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Expat Files – 07.03.16

Descriptions for The ExPat Files Show #575

#1- Part 2 of the Mating, Dating, Love and Romance scene in Latin America: Today we hear relationship testimonies from boots on the ground Gringo and Gringa Expats chiming in on their mating and dating experiences in Colombia and Brazil. You’ll be amused and surprised at what they say about Colombian men and women. As the recorded voice on the London tube platform monotonously proclaims, “mind the gap”,…. well in this case it’s the “cultural” gap we have to mind.

#2-What’s Colombia really like for Expat living? You hear all the big Expat blogs, newsletters and rags push it as the ultimate paradise – like they once pushed Costa Rica and Panama. Today we hear Colombia explained honestly and without hype by long time Expats with years of boots on the ground. They’ve seen and lived the good… and are now lamenting that the bad the ugly have arrived (sex tourism and hoards of partying gringos).

#3-Colombia is becoming Latin America’s premier “Big Brother” tax and spend state: Here’s an eye witness account as to why so many new business startups are doomed in Colombia. If you have a USD dollar income you will be more than OK, but if your livelihood depends on starting a new business- and getting paid in Colombian Pesos(they lost 33% buying power in the last year). Good luck with that! And its gonna bet worse…

#4-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American “PLAN- B”. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#5- Visit me Johnny (and expat super blogger John Galt) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

LAST CHANCE SIGNUP FOR JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR
Held in and around Guatemala, Central America- “off the Gringo tourist trail”, Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. Click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

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Expat Files – 07.01.16

Descriptions for THE EXPAT FILES SHOW #574

#1-Things I can’t stand about Latin America- Part One:
We have story about a trip to a Latin horse farm / natural preserve where we confront many of the things I can’t stand about Latin America. There are some of the real Latin touches you just gotta love too.

#2-All countries can be rated on a personal 1 to 10 scale:
Amerika for me comes in at around a 3 and slipping daily while my favorite Latin countries come in at around 7 to 8. Why? Mostly because taxes are ridiculously low, people are extra friendly, cost of living is very low, Big Brother’s often non-existent and you really do have the kinds of freedoms that existed in Cleveland way back in the 60’s. Could you ask for anything more?

#3-More on the Mating, Dating, Love and Romance scene in Latin America: Today we have a 50 year old Gringo Expat chiming in on his 10 years of mating and dating in both Colombia and Brazil. From his romantic accounts in those two countries, things aren’t looking up. He says Gringos are invading and the general results are not good, however he provides some very good tips for clueless gringos.

#4-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American “PLAN- B”. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#5- Visit me Johnny (and expat super blogger John Galt) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

SIGNUP FOR JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 – LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR

Held in and around Guatemala, Central America- “off the Gringo tourist trail”, Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. Click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

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Expat Files – 06.24.16

Descriptions for THE EXPAT FILES SHOW #572

#1- In Latin America you should not only be on the lookout for counterfeit dough, but be on the lookout for counterfeit concert tickets too! Today we have another true boots-on-the-ground story this time regarding fake “Judas Priest” tickets in Colombia. BTW: most all of the big first-world acts swing through big cities in Latin America these days even many moldy dinosaurs of rock like Arrowsmith, Metallica, America and Jethro Tull

#2–Latin America is the land of excessive kissing, hugging… not to mention diminished personal space. It can put you off, or be great fun. In either case, get used to it!

#3-How to get motivated Latins (who are forever on “manana time”) to value time and scheduling the way we gringos do (kinda).

#4-More solid proof of why Belize can be a nice place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there… not permanently anyway(unless you are young, stupid and invincible)

#5- A personal walk-through and first hand report on how to authenticate your necessary FBI police or Sheriffs report at a local Latin Consulate / Embassy in the USA. Remember, you must have these reports certified and authenticated to obtain your permanent or temporary residency in any Latin country

#6-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American “PLAN- B”. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#7- Visit me Johnny (and expat super blogger John Galt) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

SIGNUP FOR JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 – LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR
Held in and around Guatemala, Central America- “off the Gringo tourist trail”, Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. Click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)
http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

