Sources- joevasconcellos.com, YouTube
Saturday, July 28, 2007
“People are backing the idea that the market does still embody a sense of aspiration, entrepreneurship, and access. The idea that there are two diametrically opposed options, support for the poor and support for free markets, is false.”
---Chris Sabatini, senior director of policy at the Council of the
Sabatini referred to the results of the Pew Global Attitudes Survey which was released earlier this week.
Sources- Bloomberg, The Latin Americanist, Plan
* Another opponent to free trade in the
* “The project is cold,” said Hugo Chavez on the suspension of plans to build a major gas pipeline between
Image- tribunadireito.com.br (2005 image of
Friday, July 27, 2007
"The paradox of
is that we have good urban security and good tourism infrastructure while the rural areas are crowded with rebels, paramilitaries and drug smugglers." Colombia
--Pablo Casas, analyst at Colombian think tank Security and Democracy.
As Reuters reported, tourism in
Image- Personal photo (Panoramic view of
- Guanabee - Tom DeLay: immigration and abortion expert. (*sarcasm*)
Lista - Speaking of immigration, is it wise of Democratic congressmen to not touch the issue of immigration reform until 2012?! Latina
Colombiaand Beyond – Guest commentator Lisa Haugaard observed the increasingly unfavorable views In Latin America towards the U.S.
- Foreign Policy Passport & VivirLatino – Both blogs had entries earlier this week on a special program where eight
U.S.students graduated from medical school in . Cuba
- Gothamist – Following in the steps of
New Haven, Connecticut, a councilman proposed a municipal ID card for all residents regardless of legal status. New York City
- La Gringa’s Blogicito – Will
ever emerge from the poverty holding most of its people down? One blogger doesn’t think so. Honduras
Blog – Tim sheds light on an organization working to steer Salvadoran gang members away from a life of crime. El Salvador
- IntelliBriefs – The nitty-gritty of political aid from the
to Venezuelan “pro-democracy” groups. U.S.
- Corruption Chronicles - Did the
and Mexican governments conspire behind the scenes in the conviction of two Border Patrol agents? U.S.
- Global Voices Online – Brazilian bloggers have had plenty to say over the deadly accident of TAM Flight 3054 last week in
. Sao Paulo
- Two Weeks Notice – Greg Weeks informs of a federal court decision striking down an anti-immigrant law in
. Hazleton, Pennsylvania
- Bloggings by Boz – This has not been a good week for several political figures in the
who have resigned from their posts. Americas
- Who Ate All the Pies? – Lastly, a soccer blog has video of Argentine star Lionel Messi running circles around opponents and scoring great goals…at the age of five years.
Sources- Plan Colombia and Beyond, Foreign Policy Passport, VivirLatino, Gothamist, Guanabee, La Gringa’s Blogicito, IntelliBriefs, Corruption Chronicles, Two Weeks Notice, Tim’s El Salvador Blog, Latina Lista, Global Voices Online, Bloggings by Boz, Who Ate All the Pies?
Sources- International Herald Tribune, The Latin Americanist, Bloomberg, National Geographic, Yahoo! News
Image- National Geographic
Thursday, July 26, 2007
There has been a crescendo of comparisons between the current senator and Evita and
Sources- International Herald Tribune, MSNBC, Telegraph.co.uk, MSNBC, Slate, YouTube
Pro-Chile hackers attacked the website of Peruvian president Alan Garcia several days ago. The replaced Garcia’s image on the site with that of Chilean independence leader Bernardo O'Higgins and wrote the phrase “Viva
This is not the first time in recent memory that an unusual pro-Chile protest has taken place; back in March a lady covered only in body paint stood in the fountain of the main square in
Image- Chemistry Daily (Image of Bernardo O’Higgins)
Sources- Times of
“Antipersonnel landmines are easy to manufacture from cheap, readily available materials. The FARC has invoked the low cost of building them as a justification for their use, calling the landmines the “weapon of the poor.” While the majority of landmine casualties are military, the mines are also injuring hundreds of
’s poorest, most vulnerable citizens every year. Colombia
Human Rights Watch’s report also describes the FARC’s use of other weapons, such as gas cylinder bombs, in civilian areas. The bombs are impossible to aim accurately, and regularly hit civilian targets such as houses and churches, injuring or killing civilians. “
Jose Miguel Vivanco- HRW's director for the
Earlier this week, Vivanco called for authorities in
Sources- Reuters AlertNet, Human Rights Watch, International Herald Tribune
Image- BBC News
* Raul Castro, not his ill brother Fidel, will preside over the Cuban government’s Revolution Day speech today.
* The legislature in the
Sources- SignOnSanDiego.com, International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg, Dominican Today
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
“Another parrot of imperialism appeared, this time dressed as a cardinal. That's to say, another imperialist clown.”
--Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez had a few choice words for a Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga. In a recent interview, Maradiaga said that Chavez “thinks he's God and can trample upon other people.”
