Category Archives: Paraguay, Uruguay

Pepe picks up a hitchhiker

If ever you find yourself forced to hitchhike in Uruguay, don’t be surprised if you have some trouble getting a lift. But when you finally do, don’t be surprised either if your lift turns out to be a rather familiar … Continue reading

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Robert Serra names his assassins

Who says dead men tell no tales? Not I. And not the Argentine journalist Fernando Vicente Prieto, who wrote the following article for the Correo del Orinoco about the recently slain young Venezuelan deputy, Robert Serra: It’s been 48 hours … Continue reading

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It was 87 years ago today…

Paulina Luisi, Uruguay’s first woman doctor, and prominent campaigner for women’s rights — especially the right to vote. I don’t usually do “This Day in History” pieces, but I’ll make an exception for this one just because it’s so interesting: … Continue reading

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“The Price of the World Cup” — dead children?

A Danish journalist has uncovered some shocking allegations about how the Brazilian cities where the World Cup matches are currently underway have chosen to “clean” their streets of homeless people, especially street kids. It forms part of an overall critical … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Adiós, Gabo…

An interview with Gabriel García Márquez, who died yesterday at the age of 87. The great Colombian talks about the influences on his “magical realism” style, especially Faulkner, popular culture, his childhood in Aracataca (“Macondo”), and more. Video in Spanish. … Continue reading

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The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 47

Actual Venezuelan Tupamaros, above, aren’t afraid to display their colors and logos and flags. This is in stark contrast to their ideological opponents, whose name isn’t the only thing ironic about them: Ismael León, the national director of the opposition … Continue reading

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The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 44

“Mom, is Maduro gone yet?” “Soon, honey!” (repeated three times) “Mom, is Maduro gone yet?” “Oh, just come to dinner already!” Ah yes. Those peaceful oppos. Still protesting peacefully, I see. Just look how lovely and polite they were to … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Presidential selfies, LatAm style

Call them the anti-Kardashians. These are the people whose selfies we actually WANT to see, precisely because they’re not vapid and self-absorbed, seeking all the eyeballs all the time. They’re too busy doing great things for their countries. Like this … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Not bad for an old Tupamaro!

First FLFB post of the new year goes to…Pepe Mujica, for a positively brilliant contribution to South American economic integration: The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has offered Bolivia and Paraguay the use of a harbor on the Uruguayan Atlantic … Continue reading

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Federico Franco is in deep doo-doo

Oh dear, oh dear. Looks like the former unelected “president” of Paraguay is not exactly as upright as he pretended to be. Whatever could this mean? The Attorney General of Paraguay will conduct an investigation against ex-president Federico Franco (2012-13) … Continue reading

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