Alejandro Giammattei has been elected as the president of Guatemala in the second round of elections held on August 11.
Giammettei’s victory is seen more like a defeat of Sandra Torres, the perceived Hillary Clinton of Guatemala. Sandra won 42 per cent of the votes against the 58 per cent that went to Giammettei.
Sandra was the wife of Alvaro Colom when he was President in the period 2008-12. She manipulated and intervened in the administration to raise her profile and image.
Alejandro Giammattei has been elected as the president of Guatemala in the second round of elections held on 11 August.
Giammettei’s victory is seen more as a defeat of Sandra Torres, perceived as the Hillary Clinton and Evita of Guatemala. Hatred for her made more people to vote for her opponent. Sandra was the wife of Alvaro Colom when he was President in the period 2008-12.
The main hero in the story is Dinesh Thakur, the whistle blower, who collected 48 million dollars for exposing the scandal of quality control frauds in Ranbaxy which was fined 500 million dollars by the US FDA. The author has used the Ranbaxy story to condemn Indian generic exporters.
Latin American GDP is forecast to grow by a modest 0.5% in 2019, according to a report released by UN ECLAC this week.
The decrease in growth is due to domestic reasons such as lesser investment, reduction in exports, fall in public spending and private consumption. Growth was also affected by the global environment of fall in commodity prices, slow down by China which has reduced imports and trade wars unleashed by President trump.
There are lot of mango trees in Venezuelan streets, backyards of houses and public places. I used to pick up and eat in the golf courses. But the oil-spoiled Venezuelans would not touch the mangoes. It was below their level. They would just let most of the mangos fall on the ground and rot..Now because of the crisis, food shortage and poverty increase, they have started eating the mangoes..for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The documentary film The Edge of Democracy on Netflix is the Brazilian story of the end of military dictatorship in 1985, the climax of democratic maturity with the election of lathe worker Lula as president, the fall of democracy with the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff through legislative coup in 2016 and the imprisonment of Lula to prevent him from contesting in the elections by a judicial coup in 2018.
The documentary film “ The edge of democracy”, which is streamed in Netflix, is the Brazilian story of the end of military dictatorship in 1985, the climax of democratic maturity with the election of a lathe worker Lula as President, the fall of democracy with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff through legislative coup in 2016 and the imprisonment of Lula to prevent his contesting in the elections by a judicial coup in 2018. It is a poignant and powerful narrative.
Ecuador has started the process to become member of Pacific Alliance in the first week of July 2019. This was confirmed and welcomed at the summit of the Alliance held on 7 July.
It is geographically logical given the fact that Ecuador is tucked in between Colombia and Peru, the only neighbours of the country.
Since UNASUR and Andean Community (of which Ecuador was a member) are dead, Ecuador needs to join a Group and Pacific Alliance is a natural choice.
As India expands its Act East policy and looks to take advantage of the US-China trade war, it’s easy to forget how important Latin America is as a trading zone for New Delhi.
For instance, in 2018-19, India exported more to distant Guatemala ($305 million, 15,000 km away) than to neighbouring Cambodia ($196 million, 3,400 km away).
Latin America is more important for India’s exports than some neighbours and traditional trade partners
India exported more to the distant (15000 km) Guatemala ( 305 million dollars) than to the neighbouring (3400 km) Cambodia ( 196 million$)in 2018-19,.
India’s export of 181 million dollars to the remote and small Uruguay (15000 km away; population 3.4 million) is more than to Kazhakstan ( 143 milliondollars) which is 1600 km from Delhi and has more than five times population with 18 million.
Juan Guaido, the self proclaimed President of Venezuela, is openly establishing contact with Pentagon and reaching out to US Southern Command for intervention. This is an unwise move. He should persuade the Chavistas and military people to join his liberation of the country from mismanagement.
According to a statement attributed to former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, there is no coup in the US because there is no American embassy in Washington DC.
In 2002, when President Hugo Chavez was overthrown in a coup, there was an American embassy in Caracas. Today, April 11, is the anniversary of the 2002 coup.