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Friday, May 8, 2009

The Latin American--myths and realities, politics and policy--My guest is Author-Scholar Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Saturday, May 9th at 11 AM PT

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My guest this Saturday is Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Senior Fellow with The Independent Institute, and author of the Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, which he co-authored with fellow freedom and liberty activists Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza of Peru, and Carlos Alberto Montaner, dissident of Cuba, and the book titled THE CHE GUEVARA MYTH And the Future of Liberty.

He is also the host of a four part National Geographic documentary series titled Consequencias: Latin America Uncovered.

Last month, in Trinidad, Hugo Chavez gave President Obama a copy of a book called "Open Veins of Latin America." Mary Anastasia O'Grady wrote about this in a WSJ op-ed. She noted that the next week, the English version of the book shot to the number two slot on the Amazon.com best seller list.
O'Grady also noted that in Latin America, "Open Veins" is a well-known rant by Uruguayan Marxist Eduardo Galeano, widely regarded in free market circles as the idiot's bible."
It was coined with that moniker in the 1996 best seller, "The Manual of the Perfect Latin American Idiot."
We'll talk with Llosa about the book Chavez gave to Obama; and that gesture's meaning, and significance.
We'll also talk about our modern political lexicon and Latin Americans. Many in the U.S. who struggle for, and are dedicated to freedom and liberty, speak in terms of Left versus Right, of Liberal versus Conservative? Yet many voters who share an innate affinity to the principles of liberty and freedom reject the labels of being Right, or Conservative. Proponents of liberty are a declining influence in U.S. government's political economic policies. Many believe the Hispanic vote is hopelessly to the Left as a voting block. Can this breakdown be reversed? How?

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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