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Posted on Saturday, 03.08.14
Cuban cultural exchange in Key West draws ire from some exiles
By Cammy Clark
Renowned contemporary Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo gazed at his painting of a large rooster with two nude women riding it like a horse.
“The rooster has the splendor, color, vitality and a certain amount of machismo, but here are the two women controlling it,” he said, laughing. “It represents the fabulous part of life.”
The work, Fantastic Voyage Key West, is one of three major pieces Fabelo brought to Key West as part of the two-country exhibit “Una Raza/One Race.” Curators from Cuba and the United States tout it as groundbreaking, the first cultural exchange between art institutions of the two politically hostile neighbors in the 55 years since Fidel Castro took power.
But while most of Key West has welcomed the contingent — including host sites The Studios of Key West, the Hemingway Home & Museum, the Oldest House & Garden Museum, The Florida Council of the Arts and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum — a strong minority voice has criticized the exchange from the start.
And notably not participating in the exhibit is the San Carlos Institute, a heritage center founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles who came to Key West to plan the campaign for Cuba’s independence from Spain.
(Jose Marti, Cuba's most famous poet, in the center)
Posted by Judi Lynn | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 02:15 PM (0 replies)
Source: Associated Press
El Salvador's ex-guerrilla poised to win presidency in runoff election
By Marcos Aleman, The Associated Press March 8, 2014 1:24 AM
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - A former Marxist guerrilla who has promised to continue the government's popular social programs is poised to win El Salvador's presidential election runoff on Sunday, giving the ruling party a second consecutive term.
Most polls show Salvador Sanchez Ceren, 69, of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, with a lead that ranges from 10 to 18 percentage points ahead of San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano, the candidate of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance, known as ARENA.
Quijano, 67, campaigned with Cold War references to the country's 12-year civil war, in which the United States backed the Salvadoran government against the FMLN to stop the spread of communism in Latin America. Quijano said Sanchez Ceren, one of the top rebel commanders, would take the Central American country down a communist path and invoked images of Venezuela's late socialist president Hugo Chavez.
"The FMLN proposals are based in giving the country's sovereignty to Venezuela," he said during the campaign.
But analysts say the strategy backfired in the country of 6 million people more concerned with gang violence and a sluggish economy than ghosts of the past.
Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Salvadors+exguerrilla+poised+presidency+runoff+election/9594344/story.html
Posted by Judi Lynn | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 05:23 AM (7 replies)
mentioned in the O.P. in reference to the "Strategic Venezuelan Plan" concocted by Alvaro Uribe, through his "Democratic Internationalism Foundation", US firm "FTI Consulting", and the " First Colombia Think Tank."
The O.P. article says:
Here's something I just found a couple of minutes ago:
This is the English translation of the Strategic Plan for Venezuela which was created by these right-wing people, all US-connected:
Posted by Judi Lynn | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 07:59 PM (1 replies)
Source: Associated Press
Imminent release of Colombia far-right militia leaders draws concern
By Libardo Cardona, The Associated Press
March 7, 2014 1:23 AM
BOGOTA - One veteran of Colombia's disbanded far-right militias admitted to ordering or taking part in at least 3,000 killings, mostly targeting leftists, and incinerating many of the corpses to destroy evidence.
Another ordered a hit on a prominent intellectual who had been unjustly accused of backing insurgents and whose laptop held evidence that helped convict Colombia's then-national spy chief in the killing.
Those two men and about 400 other right-wing paramilitaries are due to walk free this year after serving eight-year sentences for crimes that normally carry more than triple the prison terms. The first is expected to be released within days.
Their lenient sentences were enshrined in a 2005 "Justice and Peace" law that provided a legal framework for the militias' supposed dismantling under a peace deal with the government of then-President Alvaro Uribe.
Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Imminent+release+Colombia+farright+militia+leaders+draws+concern/9589367/story.html
Posted by Judi Lynn | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 01:38 AM (0 replies)
Manufacturing Contempt for Venezuela
Written by Cyril Mychalejko
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 22:55
A profile of the Venezuelan opposition’s systematic misinformation campaign and social media’s contribution to it.
these allegations and images which have gone viral globally, and even used by media outlets, is that they are fabrications; many of the most viral photos allegedly from Venezuela have actually depicted images from places such as Syria, Chile, Brazil - and even a US-based porn site.
