Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company, has become synonymous with corruption, not just in Brazil but now—with revelations of kickbacks in Peru and Venezuela—throughout the company’s global dealings.
Let’s face it, for better or worse policymakers and politicians say and do a lot of funny things in and about the Americas. The region seems to lend itself to the tragic-comic events like former Congressman and then-chair of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee Dan Burton saying in a Congressional hearing that the U.S. ”should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.” (If you don’t get the joke, look at a map.) Or there’s Venezuelan President Maduro’s use of “de-mangos” as a tool of citizen participation. In short there’s a lot to laugh at in the Americas, or at least that’s what we have to do or we’d just get depressed. LatinAmericaGoesGlobal will keep track of the more ridiculous things policymakers and politicians say and do—and those that are poking fun at them—and post them here.