Friday, July 30, 2010
* Middle East: In a tit-for-tat move Israel launched air strikes against Gaza after a rocket was launched into a coastal Israeli city.
* Britain: The incoming CEO of BP, Bob Dudley, claimed that the clean up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico may need to be “scaled back” despite serious damage from a major oil spill.
* Africa: A trio of Kenyans has been accused of being behind the deaths of 76 people killed by a bomb in Uganda.
Image – The Guardian (“Nicolas Sarkozy has been criticized over plans to clamp down on Traveller, Gypsy and Roma populations.”)
Online Sources- Foreign Policy, MSNBC, BBC News, The Guardian
This week the Trinity Square shopping mall and parking garage in Northeast England will be torn down. The complex- best known for its depiction in the 1970 British cult film “Get Carter”- was built in the Brutalism architectural style. Brutalism was trendy in the 1960s and 1970s, and buildings such as Trinity Square are defined by its angular and blocky shapes in addition to “the exposure of the building's functions…in the exterior of the building.” The style has since fallen out of favor in most architectural circles.
One of Argentina’s foremost architects was famous for promoting the Brutalism movement in his native country. Clorindo Testa was the artist behind numerous several well-known buildings in Argentina such as the headquarters in Buenos Aires for Bank of London and South America (today the National Mortgage Bank). Built in 1959, the “resulting design of Testa's bank is a box within a box” that incorporates glass more than typical Brutalism structures of the era.
Below is part of a video interview with Testa where he discussed his creativity behind some of Argentina’s well-known modern structures:
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* Cuba: Roughly three weeks after ending his four-month hunger strike Cuban authorities allowed dissident Guillermo Farinas to leave hospital and return home.
* Costa Rica: President Laura Chinchilla State Department vowed not to reverse a decree allowing an open-pit gold mine to operate near the border with Nicaragua.
* Mexico: U.S. authorities indefinitely closed the consulate in Ciudad Juarez in order to conduct a “security review.”
Online Sources- BBC News, The Latin Americanist, MSNBC, BusinessWeek
Thursday, July 29, 2010
* Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new law permitting Russia’s intelligence agency to detain “people suspected of preparing acts of extremism.”
* Pakistan: At least 100 people died and thousands were left homeless as a result of monsoons and heavy flooding.
* Afghanistan: Pentagon officials were none too pleased over the publishing of secret files on the Afghanistan conflict by the Wikileaks website.
Image – MSNBC
Online Sources- Xinhua, Ottawa Citizen, BBC News, The Guardian
* Puerto Rico: Several hundred supporters of “independence militant” Carlos Alberto Torres celebrated his release on parole after spending thirty years in prison.
* Paraguay: Police gunned down one of country’s most wanted fugitives - Paraguayan People's Army leader Severiano Martinez.
* Colombia: The State Department reversed its previous decision and will grant Colombian journalist Hollman Morris a visa to come to the U.S.
Image – The Telegraph (“Marine iguanas are unique to the Galapagos.”)
Online Sources- Boston Globe, LAHT, MSNBC, Miami Herald
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
“The simplest explanation is that skilled men in the US and Latin America differ in their valuation of the returns to having a stay-home wife versus a working wife,” the authors explain. “US skilled men prefer a working skilled wife to a stay-home wife, while Latin American men do not. Latin American women prefer a skilled husband who supports her desire to work, but Latin American men would prefer a lower-skilled wife who stays home."
- "Arizona may be frustrated, as are we, with Congress' failure to seriously address comprehensive immigration reform. Nevertheless, the solution is not a patchwork of varying state laws each trying to be more repressive than the next to force immigrants to go elsewhere." - statement from the League of United Latin American Citizens.
- "The Obama administration has a light touch when it comes to securing the border but a heavy hand when it comes to sicking their lawyers on the people of Arizona." - joint statement from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
- "I promise you this debate is going to get hotter and hotter and hotter" - remarks made by Federation for American Immigration Reform president Dan Stein to CNN.
• Making it a crime to stop a vehicle in traffic to hire a day laborer or for someone looking for work to get into a stopped vehicle;Meanwhile several local politicos have already reacted to the judge's decision; Gov. Jan Brewer said that she will appeal yet admitted that she was "heartened by some findings" in Bolton's ruling. On the other hand, state Attorney General Terry Goddard criticized the bill and urged repairing "the damage to Arizona's image and economy."