“Initial, inaccurate information will be retweeted more than any subsequent correction,” wrote Craig Silverman, journalist and founder of the blog Regret the Error, for the Poynter Institute in a post in 2010. Silverman’s insight reveals the dangers, often ignored, about the use of Twitter and social media as a news source, as well as a tool for liberation and uprisings.
However, the way social media is being used, or some might say abused, in Venezuela is not the result of a few “bad apples” or some mischievous students taking part in opposition protests. In fact, this propaganda technique is being used by high profile opposition figures, while training anti-chavista Venezuelans to use social media has been a project of Washington for some time now.
According to Caracas-based journalist and attorney Eva Golinger, the US spent “nearly $15 million annually by 2007...directed towards youth and student groups , including training in the use of social networks to mobilize political activism. Student leaders were sent to the US for workshops and conferences on Internet activism and media networking. They were formed in tactics to promote regime change via street riots and strategic use of media to portray the government as repressive.”
Posted by Judi Lynn | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 12:06 AM (14 replies)
Venezuela says 2 mayors face charges of failing to maintain order
By MERY MOGOLLON AND CHRIS KRAUL
Los Angeles Times
March 5, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela — In signs of a crackdown on protests that have paralyzed parts of Venezuela for three weeks, President Nicolas Maduro's government said Thursday that two mayors faced charges of neglecting their duties, and it issued an arrest warrant for a university rector.
The government actions came as two more people were killed in violence related to protests against the Maduro administration over crime, food shortages, a weak economy and human rights. The dead were identified as a member of the National Guard and a member of the pro-government militant groups known as colectivos.
The two died during a clash in the Los Ruices barrio when government supporters tried to remove a barricade erected by protesters. The member of the militant groups was identified as Jose Gregorio Amaris Castillo, 25. The National Guard member's name was not immediately released.
The clashes followed a tense two-hour standoff between residents of apartment buildings and the armed colectivos. Residents threw bottles at the militants to keep them from clearing the debris that blocked streets. As of Thursday afternoon, disturbances were still being reported in the area.
Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly, said the two victims were killed by a rooftop sniper and that those responsible would be brought to justice.
Posted by Judi Lynn | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 11:03 PM (1 replies)
Ex-guerilla closes in on El Salvador election win
By Nelson Renteria
SAN SALVADOR Thu Mar 6, 2014 8:01pm GMT
(Reuters) - A former Marxist guerrilla leader looks poised to win El Salvador's presidential election runoff on Sunday as voters embrace his ruling party's social programs despite opposition allegations that he plans to veer the country to the radical left.
Polls show Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a top leader of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) rebel army during the country's 1980-92 civil war, with about 55 percent support ahead of the runoff vote, enough to secure his party a second consecutive term.
His opponent Norman Quijano, the conservative former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, trails with about 45 percent amid waning support for his right-wing Arena party. Quijano has warned the ex-rebel will move El Salvador to the radical left and bow to the influence of Latin America's leading U.S. antagonist, socialist-led Venezuela.
Sanchez Ceren, an affable but media-shy 69-year-old, denies those claims and has courted the vote of moderate conservatives who have broken with Arena.He is also promising to expand social programs, such as free school supplies and pensions for the elderly, that have won support among the poor.
"We will dedicate all our energy, all the experience we have accumulated fighting for the people for so long, and we will put it all to work to deepen these changes," Sanchez Ceren said on Sunday at a rally before thousands of supporters waving red flags.
Posted by Judi Lynn | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 10:24 PM (0 replies)
Colombian army colonel charged with complicity in massacre
Mar 6, 2014 posted by Charlane Robinson
A Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office at Cali’s High Court has made an indictment against a Colombian army Colonel for his alleged involvement in the murder of 24 people, local media reported on Thursday.
The High Court reopened the investigation of Jorge Alberto Amor Paez, former commander of the Palace Battalion — which was posted in the municipality of Buga in the southern Colombia state of Valle del Cauca — for his alleged involvement in the massacre of 24 local people by the AUC right-wing paramilitary group in 2001.
The investigation by the Prosecutor General’s office alleges that the Colonel bypassed protection procedures and surveillance of his jurisdiction, allowing the infiltration of 30 heavily armed paramilitary members into the nearby townships of La Habana and Alaska, who then conducted the massacre of 24 local people.
