Sources- YouTube, Bowery Ballroom, Los Amigos Invisibles
Sources- YouTube, Bowery Ballroom, Los Amigos Invisibles
Sources- RIA Novosti
Chevron has countered against the report:
Chevron said it would ask the court to remove the report from the legal record in the case. In a prepared release, Ricardo Reis Veiga, managing counsel for Chevron Latin America, pilloried the consultant who issued the report.
"The court's appointee has knowingly violated the judge's orders and delivered a report that is biased and scientifically indefensible," Veiga said. "No legitimate court in the world would permit such a charade."
Chevron also accused Cabrera of taking too many samples from fields that were the sole responsibility of Petroecuador, not taking enough samples overall, and making other research errors.
Meanwhile, Ecuadorian officials continue renegotiating oil contracts with foreign companies like Repsol and Petrobras.
Sources- Reuters, SFGate.com, San Jose Mercury News
Image- MSNBC (“Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa surveys oil-saturated soil in the Amazon on Thursday, as workers from the state-owned company Petroecuador clean up the area.”)
“To [the Colombian] government I ask to reconsider your stubborn attitude against a demilitarization zone. We ask that you do not consider a military rescue, as we do not want our families to receive us as bones in body bags…”
“I am a sinking ship with its lights on” he said in another part of his message while he was surrounded by armed guerillas. – [ed. personal translation]
The video with Lizcano’s message was revealed by Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba. She has become a lightning rod of controversy over her mediatory role between the FARC and the government. Her political relationship with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been of intense particular scrutiny with one columnist going as far as calling her a modern-day Mata Hari.
Sources (English)- Associated Press, Reuters, eitb24.com, Baltimore Sun, Canada Free Press
Sources (Spanish)- Caracol Radio
'Some say the problem facing indigenous people is just poverty, and that good targeting of subsidies would be the most appropriate policy. But we, on the other hand, maintain that it is a matter of rights, of a collective identity seeking expression in a multicultural society,' said Bachelet at a ceremony Tuesday in the palace of La Moneda, the seat of government.There has been a new wave of violence against indigenous communities in Chile and an ongoing policy of taking lands from indigenous communities for public works projects.
'We are making progress on indigenous affairs, but now is the time to go further, and above all at a faster pace. We have the will, the grassroots support, the resources, the commitment and the legitimacy to do so,' she said."
According to Televisa, the drama could extend for as long as 400 episodes, and it has been “adapted to Chinese tastes” to make sure its content doesn’t offend the locals.I think the whole original premise is pretty damn offensive, I mean in the end, the fea becomes bella and gets her man. Pero I hate on novelas like that.
* How will Nicaragua benefit from a hydroelectric dam being built by Iran?
* Coming soon to Cuban television sets - a 24-hour channel with mostly foreign content.
* Al Jazeera focuses on renewed calls for Argentine sovereignty over the Falklands in this video report:
Sources- UPI, The Latin Americanist, Reuters, Monsters & Critics, YouTube
In case you cannot make it here’s a video of Diaz speaking about his critically-acclaimed 2007 novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Sources- YouTube, New York Magazine, Flavorpill New York, junotdiaz.com
"I will oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement if President Bush insists on sending it to Congress because the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these kinds of agreements," Obama said Wednesday at a meeting of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in Philadelphia.
U.S. President George W. Bush has tried to push approval of the free trade pact with Colombia by claiming that not doing so would lead to more Chavez-style populism in Latin America. (A view which according to one analyst is “specious, misleading and cynical.”)
Uribe’s declarations have not been the only time he has butted heads with U.S. politicos over free trade; last year, he condemned Democrats for treating Colombia “like a pariah.”
