Archive for the ‘Americas (South & Central)’ Category

From Pariah to the Pinnacle: U.S. Women’s Soccer Goalie Hope Solo [TIME]

In Americas (North), Americas (South & Central), Sports, World News on July 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

sidenote: this game was only the second soccer game i’ve ever watched in my life (the first was last summer’s Ghana v. Uruguay world cup game) but this, like that one, convinced me soccer is one of the most fascinating spectator sports EVER. ready to be hooked. this sunday makes three? ::::


U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo grabs the ball and falls on Brazilian defender Rosana during the quarterfinal match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 10, 2011, in Dresden, Germany

There are your standard long flights, like trans-Pacific hauls from China to Seattle. Then there are horrifically long flights, like the trans-Pacific haul from China to Seattle that Hope Solo took in September of 2007.

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Wyclef Jean to Run for President of Haiti [TIME]

In Americas (South & Central), World News on August 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Wyclef Jean, in New York City on Aug. 2, 2010 Peter Hapak for TIME

Hip-hop music, more than most pop genres, is something of a pulpit, urban fire and brimstone garbed in baggy pants and backward caps. So it’s little wonder that one of the form’s icons, Haitian-American superstar Wyclef Jean, is the son of a Nazarene preacher — or that he likens himself, as a child of the Haitian diaspora, to a modern-day Moses, destined to return and lead his people out of bondage. Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people, was the biblical event that sealed his calling. After days of helping ferry mangled Haitian corpses to morgues, Jean felt as if he’d “finished the journey from my basket in the bulrushes to standing in front of the burning bush,” he told me this week. “I knew I’d have to take the next step.”

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Bolivia’s Eco-President: How Green Is Evo Morales? [TIME]

In Americas (South & Central), World News on August 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a ceremony at the government palace in La Paz, July 19, 2010 Bolivian Presidency / Reuters

Bolivian President Evo Morales’ favorite cause-célèbre has always been coca — the small leaf that is a key element of Andean culture and is central to cocaine production. But recently, he’s seemed more keen to stump on behalf of Mother Earth, chastising the developed world’s lamentable environmental track record and vowing to lead the planet toward a more sustainable future. Last week, his government made history when the U.N. voted unanimously to accept Bolivia’s proposal to make water a human right. “In the hands of capitalism everything becomes a commodity: the water, the soil, the ancestral cultures and life itself,” Morales wrote in a 2008 open letter on climate change. “Humankind is capable of saving the earth if we recover the principles of solidarity, complementarity and harmony with nature.”

Yet in his own backyard, Morales isn’t looking so eco-valiant. Indeed, a series of environmentally disruptive development projects have many critics claiming that the leader of South America’s poorest nation is more talk than walk when it comes to the fragile planet earth. “Morales’ environmental crusade feels like just a show,” says Adolfo Moya, president of TIPNIS, an indigenous community located within Bolivia’s Isiboro-Sécure National Park, where construction is about to begin on a highway that will cut through the heart of protected area.(See the world’s worst-dressed leaders.)

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Trailer: Favela on Blast [Fader]

In Americas (South & Central), Movies on August 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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Click here to read the fader’s interview with Diplo about the making of the film, out now on dvd btw.

Say Bye Bye to Bananas: A trailer from [Fader] an article from [NY Times]

In Americas (North), Americas (South & Central), documentary, History, World News on June 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

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Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it?In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

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Yes, We Will Have No Bananas


Published: June 18, 2008

ONCE you become accustomed to gas at $4 a gallon, brace yourself for the next shocking retail threshold: bananas reaching $1 a pound. At that price, Americans may stop thinking of bananas as a cheap staple, and then a strategy that has served the big banana companies for more than a century — enabling them to turn an exotic, tropical fruit into an everyday favorite — will begin to unravel.

The immediate reasons for the price increase are the rising cost of oil and reduced supply caused by floods in Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana exporter. But something larger is going on that will affect prices for years to come.

That bananas have long been the cheapest fruit at the grocery store is astonishing. They’re grown thousands of miles away, they must be transported in cooled containers and even then they survive no more than two weeks after they’re cut off the tree. Apples, in contrast, are typically grown within a few hundred miles of the store and keep for months in a basket out in the garage. Yet apples traditionally have cost at least twice as much per pound as bananas.

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Mexico: Paramedics on the Frontlines [Al Jazeera]

In Americas (South & Central), World News on April 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

what happens when paramedics have to risk their own lives to save others? what does safe even mean then?


Ambulance workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city, are under constant threat as drug gangs battle each other for territory.

The situation has grown so dangerous that paramedics have been ordered to wait for police to arrive at a crime scene before attending a call.

Gunmen have even been known to follow wounded patients from ambulances to emergency rooms to finish them off.

Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez has the story from Ciudad Juarez, in the first of a series of special reports on the drugs war.

Click here to read my post of BBC’s article on the effect that drug warfare is taking on Juarez.

Click here to watch more of Al Jazeera‘s coverage in Juarez.

Pretty Cool People Interviews: Street Artist Tom14 [Wooster Collective]

In Americas (South & Central), Artsy Fartsy, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on April 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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Underwater Sculptures in Cancun, Mexico [Wooster Collective]

In Americas (South & Central), Artsy Fartsy, World News on April 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Preview of the new underwater sculptures in Cancun, Mexico by Jason deCaires Taylor

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Border City of Juarez Pays Price of Mexico Drugs War [BBC News]

In Americas (South & Central), World News on February 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Business owners in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, at the centre of the country’s drug-fuelled violence, have learned that rising crime is not only measured as a body count, but as a factor hitting hard on their financial bottom lines.

Ciudad Juarez is located right on the border with the US

According to estimates by the local chamber of commerce, the increasing violence has forced more than 5,000 shops to close since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed security forces in the area for a head-on confrontation with the cartels.

The head of the business chamber of the state of Chihuahua, where Juarez is located, has said up to 100,000 people have left the city in the past few years.

A local businessman, who prefers not to be named, has experienced this trend first hand.

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Documentary: Bus 174

In Americas (South & Central), Movies, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

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more about “Onibus 174“, posted with vodpod

Bus 174 is documentary about a hostage situation on a bus in Rio de Janeiro back in 2000. More broadly though, it is an illuminating discussion about  culture, society, wealth and poverty in Brazil. In examining the invisible and mistreated impoverished youth population in Brazil Bus174 forces us to consider our own society and our role in perpetuating similar forms of oppressive invsibility. Its an absolutely well done documentary that will have any viewer sitting on the edge of their seat in anticipation, reconsidering preconceived notions of villians and heroes and wanting to know more. Thanks Miriam for the heads up!



Click here and here to read articles from The Economist about economic progress in Brazil.