Ecuador: Thanks to the dozen or so people that have mailed me with the “Correa Expels US Diplomat” story. It is a case of ‘you can’t fire me cos I quit’ cos the dude in question. Armando Astorga, had already been retired from Ecuador on what the US Embassy called ‘a normal rotation of staff’. Smell the BS? Yeah, me too.
Anyway, Studmuffin sure likes to make a scene (he announced it as part of Radio MUFN), but he’s well within his rights here; this was a classic case of foreign diplo meddling in national affairs. In the end it’s no biggie, but as reader MG said in his mail last night, “I just like how the embassy/state dept hasn’t lost it’s talent for playing dumb post-Bush”. Quite right, MG.
Peru: Isn’t it strange how the mining companies that treat their workers as slaves are nearly always the ones that suffer accidents? Following on from the five dead in La Escondida, Peru last month, another five are trapped (and the worst is currently presumed) by a rockfall in one of the tunnels of the Casapalca mine, East of Lima. This is the same mine featured in this recent note that includes:
In Argentina, things are beginning to heat up in the run to the congressional elections at the end of the year. Now that the summer break season is drawing to a close there, lines are beginning to be drawn and the atmosphere is already getting bitter. The main line of interest is the “Kirchner versus Duhalde” fight, with the ex-presidents battling for the hearts and minds of the Peronist party. There’s a lot to unfold from here so watch this space as 2009 progresses.