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jueves, 3 de enero de 2013

More Venezuelan Officials Arrive in Cuba

More Venezuelan Officials Arrive in Cuba: CARACAS—More top leaders within Venezuela's government arrived in Cuba during the past two days, where ailing President Hugo Chávez apparently remains in "delicate" condition after a six-hour surgery, raising concerns once again that the 58-year-old ...

Beer Barrel Politics


Beer Barrel Politics

The revenue from the tax helps support the rum industries of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. When did governments start imposing such steep taxes on alcohol? Around 200 years ago. Minor taxes on alcohol are ancient: The Romans imposed duties on ...

Judge: No TV broadcast of Guantanamo 9/11 trial

Judge: No TV broadcast of Guantanamo 9/11 trial: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A military judge has denied a request to allow television broadcast coverage of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks. Defense lawyers requested TV coverage of proceedings at the ...

Brazil judge urges fine mayor who rode donkey to his inauguration


Brazil judge urges fine mayor who rode donkey to his inauguration

SAO PAULO - A Brazilian judge is urging prosecutors to fine a small-town mayor who rode a donkey to his inauguration to needle an opponent who allegedly referred to him as a "burro" in a debate. Judge Luciane Glesse says that Passa Sete Mayor Vaderlei ...

Milan ponder future without their boys from Brazil

Milan ponder future without their boys from Brazil:
Almost a year ago, Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani posed for a photograph in a Rio de Janeiro restaurant with Carlos Tevez and his agent Kia Joorabchian. Negotiations to sign the then on-strike Manchester City forward would break down a week ...


Yahoo! Eurosport UK (blog)

BA stocks move up by 1.2%

BA stocks move up by 1.2%: Buenos Aires stocks moved up by 1.2% today, with the Merval benchmark stock index reaching 2,988.06 points. So far this year, the Merval has accumulated gains of 3.4%. Argentina's country-risk moved up by 0.5%, standing at 947 basis points in the JP ...

Buenos Aires retiring its century-old subway cars

Buenos Aires retiring its century-old subway cars: Buenos Aires, Argentina - The city government announced that the almost 100-year-old 'La Brugeoise"wooden carriages will be ...

Haiti's Martelly begins tenure as Caricom chairman

Haiti's Martelly begins tenure as Caricom chairman: "I therefore invite member states to converge their efforts in order to achieve the necessary structural changes to increase the well-being of our peoples," Martelly said, noting that the Haiti is also observing its 209th anniversary as an independent ...

Still waiting for recovery


Still waiting for recovery

HAITI is open for business”, Michel Martelly, the country's president since May 2011, likes to proclaim. His government has backed up this talk by making it easier for foreigners to own property and by setting as a goal that Haiti climb into the top ...

Venezuela opposition seeks answers on Chavez

Venezuela opposition seeks answers on Chavez: Venezuela's opposition demanded that the government reveal specifics of President Hugo Chavez's condition, criticising secrecy surrounding the ailing leader's health more than three weeks after his cancer surgery in Cuba. Opposition coalition leader ...

Local Native American tribes gather in solidarity

Local Native American tribes gather in solidarity: A crowd of approximately 250 Native Americans have pledged that they will be “Idle No More.” The group gathered to pray, sing, dance and show support for their Canadian brothers and sisters during an 'Idle No More' Yokuts Flashmob Round Dance and ...




Gay employee sues airline association for discrimination

Gay employee sues airline association for discrimination: A gay auditor at the D.C.-based Air Transport Association of America filed a lawsuit in September charging the group with paying him a “substantially” lower salary than others with similar job duties because of his sexual orientation. Arlington, Va ...

Will 2013 Bring New Hope To Cuban-American Relations?

Will 2013 Bring New Hope To Cuban-American Relations?: The New Year marked 54 years since the Castro Revolution in Cuba. Since then, there have been 11 U.S. Presidents. Will 2013 finally be a year of major change on the island? Will Cuban-American relations improve?

Cuba 2013 and its Subverted Reforms

Cuba 2013 and its Subverted Reforms: The Cuban model (a faithfully copied Soviet replica) contains the same bureaucratic weaknesses that led European socialism to its debacle that ended in economic stagnation, technological backwardness and agricultural productivity reduced to minimal ...

Cuba: Thousands Participate in Annual Pilgrimage

Cuba: Thousands Participate in Annual Pilgrimage: Tens of thousands of Cubans flocked to the shrine of St Lazarus near the capital Havana for the annual pilgrimage last month. Some barefoot, some crawling along the ground, pilgrims of all ages headed for the shrine at a church in El Rincón, 30 ...




Colombia poverty figures show harsh regional inequality


Colombia poverty figures show harsh regional inequality

While on average the poverty level across Colombia was 34.1%, the poorest area of the country, Choco department on the west coast, suffered poverty rates nearly double the national average at 64%. Meanwhile, government statistics agency DANE reports, ...

Brazil's slum housing needs local solutions and long-term renovation

Brazil's slum housing needs local solutions and long-term renovation:
In October 2012 citizens across Brazil followed the news as police officers, backed by armoured cars and helicopters, moved to take control of two Rio de Janeiro slums notorious for drug crime. These raids were part of a policy known as "pacification", ...


The Guardian

PhD studies in human rights: America's Retreat from the Death Penalty

PhD studies in human rights: America's Retreat from the Death Penalty: America's Retreat from the Death Penalty. See the editorial in yesterday's International Herald Tribune and today's New York Times entitled America's Retreat ...

New York Times Examines Grassroots HIV Efforts Aimed At Gay Men In China

New York Times Examines Grassroots HIV Efforts Aimed At Gay Men In China: The New York Times examines grassroots HIV/AIDS outreach and testing efforts aimed at gay men in China. The newspaper highlights "Lingnan Health Center, an organization run largely by gay volunteers," and recounts the story of Le, "a gay man who ...

Craftsman carries on tradition of Native American pipe making

Craftsman carries on tradition of Native American pipe making: “Jennifer and I told them we both have Native American heritage and were very respectful and interested,” he said, “and they let us in.” The guidelines were clear: no alcohol, no drugs, no metals, no talking. The women had to wear dresses and they all ...

California's governor seeks to restore gay 'cure' ban

California's governor seeks to restore gay 'cure' ban:
California Governor Jerry Brown has now appealed a court injunction that has so far prevented the enforcement of a new law designed to ban gay conversion therapy for children. The appeal was announced by state Attorney General Kamala Harris and was ...


PinkNews.co.uk

Who will run Venezuela after Hugo Chavez?

Who will run Venezuela after Hugo Chavez?: Hugo Chavez came to power 14 years ago promising a revolution in Venezuela. His mix of socialism and populism along with his personal appeal was dubbed "chavism". To some, he is a hero standing up for the downtrodden, to others he has run roughshod ...

Population Aging in Cuba

Population Aging in Cuba: HAVANA TIMES — Much has been said recently about population aging, not only in Cuba but also in the rest of the world – especially in developed countries. To counter the situation, in some places workers are being imported through immigration and ...

The great debate

The great debate: A street vendor sells seeds in front of an exchange bureau in Cairo on New Year's Eve. By: James Neilson. No consensus emerging yet on the spending loop. North Americans are timid creatures. Instead of flinging themselves joyfully over that “fiscal ...

Mexico drug wars: Sales of armored cars soar

Mexico drug wars: Sales of armored cars soar: Sales of armored cars in Mexico were up 10 percent in 2012 from the previous year, according to the Mexican Automotive Armour Association. Of a total of 3102 purchases of armored vehicles, 70 percent were made by the private sector and the rest by ...