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The Dark Ages: Awaiting Enlightenment in the USA
Jan 15 2010 - 12:48pm
Thursday, Bloody Thursday in Honduras
Jul 31 2009 - 5:11pm
Juanes Cancels Oligarch’s “Concert for Peace” in Honduras
Jul 17 2009 - 8:17am
Honduras and a Naked Woman in Venezuela
Jul 8 2009 - 8:00pm
On the Cowardice of Bill Keller, the Ayatollah of the New York Times
Jun 18 2009 - 7:24am

John McCain: Hero? or Terrorist?

      Living in a foreign country often puts a different slant on what is happening in the United States. 
 

INTERPOL: In Colombia 3 + 3 = 8

I have just finished reading INTERPOL’s report on the computers that the government of Colombia says it found in an encampment of the FARC-EP on March 1. Reading the report I am once again fascinated with what experts can do with computers. But I am shocked that the world’s best known detective agency cannot add three plus three.

House Cleaning in Colombia

Today I swept and mopped the floor. I used scouring powder to clean the bathroom sink, toilet and shower. I did what is called in Spanish “limpieza” or “cleaning.”
But when I heard the word “limpieza” yesterday I shuddered. The person saying the word was coming from Colombia and was speaking about what he felt was necessary to bring peace to the country.

What if Ingrid Betancourt had been in Ecuador Saturday?

    Since learning of the assassination of the FARC leader, Raul Reyes, in Ecuador Saturday morning, my mind has been spinning.

Today I have been thinking about how much easier is the work of a photographer than that of a writer.  One snaps a picture and the picture is there; the writer has to assemble words to try to convey the same image.  Even short stories require hundreds of individual words, each carrying a variety of meanings and interpretations.

Hugo Chávez and the Catholic Church

When people ask me about the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, I respond that the Church is very supportive of him.

Venezuela 101

    In the last six months, three books have appeared on the market that I believe form an excellent introduction to recent Venezuelan history.

In Venezuela, All We are Saying is Give us a Chance

I don’t remember what year it was and I don’t know where I was at the time. Was I in a church, a park, an outdoor amphitheatre, or standing alongside the Union Pacific railroad tracks in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as a white train passed by carrying nuclear warheads? All I remember is holding the hands of others and swaying together as we sang the words from John Lennon’s song, “All we are saying / is give peace a chance.”

Today, almost forty years after Lennon first wrote those words, I hear a similar refrain echoing in my mind in Venezuela.

Don't Cry for Venezuela's RCTV

As I write this, I am looking at a Venezuelan newspaper, El Diario, from February 10, 1992. The editorial that would have occupied half of page 2 is missing. Page 4 is completely blank. The contents were censored by the government of the then president Carlos Andres Perez.

Presidential elections in Venezuela

With only twelve days left before the December 3 Venezuelan presidential elections, the newspaper with the largest national circulation had as its major front page story: overweight women have a hard time finding clothes that fit them. Two days later, the principal headline informed the nation that the “hallaca,” a traditional Venezuelan Christmas meal, would be more expensive this year than last year in the government sponsored markets.

CNN--News?

Four years ago a Catholic priest in Venezuela said that if the press were the lifeblood of democracy, then Venezuela needed a transfusion.
Today I saw a segment of the June 7 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN. If this program is representative of news reporting in the U.S., I would have to say the same about the state of democracy in the United States.

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