Headlines from the Americas
- President Evo Morales took a surprise visit to Cuba today after being personally invited by Fidel Castro.
- Over three million people are expected to congregate in Sao Paulo as part of a “March for Jesus.”
- More details are emerging from the supposed involvement of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s brother in an illegal gambling scheme.
- President Alvaro Uribe confessed that he would not reach all his goals regarding foreign aid and free trade during his visit to Washington, DC.
- Lead by France, the members of the G8 agreed to back the Colombian government’s efforts to “find a humanitarian solution” to the country’s civil conflict.
- Hundreds of teachers protesting government reforms blocked access to the Mexican Stock Exchange this morning.
- President Felipe Calderon urged the group of underdeveloped states invited to the G8 summit to debate over “global topics that especially affect developing countries.”
- The Supreme Court determined as unconstitutional the expropriation of lands formerly belonging to the Sun Myong Moon-led Unification Church.
- Disgraced former president Alvaro Fujimori is close to being extradited from Chile to Peru after a recommendation from Chile’s attorney general. Fujimori’s daughter- a Peruvian senator- said that her father was “in good spirits” and proclaimed his innocence.
- By a vote of 63-33, the Senate voted to continue debate on the bipartisan compromise bill on immigration despite optimism yesterday that a yes-or-no vote would occur on Friday.
- In Chicago, several Mexican American community groups have pitched in to help a Rumanian couple in the U.S. seeking medical help for their daughter.
- Immigration authorities detained 29 illegal immigrants in New Haven, Connecticut only one day after the local government approved a measure to provide identification cards for immigrants.
- It may be presumptuous to start planning soccer’s 2030 World Cup, but that has not deterred a group of Uruguayans from proposing that their country host the tournament a century after the first World Cup was first held.
- Ten student leaders at the forefront of the protests in favor of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) voiced their ire during a National Assembly session.
- Speak of RCTV, Venezuelan news channel Globovision agreed to transmit programs still being produced by RCTV that are currently aired online and through a few foreign TV networks.
SOURCE: The Latin Americanist