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lunes, 27 de febrero de 2012

Marriage Equality Brings Gay Tourists to Argentina

Marriage Equality Brings Gay Tourists to Argentina: Argentina, the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage, is becoming a popular tourist destination for gay travelers. More than 3500 gay nuptials have taken place in Argentina over the past 18 months. The country is now a top 5 destination ...

The Disturbing Rise of 'Ex-Gay' Programs in South America

The Disturbing Rise of 'Ex-Gay' Programs in South America: Edge Boston reporter, Peter Cassels, wrote an excellent story today detailing the rise of “ex-gay” clinics in South America. According to his thorough and informative report: A government investigation of so-called “reparative therapy” clinics in ...



Bill risks energy assistance

Bill risks energy assistance: The US Census Bureau reports an estimated 825000 Louisiana residents live in poverty. Seven of the 12 northeastern Louisiana parishes have poverty levels of 24.2 to 50.1 percent, and in Ouachita Parish, the numbers are only slightly better, ...



Mexico's Drug War and Femicide

Mexico's Drug War and Femicide: In January 2012, the Nobel Women's Initiative brought together an international delegation including the leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and ...

Mexican journalist on drug lords: "If they're going to kill you, they're going ...


Mexican journalist on drug lords: "If they're going to kill you, they're going ...

CPJ's survey found the increase in crimes against media workers began with the start of Mexican President Felipe Calderon's escalated war against narcotics traffickers, a crusade which has led rival cartels to fight for control of the profitable drug ...

Chile has sixth highest level of child obesity in the OECD

Chile has sixth highest level of child obesity in the OECD: Fast food is a contributing factor in Chile being ranked 6th highest for childhood obesity in the OECD. (Photo by Jacob Biba/The Santiago Times) A recent study conducted by the Encuesta National de Salud (National Health Poll) found that 39 percent of ...

Venezuela defense min. vows soldiers will never again be deployed against ...


Venezuela defense min. vows soldiers will never again be deployed against ...

CARACAS, VenezuelaVenezuela's military chief promised Monday that soldiers will never again be deployed against civilians as the country marked the anniversary of a bloody crackdown that helped spur President Hugo Chavez's early aspirations for ...

Venezuela's New Price Controls Order Cuts Of Up To 25%

Venezuela's New Price Controls Order Cuts Of Up To 25%: CARACAS -(Dow Jones)- The Venezuelan government will cut prices on a slate of basic goods up to an average of 25% as part of a long-awaited first wave of broadly expanded price controls that officials say will combat the country's soaring inflation, ...



Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons

Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons: The fire at Comayagua prison on Feb. 14 killed more than 300 inmates. A series of fatal riots inside Mexican prisons last week and a deadly blaze at a penitentiary in Honduras are prompting calls for major penal reform in Central America.



Argentina stops British-linked ship from docking

Argentina stops British-linked ship from docking: Buenos Aires: Provincial Argentine authorities stopped a cruise liner flying the Bermudan flag from docking in one of the country's ports on Monday, upping the ante in the country's spat with Britain over the Falklands. Britain and Argentina fought a ...

Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons

Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons: "For at least two decades, governments in the region have virtually abandoned the prison system," says Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division. He says prisons throughout Latin America are underfunded, overcrowded and ...

Spanish Judge Batasar Garzon Acquitted

Spanish Judge Batasar Garzon Acquitted: As an investigating magistrate on Spain's National Court, Garzón secured convictions of Al Qaeda and ETA terrorists and pioneered prosecutions of former agents of Latin American military regimes. Human rights organizations, both in Spain and abroad, ...

America's history: Interior department tries to better tell history of all ...


America's history: Interior department tries to better tell history of all ...

Just roughly 3 percent of America's historic landmarks document the history of women, African-Americans and Native Americans. But an effort is underway as part of the Obama administration to broaden that historical reach, and include more locations ...

Smokin'! Cuba sees cigar sales rise 9%

Smokin'! Cuba sees cigar sales rise 9%:
By Andrea Rodriguez, AP HAVANA – Sales of Cuba's famed cigars are sizzling, despite continued recession fears in Europe and a US embargo that bars American aficionados from legally lighting up. By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Among the stalls in the Artisan's ...

USA TODAY

Ecuador's Correa pardons newspaper in criminal libel case


Ecuador's Correa pardons newspaper in criminal libel case

Human Rights Watch's director for Latin America, Jose Miguel Vivanco, said Correa the case “will certainly contribute to an environment of self-censorship” and follows a pattern of government officials using a legal system they “pretty much control” ...

Cuban spy wants temporary return home

Cuban spy wants temporary return home: AP MIAMI -- A convicted Cuban spy still serving probation in the US wants to return home temporarily to visit a critically ill brother. Rene Gonzalez is asking a Miami federal judge to allow him a two-week visit to Cuba. Gonzalez's attorney says in ...

90000 4th Graders Receive Books for Read Across America Day

90000 4th Graders Receive Books for Read Across America Day: “Can anyone imagine the impact of 90000 children reading with their families, discovering the contributions of Arizona Native Americans, learning we are all the same & volunteering every year?” Superintendent of Education John Huppenthal will join Hon ...

Peru, Brazil share strategies on social inclusion, development and safety


Peru, Brazil share strategies on social inclusion, development and safety

The relationship between Peru and Brazil has social inclusion and fight against poverty as its “main aspect” within a range of topics involving economic development, production, military security and welfare of the population living in border areas, ...

Suspect in 3 killings extradited to Puerto Rico


Suspect in 3 killings extradited to Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—A Puerto Rican man accused of killing three people in the US Caribbean territory has been extradited from Massachusetts. Puerto Rico's Justice Department says Luis Emmanuel Sostre Piccinnini was extradited Sunday from a lockup in ...

Ministers at UN meeting pledge to ensure action on sustainable development

Ministers at UN meeting pledge to ensure action on sustainable development:
The ministers, who make up the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is marking its 40th anniversary this year, said the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro will be “a unique ...

UN News Centre

Ecuador's presidential election set for February 2013

Ecuador's presidential election set for February 2013: The South American OPEC nation's vote had been set for January 2013, but was put back a month to allow a full year to elapse after the reform of election rules. Correa says his family and party must decide if he seeks re-election, but he has dropped ...

New report on children living in high-poverty areas

New report on children living in high-poverty areas:
The data also highlight the children most likely to live in areas of concentrated poverty. These include youth in the south and southwest, as well as those in urban and rural areas. African-American, American Indian and Latino children are six to nine ...

WPTV

A New Approach to Aid

A New Approach to Aid: ... to spend more than $26 million on building capacities of communities around mining areas by funding joint poverty reduction projects between NGOs and Canada's mining companies in Africa and South America has attracted both criticism and praise.

How A Tiny South American Country Is Getting Rich And Saving The Environment

How A Tiny South American Country Is Getting Rich And Saving The Environment:
A review published by the United Nations University suggests Costa Rica's example can pave the way elsewhere for initiatives such as payments for environmental services (PES) as a tool for poverty reduction, achieving carbon neutrality by 2021, ...

Co.Exist

Rural Women in Latin America Face Myriad Hurdles

Rural Women in Latin America Face Myriad Hurdles: FAO studies on the link between the rural labour market and poverty, conducted in 13 Latin American countries, show "a lack of public policies, institutions, and oversight of compliance with existing standards and laws," Soto said.



Praying for rain in Paraguay


Praying for rain in Paraguay

For a country with almost half the population in poverty, and ranked among the poorest in Latin America by the United Nations, such a figure is a huge blow. "We definitely need some rain now, or we won't have anything to eat," says Rosa at her small ...