Friday, December 29, 2006
Links : Yahoo! Answers
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Nelva Mendez de Falcone, 76, died Monday of an unspecified lung problem for which she had been hospitalized for the last 10 days in La Plata, 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of the capital of Buenos Aires, the family said.Nelva had lost her own daughter, Maria Claudia Falcone, to the 1976-83 dictatorship.
The impact and pressence of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo has been used an a point of study by other mothers fighting in the name of their children even here in the United States. For example, Latina mothers in New York City who lost their sons to police brutality, met with some of the Plaza de Mayo mothers in the late 1990's.
According to official figures, some 13,000 people disappeared under the dictatorship's "dirty war" against dissidents, though human rights groups put the number at 30,000.
Mendez de Falcone's family said her body would be cremated and some of her ashes scattered in the Plaza de Mayo.
Link : CNN, VivirLatino
Tags : Argentina, Plaza de Mayo
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Link : Sporting Life, VivirLatino
Tags : Futbol, Chile, colo colo
Friday, December 22, 2006
Colombia is spraying the herbicide, with the backing of the U.S., in order to wipe out Coca fields.
There are questions as to the safety of the herbicide.
Link : La Prensa Latina, International Herald Tribune , Earth Justice
Image : WikiNoticias
Tags : Ecuador , Colombia
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Link : Fox News
Tags : Cuba , Fidel Castro, Raul Castro
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Link: Prensa Latina
Image : Business Directory Venezuela
Tags : Venezuela
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Just last week there were reports that Cuban leader Fidel Castro was on his deathbed, again. A delegation of U.S. lawmakers are being told an entirely different story however.
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said all the Cuban officials they spoke to during the three-day trip that ended Sunday told them the 80-year-old leader's "illness is not cancer, nor is it terminal, and he will be back."No one has seen Fidel since the middle of the summer.
The real deal is that the truth won't be known until one fo two things happen: Fidel shows face or he actually does pass. Until then all these reports amount to nothing more than static on radio bemba.
Links : Fox News
Tags : Fidel Castro, Cuba
Monday, December 18, 2006
Link : La Jornada
Tags : Chile, Pinochet
Friday, December 15, 2006
Chile reaffirmed not only that it wanted to keep up its positive trade relationship with Cuba, but also affirmed that it wanted to work more closely with Ecuador and its new President, Rafael Correa.
Links : La Prensa Latina, People's Daily Online
Tage : Chile, Cuba, Ecuador
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The Purpose of the Mercosur is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, peoples, and currency among member nations. Current members include Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Associate members include Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. Mexico has observer status.
Each member nation will be able to name nine deputies, nine senators and an equal number of replacements.
Link : La Prensa Latina
Image : Red Academica Uruguaya
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Link : Univision
Image : Univision
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The ALAS Foundation (America Latina en Accion Solidaria - "Latin America for Solidarity") will be launched on December 12, in the National Theater of Panama. With the aim of replacing philanthropy with commitment and charity with solidarity, personalities from the world of culture such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bose, Diego Torres, Juanes, Babasonicos, Mana, Ruben Blades, Daniela Mercury and Danilo Pere have risen to the occasion, as well as outstanding individuals in the Latin American world, such as Carlos Slim, Emilio Azcarraga, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Alejandro Soberon, Joseph Safra, Roberto Kriete, Marinela Servitje, Stanley Motta, Alberto Bollmer, Jose Antonio Fernandez, Felipe Gonzalez, Oscar Arias, Sergio Renan and Jaime Baily. All of them have joined to fight hunger, poverty and marginalization.
Link: Hispanic PR Wire
Celebrations honoring the "dark skinned virgin" are happening all over the nation, including places as unlikely as Wisconsin.
Links : Univision.com, Green Bay Press Gazette
Image : Mexico Connect
Monday, December 11, 2006
News reports show local reaction across Chile ranging from jubilation to mourning as well as protests in the streets that have been met with water canons.
Pinochet, as per his request, will be cremated, to avoid his grave being becoming a site of conflict. It's shame that so many of those that were killed or "disappeared" during his rule weren't afforded the same luxury.
