‘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

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

Brazil cartels announce “a terror campaign”

We’ve posted a couple of times about the street demonstrations in Brazil, i.e. protests related to the spending for the World Cup and Olympics!

Brazil may also face a very serious terror campaign, if the cartels have their way:

“Brazil’s biggest drug cartel has promised a ‘World Cup of terror’ next year – in a reminder of the high level of violence that still marks the country.
The threat was issued by the First Capital Command in Sao Paulo, who last year was behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city’s police officers. And last night violent demonstrations exploded on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo with protesters setting fire to cars and fighting pitched battles with police. The protests were in support of a teachers’ strike and were the latest in a long line of unrest that has seen millions take to the streets in Brazil to protest against the government.”

I hope that the Brazilian authorities are taking this threat very seriously.

There will be thousands of fans and visitors all over the country. The Cup will be played in various cities and there are going to be lots of people on highways and airplanes going back and forth.

Brazil’s government faces a lot of discontent, specially in some of the poor neighborhoods.

First, many people feel that the spending has been inefficient and excessive.

Second, “crony capitalism” is alive and well in Brazil.

Let’s hope for the best but don’t be surprised if the World Cup turns into a lot more than “futbol”!