Thursday, November 29, 2007

Odds and ends

  • AFP reports (in Spanish, here) that Venezuela’s Sunday constitutional referendum includes a provision on regional integration. Article 153 says the government can enter into agreements and treaties to promote “integration, confederation, and union of Latin America and the Caribbean with the object of configuring a grat bloc of regional political, economic, and social power.” AP’s coverage of the referendum and the political mood is here. A statement on the referendum from Relial, a network of liberal groups in Latin America, is here, with a long bill of particulars.

  • Under a deal that still has to be approved by a judge, Rafael Izquierdo of Cabaiguan will get sole custody of his daughter, on condition that he remain in the United States for two and a half years, and the foster family will have visitation rights. The Herald’s report here.

  • “The more, the merrier,” says Mitt Romney when it comes to Cuban immigration. In his interview with the Tampa Tribune, he seems to have dodged a question about the wet foot-dry foot policy. He says he relies on advice from Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both of whom support Senator McCain. Rui Ferreira followed up on that; Mario says it isn’t so, and Ileana says she talks to lots of candidates.

  • The Spanish foreign ministry’s Latin America chief is making the rounds in Miami, and made a good impression on Consenso Cubano.

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