Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga's has one job in his native Bolivia, and it's a pretty important one. The colonel in Bolivia's National Police is the Andean nation's top anti-corruption official. So it's not fantastic for Ormachea's resume that he's currently sitting in Miami's Federal Detention Cent ... More >>
Earlier this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced that he'll be undergoing cancer surgery for the fourth time in less than two years. Chavez, who has held power in Venezuela since 1999, apparently isn't too optimistic about his chances; he's already named a successor to take his position ... More >>
Restaurants come and go with the seasons on Washington Avenue in South Beach. One of the latest to arrive is Bolivar Restaurant, "Fusion De Cocinas & Tragos."Jairo Hurtado, who also operates La Ventana, debuted this colorful Colombian - Peruvian - Venezuelan eatery about four months ago. The ... More >>
German car giant Mercedes-Benz and its comically mustachioed CEO Dieter Zetsche are getting railroaded on the Interwebs today after advertising a new car sharing program under Che Guevara's face and the slogan: Viva la revolucion!Nein! Cuban activists including Felix Rodriguez -- one of the guys who ... More >>
Rene Sanabria, the man who was once charged with policing Bolivia's drug trade, will serve 14 years in an American clink for masterminding a plot to smuggle 315 pounds of Bolivian marching powder into the country. Sanabria had pleaded guilty to the charges in June after being accused of the crime ... More >>
Will somebody wake him up for his mugshot please?A 50-year-old Colombian drug kingpin was fined $1 million and sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in Miami. And that was the plea deal.Edgar Vellejo-Guarin was indicted in 2001 after Coast Guard officers discovered 4,000 ki ... More >>
Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria, who once ran Bolivia's national anti-narcotics police unit, has pleaded guilty in a Miami court to smuggling cocaine. Sanabria and his co-conspirators were arrested in March and charged with trying to sneak about 315 pounds of cocaine into the Port of Miami.
Master Distiller and restaurateur Johnny Schuler is the preacher of pisco.He's dedicated to bringing the fragrant Peruvian spirit to the states. Working hard on a marketing campaign to make his this dream a reality, he's learning how to navigate the different state laws regulating alcohol, about ... More >>
via PlusBoliviaRene Sanabria helped smuggle 220 lbs of cocaine into Miami.From top drug cop to accused cocaine smuggler. That's the story of Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria. From 2007 to 2008 he ran Bolivia's anti-narcotics police, and since 2009 has been a top adviser to Evo Morales' Interior Minist ... More >>
As Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has gone straight up tyrant in his country by ordering the killing of protesters seeking an end to his rule, some of his close allies across Latin America seem to be sticking with him. In fact, Fidel Castro thinks that the protests will be used as an excuse for th ... More >>
So the last sane president of Venezuela died in Miami Saturday. Carlos Andres Perez was the probably the first Latin president to flex his muscles over oil, thus setting the stage for his one-time nemesis, the half wit Hugo Chavez, to take power. I interviewed Cap -- who was 88 at the time o ... More >>
via Liz and Dave on TravelpodGuess what.People to the south of Miami think America's chemical-laden, hormone-injected, infinite shelf-lifed, processed, packaged, industrially produced, lab-tested, factory-farmed food is crazy.But they eat jungle creatures. Now that's weird. Here are our top 5 rea ... More >>
Beneath the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flats in a remote corner of South America's poorest nation, there's an untapped fortune below the white crust. Nearly half the world's lithium -- 5.4 million tons of it, according to the U.S. Geological Survey -- lies in the briny water underneat ... More >>
In this week's New Times, you can read my update about the Bolivian victims of a 2003 conflict now known as Octubre Negro. More than 60 mostly indigenous protesters and bystanders died when the government called the military on demonstrators. Then, Bolivia's president and defense minister fled to M ... More >>
Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader. His new weapon: a $1 billion judgment against Fidel.
First Fidel Castro's cronies took his father's car dealership. Then, they took his father's life.Time to Pay Up, BuddNow, Gustavo Villoldo has a legal verdict for $1 billion against El Commandante himself. And he fully intends to collect, as crazy as it sounds.Miami-Dade County Judge Peter Adrien aw ... More >>
"Everyone is blaming the problems of this project on the tanking economy, without even thinking about the death of a once very popular Omni Mall."
"Just assume these local politicians are lying when they say anything."
The odyssey of 24 laborers flown to Miami and then left to their own devices.
"He has managed to buy the majority of his support with false promises of better lives for the population."
Victims of a Bolivian massacre seek justice in Miami.
Soderbergh brings his Guevara epic to Miami; angry hysteria ensues.
If you know anything about basic physics, you probably are familiar with the law of inverse reactions. Basically, it states that any cultural event that's greeted with a screaming protest in Miami from Vigilia Mambisa will be met by an equally welcoming reception in Cuba. It's science.And sure enoug ... More >>
Maybe it's the palm trees, the sunny weather, the women on the beach. Maybe it's the welcoming international culture. Maybe it's the ready supply of blow. Who knows? But there's definitely something about Miami that appeals to murderous despots and wanted criminals of all nationalities, from ex-Vene ... More >>
The J.Lo video spoof will make you cackle.
The Miami International Film Festival wants to be a Latin movie marketplace
Taped conversations, tabloid sleaze, and lessons in cocaine cultivation
Latin politics and Miami's filthiest rapper knock 'em dead in Austin
Why novelist Alberto Fuguet likes free trade
A quick look at our amigos from Toronto to Tierra del Fuego
You're smart and hard-working, but you don't qualify for the loan that could mean success
Two Last Shoes
Joe's Seafood Restaurant & Market / Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market
In tiny Miraflores Viejo, in Cuba's cane country, the religion of choice is vodou, and the high priest is Eugenio Sensio