israelis have their eyes open about the threat from Iran.   They understand the threat better than any of us.   They live with it everyday.

Third, this election was supposed to be about domestic issues but President Obama made it a referendum on the Prime Minister’s criticism of the Iran nuclear deal.

In the end, President Obama’s move backfired.  It looks very likely that he will have Benjamin Netanyahu around for a while.

Moral of the story:  President Obama’s endorsements are not worth much these days, unless you are running in a heavily Democrat district with no competitive contest.

Just ask  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel!    President Obama is strongly supporting the incumbent mayor but the polls are neck and neck.   The mayor is in a tight fight with an under funded Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a local politician who may pull off a huge upset in a couple of weeks.

As we posted before, President Obama misplayed the Prime Minister’s speech.   He should have welcomed him to he US and listen to his concerns about the deal.   Bibi’s trip to the US was a wonderful opportunity for Mr Obama to make his case about the deal and to persuade a strong ally that he had their back.

Instead, he was disrespectful and probably turned off any Israelis to bring about today’s result.

 

Venezuela & US-Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a discussion of the latest US-Latin America stories……….we will also hear from Luisa Ravelo-Guedes, a Venezuelan national who lives in Texas….click here for the show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/03/12/venezuela-us-latin-america-stories-of-the-week-with-fausta-rodriguez-wertz

1983: Reagan calls the USSR “the evil empire”

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It was 32 years ago but I’d bet that you remember it like it was yesterday:

“Speaking to a convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Florida on this day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan publicly refers to the Soviet Union as an evil empire for the second time in his career. He had first used the phrase in a 1982 speech at the British House of Commons.

Some considered Reagan’s use of the Star Wars film-inspired terminology to be brilliant democratic rhetoric.

Others, including many within the international diplomatic community, denounced it as irresponsible bombast.”

Put me down as one of those who thought that it was brilliant democratic rhetoric.

President Obama understood that communism was evil.   He understood that millions had been murdered and imprisoned under the banner of communism.    He also knew that economies had been destroyed, from Romania to Cuba and so on.

He was not afraid to call out “evil”, a lesson that President Obama does not want to learn.

P.S.  We discussed the “evil empire” with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda, on Sunday’s show.

 

Shades of Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain Speech’

(My American Thinker post)

It was a remarkable speech.

PM Netanyahu spoke clearly, forcefully, and eloquently about the nuclear deal. This is one of those “must-watch speeches” that comes along once a generation.

It reminded us of another statesman who came to the U.S. many years ago.

It was on March 5, 1946 that the then former PM Winston Churchill of the UK spoke to the American people about the Soviet threat…………..here is the full post:

http://cantotalk.blogspot.com/2015/03/shades-of-churchills-iron-curtain-speech.html

Dr Ilena Johnson Paugh, author & economist….and her book “Communism 2.0″

GUEST:  Dr Ilena Johnson Paugh, author & economist….she has written a new book called “Communism 2.0″, a look at communism in Romania 25 years later…..why is communism (or socialism) popular again with young people?   what are the lessons for the US?  how are Europe’s economic problems, such as the financial crisis in Greece or unemployment in Spain, driving some people to the slogans of socialism?  we will also look at the Keystone Pipeline veto and recent enrollment figures for Obama Care….click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/02/27/communism-20-a-new-book-by-ileana-johnson-economist-and-author

 

Maduro “le tiene que echar la culpa a alguien” for the mess in Venezuela

We have seen this movie before:

First, the regime mismanages the economy with what The Economist calls:  “… ruinous economic policies have caused shortages of basic consumer goods and medicines and a sharp rise in inflation and poverty.

Second, the government arrests someone to distract the population.

In Cuba, it was the attacks on “El Diario de La Marina”, the expropriation of US properties or putting thousands of Cubans in political prisons.  Our parents and grandparents remember that well!

In Venezuela, it is the arrest of Caracas mayor Antonio Lesezma:

“Venezuela’s turbulent politics appear headed for a new phase of confrontation a day after intelligence agents stormed the offices of the Caracas mayor, Antonio ­Ledezma, seizing the opposition leader for his alleged role in what President Nicolás Maduro called an “endless coup.”

Ledezma will be indicted on charges of “conspiracy,” according to a statement released by Venezuelan state prosecutors Friday night after the 59-year-old mayor’s appearance at a Caracas tribunal. He was taken directly to the Ramo Verde military jail, the statement said — the same facility where another opposition leader, Leopoldo López, has been imprisoned for the past year.

In a speech Friday night, Maduro said he would lay out recordings and videos next week in a special broadcast revealing the “gringo intervention in Venezuela” that Ledezma allegedly conspired with. “In Venezuela, no one is untouchable,” he warned.”

“Gringo intervention”?   That sounds a lot like the “imperialismo yanki” that our parents heard years ago!

Of course, Mr Ledezma is just the latest distraction.   As you’ve read in Babalu, Fausta’s Blog and Venezuela News & Views, Venezuela has been hit very hard by the decline in oil prices.

Venezuela’s corrupt and overweight public bureaucracy requires a very high price of oil to survive.   It won’t fly when the commodity drops to $50!

We have seen this movie before.   It will likely get worse down in Caracas before it gets any better.

Finally, where are the governments of Latin America?   It would be nice if other governments in the region would demand the release of Mr. Ledezma.

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