Russell Contreras, AP – Why the Catholic Church hates Santa Muerte
Joshua Goodman, AP – Venezuela’s political crisis surges
AP Correspondent in Rio De Jeneiro
Brazil’s prisons torched by riots, and scarred by new evidence of political rot
Mauricio Savarese, AP Correspondent in Rio De Jeneiro. Brazil’s prisons torched by riots, and scarred by new evidence of political rot
Venezuela, not long ago, one of the most prosperous countries in South America is facing something very close to mass starvation. You can see the signs on the streets of Caracas the capital city and in other cities, towns and rural areas across the country. Associated Press reporters Joshua Goodman and Hannah Dreier have described the lines of people waiting, often all day, to buys a few items for sale in almost-empty stores; the hospital pediatric wards filled with underweight…
Migration Policy Institute
More people than ever before in flight from their homelands
There are more than 60 million people in migration in the world today…more than ever before. Why? Demetrios Papademetiou, founder of the Migration Policy Institute says rising economic and social inequality, political tyranny and criminal violence are partly to blame.
At America’s southern border, the number of would-be refugees from Honduras and El Salvador is rising sharply again, even though the migrant trail from Central America to the US Border has only gotten more difficult and dangerous.
For the second time in as many months, the Government of Colombia has signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels. The first agreement was narrowly defeated in a referendum. But Joshua Goodman AP Buro Chief in Bogota reports, putting the second agreement to the Congress, skipping a popular vote could mess up everything
Raul Castro’s promises to reform his brother Fidel’s old-fashioned autocracy have failed to improve freedom of the press. Carlos Lauria of The Committee to Protect Journalists on the state media most people ignore and the new blog and websites that are penetrating Cuba’s anti-internet wall and bringing a few words of freedom.
In 1947, researchers first discovered a new virus in a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in East Africa. 5 years later, the same virus, now called Zika, was isolated in humans in Uganda and next-door Tanzania. Over the next 40 years, Zika viruses turned up across Equatorial African and Equatorial Asia, spread mostly through a common and hardy mosquito labeled Aedes Aegypti. At the time, it seemed as though Zika could be serious and could cause a…
Sometimes, the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud admitted, “a cigar is only a cigar.” But sometimes real and familiar phenomena can achieve greatly enhanced status by becoming important and powerful symbols. That’s how it was, back in the 1970s when 5 legendary leaders of what was, back-then, called the third of Underdeveloped World formed the Non-aligned Movement. This large-scale collaboration show-cased the ambitions of such global political stars as Nehru of India, Sukarno of Indonesia, Nasser of Egypt, Nkrumah of Ghana…
Dave talks with International Business Times reporter Elizabeth Whitman about the potential affect of the Zika virus on the Olympic games in Rio.
If Venezuelans wanted a new national anthem, they might consider blues singer John Lee Hooker’s great tune: BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. Certainly all the metaphors being used in news coverage of Venezuela these days refer to explosions. “’We are like a bomb going tick-tock, tick-tock,’ said Zenovia Villegas, a 54-year-old housewife,” quoted in its lead by The Guardian, while Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Michael McCarthy led his Washington Post analysis with, “Venezuela is a powder keg.” What made Senora Villegas…