The entire hemisphere is listening to the news on Japan. The LatinAmericanist has a roundup of LatAm ”desaparecidos” in post-earthquake Japan
Buoyed by Recovery, Migrants Send Home More Money
Peronists seek to stifle Vargas Llosa
Why is a segment, perhaps the majority, of the Argentine electorate insensitive to these violations of the law and moral standards? In my view, for three reasons:
• Because, 60 years ago, Peronism introduced a practice of patronage politics in which the militants give their support in exchange for some privilege or gift given by the politicians. They vote with their stomachs, not with their hearts or heads.
• Because a cynical attitude prevails towards the democratic system, built on the false premise that “all politicians are equally corrupt.” (That’s not true; in Argentina there are honest politicians and officials.)
• Because many Argentines, after several generations of continuous apathy, are willing to flout the law if they obtain some benefit from it. That makes a mockery of the republican ideal of a society of thoughtful citizens, voluntarily placed under the authority of the law. That responsible attitude simply does not prevail in a country where it’s common to boast about breaking the rules.
It’s no wonder that this lamentable civic climate nurtures an atmosphere conducive to the use of fascist tactics inimical to republican virtues, a habit of using some degree of violence against those who report violations of law, or simply express opinions contrary to the official current.
22 Oil Workers Are Freed
Marxist guerrillas have freed 22 of the 23 oil workers for Canadian energy company Talisman Energy Inc. who were kidnapped late Monday, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said Tuesday.
Mr. Rivera said one of the 23 was released or escaped Monday night, while the 21 others were freed early Tuesday because of heavy pursuit by Colombia’s armed forces.
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Tsunami waves hit the Galapagos,
Current Mexican law bans foreign law enforcement agents from carrying weapons, even when working on an investigation–a policy over which President Obama recently expressed his approval.
los países que están por arriba de México son Brasil (con 25,3 homicidios por cada cien mil habitantes), Jamaica (32,4), Belice (32,7), Colombia (37,3), Venezuela (48,0), Sudáfrica (49,6) y El Salvador (61,0).
PBS Documentary, U.S. mayor, police chief charged with smuggling guns to Mexico
The Storm that Swept Mexico, airing on May 15,
Walking a tightrope 60 feet above the ground, El acróbata Rick Wallenda imita en Puerto Rico la hazaña en la que murió su abuelo
The week’s posts and podcasts,
After the Gross sentence: More concessions from Obama?
Cuba: Alan Gross sentenced to 15 yrs in prison
Congress must pass the FTAs with Colombia and Panama
Why the Obama administration’s silence on Chavez and Castro? UPDATED with VIDEO