Links : La Prensa Latina
Image : VivirLatino
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
With that said I want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who takes the time to read and comment on this blog. For my part, working on The Latin Americanist has been a thrill and something very enjoyable over the past 14 months. I’m quite sad to leave this blog behind but at the same time happy to leave it in the hands of someone as knowledgeable as Maegan la Mala. (Thanks again Maegan!)
(Quick FYI- I‘ll be blogging sporadically from my personal blog- Huevos Pericos- just in case you’re in the mood to check out my goings on waaaaaay south of the border).
May all of you have a very festive holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Take care, and all the best.
* Time magazine believed that politics in the region have entered a phase different from the typical “oligarchic capitalism and populist socialism” of the past. Deemed the “third way” it describes a moderate approach that strengthens democratic institutions and where ideas are valued over strict adherences to ideology.
* However, Tyler Bridges and Pablo Bachelet would disagree with Time’s assessment since they believe that two sides of the political left have emerged over the past year: a staunchly-anti neoliberal and anti-Washington stance and a moderate, “market-friendly” left epitomized by
* Chavez-brand of leftist populism has not taken a stranglehold across
* Foreign Policy’s blog wonders about how relations between Chavez and ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro will influence a possible “Chavista” revolution across the region.
* “The Latin American left…cannot hope to address poverty, inequality, economic underperformance, or social exclusion without reforming the state” opined a commentator at the Guardian
So what do you think? Are these articles relatively accurate or are they missing the point? Will the left in Latin America achieve similar success next year? Don't be shy; give us your opinion!
Links- Time, Guardian
Links- gabirelamontero.com, CBS News, NPR
Links- International Herald Tribune, BBC News, Reuters, Wikipedia
Last month, Panamanian president Martin Torrijos lent his support to
Links- Cuban News Agency, Prensa Latina, The Latin Americanist (blog)
Image- puertoricousa.com (Logo of the Puerto Rican Independence Party)
* The head of Air Jamaica- Jamaica’s national airline- dismissed as “impractical” suggestions that the financially troubled air carrier should merge with another airline company.
* Brazilian tourism officials are planning a major public relations campaign against “Turistas”- a
Links- San Jose Mercury News, Angus Reid Consultants, People’s Daily Online, Jamaica Gleaner, Guardian UK, Rotten Tomatoes, CBS News
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Links- International Herald Tribune, The Latin Americanist (blog), VivirLatino (blog)
Links- International Herald Tribune, CBC, MSNBC, sportinglife.com, Wikipedia
Image- Monsters & Critics (David Nalbandian serving in the fourth match of the Davis Cup final, which he won over Russia’s Nikolai Davydenko)
Links- ireland.com, BBC News, International Herald Tribune, The Latin Americanist (blog)
Image- The Economist (Bolivian president Evo Morales visiting a gas plant earlier this year)
In June, Gonzalez Macchi was sentenced to 6 years in jail for running an embezzlement scheme, but that conviction was later overturned on appeal.
Links- BBC News, International Herald Tribune, The Latin Americanist (blog)
It's not clear if part of this plan includes the arrest of Oaxaca APPO founder Flavio Sosa yesterday.
Links: VivirLatino, BBC News, Sky Valley Journal, San Francisco Indy Media Center
Image - BBC News
Tags - Mexico, Felipe Calderon
Monday, December 4, 2006
Image- BBC News
Links- MercoPress, The Latin Americanist (blog), International Herald Tribune, Reuters
Image- BBC News
Links- Bloomberg, Reuters, BBC News, The Latin Americanist (blog)
Image- RTE News (
“Mr. Rosales represents everything that is positive about
. He's a democratic man who truly loves his country and won't give away our natural resources like Mr. Chavez has done to gain influence overseas.” Venezuela
Chavez may be celebrating now and reveling in his victory but he cannot ignore so much sentiment against him by Venezuelans living abroad especially if they aspire to form a formidable political force a la Cuban exile groups in the U.S. If Chavez wishes to remain in power for another 6-year term he will have to effectively face his opponents living outside of
Links- VivirLatino (blog), Bloomberg, ABC News, CNN, South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
Image- Bradenton Herald (Anti-Chavez supporter outside of the voting area at
* The popularity of Dominican president Leonel Fernandez has dipped over the past few months according to the latest poll figures.
