Friday, March 27, 2015
* Cuba: Cuban foreign ministry official Pedro Luis Pedroso claimed that his country will discuss human rights on March 31st as part of the next stage in bilateral diplomatic talks with the U.S.
* Argentina: An Argentine judge upheld a prior ruling to dismiss charges of a cover-up by President Cristina Fernandez in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA bombing.
* Brazil: In another sign of Brazil’s economic troubles, the central bank admitted that it would miss its inflation target for the first time since 2003.
Update: The Brazilian government on Friday reported that the national economy surprisingly grew by 0.1% in 2014. But financial experts predict that the economy could soon slide into a recession later this year.
* Mexico: A mayor in Mexico has come under fire for advising female workers to avoid watching the news on TV and instead focus on telenovelas.
YouTube Source – AFP
Online Sources including Update – The Huffington Post, Reuters, euronews, Bloomberg
Thursday, March 26, 2015
* Argentina: In the latest chapter in the dispute over the Falklands, Argentine government officials blasted British plans to increase their military presence on the archipelago.
* Costa Rica: The Costa Rican ambassador to Venezuela, Federico Picado Gómez, was recalled from his post after expressing his support for recent decree powers given to President Nicolás Maduro.
* Brazil: The Brazilian real has lost approximately 17% against the U.S. dollar so far in 2015 and, thus, is “the worst performing major currency this year.”
* Bolivia: A book compiling “all of Bolivia's arguments regarding recovering sovereign access to the sea from Chile” will become an official text used in the landlocked state’s educational system.
YouTube Source – The Times of India
Online Sources – Reuters, Tico Times, The Latin Americanist, Fox News Latino and Bloomberg
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
* El Salvador: Commemorative masses were held in honor of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero on the 35th anniversary of assassination and in anticipation of his beatification this May.
* Dominican Republic: As many as 110,000 people of Haitian background could be deported from the Dominican Republic starting in June despite denunciations from human rights groups and Dominican business leaders.
* Latin America: Two Colombian students and a Mexican national are believed to be among the 150 fatalities of yesterday's Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.
Update: At least six people from four Latin American countries (Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela) are believed to be among the victims of the accident.
* Cuba: The Treasury Department reportedly removed sanctions on 45 Cuban entities whose assets were blocked and had been barred from doing business with people in the U.S.
Video Source – YouTube via Catholic News Service
Online Sources including Update – The Guardian; Bloomberg; The Latin Americanist; USA TODAY; Fox News Latino
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
* U.S.: According to a new study about forty million people in the U.S. speaks the blend of English and Spanish known as “Spanglish.”
* Uruguay: Uruguay will reportedly not take in more former Guantanamo detainees as President Tabaré Vasquez seems to distance himself from the policies of his predecessor, José Mujica.
* Argentina: The recent archeological find of an allegedly secret Nazi hideout in northern Argentina appears to be more a case of fiction rather than fact.
* Mexico: Family members of some of the missing and possibly massacred forty-three Ayotzinapa students continued their U.S. tour by protesting over the past few days in New York, Los Angeles and other cities.
Video Source – YouTube user NCLLP
Online Sources – UPI; Dominican Today; The Guardian; KTLA
Monday, March 23, 2015
* Chile: Scores of protesters gathered in Osorno against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros and accused him of helping cover up sexual abuse by Father Fernando Karadima.
* Argentina: An Argentine attorney has come under fire for posting a tweet with an “appalling” photo of the bloodied body of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
* Brazil: A lack of enforcement of strict environmental laws is one of the reasons cited for a recent increase in the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rain forest.
* Mexico: Mexican wrestler Rey Mysterio Jr. could face manslaughter charges in the death of fellow grappler Hijo del Perro Aguayo during a bout last Saturday.
Video Source – YouTube via euronews
Online Sources – Sydney Morning Herald; Buenos Aires Herald; The Latin Americanist; Newsweek; Rappler.com