Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today's Video: Food for Thought

Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. and it is generally believed that the first Thanksgiving feast took part between the Pilgrims and native Americans in Massachusetts in 1621.  But as we first mentioned five years ago, the first Thanksgiving really occurred in 1565 when Spanish explorers and Timuca natives in St. Augustine, Florida got together and dined on bean soup.

The following brief video via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette delves into the history behind the first Thanksgiving nearly 450 years ago:
Video Source - YouTube via user PostGazetteNow

Online Source - The Latin Americanist

Daily Headlines: November 22, 2012

* Brazil: 176 people in Sao Paulo were killed in October according to new data revealed hours after the city's security chief resigned from his post.

* Latin America: The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to nationals visiting Honduras and updated its warning on traveling to Mexico.

* Peru: Indonesian law enforcement officials claimed that hundreds of women from that country work as “drug mules” in Peru.

* Argentina: A U.S. federal judge ordered the Argentine government to immediately pay over $1 billion owed to foreign creditors since the country defaulted a decade ago.

Video Source – YouTube via user ABCOfficialNews

Online Sources- BBC News, Times of India, USA TODAY, Bernama, The Guardian

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daily Headlines: November 21, 2012 (Updated)

* Puerto Rico: Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho remains in critical condition and is reportedly struggling to survive after he was shot last night.

Update (November 22): Hector “Macho” Camacho is brain dead and close to death according to doctors overseeing the critically injured former pugilist.

"We have done everything we could,"said Dr. Ernesto Torres of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan to the press on Thursday morning.

He added that Camacho's family will decide by Friday whether to take the former three-time title holder off of life support machines.

* Venezuela: The Venezuelan economy grew by over five percent in the third quarter but manufacturing has supposedly hit a fifty-year low.

* Argentina: Buenos Aires and other major cities were paralyzed yesterday after Argentina's main labor unions declared a general strike.

* Honduras: Could Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted ex-president Manuel Zelaya, win next year's Honduran presidential election?

Video Source: YouTube via Associated Press

Online Sources including Update: Globalpost, ABC News, BBC News, Fox News Latino, Reuters, Huffington Post

Monday, November 19, 2012

Daily Headlines: November 19, 2012

* Colombia: Envoys representing the Colombian government and the FARC rebels are scheduled to continue historic peace talks today in Cuba.

* Ecuador: President Rafael Correa said Ecuador would welcome "with open arms" Spanish workers fleeing economic woes at home.

* Brazil: Over one million people took part in Rio de Janeiro's Gay Pride parade, which had the theme of combating homophobia.

* Mexico: The Attorney General's office contradicted a federal police report regarding the controversial shooting of two CIA agents last August.

Online Sources: BBC News, ABC News, Bloomberg, Gulf Times

Video Source: YouTube via Al Jazeera English