Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daily Headlines: February 28, 2012 (Updated)

The War Logs
* Venezuela: According to documents published via Wikileaks, Cuban doctors believe that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has two years to live while Russian medics gave him one year. (Update: Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said that Chavez was in "good health condition" after undergoing surgery yesterday in Cuba).

* Colombia: Amnesty International urged the FARC rebels not only to end kidnappings but also “other human rights abuses such as unlawful killings, the recruitment of children and the use of indiscriminate weapons such as land mines.”

* Peru: The Shining Path rebel leader known by the moniker of Comrade Artemio was charged with terrorism and drug trafficking in a Peruvian court yesterday.

* Brazil: The Brazilian Institute of Consumer Rights is rallying against a bill that they claim gives FIFA “too much power and few responsibilities” in organizing the 2014 soccer World Cup.

Image Source – Flickr via alexcovic (In 2010 “Wikileaks.org shared the more than 90.000 leaked documents with three publications before they put them online: The Guardian, The New York Times (International Herald Tribune is now the Global Edition of the NYT), Der Spiegel (weekly German magazine).”) (CC BY 2.0).

Online Sources (including Update) - SI.com, BBC News, Amnesty International, The Latin Americanist, Miami Herald, El Universal

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