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"I don't think they told (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) that more trade unionists are killed in
than in any other country in the world," said Morris, who was to meet with officials at the Foreign Affairs Department later Friday. Colombia
"What this shows is a blind support. ... I'm not sure whether the Canadian public would accept this from Prime Minister Harper, or whether the Parliament would accept his memory loss."
Morris is currently in
Sources- The Latin Americanist, Canadian Press, International Herald Tribune
Though officials were looking for her brother-in-law, 27-year-old Sayda Umanzor was detained along with her husband and a five-year-old son. She remained under custody in a pair of local jails for three days with soreness in her breasts while her daughter did not get her mother’s milk.
The Umanzor case has led Immigration and Customs Enforcement to change the policy on breastfeeding mothers to give them more consideration and better “address caregiver issues.” For Umanzor it will be too little too late since she, her husband, and son expected to be deported to
Sources- cleveland.com, International Herald Tribune
Image- Earth Mamas Web (The international symbol for breastfeeding)
* Latin American countries have become “quite resilient” to a slowdown in the
* Peruvian labor leaders stopped a five-day national mining strike after Congress increased rights for miners.
As part of the “Cinema
Yesterday we highlighted a biopic produced in
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An acerbic anti-Castro blog that we commend for its views even if we don’t always agree with it’s content. Politics aside, every so often they will include posts on Cuban cuisine that easily makes one’s mouth water.
This blog provides very acute observations on Chilean culture. Topics range from the legacy of ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to checking out which pharmacies in
The oversimplified description of this blog is a Latino version of Gawker. Yet this blog is more than that in its views of Latino life in the
Sources- Babalu Blog, Chileno, Guanabee, 2007 Weblog Awards
* Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed “more optimism than ever” for a possible humanitarian exchange in
* Latin American exporters should not be threatened by increased competition from
* A recent poll revealed that most respondents would approve a law allowing a path for citizenship of some illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Sources- Reuters, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Latin Americanist, Angus Reid Consultants
The movie was released in
Sources (English)- Associated Press, imdb.com, YouTube
Sources (Spanish)- evopueblo.com
The GOP is upset that Democrats cut about $3 billion in immigration funds from a defense spending bill. “Democrats are sending the American people the troubling message that Congress is not serious about securing the border,” said Republican Senator Jon Kyl over the money that would’ve paid for items like the controversial U.S.-Mexico border fence.
The $3 billion in fence money, aimed at seizing "operational control" over the southern border, is likely to pass later in the year as part the Homeland Security Department's spending bill.
The funds had originally been part of an immigration reform bill that was defeated months ago by Democrat and Republican senators.
Sources- The Latin Americanist, Associated Press,
The aim of OLPC is to provide the inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in underdeveloped countries worldwide. Thus far
The OLPC computers have not been without problems; production was set back by several weeks and major firms like Acer plan to produce their own cheap laptops. Nonetheless, OLPC is offering a special “Give 1 Get 1” promotion starting on Monday.
Image- BBC News
Sources- BBC News, The Latin Americanist, Associated Press, endgadget, AHN, ZDnet.com
Who is Luis Posada Carriles and why is he such a sought after individual? An article by the AFP explains:
A Cuba-born Venezuelan national, Posada Carriles was jailed in
Venezuelain 1976 for allegedly masterminding the downing of a Cuban jet off . Barbados
He escaped in 1985, was sentenced to eight years in jail in
for a 2000 bomb plot to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, and was pardoned four years later. Panama
US authorities are reportedly investigating whether Posada Carriles was involved in a 1997
hotel bombing that killed an Italian tourist. Havana
Sources- The Latin Americanist, ABC News, AFP, Associated Press
Image- ABC News (Anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles, center, arrives at his wife's house in
A communiqué by Amnesty International (AI) called attention to harassment against the leader of a farm worker’s cooperative. According to AI, Oscar Maussa left Antioquia province after being pressured by paramilitaries. (President Alvaro Uribe used to be the governor of Antioquia where it was alleged that paramilitarism grew under his tenure).
