Pedro Alvarez, a PhD in environmental engineering who specializes in water purification, directs the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) at Rice University
Nicaragua’s “Nobel Prize for Water”

May 29, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Pedro Alvarez didn’t have balloons. Unlike the rest of the kids on the street who were throwing water balloons, Pedro could only find his grandfather’s linen handkerchief to play with. He thought he could catch water in the piece of cloth and throw it like the other kids did with the rubber balloons. To his surprise, the water ran right through the handkerchief. Unbeknownst to him, at only five years old, Pedro had filtered the water that came out of the faucet. Nowadays, he does the same thing; only now, instead of linen, he uses nanotechnology.

Anna Kalinsky
Granddaughter of Exxon Scientist Confronts CEO

May 26, 2016 | No Comments »

At its annual meeting in Dallas, ExxonMobil shareholders rejected a series of resolutions Wednesday calling for climate action, including resolutions backed by CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, as well as New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and the Church of England.

Dilma Rousseff continues to battle for her political life.
Brazil Crisis Deepens, Evidence Mounts of Plot to Oust Rousseff

May 25, 2016 | 6 comments

A key figure in Brazil’s interim government has resigned after explosive new transcripts revealed how he plotted to oust President Dilma Rousseff in order to end a corruption investigation that was targeting him.

Farmers and Environmentalists in Nicaragua Demand Repeal of Canal Law

May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Representatives of rural communities and environmentalists in Nicaragua today urged the judiciary to intervene in support of the repeal of a controversial law authorizing the building of an interoceanic a canal in the south of the country.

Rosario Murillo and Daniel Ortega at the Sandinista Assembly  held on Friday May 20th.  Photo: Presidencia
Nicaragua: Ortega Begins to Make His Campaign Promises

May 23, 2016 | No Comments »

The Sandinista Party Assembly announced on Friday that the Party will hold a Congress on June 4th. On that day the candidacy of Commander Daniel Ortega for a third consecutive term will be formalized, although his selection of a running mate remains unknown.

Indigenous people in Bankuktuk taik.  Foto: Popol Na
Nicaraguan Native Communities Reject “Leasing” their Land for Canal Project

May 22, 2016 | 3 comments

The communities located in the Rama-Kriol territory in southeastern Nicaragua assure that they weren’t consulted regarding the interoceanic canal project, and don’t approve the position of their communal government’s president to lease out their lands.

Havana Times Photographer Returns to Angola

May 22, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I first arrived in Angola in the late 1980s as a cadet of Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). This time, nearly three decades later, I landed to help my father in his retirement and repatriation to Cuba after having worked in Angola for 16 years.(56 photos)

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Fidel Castro Hosts Evo Morales who then Visits Maduro

May 21, 2016 | 19 comments

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro met today in Havana with Bolivian President Evo Morales. After leaving Cuba, Morales went to Caracas to meet with embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Nicaragua: Ortega’s men in the “Panama Papers”

May 19, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Among the offshore companies associated with Nicaragua and registered with Mossack Fonseca at the beginning and the end of the nineties, there are at least two that aren’t related to known business people or groups, but to people who figured in political affairs alongside comandante Ortega, during the years he was an opposition leader. Today, both men are presidential advisors.

Maduro and Mujica during happier times.  File photo:
Mujica Gives Maduro Some Friendly Unsolicited Advice

May 18, 2016 | 5 comments

Former Uruguayan President José Mujica today questioned the tension between the Secretary General of the OAS, his compatriot Luis Almagro, with the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who he said is as “mad as a hatter,” reported dpa.