One of the many reasons is that Latin America does not present its best face to the world and is therefore not taken seriously. The image of these countries that Americans too often see is that of a caricature: that of a clownish demagogue, or a boisterous “caudillo” dressed in the combat fatigues he might have worn had he ever seen combat; or of an incessant talker in enamored with the sound of his or her voice; and in some cases someone who combines many of the above characteristics.
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wise, or even honest faces symbolize the rich continent to our South. Is
it any wonder then, that senior policy-makers in the U.S. Government
have difficulty focusing on this region? It is especially hard when
those policy-makers have access to information that documents the abuse
of power, moral degradation and illicit enrichment in which many foreign
When U.S. audiences watch the occasional
television report about this region, or read press accounts, which are
the Latin American faces that stare back? Frequently, those of an
emaciated Fidel Castro of Cuba; a garrulous Hugo Chavez of Venezuela; an
eccentric Evo Morales of Bolivia; a rabid Rafael Correa of Ecuador; and
a devious Cristina Kirchner of Argentina. Those come to mind, at least
to the few observers that even know what those characters look like.
being dishonest and dangerous (for example, all the above preside over
rampantly corrupt governments and some have close ties with Iran,
regional terrorist groups or organized crime) these rulers have
something else in common: they were all originally elected in votes that
were relatively free and fair. We must ask how is it possible that
otherwise intelligent constituencies choose so poorly? One reason is
that they lack in balanced information about their candidates and
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interventions. In Latin America the press is frequently afraid of
reporting negative material about powerful people running for office
(for good reason,China plastic moulds manufacturers directory. since scores of honest reporters have been and continue to be killed while investigating wrongdoing).
well-founded media fear may result in the election of yet another
candidate with a disturbing past: Yani Rosenthal Hidalgo, a candidate
for President in the Liberal Party primaries in Honduras. Rosenthal was
Minister of the Presidency (a kind of Super Cabinet Secretary and
Presidential “fixer”) under a previous elected schemer, Mel Zelaya, who
was removed from office in 2009 for violating the Constitution, by a
unanimous vote of the Supreme Court of Honduras. Zelaya’s acolyte, Mr
Rosenthal, apparently intends to take Zelaya’s place. If Mr. Rosenthal’s
political background is insufficient to disqualify him from office, his
illicit business activities should.
Mr. Rosenthal is the scion
of what is alleged to be the richest family in Honduras. The family
conglomerate, Grupo Continental, owns some of the leading companies in
Honduras: banks, insurance, engineering and construction, newspapers,
television, cable TV, cement alligator skins, coffee growing, free zone
assembly plants, food packing, sugar, residential developments, bananas,
cattle and sheep breeding and cacao, among others.
especially Yani, is the object of pending judicial charges and
investigations that run practically the entire gamut of their business
activities. For example:
Since 2007, the Rosenthal
telecommunications firm Cable Color has been accused by Honduran and
international authorities of illegal use of its telephone lines for
“grey traffic.” Grey traffic is the false reporting of international
long distance calls as domestic calls, thus avoiding additional charges
associated with international calls, such as payment for the use of
underwater cables, of international taxes paid to the foreign
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international traffic is controlled by the public telephone company,
Hondutel, which is – or would be if were operated honestly and
efficiently – the single largest source of revenue to the state.
In 2007 then-President Manuel (Mel) Zelaya,The oreck XL professional air purifier,
whom Yani Rosenthal was serving as Cabinet Minister at the time,
appointed the First Lady’s nephew, Marcelo Chimirri, as General Manager
of Hondutel. Chimirri so looted Hondutel’s treasury that he was indicted
for corruption and abuse of power and eventually arrested.
in a country with a long history of high-level corruption, Chimirri and
Zelaya’s avarice was unprecedented. In order to hide the plundering of
Hondutel through the use of grey traffic by companies owned by their
allies such as the Rosenthals, Chimirri and Zelaya designed a cynical
smoke screen reminiscent of the famous order “round up the usual
suspects” in the movie Casablanca.