Friday, February 21, 2014
* Nicaragua: A planned interoceanic canal cutting through Nicaragua could be disastrous to the environment according to some scientists who have studied the project.
* Argentina: Argentine regulators approved a plan that would break up the Clarin media conglomerate over the next six months.
* Brazil: A new study found that despite some economic troubles private equity and venture capital investments in Brazil grew in 2013 to $6.04 billion.
* Mexico: The Mexican government criticized the “unacceptable” use of lethal force in the recent shooting death of national by a U.S. Border Patrol officer who claimed he was being attacked.
Video Source – teleSUR via YouTube (Video uploaded on August 2013).
Online Sources- NPR; CNN; New York Times; BBC News
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
* Argentina: The Argentinian Supreme Court upheld a government-backed media law that could obligate the Clarin media conglomerate to sell off some of its licenses in radio, TV and the Internet.
* Brazil: Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo claimed that he doesn't anticipate any protests at next year’s soccer World Cup like the mass demonstrations several months ago during the Confederations Cup.
* Uruguay: President Jose Mujica announced that the 850-member Uruguayan peacekeepers in Haiti would be withdrawn partly due to a “political impasse in Haitian society.”
* Mexico: An uptick of violence has been reported in the state of Michoacán resulting from clashes between self-defense groups and the Knights Templar drug gang.
Video Source – YouTube via user teleSURenglish tv
Online Sources- BBC News; The Guardian; GlobalPost; MercoPress; The Latin Americanist
Friday, December 28, 2012
* Brazil: Doctors In Brazil who previously had to notify officials of patients who developed AIDS will now need to inform authorities of all HIV cases.
* Latin America: Could Latin America’s “culture of family, support, and living a life to spend time with your family” explain why some countries in the region are at the top of a global happiness index?
* Colombia: The son of a former Colombian senator and ambassador filed a civil lawsuit in Florida against the South American country’s two main guerilla groups.
* Argentina: In a setback for the government the Argentine Supreme Court backed an injunction protecting media giant Grupo Clarin from being partially broken up.
Video Source – YouTube via user 1818video (Excerpt from a Frontline documentary, possibly “Sick Around the World” from 2008).
Online Sources- USA TODAY, CNN, ABC News, Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
* Mexico: New president Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled a six-point anti-crime plan that includes the creation of a paramilitary police force and combating corruption in law enforcement.
* U.S.: Hate crimes against Latinos dropped by 31% in 2011 according to a new report from the FBI.
* Ecuador: Several thousand villagers were evacuated as a result of increased risk of erupiton of the Tungurahua volcano.
* Argentina: On Monday the Argentine government began the process of breaking up the Clarin media conglomerate.
Video Source – YouTube via Milenio
Online Sources- UPI, KPBS, ABC Online, Mercopress
Friday, December 7, 2012
* Mexico: Brother-and-sister duo Jesse y Joy was nominated for Best Latino Pop Grammy weeks after capturing four Latin Grammys including record and song of the year.
* Argentina: Media giant Clarin received an extension of an injunction to prevent the implementation of a controversial government-backed media reform law.
* U.S.: The Hispanic unemployment rate remained unchanged in November at 10.0% even though the national unemployment rate continued to decrease slightly last month.
* Venezuela: “I'm happy and enthused to be back again,” declared an enthusiastic President Hugo Chavez after he returned from nine days of medical treatment in Cuba.
Video Source – YouTube via user jessejoyoficial
Online Sources- Zee News, Businessweek, ABC News, Reuters