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.
We’ve recently become alarmed by the mass shootings in public spaces or instances of police brutality in the US. However, watching the European Championship and Copa America, we should be more worried about, much more worried about, Europe.
As the clock strikes 4:30 a.m. Friday in London the campaign to leave the European Union has apparently won in a close vote. Bookies are now saying that the chances of the Remain choice to rebound and win are less than one in fifteen.
One of the world’s longest conflicts appears to be nearing an end after more than 50 years of fighting. Today, Colombian government officials and FARC rebels are gathering in Havana, Cuba, to announce a historic ceasefire nearly four years in the making.
In Oakland, California, a third police chief has resigned in just over a week amid a massive scandal in which multiple Oakland police officers are facing allegations of statutory rape and human trafficking after allegedly having sex with an underage girl who was working as a sex worker.