April 2011

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Review: Nostalgia de la Luz

Edith Sangüeza meets the Chilean film-maker Patricio Guzmán and steps into the Atacama desert through his new film, ‘Nostalgia por la luz’. Patricio Guzmán Lozanes (born August 11, 1941) is…


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The World-View 26/04/11

Guantánamo files prompt reflection on relations with the US, international group voices concern about press freedom in Ecuador and Gallup labels the Americas ‘most thriving region’.


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Uruguay 25/04/11

Debate continues on the punishment of adolescents, while proposals for a teaching strike are confirmed.


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Cuba 25/04/11

Raúl Castro is named first Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party as economic reforms proposed at the Party Congress are approved and the US revises guidelines for Cuba travel.


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The Economy 25/04/11

Countries face rising food prices during Holy Week and the Bolivian government and main workers’ union resolve long-standing dispute. While the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported a trend…


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Peru 25/04/11

New survey reveals election favorite whilst the country celebrates Holy Week in style. New reforms in the school system expected.


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Brazil 25/04/11

A huge police operation in Rocinha ended with a massive drugs bust, but the main target remains at large.


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Bolivia 25/04/2011

Protests end as COB and government come to a deal; Morales asks public opinion on fiscal policy; and chief editor of local news agency is murdered.  


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Mexico 25/04/11

Potential changes to the President’s power over the use of the armed forces stirs political debate over militarisation; law to be voted on next week.


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Arts 25/04/11

A film festival in Chile brings together contemporary cinema and Rapanui culture; indigenous activists take on Twitter; and the continent celebrates Easter.


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Ecuador 25/04/11

Alias ‘Nico’, one of the most wanted men in Colombia, is captured in an airport in Guayaquil while Holy Week celebrations take place across Ecuador.


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Haiti 25/04/11

More controversy over intervention in parliamentary results while Martelly is confirmed as the new President of Haiti and visits the USA.


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Argentina 25/04/11

Callejeros found culpable for Cromañón club fire whilst Cristina squares up to traditional agribusiness with an initiative for smaller scale producers.


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Paraguay 25/04/11

Lugo says 10% minimum wage increase is final, as fears of rising commodity prices spread and locals lay siege to authorities in dubious anti-drug operation.



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The Caribbean 25/04/11

Staff of two Dominican hospitals are cautioned for sending home a patient discovered to be HIV positive, whilst in Puerto Rico, Easter festivities are reinterpreted in the name of political…


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Chile 25/04/11

Minister of Housing resigns over controversial Kodama contract, as the ongoing Mapuche hunger strike enters its sixth week and activists interrupt the Easter Mass to demand freedom for political prisoners.


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Colombia 25/04/11

Heavy rains affect Easter week and British Think Tank will reveal data found on FARC commander´s computer. In Colombia the celebration of Easter week has been affected by the heavy…


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Venezuela 25/04/11

Venezuela captures alleged FARC leader, while Wikileaks unearths US fears of ties with guerrillas and children die tragically in flash floods caused by torrential rains.


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Cuba 18/04/11

Cuba charters new directions for the nation’s economy as historic Cuban Communist Party Congress kicks off with a military parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion.


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The Caribbean 18/04/11

Cholera cases continue to grow in the Dominican Republic as problems with illegal Haitian immigrants persist, whilst in Puerto Rico, taxes and transparency dominate headlines.


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The Economy 18/04/11

OECD report finds Mexicans work the longest days but have the highest level of relative poverty, while Chile suffers the highest level of income inequality among member countries.


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Central America 18/04/11

A quiet week in Central America saw tensions thaw between Costa Rica and Nicaragua; plus the announcement of a regional reforestation project.



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Colombia 18/04/11

Court rules same-sex partnernerships have right to assets, drug trafficker extradited to Venezuela and rains once again affecting Colombia.