Via Eneas, when Evo Morales arrived to the Mercosur summit in Tucuman, Argentina, the airport didn't roll out the red carpet.
They didn't even find the stairs for the aircraft. He had to come down a painter's ladder. Noticias 24 has the video:
One of the Argentinian commentators was saying, "Evo Morales is a cocalero. You can imagine the number of ladders like that one he's had to use."
In other Mercosur news, the Beeb expects that the leaders attending an Argentine summit will be angry at EU migrant laws, and
On other issues, Mercosur says it is taking a big step towards regional integration by lifting visa restrictions, which will allow South Americans to travel freely between member and associate countries showing only their ID cards.
I wonder how well Brazil's going to take to that, considering the large number of Bolivian immigrants, and their 600,000 undocumented aliens.
Hugo Chavez, also at Mercosur, is saying that the U.S. Navy's decision to re-establish its Fourth Fleet is "a threat" to Latin America. The US Navy has some 10-15 ships in Latin America on a daily basis, with some 5,000-7,000 troops, and it has no plans to add new ships or staff. It's not surprising that Hugo would complain, considering how one of the fleet is to help fight drug traffickers.