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the dangerous climate for union members in
Colombiahas a long and ugly history of killing trade unionists, and a dismal record when it comes to bringing their killers to justice,” said José Miguel Vivanco, director at Human Rights Watch. “To make the country safe for unions, the authorities must ensure these cases are vigorously investigated and prosecuted.” Americas
Sources- Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Wikipedia, Reuters
Image- BBC News (“Trade unionists ‘attacked by both right-wing and left-wing militants’”)
* Gunmen fired into a crowd of several thousand anti-Chavez protesters in
* The Iranian government rejected an Interpol detention order issued against five of its citizens accused of a 1994 bombing in
* U.S. president George W. Bush continues to push Congress to back free trade pacts with several Latin American countries.
Sources (English)- Monsters & Critics, MSNBC, Reuters
Sources (Spanish)- El Tiempo, RCN, El Universal
Black teen: So, what you say your name was?
Hispanic teen: Irving.
Black teen: Irving? How you be Puerto Rican and have a name like 'Irving'? Hi, my name's Irving... That's fucked up.
Hispanic teen: Yeah, Puerto Ricans name their kids some crazy shit.
* Seventy percent of Mexicans living in
* Brazilian oil firm Petrobras may make significant inroads in
Sources- AHN, Monsters & Critics, UPI, KGBT, Associated Press, Reuters, The Latin Americanist
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“It is a constant reminder of my plight in Colombia as it repeats themes of my disappearance in Colombia: . . . being a victim of slander or evidence I am not allowed access to . . . having a life I am trying to establish wrecked; being powerless compared to state actors who act with complete impunity.”
Despite being recognized as a “high-profile political refugee” who is currently married with two sons, Torres may be deported back to
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In July, a Chilean hacker broke into the Peruvian president’s website and defaced it. Alan Garcia’s image was replaced with that of Chilean independence hero Bernardo O’Higgins and wrote the phrase “Viva
On Sunday a hacker infiltrated the official Chilean government’s website and displayed the Peruvian flag. In addition, a pro-Peru message similar to the one in the July incident was written. The site was down for 18 hours and was back to normal yesterday.
One Chilean newspaper mentioned the obvious:
daily El Mercurio on Monday reported that officials believe the hacker was a Peruvian. Santiago
Sources (English)- The Latin Americanist, Associated Press
Sources (Spanish)- Gobierno de Chile
“One employee, whom she declined to identify, was wearing a black-and-white striped prison outfit, dreadlocks and a skin "bronzer" intended "to make him look African-American.”
Myers was on a panel that judged the aforementioned costume as “most original” and also posed for photos with the “winner”. A spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza told the Associated Press that Myers’ mea culpa was “completely appropriate.”
Sources- TIME – Swampland, CNN, hardbeatnews.com, Associated Press
Image- PBS (Broadway actor Bert Williams in blackface)
"I think true justice would be for them to go to prison, at least for some time so that they could think about what they did," Maria Beatriz Figueiredo told The Associated Press on Friday at her home in the remote village of Gonzaga in southeastern Brazil…
"They can't just go out into the middle of the street shooting someone in the middle of all those people," she said. "It cannot be right. And the real terrorist is still alive, it is revolting."
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Sources- BBC News, AFP, The Latin Americanist, CNN, Guardian
* Alan Greenspan eat your heart out - Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen supposedly wants to be paid in Euros, not U.S. dollars.
* At a news conference yesterday, a former Venezuelan defense minister called Hugo Chavez’ proposed constitutional changes a “nondemocratic imposition” akin to a coup.
* Over 100 U.N. Sri Lankan peacekeepers patrolling
* Peruvian prosecutors want a 30-year prison sentence for ex-President Alberto Fujimori.
* At least 30 prisoners were killed in an Argentine jail after a fire swept through a cellblock.
Sources- BBC News, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, MSNBC, International Herald Tribune
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* Center-leftist Alvaro Colom appears to be the next president of
* Wild weather continues to devastate
* Thousands of pro-government supporters marched through the streets of
* Congrats to Argentine David Nalbandian who beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal to win the Paris Masters Series tennis tournament.
Sources- BBC News, Xinhua, CNN, Guardian