In this week’s news, Telescope in Puerto Rico Detects Strange, Rapid Bursts of Radio Waves
[Director of the Astronomy Section at Arecibo Observatory, a part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Fernando] Camilo said the phenomenon has been detected at least seven times through the radio telescope in Australia, but the importance of this one is that for the first time it has been documented at another observatory, which confirms that this is an astronomical reality and cannot be attributed to some peculiarity of a particular instrument.
“The question now is the nature of this phenomenon,” said the scientist, who for years studied astronomy in the United States.
“This could be a powerful burst of radio waves faraway in the universe, a kind of signal never detected before,” which appears to come from outside our galaxy.
The Arecibo telescope was one of the James Bond locations in GoldenEye (1995, and yes, the clip is dubbed),
Antigua’s Parliament to Dissolve in preparation for the general elections that must be held by July 25.
ARGENTINA Y EL NARCOESTADO (PARTE III)
Surge in Vigilante Justice Ignites Lynching Wave in Argentine Province
Yowza! Argentina Trade Surplus Plunged 95% on Year in March
Broad Decline in Commodities, Manufactured Goods Exports Led to Drop
Bolivia dismisses protesting troops
Bolivia’s military chiefs have ordered the dismissal of more than 700 troops who have been protesting to demand better working conditions.
Violence Roils Brazil’s Biggest Cities
A professional dancer’s death sparked a violent protest in a Rio de Janeiro slum, and armed men torched nearly three dozen buses outside São Paulo.
Chile’s national police to expand by 6,000 officers
Santos is losing the plot while Enrique Peñalosa is on the rise.
Will the real Mr Santos please speak up
A tepid election fraught with risks for Colombia
Drug ritual kills gap-year Briton in Colombia
Henry Miller, a 19-year-old from Bristol who was due to start university in September, died after taking hallucinogenic drugs as part of a tribal ritual in South America
To the tune of $325,000: Dominican Republic lawmakers waddle in ‘sweet beans’ scandal
The Chamber of Deputies on Friday confirmed allocating more than RD$14.0 million (US$325,000) for its 185 members to hand out the ingredients to cook the traditional Easter dish ‘habichuelas con dulce’ (sweet beans), first aid kits, inflatable swimming pools, domino games and other items, in what it called: “expenditures for the Easter operation 2014 and to assist relief agencies in each province.”
@NETmundial: Russia and Cuba Push for Internet Censorship
Ecuador may try to print 10-yr as low as mid 6%. It would take a lot more yield to convince me to buy it.
Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera
Saving Goat Islands, Jamaica
Netflix to launch first Spanish-language show
Mexican Drug Cartel Clashes are Exploding Anew in Tamaulipas
Competition bill passes Mexico’s Senate, easing legislative logjam
Nicaragua: Revolutionary reminders around every corner
Its political and military dramas once dominated the news, but these days, says Chris Moss, Nicaragua makes a fascinatingly enigmatic destination . . . only if you don’t mind communist propaganda.
Venezuelans flock to Panama to escape Maduro economy
Peru buys surveillance satellite from France
John Paulson Calls Puerto Rico Singapore of Caribbean
Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law
As violent protests return, the death toll is down, but families are struggling hopelessly to find justice for their loved ones killed in demonstrations earlier this year.
Peaceful protests bother you? Just ban them. And force punitive delation.
The week’s posts and podcast:
Vargas Llosa: Venezuela a “pathetic failure”
Garcia Marquez’s black eye: Vargas Llosa ain’t telling
Ecuador: Adiós, Security Cooperation Office
En español: La vida de los “Enchufados” en Miami
Venezuela: American arrested for murder
Colombia: Gustavo Petro back in city hall
Argentina: SCOTUS hearing Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital
En español: Terapia intensiva #204
Well, there’s at least one person out there who dislikes Gabriel García Márquez more than I,
Colombia: Santos throws the towel
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Venezuela: Misery and missiles
Cuba, Venezuela & US-Latin America stories of the week.