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
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
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
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
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.
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”