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This week’s big stories:
Colombia seizes thirty kilos of depleted uranium from the FARC. The American media doesn’t seem to have caught on that this is news.
Democrat Congressman James McGovern was found to have ties with the FARC.
Also in US and Latin American news, governor of Puerto Rico Anibal Acevedo was been indicted, booked, and released without bail on nineteen charges of conspiracy, false statements and violations of various campaign finance laws, following an FBI investigation in Puerto Rico and Philadelphia. Acevedo was one of Obama’s superdelegates. The Democrats have scheduled the Puerto Rico primary for June 1.
The Kirchners v the farmers: The countryside’s beef about export taxes becomes the new government’s first political test
Via Siggy, Tax Rebellion in Argentina
Immigrants Chase the Brazilian Dream
Mario Ballesteros, head of the state-run geology institute Ingeominas, said a study of the uranium, its possible uses and health risk would be presented on Friday, EFE news agency reported today.
“The FARC may have wanted this material to build a stronger rocket that destroys the president or a minister’s armored car, not create a weapon of mass destruction,” said Cesar Restrepo, from Bogota’s Security and Democracy Foundation.
Padilla said informants he didn’t identify, who are close to an alleged arms supplier Reyes called “Belisario,” led the military to the uranium. Authorities are investigating the origin of the material, he said.
Embossed on the two metal lodes, in English, was the warning “Caution: Radioactive Material. Depleted Uranium,” according to the military’s video.
Sending In the Cavalry
Files Suggest Venezuela Bid to Aid Colombia Rebels, which also reveals that a Colombian agent was killed by the FARC after she was found to have microchips implanted in her body.
Salsa dancing: Selling rhythm to the world
Special thanks to Maggie, Siggy, Larwin and Maria.