How evil triumphed in Argentina and British Columbia

Riddle me this: What does this… “It wasn’t one or two cases, or one or two officers involved, but many, thus there was a pattern, a plan” to take away those babies from their biological families which they considered “non trustworthy or communists”, said Elliott Abrams former US Assistant Secretary of State. He added that ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Two million and counting!

Ahem. Make that two and a HALF million… And now, the story from Aporrea: At 10:06 this morning, and three months shy of his second anniversary on Twitter, President Hugo Chávez made history as the most-followed head of state on the social network, with two and a half million followers. 1394 tweets, following 21 tweeters, ...

Photoshop du jour: A dream jam session

You say you want a revolution? You got it: “Imagínate que no hay cielo…” Can’t you just hear it?

MerCHEdes? Of atrocities and apologies (still owing) from Mercedes-Benz

Yes, the above is an atrocity, and a gross violation of rights. But not for the reasons the gusanos of Miami claim. Cubadebate explains what’s really horrible about it: The luxury-vehicle company Mercedes-Benz apologized this week for having used the image of Che Guevara in a publicity campaign. Its apology, however, is for the wrong ...

Keystone XL: Dirty oil barons threaten Obama

The clearest, most concise explanation yet of why the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would ferry dirty tar-sands oil from Alberta to Texas, must not proceed. Yes, all this talk of “ending our dependence on foreign oil” is a LIE. Shocking? Wait, it gets worse. The pipeline would also threaten a geologically unstable area that ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito’s back, Cristina’s on the mend

Good news from Venezuela… The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, will return on Sunday with his well-known TV program, Aló Presidente, which has been on hiatus for seven months. This will be the first show since Chávez recovered from the cancer that was diagnosed in June, said a government spokesman on Wednesday. “This Sunday, Aló Presidente ...

Cristina gets cancer, Chavecito gets topical, Jezebel gets Teh Stoopid

Dear lord, what is it with progressive LatAm leaders getting the fucking C-word? First it was Dilma, then Lugo, then Chavecito, then Lula, and now Cristina? President Cristina Kirchner is suffering from a papillary cancer in the right lobe of her thyroid gland, according to an official statement from the Casa Rosada [presidential palace of ...

Two to tango

Q. When dancing the tango with a same-sex partner, who should take the lead? A. Who cares? This handsome twosome seemed quite happy to take turns at it, when they were thinking about it at all. Being on an equal footing doesn’t make it any less a tango, does it now? BTW, those side-by-side and ...

The disappeared reappear in Argentina

Argentine forensic scientists unearth a mass grave at a military garrison which gained infamy during the junta dictatorship of the 1970s and early ’80s. Here’s a rundown of what they found in it, courtesy of Cubadebate: A mass grave with remains of disappeared persons from the time of the dictatorship was discovered in the former ...

Stupid Sex(ist) Tricks: How to smell like a pelotudo

Everybody in North America knows (or SHOULD know) that Axe Body Spray is the masking odor for (pre)adolescent male sexual insecurity, immaturity and general lack of appeal. It’s the sort of stuff that you want to avoid if you’re a guy, and avoid a guy who smells of it if you’re a gal. So when ...

The True Story of Che Guevara

A documentary about the life and death of the Argentine hero of the Cuban Revolution. Features Jon Lee Anderson, the author of the best Che bio by far.

Festive Left Friday Blogging: LOLChe

Maradona meets his idol.

The Herrera case: Negative results in the first round of testing

One chapter ends and another begins in the ongoing mystery of baby-theft and illicit adoptions in Argentina. This one, unfortunately, offers no easy answers for the time being: The DNA tests recently performed on the Noble Herrera siblings, the adopted children of the president of the Clarín media group, Ernestina Herrera de Noble, did not ...

Dramatic turnaround in an Argentine adoption case

Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera arrive to submit DNA samples in compliance with a judicial order. After 10 years of delays and legal wrangling, there will finally be an answer to the question: Are they children of the disappeared? The adoptive children of the owner of the Argentine daily newspaper, Clarín, presented themselves on Friday ...

Ollanta, Evo. Evo, Ollanta.

This is such a nice shot of Ollanta and Evo that I was tempted to save it for Friday. But the story that goes with it is too hot to sit on for three whole days, so here it is: The president-elect of Peru, Ollanta Humala, said on Tuesday in Bolivia that he dreamed of ...

Surreal adventure in an Argentine lake

Who wants to scuba-dive in a weird grey moonscape? This Argentine dude apparently does. The moonscape is Nahuel Huapí, which is normally a nice clear alpine lake in southern Argentina, and it looks like that now because it got a liberal dusting of ash from the recently-erupted Puyehue volcano in neighboring Chile. The same has ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Happy Birthday Che!

He would have been 83 this week, had he lived…but really, he’s immortal. Hasta siempre, Comandante.

“Don’t keep looking for your brother, they threw him from a helicopter”

Pura Soto Rojas points to a headline: “SHOT”. It refers to the deaths, by secret firing squad, of leftist guerrillas during the “democratic” years of the Fourth Republic. Years which were not so democratic in fact, as the tragic story of her brother Víctor Ramón makes clear: “Víctor Ramón was born in Altagracia de Orituco ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ollanta Presidente!

My gosh, the dominoes are just tumbling in Latin America, aren’t they? It’s getting so that you’d hardly recognize the place anymore. First it was Venezuela, then Bolivia and Ecuador. Argentina and (for a while) Chile have had some progressive types, too. Brazil is now on its second one. And Paraguay got a “red” ex-bishop, ...