Sources (English)- Los Angeles Times, The Latin Americanist, Plan Colombia and Beyond, Washington Wire
Sources (Spanish)- El Tiempo
But it was his stab at India's old ally Russia, a country with which the Bush administration forged a close partnership in the beginning, that surprised analysts. Warning against the dangers posed by a ''revanchist'' Russia, McCain said the US should ensure that the G8, the group of eight highly industrialized states, becomes again a club of leading market democracies: it should include Brazil and India but exclude Russia, he said.
Perhaps McCain has understood the increased importance of Brazil in global trade like in Doha round negotiations. Then again, maybe he was just nostalgic of a brief tryst he had with a Brazilian model some fifty years ago.
Sources- Wonkette, The Latin Americanist, International Herald Tribune, Times of India, Reuters India
Image- Al Jazeera
Pro-immigration advocates held a small protest yesterday in front of New York’s Penn Station to reject allegedly discriminatory practices on Amtrak and Greyhound. They expressed their opposition to unannounced raids conducted by immigration officials after passengers board the bus or train.
Depending on your judgment the raids may or may not be unfair. Yet they hardly seem effective as this excerpt from the New York Times’ City Room blog revealed:
But how does one exactly prove citizenship?...
“All you have to do is state you are a U.S. citizen,” [Department of Homeland Security spokesman Ramon] Rivera said of the Border and Customs Patrol.
That’s it? That seemed suspiciously simple. What if people lie?
And indeed they do. Each year, “We have thousands of people falsely claiming to a U.S. citizens,” he said.
Well, then a simple declarative statement of citizenship doesn’t seem to be a very effective filter, does it?
That’s where the biometric fingerprints, background checks and interviews come in, he explained.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff defended U.S. immigration policy yesterday during a Senate hearing.
Sources- New York Sun, City Room, NY1, the Border Line
* The Chinese crackdown in Tibet has led to calls of boycotting the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. That controversy brings to mind the uproar over the Tlatleloco massacre which occurred ten days before the start of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
* Is Venezuela’s government illegally intervening in Peruvian affairs?
* “If you love Wyclef that means you love Haiti,” said musician Wyclef Jean in a series of anti-crime ads.
* Malaysian immigration authorities are embarrassed after it was revealed that a senior officer did not know where Uruguay was located.
Sources- Associated Press, Yahoo! News, Monsters & Critics, Christian Science Monitor, NME.com, New Straits Times
Image- CBC (“University students are held at gunpoint by soldiers inside an apartment building in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, on Oct. 2, 1968. (AP photo)”)
A vote by Ecuador’s popular assembly put another nail in the coffin to the U.S. presence at the Manta air base. Legislators backed the proposal to as part of a series of constitutional amendments which could be approved by a referendum later this year.
The proposal’s text took aim at the U.S. whose base in Manta is key to counternarcotics operations and is the only foreign military facility in Ecuador:
The position has been understood and we ratify the lack of interest to renew in 2009 the 1999 controversial accord to use the southeastern Manta military base by US military forces," states the text.
"Ecuador is a peaceful territory. It does not allow the establishment of foreign military bases or foreign facilities with military purposes. We cannot give national military bases to foreign forces, and we close any actions destined to extend beyond next year the presence of Pentagon troops in this nation."
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has been adamant in his opposition to the U.S. base in Manta and has vowed to reject renewing the base’s lease which expires next year. As we noted in January, a senior U.S. official doubted that they would pursue building “another large base in the region” if they’re booted off of Manta.
Sources- Reuters, Chicago Tribune, BBC News, Prensa Latina, The Latin Americanist, Lyrics Depot
Image- Living in Peru (“A U.S. AWAKS surveillance plane taking off from the Manta base in Ecuador.”)
With 2010 World Cup qualifying matches coming soon, the Mexican federation committee felt that Sanchez needed to go ASAP:
Sanchez’s failure to do more with the talent he had, and his inability to best arch rival the United States, led to his dismissal.
“We want leaders; we cannot accept another failure, another Olympic failure,” said Justino Compeán, the Mexican federation president. “If that was difficult, could you imagine if Mexico didn’t make it to South Africa?”