• Requiring state officials to work with the federal government regarding illegal immigrants;
• Allowing Arizona residents to file suit against any agency, official, city or county for adopting policies that restrict the ability of workers to enforce federal immigration law "to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.
Update (3:30pm): So what did Judge Bolton place a preliminary injunction on? In a nutshell here's the answer according to The Guardian:
Update (2:45pm): A few quick points based on Judge Bolton's decision (which you can read in its entirety here):
• Requiring a police officer to make a reasonable attempt to check the immigration status of those they have stopped
• Making it a crime for non-citizens to fail to carry documentation
• Creating a new crime of seeking to work while not a legal resident• Allowing police to make arrests without warrants if there is a belief the person has committed an offense that allows them to be expelled from the US
- It's vital to note that the blocks placed by the justice on areas of SB 1070 are temporary and could be overturned by an appeals court in the likely event that attorneys for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer go in that direction.
- The judge ruled that the law is against the Supremacy Clause in that the law would trump the federal government's authority on immigration enforcement. During the hearings, however, she was reportedly critical of some of the federal government's arguments and "seemed reluctant to accept that local police making the inquiry intruded on federal authority."
- Bolton questioned the "vague wording" of the law that she said influenced her to grant preliminary injunctions for parts of the measure rather than permitting all of it to go into effect tonight.
- While Bolton focused on the Justice Department's lawsuit she did not address the arguments made in other lawsuits against SB 1070 over potential racial profiling.
- Lastly some food for thought - will the judge's decision lead to an increased push behind fair and comprehensive federal immigration reform?
The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold a part of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.The ruling apparently agreed with the basic points presented by the Department of Justice's lawsuit but also did not back their call for a permanent injunction of the entire law. Furthermore, the judge's decision is not expected to calm the high political tension over immigration that has centered in Arizona.
We'll have more later today on the details and fallout from Judge Bolton's ruling.
Online Sources - Too many to list
Image - The Guardian (A Border Patrol agent checks the ID of a driver trying to cross one of the U.S. borders.)
* Cuba: Coming to a bookshelf near you – the memoirs of former Cuban ruler Fidel Castro.
* Ecuador: The government will reportedly introduce a series of reforms designed to increase state control over the country’s oil industry.
* Argentina: The country’s soccer federation dropped Diego Maradona as head coach of the men’s national team.
Image – Time
Online Sources- Reuters Canada, CNN, AFP, The Nation
"The president said that there was a significant difference between what AFA wanted to achieve and Maradona's aspirations for the future," (AFA spokesperson Ernesto) Cherquis Bialo said. "There was a wide gap, and it was impossible to narrow it."
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Cano and Blunt's first hit, "Reynosa Maldosa" (roughly translated as Reynosa the Bad Town) charted the growing levels of drug-related violence in this city of 500,000.
"Reynosa the bad town. A s***-load of bad guys, full of mafiosos. The streets are dangerous," it goes. And it's instantly catchy.
"We just sing about what we see in the streets. People identify with these songs because they listen to us and see for themselves what's going on. That's the reality," Cano said.
* Chile: President Sebastian Pinera rejected a controversial plan that would’ve sought pardoning some former military officers convicted for Pinochet-era crimes against humanity.
* Dominican Republic: An outbreak of dengue fever continues to hit parts of the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic where 24 deaths were attributed to that illness.
* Nicaragua: Prosecutors dropped a case accusing President Daniel Ortega of involvement in the early 1980s massacre of 64 indigenous people.
Image – The Guardian
Online Sources- People’s Daily Online, MSNBC, BBC News, The Latin Americanist, LAHT
Monday, July 26, 2010
The video clip below comes from "Além da Luz" ("Beyond the Light"), a documentary focusing on the lives of four blind and visually impaired Brazilians. Their story is one of empowerment, independence, and the desire to move forward with their lives despite their disability":
Online Sources - CNN, MSNBC, YouTube, U.N. Enable
* Peru: A state of emergency was declared in Peru due to a harsh cold front that has swept through several Latin American countries.
* Haiti: Will musician Wyclef Jean really run for the Haitian presidency?
* Caribbean: Agreements in areas such as immigration were signed during Dominican President Leonel Fernandez’ visit to Cuba last week.
Image – The Telegraph (Manuel Zelaya was ousted from the Honduran presidency over a year ago and he is currently in exile).
Online Sources- MSNBC, BBC News, CTV, People’s Daily Online