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Tony Cartalucci – Who Runs Washington? The Long Reach of Big-Pharma

http://journal-neo.org/2016/06/03/who-runs-washington-the-long-reach-of-big-pharma/ Like a mythical sea monster, the true nature of a Wall Street-London centered global corporatocracy is often talked about but rarely seen. However, on rare occasions, a tentacle breaks the surface and affords the public an opportunity to examine and assess its true, gargantuan dimensions. Just such a moment occurred when leaked diplomatic letters from the Colombian Embassy in …

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Sarah Lazare – How Big Pharma Is Arm-Twisting U.S. Foreign Policy to Keep Cancer Drugs Prohibitively Expensive

The administration of President Barack Obama has so far refused to publicly respond to new revelations that U.S. officials, at the behest of Big Pharma, may have attempted to obstruct the Colombian government’s efforts to lower the price of a life-saving cancer medication. Amid this silence, civil society organizations [3], along with some lawmakers from the House [4] and Senate [5], are demanding answers. At issue is …

Jonathan Marshall – The Clinton-Colombia Connection

On June 29, 2009, one day after Honduran military leaders ousted their country’s democratically elected president,President Obama publicly branded the coup illegal and denounced it as “a terrible precedent.” Yet even as he spoke, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was ensuring that U.S. aid continued and that major capitals would recognize the new regime. Human rights activists have long decried her for abandoning democratic …

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Heart of Mind Radio – 05.06.16

Heart Of Mind Radio May 5th 2016 Show Description

Guests on Today’s Heart Of Mind Radio are participating in upcoming event:

In Celebration of

Mother Earth and all the Mothers of the World.

Sunday May 8th, 3:00–5:00 PM

At The Commons Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave

(Between Bond & Hoyt St.)

Presented by

Heart Of Mind Radio and CUBRAITI INC,

Rosse Taveras Saint Louis is the Founder and President of educational cultural arts non profit organization, CUBRAITI, Inc.

CUBRAITI, Inc was founded in New York City in 2003 and has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Since its inception Cubraiti, Inc. has partnered with numerous arts, educational and cultural organizations creating Cultural –arts, dance curriculums.

Rosse T. Saint Louis has researched oral histories and sacred African Diaspora dance traditions throughout the Americas. She received a Masters Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Comparative Education and Anthropology. She has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Haiti, Africa and Dominican Republic choreographing, directing, lecturing, researching and performing. She is the recipient of the Teacher’s College, Office of the President, Diversity and Community Award and a New School Multicultural Diversity Award and is a Fulbright Fellow. She performed at the International Fulbright Alumni committee in Brasilia, Brazil and at the International Black Heritage Festival in Lagos, Nigeria Africa.

She is a educator, performing artists and writer, currently living in New York City. Contact: Cubraiti@outlook.com Website: http://www.cubraiti.org/

Legendary veteran percussionist Leopoldo F. Fleming, well known as a versatile and sensitive accompanist and soloist on multiple percussion instruments with such talents as Miriam Makeba, Nina Simont, Randy Weston, Harry Belafonte, Eartha Kitt, Lonnie Liston Smith, Archie Shepp, and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Leopoldo worked and toured with the who-is-who of the international jazz scene during the last 50 years.

Keven Nathaniel – a visionary musician who, with the voice and ancient African instruments, channels sound as a universal healing force. Together, breathing rhythms to the beat of our synchronized hearts, Keven Nathaniel resonates songs of unity and the “big picture” of love in the grooviest ways possible. A long-time devotee of mbira, drum, dance, song, meditation, and yoga; a world-raveled “urban Shaman” who shares musical medicine for the ancient, the now, and the beyond, Keven Nathaniel shares a fresh, deep experience of the beauty of sound.

SAINT a/k/a Young Buffett is a Brooklyn-born emcee who has quickly established himself as one of the most lyrically-gifted & insightful new hip hop artist to emerge in the last two decades.

Saint is an inspirational emcee with a strong message of hope and displays amazing versatility while addressing social issues and personal growth. His first music purchase was a hit single titled, “Wooha,” by Busta Rhymes. Later on, he caught the attention of legendary hip hop producers Dj Premier & Dj Clark Kent respectively. Saint has earned his stripes performing & dominating countless clubs, showcases, open mics, rap battles & more.

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Black Agenda Radio – 05.02.16

Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective with Glen Ford and his co-host, Nellie Bailey.