On 10 October 2001, the former commander allegedly knowingly failed to act upon information provided to the battalion, which allowed the entry of the armed AUC into townships and committing the murders.
U.S.- trained Colombian Military Intelligence Officer Complicit in Massacre of Peasants: Report
May 27, 2009 ·
A human rights prosecutor in the city of Calí, Colombia, has issued an arrest warrant against a senior U.S. and Israel-trained local military intelligence officer for involvement in the massacre of unarmed peasants by a paramilitary group in 2001.
The warrent was issued by the specialized human rights prosecutor in the city of Calí, Juan Carlos Oliveros Corrales and confirmed Lieutenant Colonel (Jorge Alberto) Amor Páez’s participation in the massacre of 24 peasant farmers.
Some background: on October 10, 2001, members belonging to right-wing paramilitary group the Calima Bloc arrived in the rural community of Tres Esquinas, selected eight unarmed people from the community and proceeded to murder them.
They then went to the communities of Alaska and La Habana, which are located within the municipality of Buga, department of Valle de Cauca, ordered men, women and children from their homes and forced them to go to an area near the Alaska Agricultural and Livestock School.
The paramilitary members ordered the men and children to form a line and minutes later began to shoot them indiscriminately. There were 16 victims, among them several children.
In 2007, he was appointed by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez to be the naval military attaché in Argentina. He held this post until February 2008, when he returned to Colombia.
He is clearly a senior official figure.
Uribe himself has faced numerous allegations of close ties to paramilitary groups. In 2007 former US Vice President Al Gore cancelled his participation in a pro-environment event Uribe was to attend in Miami due to the continuing allegations against the controversial Colombian president.
Posted by Judi Lynn | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 09:45 PM (0 replies)
300 complaints over fraud in Colombia’s upcoming congress election
Mar 5, 2014 posted by Camilo Mejia Giraldo
Colombian NGO Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) said Tuesday it has received more than 300 complaints on electoral crimes and irregularities occurring in the country over the past 5 months. A total of 316 reports were submitted by Colombians from October 17 last year to March 3 through the “Pilas con el Voto” program, which allows people to highlight crimes and irregularities such as vote buying, registration fraud, and political extortion.
The reports of “Political Intervention”, which climbed from 17 in January to 54 in February, refer to political or public entities that pressure their employees to support a particular party or candidate. MOE judicial adviser Daniela Sierra told Colombia Reports that “this kind of pressure by the employer can be applied by threatening employees and other contractors with employment termination.”
In a similar fashion, reports of “Voter Corruption” rose from 11 in January to 51 in February and detailed specific vote buying schemes that ranged from $15 to $100 per vote in a number of states throughout the country.
In the municipality of Soledad in the northern state of Atlantico, there were reports that $75 were being offered for each vote for an undisclosed candidate.
Reports also stated that in the adjacent state of Bolivar voters were also being offered around $75 per vote, 50% of which would be paid when voters would register and the other 50% when the vote was verified.
Posted by Judi Lynn | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 06:06 AM (0 replies)
8 Colombia soldiers arrested in deepening ‘false positives’ scandal
Mar 5, 2014 posted by Mimi Yagoub
Eight Colombian military personnel were arrested Wednesday for the alleged extrajudicial killing of two civilians, in what is the latest episode in the ongoing “false positives” saga. The killings took place in 2006, the height of a notorious military practice in which soldiers murdered civilians and disguised their bodies as rebel combatants in exchange for bonuses and paid vacations.
In 2013, a report by the Prosecutor General’s Office stated that of the 4,373 people implicated in extrajudicial killings, 1,948 had been charged, while 230 mostly low-ranking military personnel had been sentenced to prison.
The practice of disguising the execution of civilians by security forces as combat kills is a phenomenon that reached its peak in Colombia during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe, which lasted from 2002 to 2010.
During Uribe’s two terms as Colombian president, the number of extrajudicial killings by the Armed Forces rose 154%, according to a 2013 report by the Universities of Sabana and Externado. The rate increased from 0.11 per 100,000 inhabitants between 1990 and 1999 to 0.28 between 2000 and 2009. It was revealed that it was common for soldiers to kill civilians, dress them as guerrilla fighters and present their bodies as combat kills, reportedly in return for bonuses and paid vacations.
Posted by Judi Lynn | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 06:01 AM (0 replies)