Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today’s big story: Colombian military rescues Farc hostages
Soldier and high-ranking police officers freed by 300-strong raid after 12 years in captivity
The defence minister, Gabriel Silva, said the 300-strong raid, which took six months to plan, was carried out with “surgical” precision.
This is extraordinary, and points to the increased security in the country. Three hundred personnel and six months in the making, with no security leaks. Congratulations to the people of Colombia.
Check out today’s podcast for more news on Colombia, and Venezuela.
Security in Brazil
A magic moment for the city of God
Proper policing, better government and a stronger economy are starting to make a difference in the more violent and squalid districts of Brazil’s former capital
BARBADOS will benefit from a wide-ranging, Caribbean aid package of some US$300 million, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in the island yesterday.The package comprises $US45 million committed to the State Department for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) in 2010 and the Obama administration’s request for US$79 million in the 2011 financial year.
Clinton also announced the administration’s commitment to provide US$162 million for Caribbean HIV/AIDS programmes and US$8 million to fund regional climate change and energy projects.
Hillary Clinton tries to fix relationship with Ecuador President Rafael Correa
Clinton Woos a Leftist President
Clinton dijo que pacto con Colombia respeta integridad territorial de países
Clinton Defends Military Bases In Colombia
Ecuatorianos quemaron banderas de EE.UU en visita de Hillary Clinton (+ Fotos)
On the extinction of species
Tourism is imperilling a wildlife paradise
La Gringa has been posting on a friend’s newborn baby. You can read her posts here, and follow the links.
The smoke clears over Jamaica
Latinos Who Fought in America’s Wars: The Battle to Tell Their Stories
This week’s posts and podcasts
Venezuelan judge orders arrest of Globovision owners: 15 Minutes on Latin America
A message of solidarity with Israel from Peru
Bill and Hillary have dinner in Colombia
Hillary goes to Ecuador: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Van der Sloot confesses