Political Eh-conomy Radio returns with a new logo, new life and a new episode focused on Latin America. First up: Aaron Tauss, assistant professor of International Political Economy at the Universidad National in Medellin, Colombia. I spoke with Aaron to better understand the devastating and unexpected “No” vote in Colombia’s referendum on a peace deal . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble
ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say
I love this short Argentine animation film Padre, and I think you will too. If the film piques your interest into animation production, then check out the wonderful making-of short the filmmakers have so generously provided here (https://vimeo.com/886… . . . → Read More: ezra winton: Padre – Inspired Political Animation
Well this is bound to piss off David Cameron. Badboy Vlad Putin has inked a military pact with Argentine president Christina Fernandez backing her country against Britain over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) dispute.
“The new agreement on military collaboration and data protection will enable the considerable increase of practical cooperation in this field”, Mr . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Putin Signs Military Pact with Argentina
The British government is planning to reinforce its garrison on the Falklands Islands out of concern of another attempt by Argentina to take the islands by force.
The south American nation is feared to be increasing military expenditure. Senior ministers in the country have also made a series of increasingly aggressive statements about the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Falklands – Again?
From a purely organizational standpoint, there are plenty of reasons for the gender binary. The system delineates male and female characteristics as separate and static, ostensibly facilitating a natural and sustainable social order. It readily assigns roles and packages gender identity. It is convenient – when it works.
The problem with the system is that . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Gender Mender: XXY is a cinematic exploration of intersexuality
The English translation of Che Wants to See You was recently published. It is a remarkable insider account by Ciro Bustos, a comrade-in-arms who was intimately familiar with Che Guevara and the broader liberation struggle in Latin America. The book adds to the credibility of Bustos who has been unfairly cast as Che’s . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Che Wants to See You: remarkable untold story of Che Guevara by right-hand man Ciro Bustos
Even though he belongs to the most conservative wing of the Catholic Church, and is a fierce enemy of the equality of women and gay people. Even though he is an inflexible religious reactionary, like most of the other old men at the Vatican.I can't help hoping that the first Pope from the New . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Complicity of Silence
The sins of the Argentinian church (article in The Guardian):
The last pope was a member of the Hitler Youth. The new one acted like a fascist collaborator in his adulthood. Fancy Francis, aka Jorge Bergoglio, was not a progressive-minded liberation theologist like Oscar Romero.
Apparently the CONclave members have no problem with Bergoglio’s shameful . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The sins of the Argentinian church (article in The Guardian)
The original plan was to climb this mountain on the 2nd day upon our arrival at San Antonio De Los Cobres.But because I have never done high altitude situations before, I have been feeling sick a lot on our “practice” climbs. So far, I have only climbe… . . . → Read More: Thumbs Up Canada: Cerro Negro and more altitude sickness
Yesterday was really scary day for me. So we started our day of acclimatization by going to this town called San Antonio De Los Cobres. Its a town situated about 3,370 m above sea level. Enough to give me symptoms of altitude sickness. A bad case of al… . . . → Read More: Thumbs Up Canada: A bad case of altitude sickness
Buenos Aires reminds me a bit of Madrid. Its beautiful, romantic and busy. I am sharing some pictures of my stay in BsAs. I am posting these from my phone so there’s not a lot I can do with captioning to explain the pictures but when I get to a compute… . . . → Read More: Thumbs Up Canada: More of Buenos Aires
Finally made it to Buenos Aires. It is beautiful and hoooooooot. I am at a McDonalds now trying to take advantage of their free WiFi and airconditioning. It’s the only place I know that has free wifi! 🙂 Oh, they have security guards at the door of McDonalds like someone’s gonna steal a big Mac. — actually there are security guards everywhere. The banks, hotels, grocery stores, etc. It’s weird because to me it actually adds to the feeling of insecurity looking at these places that’s so heavily guarded.
I am seriously thinking that I brought the wrong clothes because everything I brought was for cooler weather. Mind you the reason I am in Argentina is to go to Salta and climb the Nevado De Chani – a mountain that’s about 6000 m. So I thought it was gonna be cool doing the trek so I brought clothes for cooler conditions.
But having spent about 35C in Panama City yesterday and now, another 30C in BsAs, I’m afraid that I’ll be too warm with the clothes I have! My feet is sweating so much and I wish I. Brought sandals or flip flops instead.
I am thinking of starting to take the bus to Salta tomorrow night. It takes almost 24 hours to get there apparently which I don’t really mind because I wanna see the scenery on the way there. I also wanted to spend time in a less crowded city. Buenos Aires is beautiful but its a really big and busy city and to be honest, big cities aren’t my thing. It reminds me a bit of Madrid! Beautiful and busy! The architecture has a European feel as well. And they have lots of outdoor café and patios etc. I like that a lot of the streets are covered in trees!
Anyway, now that I have cooled off a bit, I’m gonna walk towards the train/bus station and see the bus schedule for salta tomorrow…
. . . → Read More: Thumbs Up Canada: In Buenos Aires, Argentina