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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Lula’s new ‘do

First, it was Lugo; then, Chavecito. Now, a new South American head of state (pun intended) has gone bare:

The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, shaved his beard and head in anticipation of hair loss due to chemotherapy, which he began on October 31, for laryngeal cancer.

The job of . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Lula’s new ‘do

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ollanta inaugurates, Chavecito celebrates

Yesterday was a busy, festive day in Latin America. In Peru, a progressive finally got himself inaugurated president: Ollanta Humala is in the sash! That’s his wife, Nadine Heredia, applauding behind him. Radio Rebelde has more on what Peru can expect of an Ollanta presidency. Sounds like more international unity is on tap, and that’s […] . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ollanta inaugurates, Chavecito celebrates

What all starts with S?

Satan…socialism…and SOCCER! Yes, SOCCER! And oh, shit…so does my first name! And so does SHIT! Oh shit, I’m going to hell for liking socialism! And Uruguay! And Chavecito! Oh shit, shit, SHIT! (Of course, SATIRE also starts with S…let’s hope this is it. And if not, well, let me remind you that STUPID is also […] . . . → Read More: What all starts with S?

Festive Left Friday Blogging: A friendly visit from Ollanta

Guess who was in Venezuela today: Yup, Ollanta was in the house today. He met with vice-president Elías Jaua in this video, and gave a short press conference in which he expressed a wish to visit Chavecito, to see him “as a friend”, and to talk at length about the “common past and common future” […] . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: A friendly visit from Ollanta

In which the “Chávez has cancer” rumor mill grinds to a halt, once and for all

You know something? When the president of Paraguay (above, at right) says something about Chavecito, I’m much more likely to believe him than the English-language whore media. Why? Well, for starters, he actually knows the man better than they do. And for another, he’s no media whore. Thirdly, he’s had cancer himself (and been cured […] . . . → Read More: In which the “Chávez has cancer” rumor mill grinds to a halt, once and for all

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.

“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 […] . . . → Read More: “Don’t keep looking for your brother, they threw him from a helicopter”

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, […] . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ollanta Presidente!