Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This illustrates how definitely the Untied States and Latin America are intertwined. How will Latin America continue to be affected by the economic turmoil of the United States? Read the full article here.
The Dominican Republic's government is going to give Haiti trees to rebuild the forest on the border of the island that they share. The Dominican Republic has 33 percent of trees on the border while Haiti has a mere 3 percent. The motivation for reforesting the border is that without trees to protect the land, mudslides and flooding have become a greater problem due to the recent hurricanes, leaving the death toll at 426. It is very important that the Dominican government is taking this step, because historically the relationship between the two countries has been hostile. There is still a lot of racism and prejudice towards Haitians in the Dominican today.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The current version of the Constitution was approved in 1998.
The new proposed Constitution is the idea and project of President Rafael Correa and members of his Constitutional Assembly. Greatest opposition for the proposed constitution comes from Guayaquil, the country's largest city, which lies on the coast. One fear of the opponents is that power will be centralized in the federal government, and that local governments will have less autonomy.
Other changes in the new Constitution:
> no foreign military bases will be allowed in the country (there is currently a US air base in Manta, the only one in South America)
> allows reelection of the President
> the Episcopal and Catholic churches consider that certain parts "open the door to abortion"
> free education (up to university level)
Correa fears the likely bitter opposition he will face from Guayaquil residents. He said that if he lost he would resign, but it looks like this will not be happening.
Friday, September 26, 2008
What do you think this indicates about the citizens of the two nations?
Daily Show interview w/ Jon Stewart & Evo Morales:
A U.S. military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay has quit because of ethical disputes with his superiors. He said they got rid of evidence that could help clear a young Afghan detainee of war crimes. The prosecutor, described the disagreements in a statement supporting a defense bid to dismiss the charges against Mohammed Jawad. Jawad, who was captured in Afghanistan when he was 16, is accused of throwing a grenade that wounded two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter in December 2002. He faces a maximum life sentence at a trial scheduled to begin in December. Vandeveld said prosecutors knew that Jawad may have been drugged before the attack and that the Afghan Interior Ministry said two other men had confessed to the same crime, according to Michael Berrigan, deputy chief defense counsel for the Guantanamo tribunals. Jawad is one of roughly two dozen Guantanamo detainees facing charges. Military prosecutors say they plan trials for about 200 men held here on suspicion of links to al Qaeda or the Taliban.
Is this part of the reason that many countries, including some in Latin America think that America is an imperialistic country? I thought Americans don't have to worry about human rights...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
David brought his case to the court and it has been in limbo between US custody laws, Brazil custody laws and international laws between the two countries. According to the Hague treaties, which both countries have signed, Sean should have been returned to the US, however, the brazilian courts waited too long to act on anything and decided, as it had been a year, that Sean had been in Brazil too long to take him away from his mother.
Four years later, Bruna died giving birth to her new husband's baby and David thought that after all of the fighting in the courts, that Sean was finally his. Suddenly, Sean's last name was changed, and Goldman was erased from the records. Goldman is now trying to find a way for his Sean's last name to become Goldman again and for his chance to take his son back, but will the Brazilian courts follow their own custody laws that would return Sean to the United States, or will the influential brazilian family prevail? To read more click here
Four hurricanes have hit the Caribbean and Central America particularly fiercely in the last 30 days. Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike have all left the islands devastated, with a total of 600 dead and 80,000 homeless. Some of the nations affected the most include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. With regards to their economic state before, one can only imagine what sort of economic state they are in now. How will these nations and the rest of the world respond to this crisis? Read the news story here.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The article shows just a glimpse of the state of affairs in the small island country.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sometime this month, PeruPetro, Peru's oil liscensing agency will auction of 22 oil and gas lots, the largest auction in the country's history.
Read more about this here.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Nearly 6 months ago to this day, a film called Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) was released in theaters. It tells the story of a Mexican woman who was forced to leave her home (and family) behind when she went to the United States to try to make a living. "The script has Carlitos narrowly escaping kidnapping, drug addicts, and Border Patrol workers, aided by the unlikely friendships he forges along the way," says the synopsis on rottentomatoes.com. The film, in fact, received a standing ovation last year at the Sundance Film Festival. It's currently available on DVD and, in my opinion, something worth checking out.
Try this recipe:
The Perfect Pantry
or a recipe found in an old Argentine cookbook:
Stir 4 liters of milk, 1 kilo of white sugar, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda together in a large pot over medium heat. (Marbles may be added for more efficient stirring, but make sure you count them beforehand and remove the same number afterwards before eating.) Continue stirring for, oh, about 3-4 hours (or until the mixture reaches a fairly creamy consistency and a golden-brown color), remove from stove and place pot in cold water to cool.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
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I was introduced to Fernando Botero by a former Spanish teacher and was amazed and offended by Botero in that first encounter. He is an artist who “illustrates the comedy of the human life” with grossly obese characters. The temporary exhibit at the NOMA is the first exhibition since 1974, which chronicles all the works ever produced by Botero. I found it incredible to witness first-hand the ever growing plethora of art produced by Botero, who is now in his late-seventies and continues to paint, sculpt and draw. I quickly made my way through the rather small, but thorough exhibit of Botero’s works, in order that I might catch the night’s feature film.
The movie screened that night was entitled Favela Rising, a personal account of the lead performer's experiences in the musical group AfroReggae who cries for justice in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Born in the blood and gun shot of “Brazil’s Bosnia,” Anderson Sá asked himself how he could “end the violence…and use music as an instrument of change.” AfroReggae was his answer.
Two seemingly unrelated cultural venues of Latin American social unrest paint the picture and screen the images of aberrant corruption and heartache in a beautiful and sometimes forgotten part of the world. I also asked myself a question: How could such a beautiful place have so much violence? To this Anderson Sá says, "I wanna be a miracle," and change himself, his family and the world around him.
US Secretary of State has rejected to cooperate with Cuba's appeal. Barack Obama and other Democratic members of Congress have requested that the Bush Administration loosen restrictions so that people can send emergency aid to their families in Cuba.
To read more you can follow this link.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
In a country that is known, if not for anything else, than for the soccer gods it produces, this loss is a disgrace. Bolivia lost a defender, Ignacio Garcia, to a red card foul and still managed to keep up with star-filled Brazil.
Brazil, after getting off to a rough start in the 10 team table of South America, won their last game against Chile with no problem. Perhaps they got lucky in the Chile game or perhaps they were too overconfident. Probably the most worried person is Brazil's coach, Dunga, whose job lies on the line with this tournament. If Brazil doesn't make it to the World Cup, which, this would be the first time ever for a Brazilian team to NOT make it, then there is no doubt that Dunga will lose his job and probably have to leave the country.
At just barely 2nd place, Dunga, and Brazil fans all over the world can rest a little easy, but a strong Argentina team is right behind them with Chile closely following.
To read more about this embarrasing draw at home in Brazil, click here
chabón - guy, dude
boludo - jerk, moron
fiaca - laziness
bajón or garrón - something that sucks
pucho - cigarette
mango - one peso, similar to "buck" in the states
guita - money
quilombo - a mess or a hassle
and many more. So even if you think you speak Spanish, these are definitely worth checking out beforehand if you ever decide to make a trip to Argentina.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
In July of this year, the Minister of Defense announced her rescue, as well as that of 14 other captives. The government spent months infiltrating the FARC in order to ensure their safe rescue, and it was a success!
Betancourt was awarded the prize for "promoting understanding between peoples."
This is a fantastic story about the lengths people will go to to promote peace. Her selflessness definitely garners this award.
Read the news article here and the wikipedia article here.