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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 . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Two million and counting!

Big news in Bogotá

Well, who’d of thunk it? Looks like the capital of Colombia has a cool new (progressive) mayor!

Gustavo Petro was sworn in as mayor of Bogotá and presented his plan for the city for the coming years. He explained that his decree prohibiting the bearing of arms will be permanent.

“We will not prohibit . . . → Read More: Big news in Bogotá

Julián Conrado: Soon to be freed?

It’s too early to say yet whether he’ll be freed, but it looks like a certain FARC guerrilla (and folk singer) whose capture sparked a huge outcry will, at least, NOT be sent back to face the draconian justice system of his homeland:

The Public Ministry has released, in writing, its opinion with respect . . . → Read More: Julián Conrado: Soon to be freed?

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Colombia fights back with style

“In Locombia, even we puppets are called terrorists!” This was taken at a demonstration in Bogotá, where at least 80,000 students and teachers protested against government cutbacks to health and education. Indignados are everywhere, but i… . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Colombia fights back with style

Is the LAHT a bunch of Koch-suckers?

I’ve always had my suspicions about a certain crappy “news” outlet pretentiously calling itself the “Latin American Herald Tribune”. I never did trust it; there was something of a rightist stench about it. And today, I received this in my e-mail. I think it tells us something about who may in fact be behind them, […] . . . → Read More: Is the LAHT a bunch of Koch-suckers?

Anonymous hacks El Narco!

Bit of a headache, narcopresidentes? Maybe you should start drinking coca tea, I hear it’s good for that. The merry pranksters of the Internets have been very busy boys (and girls!) lately. It was only a matter of time before this happened…and yesterday, it did: “Information pirates” attacked the social-media accounts of the current president […] . . . → Read More: Anonymous hacks El Narco!

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 […] . . . → Read More: Ollanta, Evo. Evo, Ollanta.

Manuel Zelaya returns; Honduras coup revisited

This marks the first step in the reversal of the Honduran coup of 2009. Mel is back, and dialogue is ON, babies: Part 1 of several; keep clicking through for the rest. Note that Mel’s plane is one from the fleet of the Venezuelan national airline, Conviasa. Chavecito and his neighbor, Juan Manuel Santos of […] . . . → Read More: Manuel Zelaya returns; Honduras coup revisited