* A malaria outbreak has killed 75 indigenous people in western
* Tourism and mining- two of
Links- Angus Reid Consultants, People’s Daily Online, International Herald Tribune, National Geographic News
Image- BBC News
Tags- Latin America
A few things:
1- The “Events” part of our blog has been updated with several art exhibits, lectures, concerts, etc. that will happen this month and in January. Have an event that you want to spread the word on? Then please leave a comment on the “Events” page.
2- The “Links & Organizations” page will be modified soon in order to remove dead links and mention several blogs that have caught our eye.
3- Last, but certainly not least, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our guest blogger for the next few weeks- Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz. Maegan will be taking over things here at The Latin Americanist for some time while I spend several weeks in Colombia starting on Thursday with my extended family and (gasp!) without internet.
Maegan has worked tirelessly over the past year as one of the main editors over at VivirLatino and she also has her own personal blog here. If you’ve ever read her posts at VivirLatino you’ll know that she has a knack for writing on important issues on Hispanics, and she is very informed in her opinions and comments. Maegan is a fantastic blogger and I’m thrilled (and very thankful) that she will be guest blogging here at The Latin Americanist. Thanks Maegan!
Friday, December 1, 2006
Links- San Francisco Chronicle, International Herald Tribune,
Links- Globe and Mail, BBC News
Image- BBC News
In the aftermath of Felipe Calderon’s inauguration the logical question that follows is “what happens now?” Outgoing president Vicente Fox leaves office to mixed results and Calderon will face a wide range of problems such as severe economic inequality, the seemingly never-ending chaos in
“he must be president of all the people who voted for him, not of this or that special interest within his own party”.Links- Reuters, BBC News, Globe and Mail, Vivirlatino (blog), New American Media, Bloomberg,
In Latin America and the
- An AIDS “crisis” is growing in
Tijuanaand the border area of northern mainly due to unsafe sex practices by prostitutes and the “societal taboos” surrounding the gay community. Mexico
- The Latino Commission on AIDS reports that Hispanics represent 1 out of every 5 cases of AIDS in the U.S. and a study from the University of California's AIDS Research Program shows that language barriers and immigrant status are two of the main barriers against AIDS prevention amongst Latinos in the U.S.
Chileand are part of an international alliance working with the Clinton Foundation to distribute antiretroviral drugs to children in over 40 countries. Brazil
- Around 23,000 people live with AIDS in
and this number is growing in part due to displaced Colombians crossing the border and engaging in the sex trade. Ecuador
- Three women from
Uruguayand explain how they get by living with the effects of AIDS. Honduras
- Ever day four El Salvadorans become newly infected with HIV according to government figures, while it is estimated that nearly 100,000 Peruvians have AIDS.
- Though the number of deaths due to AIDS has decreased slightly in the Caribbean, increased violence in
Haitiand the stigma of shame in hurt those already infected with HIV/AIDS. Jamaica
Links- United Nations, The Latin Americanist (blog), Monsters & Critics, Reuters, KBPS, Vivirlatino (blog), gaywired.com, Sydney Morning Herald, The Observer, BBC News, Prensa Latina, Living in Peru (blog), Hardbeat News, Center for Public Integrity, Reuters, AlertNet,
* A second-half strike by Humberto Suazo helped Chilean side Colo Colo tie against Mexican squad Pachuca in the first of a two-game final for the Copa Sudamericana.
* Mining firms from
* Government officials from the Dominican Republic are trying to work out a deal with Saudi Arabia to build an oil refinery on the Caribbean nation.
Links- BBC News, Reuters, Guardian
Image- BBC News
Tags- Latin America
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
In the meantime, we leave you with a lesson via Overheard in
Links- Overheard in New York (blog), The Latin Americanist (blog)
Image- British Council-
The original post on Sunday's elections may be viewed here.
Links- Al Jazeera, BBC News, Reuters, The Latin Americanist (blog)
Links- People’s Daily Online,
Links- Seattle Times, International Herald Tribune, United Press International, The Latin Americanist (blog)