Sunday, November 11, 2007

Spanish King tells Chavez to Shut Up

In a wonderful display of diplomacy and elegance, Spanish King don Juan Carlos tells big mouth Chavez, Venezuela's wannabe president/dictator to shut-up. About time that someone did. Check the link for the video in Chile.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Free Trade

Read this blog about free trade and global events.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Creating and Marketing Winning White Papers Seminar

I ran into this very interesting blog about writing white papers, which might be very useful.

The seminar will be held in San Diego, California.

Here are some factoids about the seminar:

  • Interactive, hands-on white paper writing and marketing training
  • Full day at San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego
  • Limited to only 25 people (so get a spot while they are available)
  • Held September 21st
  • To be taught by Michael Stelzner

Here is the link to the seminar and more details:

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Monday, May 07, 2007

US Democracy and Latin America

The US has for some time now being aware of significant changes in political governance throughout Latin America. From Mexico to Chile, a majority of countries have recently appointed new Presidents, some of whom have dramatically changed the way they see the US and their own neighbors.

Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina and of course Cuba are for the most part against US international policies, trade and influence that the US exerts over other regions. Interestingly even when they do not agree and often like Chavez in Venezuela bash the US (and recently anyone who he believes gets in his way), they all want to export to the US. While several of these these individuals - I would not go as far as to call them "leaders" do their best to threaten to cut off oil exports, nationalize, confiscate or privatize US and Europe companies, other countries are trying hard to create a vision for the future where democracy and economic growth will benefit their country or region. Why is it then that the latter group is unsupported by the US whereas the former are tolerated?

Last month former Vice-President and wanna be President Al Gore, canceled a much touted environmental meeting in Florida, because Colombia's President Uribe was also scheduled to speak, indicating that Uribe could be under investigation for past ties with a paramilitary group. Not only did Gore offend most Colombians but also many others throughout Latin America, leading many to believe that sometimes political retort is better than a level head and proves that there is no such thing as being innocent until proven guilty.

More recently, Democrats stalled on free trade issues with Colombia mostly on US politics - since the Republican incumbent is in favor, the Democrats must by default be against it. On May 6th, The Washington Post characterized President Uribe as a "staunch alley of the US". Yet the US Democrats he met with pretty much gave him the cold shoulder while heavily promoting "friendship" with Syria, North Korea and a few other non-friendly governments.

It appears that ignorance is a blessing and that many in Government need to wake up and realize that the animosity from Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia is a two way street and did not occur overnight. Judging others objectively is hard enough, judging others without knowledge is just plain ignorance.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Not surprisingly

Felipe Calderon is the president elect in Mexico. Not surprisingly, Mexico's highest courts ruled in his favor stating that he won fair and square. It is now up to him to bring together a very divided country, polarized by his opponents leftist tactics.

On a side note, its amazing that few US news networks picked up on this. Mexico's action is perhaps the most important news this year, especially for its largest trading partner to the north. In terms of economic impact, people and resources, we underestimate Mexico's importance.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Mexico and elections

The defeated candodate washed out by hail storm on Wednesday. Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador, better known by intitals AMLO has, quite unsuccessfully attempted to mutiny against democracy.

Sometimes losing can make a winner.

Friday, July 07, 2006

ESPN and soccer

Espn blew it, how lousy can it get? David O'Brien should have stayed away - far away - from soccer, he knows more about other things (we hope) than being a commentator. Plus his comment on "teaching" us how to listen to a new way of narrating soccer is immature and only highlights his ego.

Do us a big favor O'Brien, stay away from any sport.