– The Black American condition, especially Black people’s relations with the police, is more of an issue in the 2016 election campaign than it was in the two previous presidential races, when a Black man was running for president. Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, has said there are some things he likes about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But Carl Dix, a co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, says that Minister Farrakhan should be taken to task for those remarks.

– Six million Congolese have died since 1996, when the Rwandan regime led by Paul Kagame invaded the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three U.S. presidential administrations have been deeply involved in the genocides in the Congo, Rwanda and elsewhere in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but no one is more deeply implicated in the bloodbath than Bill and Hillary Clinton. Both Clintons are strong supporters of Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who opponents say is the man most responsible for the Rwandan and Congolese genocides. Kagame’s minority Tutsi rebel forces overthrew the government of Rwanda in 1994, which led to the deaths of millions. Claude Gatebuke is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and co-founder of the African Great Lakes Network. He says Paul Kagame’s crimes predate the events of 1994.

– Thousands of Blacks in the South American nation of Colombia blocked the Pan American highway, the major trade route that links North and South America, to protest threats to their ancestral land holdings in the country. Blacks make up the majority of Colombians that have been displaced by the decades-long guerilla war, which may soon be coming to an end. Both the guerillas and multinational corporations have eyes on the land that Afro-Colombians have occupied for more than 400 years. Charo Mina-Rojas is an Afro-Colombian activist. She says the Colombian government has broken its promises to respect Black people’s right to self-determination and to land.

– Prison activists gathered, recently, at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, for a discussion of solitary confinement. The panel was organized by the Abolitionist Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights. It focused on the harm and the suffering caused by solitary confinement in prison, from the inmates’ perspective. Albert Woodfox spent 44 years in Louisiana’s Angola Prison, most of it in solitary confinement, until he was finally released earlier this year.

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Expat Files – 04.24.16

#1 –TIPS ON HOW TO FIND THE ABSOLUTE BEST REAL ESTATE DEALS IN LATIN AMERICA

#2 – HOW TO SPOT DESPERATE SELLERS AND HOW TO DO A REAL ESTATE DEAL WITHOUT GETTING HIT UP FOR GRINGO PRICES

#3 – A PROOF OF CONCEPT: HEAR AN EXPAT IN COLOMBIA TELL HOW HE BOUGHT AN UNFINISHED “OBRA EN GRIS” FROM A DESPERATE SELLER, FINISHING THE 2100 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE OF HIS DREAMS FOR $30 A SQ-FT (INCLUDING THE LAND WITH A $21/SQ-FT CONSTRUCTION COST)

#4-HERE’S WHY ITS ALMOST NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO SIGN A BUSINESS CONTRACT WITH A LATIN GOVERNMENT

#5-EVER WONDER HOW THE US GOVT CONTINUES TO PISS AWAY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR IN THE “FAILED” DRUG WAR?

#6-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE “EXPAT FILES” YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

#7- CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like to set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans? Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#8- VISIT ME JOHNNY(AND EXPAT SUPER BLOGGER JOHN GALT) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

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Expat Files – 04.15.16

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN EXPATS VOTE WITH THEIR FEET AND DECIDE TO BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY ALONG?:
– It’s true that most Gringos and Expats who vote with their feet and make the move to Latin America are either young, single (usually men), empty nesters, or retirees. However a there is a small, determined and growing percentage of Gringos and Expats who decide to bring their whole family down. That means very young kids and sometimes grandma and grandpa too. Today we talk about some concerns that parents of young children have as they piece together their own “Plan B” – the eventual permanent relocation of the family to Latin America.

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? IN LATIN AMERICA A FIRST-WORLD STYLE HOUSE CAN BE BUILT FOR $25 TO $35 A SQUARE FOOT, WHEREAS IN THE USA THE AVERAGES IS ABOUT $125 A SQUARE FOOT.
– You can build your Latin American dream house for a quarter of those stateside prices too… and today we’ll discuss the how’s and why’s…

INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPAT TAX PREPARER- PART THREE:
– Today, April 15th we have Part Three of our interview with a professional Expat tax preparer. He lives in Medellin, Colombia and knows the peculiarities of Expats and US taxes. Today we’ll ask more Expat tax questions.