Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
This NY Times article discusses the possibility of developing the town of Miches in the Dominican Republic into a prosperous tourist venture. I thought this idea was ambitious and it fits well with our topic for this week.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Check out this article in the New York Times. It's about a group of students who allied themselves with workers from Honduras who had lost thier jobs in a Russel factory when Russel closed the factory overnight. These US students found a way to put pressure on the consumers of Russel goods, like the NBA and their universities. When over a hundred buyers threatened to cut their contracts with Russel, Russel agreed to reopen the factory and rehire all the old workers.
Friday, November 20, 2009
This article tells about the efforts of anthropologists to find and identify the bodies of people who had been kidnapped and executed in Argentina during the dirty war. A trial will be held on December 15th for former officers suspected in these executions. Only recently, immunity laws for those officers were overturned. This reminds me a little of our Guantanamo Bay situation and makes me think we too will one day reconsider investigations into what really occurred in Cuba.
According to this article, Mexico will be pulling out of the recession by 2010. The article says that not only did the global recession and lower oil prices hurt the economy, but also, the swine flu outbreak was an added complication for the country.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I have provided the news article which details the various problems surrounding the closing- the main one being that other nations will not accept the prisoners.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
With our more in-depth look into the darker side of Argentine history, I thought it might be nice to look into a lighter side of their culture. The tango is one of my favorite dances even if I don't know it very well.
Here is a short history of the dance.
And here is a very interesting video of two Argentine performers.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here's a look at numbers for detainees past and present at the detention center that opened in 2002 at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
• Currently held at: 215.
• Released or transferred out of Guantanamo: About 565.
• Transferred to the United States so far: One, Ahmed Ghailani, who is awaiting trial in New York.
• Convicted by military commissions at Guantanamo: Three, including two who have completed their sentences, with one now free in Australia and another in Yemen.
• Cases considered viable for prosecution in federal courts or by military commissions: About 65.
• Cleared for release by a government task force as of late September: 78.
Source: AP archives.
I think this will be a very interesting unit because Latin America has often changed its idea of welfare and whose welfare has been important. They have constantly seeked new ways to attain welfare for both individuals, the community, and the nation. This can be seen in part of the original intent of the conquerors who thought religion would help the indigens' welfare and the various social reforms that have occurred in the region.
You might have heard about Tuesday's blackout in Brazil. 60 million people lost power and the government blamed it on a storm. I bet we'll hear more about this because it was so massive. LA Times article
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Since we in New Orleans have been predicted to feel the effects of Hurricane Ida, I thought I should share this New York Times article on the hurricane's effects in El Salvador. Although Ida itself did not inflict much damage, a storm associated with the larger hurricane has killed at least 140 El Salvadorians due to mudslides from excessive rain.
Friday, November 06, 2009
The current situation in Paraguay seems very relevant to our last disucussion, considering the interaction between all three. The current President Lugo used to be a Catholic priest, showing the support for the Church being involved in their government. Then, the military involvement remains obvious as Lugo felt the need to fire many military leaders, fearing a coup against him. The situation resonnates Latin America's instability that becomes even more prevalent with the fear of instability. Lugo could just be causing more conflict by firing these officers. I think Roosevelt's quote during the Depression may have some revelance: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." In some ways, Latin America is so plagued by its history of instability that the region cannot stop being instable.
Since we talked about Venezuela, I figured it might be a nice idea to look more into the country, and I found an article that provided a few facts about the ongoing disputes between Venezuela and Colombia.
Manuel Solis, who served briefly as president during's military regime, died Friday. He was 91.
Solis died at his home from respiratory failure, said Mitchell Doens, the secretary general of the to which Solis belonged.
Solis served as Noriega and then was named in February 1988 after President Eric Arturo Del Valle was fired. He ruled until Sept. 1, 1989.during the military regime dominated by
Doens said Solis fought for Panama's sovereignty and led the movement in the 1940s against U.S. military presence in the Central American country, where the U.S. built and ran the Panama Canal for generations.
His brief term as president ended with the U.S. invasion that ousted Noriega.
Solis went on to serve as education minister from 2004-2009 in Martin Torrijos' administration.
He is survived by his wife and three children.-AP
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I love baseball and since the World Series is presently unfolding, I thought this article touching on the issue of steroid abuse in Latin America, specifically the Dominican Republic, would be especially pertinent. Somewhere between 25% and 30% of Major League Baseball players are Latino or Hispanic. The pressure put on these young boys to break into and then succeed in the MLB is incredible.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
25 films in three days. I want to go.
I also liked the "universal appeal" comment at the end, which I thought was also sticking up for foreign films in general.