Somewhere out there Ricardo LaVolpe is laughing himself silly.
Sources- Reuters UK, The Latin Americanist, SI.com, Goal
Image- New York Times
Ramirez Abadia, who is also wanted in the United States, has been found guilty of money laundering, corruption, criminal conspiracy and use of false documents. Besides the 30-year sentence, Ramirez Abadia must also pay a fine worth $2.5 million.Now President President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has to decide if he should extradite Ramirez Abadia to the U.S. to face charges.
Government television said Tuesday that 51 percent of arable land is underused or fallow, a problem officials hope to rectify by temporarily transferring some of it to private farmers and associations representing small, private producers.This is actually a program that began last year but was just recently announces, likely capitalizing on the press surrounding other "reforms".
The president of Cuba's national farmers association, Orlando Lugo, said 'everyone who wants to produce tobacco will be given land to produce tobacco,' and it will be the same for coffee or anything else.
Did anyone notice our fake April Fool’s Day "headlines"? Anyone? Regardless, let’s return to posting some real news stories.
* French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered to send a medical “humanitarian mission” to Colombia for kidnapped politician Ingrid Betancourt.
* Mexico's Mataviejitas, (“Little Old Lady Killer”) was sentenced to over seven hundred years in jail.
* The air accident rate in Latin America is double the global average according to the International Air Transport Association.
* Coming soon to Venezuela: a new form of currency.
Sources- Reuters UK, The Latin Americanist, Guardian UK, MSNBC, UPI
Image- BBC News
Sources- Breakthrough, Wired.com, ABC News, YouTube
Sources- myspace.com, YouTube, The Latin Americanist
Several Cuban-American politicos from South Florida have opined over the matter:
Florida Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in a joint statement that they were "deeply disturbed by any allegation of misuse of taxpayer funds" and urged the Department of Justice and the USAID's inspector general "to move thoroughly and swiftly in investigating all the facts in this matter."
Joe Garcia, a Democrat running to unseat Mario Diaz-Balart, said the resignation underscored "the fundamental flaws of a policy designed to win votes in Miami and patronize partisan supporters, not bring freedom to Cuba."
In light of Sixto’s resignation, White House officials said they have modified its policy on funding anti-Castro groups.
Sources- UPI, Postbulletin.com, Houston Chronicle, AHN
The IAPA statement singled out the United States for trying to erode a reporter's right to source confidentiality, noting court "cases where federal judges force journalists to reveal their sources and impose heavy fines on them."
The IAPA meeting also issued a resolution against the growing number of unsolved murders and kidnappings of journalists in Argentina, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico and Colombia, whose governments it urged to investigate "quickly and thoroughly."
The IAPA conference was in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas where a parallel forum was also held denouncing the supposed conspiracy between regional media and “the corporate elite.”
Sources- BBC News, International Herald Tribune, caribbeannetnews.com, Voice of America
Image- BBC News
I am sure that every Cuban who awoke this morning trying to figure out how he or she was going to feed their families this week is going to feel a whole lot better about their situation when they hear this news. Who cares about such unimportant things like food and freedom when you have the privilege to stay in a hotel you cannot afford?
Sources- Babalu Blog, The Press Association, The Latin Americanist, MSNBC, AFP, Babalu Blog
Image- BBC News (“Cubans will be allowed to use hotel facilities as paying guests”)
* Peru's cocaine industry appears to be making a comeback according to this piece originally in the Los Angeles Times.
* A former member of Argentina's armed forces suspected of abuses during the “Dirty War” has been officially extradited from Spain.
* Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA plans to expand into the South America and the Caribbean, based on a company report.
Sources- Boston Globe, Bloomberg, El Universal, The Latin Americanist, NME.com
Image- TIME (“Mexican emos are being pounced upon, turning the band Fall Out Boy's tongue-in-cheek song "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" into something unfortunately too literal.”)