Category Archives: MIST

Haiti in Club Med Revival: Destination Haiti

Haiti in Club Med Revival: Destination Haiti

Lucio Garcia-Mansilla had long heard about the former Club Med property tucked along the Haitian Riviera, 123 acres lined with lush vegetation and a mile-long expanse of white sand.
But it wasn’t until decades later — when Haiti’s investment climate began to welcome international brands — that the Argentine founder of Colombia-based Decameron Hotels & Resorts would get there.

Read Jacqueline Charles’ article here:
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Venezuelan strives for better U.S. relations

Maximilien Arvelaiz does not look or sound like a hardened socialist tactician going toe-to-toe with the U.S. government.

Instead of military garb emblazoned with medallions, the young Venezuelan diplomat wears designer suits and vintage glasses. His talk isn’t peppered with vitriolic attacks on Yankee imperialism, but with references to pop culture and U.S. television.

Yet Arvelaiz, 43, is at the center of one of the most acrimonious relationships in the Western Hemisphere. For the last year and a half, Arvelaiz has been working behind the scenes trying to re-establish a functional relationship with U.S. officials.

Read FRANCO ORDOÑEZ article here:
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China not Amused by Taiwan’s 1st Female President

China not Amused by Taiwan’s 1st Female President

“Sisters are doing it for themselves”, and their broth-ers seem not to be cool with that. For example, Tai-wan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female presi-dent Saturday, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature and reject-ing the China-friendly party that has led the self-governing island for eight years.

The result seems to be deeply unsettling to China, which may respond by further reducing Taipei’s al-ready limited ability to win diplomatic allies and participate in international organizations.

In a statement issued after Tsai’s win, the Chinese Cabinet’s body for handling Taiwan affairs reaf-firmed its opposition to Taiwan independence, but said it would work to maintain peace and stability between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. It’s the Asian Century just in case you’re not paying attention.

Read ABC News Christopher Bodeen and Ralph Jennings article here:
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New Congress in Venezuela Anticipates Tension

Venezuela

Well, yeah, what did you expect?

In what’s likely a sign of things to come, the inaugural session of Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday devolved into shouting, shoving and recrimination as the opposition took control of the body for the first time in 17 years.

The ruling-party delegation, long accustomed to holding sway in the legislature, stormed out of congress as they accused their rivals of violating internal regulations.

But beyond the posturing and brinkmanship, the opposition bloc laid out the guidelines of what they said would be their program to rescue the country.

Read Jim Wyss’ Miami Herald article here:
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New Challengers to China’s Low-Wage, High-Growth Model

What goes up, must come down.  By all measurements, at least two of the BRIC countries – Brazil and China — have come off the boil.  Now the Private global intelligence firm Stratford has come up with a post-China 16 list of countries that could follow China’s low-wage, high-growth strategy to emerging status.  The MIST countries – Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey – are a cut above that, but they are fast closers.  But to be sure, neither China nor Brazil are going to disappear, they’ve just come back to earth.

Read Mimi Whitefield’s Miami Herald article here:

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New Challengers to China’s Low-Wage, High-Growth Model

Mexico Kidnapping Business Good, Good Enough for the Police

Rouge cops give good cops a bad name.  However, when criminal activity is rampant throughout parts of the police force, you have to wonder is institutionalized crime is an anomaly, or the way things are.  As more abductions grip Mexico, activists say the reality may be far worse- with claims of police involvement keeping many from reporting the crimes.  What do you do when those who are supposed to protect and serve are part of the problem?

Read Tim Johnson’s Miami Herald article here:

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Mexico Kidnapping Business Good, Good Enough for the Police