Sources- SignOnSanDiego.com, International Herald Tribune
Sources- BBC News, Forbes
Pires was the head of a chaotic air traffic control system in
- An air traffic controllers’ strike in March and April paralyzed almost all flights throughout
- Four air traffic controllers and two
pilots face criminal charges in connection with a September 2006 crash. U.S.
- Hundreds of flights in and out of
were cancelled this week due to similar inclement weather and runway problems that affected the deadly TAM Flight 3054. Sao Paulo
Retired Supreme Court judge and ex-justice minister Nelson Jobim has been tapped by Lula to replace Pires.
Image- Al Jazeera
Sources- Al Jazeera, NNC News, The Latin Americanist, International Herald Tribune, Reuters
“The President has made a mistake in his interpretation of the Court’s ruling. I believe that the sentence signaled a series of general features that affect not only the process with paramilitaries but also any other process with illegal groups such as guerillas.”
In the meantime, victims of paramilitary crimes will be hurt more than they already have in that senior paramilitary members will not voluntarily testify to a special judicial commission and a reparation fund for victims is now in jeopardy.
Sources (English)- CNN, BBC News
Sources (Spanish)- RCN, El Tiempo
* Real estate investors in Spain and Mexico have invested in what will be Latin America’s tallest building to be located in Mexico City.
* The lack of a constant power source to a vital gold mine has shed some light on the serious energy crisis in the
Sources- Yahoo! News, Reuters
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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* Thousands of people marched in
* The Chinese government is investigating how a batch of toothpaste exported to
* Follow-up: In the aftermath of the TAM Flight 3054 accident, the president of an international air controllers' group urged that
Monday, July 23, 2007
Despite the hoopla and hype surrounding Beckham, MLS has a card up its sleeve that may be very valuable for the league: the Designated Player Rule or “Beckham Rule.” The rule allows MLS teams to obtain at least one expensive (read: high-caliber) player without it affecting their salary caps and was created to avoid the bidding wars that led to the demise of the old North American Soccer League. The overall impact of the rule remains to be seen, but so far it has shown some promise in two Latin American players:
- Colombian Juan Pablo Angel (image) takes up one of the two DPR slots for the New York Red Bulls. (The other slot filled by a
player of Argentine background- Claudio Reyna.) The former star for River Plate and Aston Villa was named MLS player of the month for May and June as he has tallied nine goals in only eleven games. Angel’s efforts were even rewarded during the MLS All-Star Game last Thursday where he received MVP honors. U.S.
- Mexican star Cuauhtémoc Blanco showed the promise anticipated by fans after he played in his debut with the Chicago Fire last night. "We saw a lot of his skills, his vision, his creativity” observed teammate Calen Carr as Blanco scored the Fire’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie in a friendly against
’s Celtic FC. Scotland
“Beckham Rule” aside, several notable players from
Sources- Al Jazeera, MLSNET, Wikipedia, sover.net, Metrofanatic, SI.com, FOX Sports
"Don't tell me this is unaffordable. Yes, everyone needs to put more money on the table, but the message is we should be able to win the battle."
One of the leading governments pushing towards generic drugs has been
Yet in June Roche Pharmaceuticals recalled several tainted batches of one antiretroviral drug; its effects were felt around the world including in
Last week we mentioned the worry over increased AIDS cases in Mexico due to migrants crossing the border from the U.S.
Sources- Sydney Morning Herald, The Latin Americanist, International Herald Tribune, BBC News
“The state can't accept responsibility because there was a clear person responsible for the killing, and that person was tried,” (Security and Justice Vice Minister Astor) Escalante said.
Romero spoke out against social injustice and the heavy handedness by the Salvadoran government during his brief time as archbishop. He was much beloved by the people, yet on March 24, 1980 he was assassinated in a killing planned by senior government officials.
Sources- Yahoo! News, Wikipedia, Catholic Herald
“Today paramilitarism no longer exists because combat against leftist rebels is now, in practice, the exclusive work of our democratic institutions.”
Apparently Uribe forgot to mention of the expanding “para-politics” scandal that has implicated political and military allies to right-wing paramilitary groups. Senator Mario Uribe (the president’s cousin), the current Vice President and Defense Minister, and the brother of an ex-foreign minister are just a few of those being investigated for their links to paramilitary groups.
President Uribe is in the
Sources (English)- Guardian
Sources (Spanish)- RCN, Caracol
"No foreigner, whoever he may be, can come here and attack us. Whoever comes, we must remove him from the country. I'm talking about some gentlemen who come here for conferences."
Chavez’ remarks came after Manuel Espino- the head of
Espino also criticized an upcoming constitutional reform that would include removing term limits for the president. Yet Chavez assured that any future reforms would respect individual rights such as the right to private property.
Sources- BBC News, Al Jazeera, Kommersant, Xinhua
Image- PRESS TV
* A delegation of labor members from around the world will converge in
* The family of Jean Charles de Menezes- a Brazilian mistaken for a bomber and killed by police in the
* The former president of
Image- BBC Sport (Argentina’s Mauro Zarate celebrates his game-winning goal scored minutes from full time in yesterday’s U-20 World Cup final)
Sources- FOX Sports, BBC News, Reuters