The voice of Sergio Ramirez, one of the most respected and influential intellectuals in Latin America, also embodies the weight of political experience, intuition and historical perspective. All of this leads him to say: “We’re watching a movie [in Nicaragua] we’ve seen before and we know that it doesn’t end well”.
More than 10,000 athletes across the world have convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which has its inauguration ceremony this evening.
Delegations from Cuba and the US met last week in Washington to make progress with negotiations on one of the more heated topics in the process of normalizing diplomatic relations: mutual compensation for confiscations and harm caused to citizens of both countries.
Sixteen representatives in Nicaragua’s Parliament, who were elected in 2011 under the Liberal Independent Party Alliance (PLI Alliance)’s umbrella at the voting booths, and who formally expressed their intention to no longer remain on in this party, were unseated by the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), according to a notification sent to the National Assembly.
At least a hundred Cuban migrants en route to the United States who are illegally in the Ecuadorian city of Quito will be deported to their country immediately, announced Ecuador’s Interior Minister Jose Serrano.
Byron Ortiz, a Costa Rican indigenous activist, was detained last Saturday in La Fonseca, Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua. Ortiz stated later that during the 48 hours of his and five colleagues’ disappearance, they were locked in a “very unsanitary room” in the central office of Immigration in Managua. The authorities never explained to them why they had been held.
So what ever happened to the Nicaragua Canal Project we heard so much about? Has anything new taken place? Did the billionaire Wang Jing led consortium actually raise the estimated US $50 billion needed for the project? Have the land expropriations by the government of Daniel Ortega begun and if not, when?
In Florida, a jury has found former Chilean army officer Pedro Barrientos liable for the murder of legendary folk singer and activist Víctor Jara in September 1973. In the days after dictator Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup, Víctor Jara was rounded up, tortured and shot more than 40 times.
The Venezuelan opposition announced on Friday that at the end of the week-long process to validate signatures calling for a referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, a total of 409,313 voters reaffirmed their will for the consultation.
Britain has stunned the world by voting to leave the European Union, putting an end to a 43-year relationship. British Prime Minister David Cameron led the campaign to “remain” in the union, and responded to the vote by announcing he would resign by October.