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PostIdentifying the Latin American Leaders (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 12/16/18 4:05 pm)
In response to today's post from Gary Moore about the Latin American leaders in the photo, I identify Evo Morales from Bolivia, Hugo Chávez, and then in in the center front José Manuel Zelaya from Honduras. Just behind Zelaya is Nicaragua's Ortega. I have no idea who the man in the white shirt is. The one missing in the photo is Lula da Silva from Brasil. They all are or wanted to be dictators in their respective countries.
The occasion must have been January 27th, 2006, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at the city´s main square in front of the parliament, when Zelaya assumed the presidency after he was elected in 2005. He replaced former president Ricardo Maduro--not related to our Maduro! After two years in his post, Zelaya was removed by the Supreme Court, being accused of Traición a la Patria (betraying the country), in a controversial decision.
JE comments: Let's see the photo again (below). How could I have confused Zelaya with Maduro? Answer: the 'stache. I'm beginning to suspect that the guy in the white shirt is a Cuban--but which Cuban?
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ID-ing the Latin American Leaders; from Gary Moore
(John Eipper, USA
12/17/18 4:46 AM)
Gary Moore writes:
Nacho Soler wins the prize! He has identified almost all the faces in the Latin America Mystery Photo.
He identified the leaders of Bolivia, Venezuela, Honduras, and Nicaragua--with only that pesky
white-shirt guy continuing to stump both him and JE.
It must also be said that the guess about
the moment was close but not right on. When the photo was taken, Zelaya had already been
president of Honduras for a couple of years. Instead, this was the moment in 2008 when Mel Zelaya
went whole hog for the pink tide, and joined the Chávez-Castro alternative trading pact, ALBA, alongside
Evo Morales of Bolivia, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, and a plethora of small Caribbean island nations
wanting bargains on Venezuelan oil. At the photo moment in 2008, the writing was already on the wall
for Chávez's mortgaged Venezuela, but the recruitment of Honduras into the bloc could possibly have
marked a strengthening at least in image. Instead, it was probably a major factor in the Honduran Supreme
Court ousting Zelaya the next year, without directly saying he was getting to look too Chávez-like.
But still there's that mysterious guy in the white shirt, still unidentified. He stumped me, too,
when I first stumbled into this current. Just goes to show how much we all only thought we knew
about the hierarchy of that same locale where JE now moderates at poolside. Could there be another
Cuban bigwig doctor who's not Che? Try Googling those hints from my original post together with
"mieles" and "doctor." His trajectory is almost as mysterious as the embassy brainwaves.
JE comments: I believe I've Googled the answer. He's almost invariably dressed in white in photographs. Might we say, Gary, that the white-shirt guy is the Cuban equivalent of Mike Pence, if the latter were a physician, an octogenarian, and a hard-line revolutionary?
(A note on editing from poolside: Gary Moore is correct, but this is the only place in our hotel with a workable wi-fi signal...)
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Mystery Man Identified! (From Gary Moore)
(John Eipper, USA
12/18/18 4:58 AM)
Gary Moore writes:
Another winner! Cuba's ex-vice president Carlos Lage sends his congratulations to JE for identifying
the photo's Last Mystery Man. Or at least his brain waves would, if he knew, there in the mieles
I'm wearing my tinfoil hat in solidarity, and practicing five-hour speeches. A post on Evo is coming.
JE comments: Carlos Lage Dávila was once thought of as a successor to the Castros, but he was removed from office in 2009. Fidel accused him of succumbing to the "honeys of power." Wikipedia tells us that he (Lage) has returned to practicing medicine.
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- Mystery Man Identified! (From Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA 12/18/18 4:58 AM)