Regional News

El Savador farmers win over Monsanto

The US government tried to force GMO products on El Salvador but the farmers united to defeat the plan. Details on both the plan and the success of the farmers at http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/country-information/el-salvador/u...

Why Repression Continues in Honduras

That's the title of the article but there is a lot of Nicaragua information in it as it compares Honduras to Nicaragua to see how their histories diverged and why. http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/country-information/honduras/why-...

Democracy for Monsanto

How the US is telling El Salvador that Monsanto has more international rights than their own government. on A42.

Solís more open to Pérez proposal to de-militarize the drug war

While the Chinchilla administration seemed more open than Ortega on the idea, nothing happened. Now there actually might be progress.

ZunZuneo's Nicaragua connection

There has been a lot of discussion about the "Cuban Twitter" project of USAID. Alan Gross even cited it as the reason for his (now ended) hunger strike. Unfortunately, most of the news has been in the form of politics. That is, people supporting intervention in Cuba and those against said intervention.

Alan Gross on hunger strike

The recent revelation of the creative USAID "Cuban Twitter" project has inspired Alan Gross to go on a hunger strike. He is, of course, a victim of yet another USAID plan to bring democracy to Cuba.

An article in the BBC tells the story.

This week in Venezuela

This week a group of foreign ministers are meeting in Venezuela, about working toward peace in Venezuela. I believe they are meeting among themselves and tomorrow they add more players.

Here is the tweet from the foreign minister of Ecaudor:

Ricardo Patiño Aroca ‏@RicardoPatinoEC 5m

Nueve cancilleres de UNASUR participan en diálogo de paz en Venezuela. ARG, BOL, BRA, COL, CHI, ECU, Suriname, URU, VEN.

Possibly the most significant -- because of close trade ties but distant political positions -- is that the FM of Colombia is there.

Venezuela's floating exchange rate

Venezuela has initiated a floating exchange rate to try to curb inflation. Truth-Out transcript of an interview talks about it. (The video is also there.)

ideological warfare

The headline, "US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest" of a rather complete article by AP,

http://news.yahoo.com/us-secretly-created-cuban-twitter-stir-unrest-0636...

US AID, the guilty party, is promoting what they believe to be a fundamental right of every citizen, namely 'free speech', including the freedom to criticize their government without penalty. They sure took a sneaky (clever) route to get to the Cubans.

Perez continues drug legalization rhetoric

Starting shortly after Otto Perez Molina took office as president of Guatemala in 2012, he broke with the US drug war suggesting that Guatemala should legalize drugs. He is not pro-drug, just anti-crime. I previously posted info on what he sees as the real cost to Guatemala of drug addiction in (mostly) countries north of Guatemala.

Venezuela issues grocery ID cards

In this micromanaged economy, a move to prevent people from buying excess food at subsidized prices to then resell at a handsome profit.

"Critics say it’s another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction." WashPost-AP, 4/1/14

Plus: "Forget rent control: Property owners in Venezuela are being squeezed by a new law requiring them to sell to longtime tenants." WashPost-AP, 3/31/14

They have 60 days to come up with a 'fair price' or face fines of more than $40.000.

Venezuela: When Some of the Most Important News Comes in the Form of Corrections

That's the title of an article in Truth-Out. It is particularly critical of reporting on behalf of the New York Times.

It shows some of those corrections. For example,

Tupamaro

Armed thugs. Motorcycle gangs. Their defense of Chavismo - la revolución bolivariana - involved disrupting peaceful opposition rallies with threats of violence. They and other 'colectivos chavistas' are the reason the death toll of the current nationwide demonstrations against the government of Venezuela keeps climbing. The police, the National Guard look the other way when these armed, black-masked hooligans show up.

See: http://elcomercio.pe/mundo/latinoamerica/tupamaros-fuerza-choque-chavism...

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