· December, 2008

Stories about Latin America from December, 2008

Mexico: Beauty Queen Busted for Arms

  24 December 2008

Former Mexican beauty queen Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizar was recently busted for arms, ammunition and cash writes Jessica Uribe of Vivir México [es].

Cuba: Be Part of the Solution

  24 December 2008

Generation Y‘s Yoani Sanchez has the solution to Cuba's problems: “Let everyone speak, no matter whether in complaint or in support of a proposal designed to address the problems…only freedom of opinion will allow those who can advance remedies to dare to do so.”

Guatemala: Mincemeat Pie

  24 December 2008

Christmas in Guatemala often means celebrating with food. Luis Figueroa of Carpe Diem [es] is especially fond of the dessert “Mincemeat pie.“

Venezuela: Telling the Country's History Through Film

  24 December 2008

A group of young Venezuelan filmmakers have succeeded in illustrating some of the country's history or adapting famous pieces of literature through films that have been well-received by the general public. Many Venezuelan movies in the past are considered extremely violent, and the emergence of these new kinds of films are showing new expressions of creativity.

Russia, Serbia: Gazprom, NIS, and Gas Prices

  24 December 2008

Streetwise Professor posts an update on Gazprom's “vaporware” in Serbia, which includes a recent resignation of the “anti-Gazprom” Serbian economics minister, Mladan Dinkic (more on that – at Robert Amsterdam's blog). Meanwhile, gas costs $5.80 per gallon in Serbia, according to Bill's Blog: “To put the $5.80 into perspective, the...

Bahamas: Cuba & the USA

  23 December 2008

“A constellation of events will shape the pace of the rapprochement between our geographically closest neighbours”: Simon at Bahama Pundit blogs about relations between Cuba and the US.

Chile: Regional Library of Aysen

  23 December 2008

The Regional Library of Aysen recently opened in Coyhaique, Chile, which will also house a computer lab. Máximo Moreno Grez describes the newest facilities complete with photos [es].

Mexico: The Christmas Bonus

  23 December 2008

In Mexico, the end of the calendar year means a Christmas bonus called “aguinaldo” . Vivir México [es] writes that due to the economic crisis, this tradition is in danger of not being paid.

El Salvador: The Military

  23 December 2008

Luis writes on the history and role of the military in El Salvador in this blog post published at Dunlaps in San Salvador [es].

Puerto Rico: License to Kill Trees

  23 December 2008

The recent administrative order by Puerto Rico's Secretary of Agriculture has created a shock wave of reactions in the blogosphere. In the island of Puerto Rico if a person had to cut down a tree he/she had to request permission form the island's Department of Natural Resources - that was until recently, when the Secretary of the Agency issued an administrative order that automatically grants a "fast track" permission to anyone who wishes to cut a tree.

Ecuador: The Passing of Ex-President León Febres Cordero

  22 December 2008

Ecuador's former President León Febres Cordero passed away this week and many of the country's bloggers are providing thoughts about his legacy. Some are giving him more credit for his work as Mayor of the booming city of Guayaquil, but others think that his works as President was far from praiseworthy.

Colombia: The Murders of Journalists

  22 December 2008

A recent investigation in Colombia found that the majority of journalist murders have remained with impunity. Victor Solano of ¿Comunicación? [es] asks, “How many more journalists must die before the situation is seen as a priority?“

Uruguay: Holiday Phone Calls Saturate Lines

  22 December 2008

The Christmas holidays in Uruguay often saturate phone lines due to the increase in the number of phone calls made to friends and family both home and abroad. Chino of Tan Conectados [es] writes that the telephone company Ancel plans to double the number of lines available.

Costa Rica: The Organization of Saprissa

  22 December 2008

Jaguar del Platanar [es] describes Saprissa, his favorite football club in Costa Rica as “an example of organization, of hard work, joining of forces, and of planning,” which has allowed them to win on the field.

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