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  • Colombia: Non-Muslim aids Islamic State in plotting jihad massacre of U.S. citizen

    03/16/2018 5:09:04 PM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Mar 16, 2018 | Robert Spencer
    Gutierrez said: ““I’m not Muslim. I fight against the new world order, especially against Americans.” Fighting against the new world order is not something that actually involves allying with and aiding the Islamic State.
  • 'Do you fear me?': Venezuela's Maduro vows to gatecrash regional summit

    02/15/2018 11:17:01 PM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | 15 February 2018 | Alexandra Ulmer, Vivian Sequera
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s unpopular socialist president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his right-wing Latin American counterparts showed intolerance by trying to exclude him from an upcoming summit in Lima - and he vowed to go anyway. Peru’s center-right government this week said Maduro would not be welcome at the April summit, reinforcing his growing diplomatic isolation during a crackdown on dissent and a brutal economic crisis in Venezuela. {snip}[Madero]...lashed out at Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, whose parents were of Swiss and Polish descent and who studied at Oxford and Princeton, as particularly out of touch with Latin American...
  • Pope: 'Fake news' is evil, journalists must search for truth

    01/24/2018 5:29:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2018 7:13 AM EST | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis is denouncing “fake news” as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth. After a week in which Francis faced unprecedented bad press during his South American tour, the pope released his annual social communications message Wednesday dedicated this year to “fake news and journalism for peace.” Francis writes that the first fake news dates from the Biblical beginning of time, when Eve was tempted to take an apple from the Garden of Eden based on disinformation from the serpent. “The strategy of this skilled ‘Father of Lies’ is precisely mimicry,...
  • Germany and Switzerland to help build coast-to-coast railway in South America

    12/22/2017 6:22:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.17.2017 | Victoria Dannemann
    South America’s new transcontinental railway is considered to be one the biggest infrastructure projects of the century and is also known as the “Panama Canal on railway tracks.” A 3,755-kilometer land connection is set to be built between the continent’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Bolivia is a landlocked country, so the Andean nation is especially keen on getting the ball rolling soon. Bolivian President Evo Morales met Swiss President Doris Leuthard to sign a memorandum of understanding on the construction of the transcontinental railway. Morales met with representatives of German and Swiss railway firms, and Germany’s State Secretary of Transport,...
  • Iranian Warships Heading To Gulf Of Mexico?

    11/28/2017 10:15:35 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    J Post ^ | 11-28-2017 | Anna Ahronheim
    The growth of Iran's navy, especially its plans to build a naval port in Syria, concerns Israel. As Iran continues to fight to become a global superpower, the Islamic Republic’s flag may soon be flying halfway across the globe on warships sent to the Gulf of Mexico, Iran’s new Navy commander has announced. “Our fleet of warships will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico,” Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi was quoted by Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency as...
  • Whales in the desert: Fossil bonanza poses mystery

    11/20/2011 1:41:13 PM PST · by Daffynition · 69 replies
    AP via ^ | November 19, 2011 | EVA VERGARA and IAN JAMES
    Maybe they became disoriented and beached themselves. Maybe they were trapped in a lagoon by a landslide or a storm. Maybe they died there over a period of a few millennia. But somehow, they ended up right next to one another, many just meters (yards) apart, entombed as the shallow sea floor was driven upward by geological forces and transformed into the driest place on the planet. Today, they have emerged again atop a desert hill more than a kilometer (half a mile) from the surf, where researchers have begun to unearth one of the world's best-preserved graveyards of prehistoric...
  • Looking Southward

    09/26/2017 9:12:54 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 27 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | 9/26/7 | Costin Vlad Alamariu
    Race in Latin America is confusing to many Americans, who generally can’t see beyond black and white. Spanish and Portuguese conquistadores and their families from Europe have always formed a kind of local aristocracy. Their descendants were called criollos, and were considered somewhat lower in status than Iberians or other Europeans born abroad. The descendants of single European men who married native indio women formed the core of “the people,” who were subservient.The possible combinations of different grades of European, Amerindian, and African led to a dizzying proliferation of types, all of which were named and classified according to a...
  • Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor flees to Colombia

    08/19/2017 8:44:43 AM PDT · by texas booster · 12 replies
    Miami Herald AP ^ | Aug 18 2017 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor and her husband — two of President Nicolas Maduro's most outspoken critics — fled the country and landed Friday afternoon in Colombia. Luisa Ortega Diaz and German Ferrer arrived in Bogota aboard a private plane traveling from Aruba, Colombian migration authorities said in a statement. The couple didn't request asylum, according to a senior Colombian official speaking on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss the politically sensitive case. Ortega and Ferrer have long been aligned with Venezuela's ruling socialist party but recently broke with Maduro, publicly denouncing his push to convene a constitutional...
  • Venezuela’s pro-government assembly moves to take power from elected congress

    08/19/2017 8:10:29 AM PDT · by cll · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 08/18/2017 | Rachelle Krygier
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s new pro-government Constituent Assembly formally moved Friday to assume the powers of the opposition-dominated congress, completing what critics call a power grab that effectively puts all branches of government under the control of President ­Nicolás Maduro. The Constituent Assembly, created in a July 30 vote decried as fraud by the opposition and a host of nations, had begun to assume the role of the National Assembly, whose members were democratically elected in 2015. But in a move likely to spark further international condemnation, the motion Friday formalized the arrangement. The body was also poised to pass...
  • Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

    08/17/2017 2:38:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 16, 2017 | Lenin Danieri and Isaac Urrutia
    MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages. A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border. "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National...
  • Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

    08/15/2017 8:26:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2017 | LUZ DARY DEPABLOS
    CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Under a scorching sun just a short walk from Colombia's border with Venezuela, hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up for bowls of chicken and rice — the first full meal some have eaten in days. An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans make the trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day. Many come for a few hours to work or trade goods on the black market, looking for household supplies they cannot find back home. But increasingly, they are coming to eat in one of a half-dozen facilities offering struggling Venezuelans a...
  • Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio

    08/14/2017 8:08:57 AM PDT · by cll · 19 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 8/13/17 | Patricia Mazzei
    One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month. Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami. Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio. At...
  • Venezuela's Maduro wants 'personal conversation' with Trump

    08/10/2017 11:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hiru News ^ | August 11, 2017
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. He told the newly elected constituent assembly that he wanted "a personal conversation" when the two leaders attended the UN General Assembly in New York next month. Trump recently imposed sanctions on Maduro, accusing him of undermining democracy. The White House has not yet responded to the comments.
  • My best friend and bravest man I ever knew died a week ago today

    08/10/2017 3:01:25 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 101 replies
    Self ^ | 8-10-17 | Wardaddy
    My best friend since since summer pads training August 1971 at Jackson Prep in Jackson Mississippi died at Driftwood nursing hospice in Long Beach Mississippi on the gulf coast last week. He'd been in hospice first in Jackson then down there since February and his 6 foot 3 frame had wasted from 180 down to 103 after complications from diabetes and heart failure and pancreatic failure and a fungal cyst in his lungs which was inoperable and of course horrific neuropathy all brought on by alcohol abuse which he'd quit too late a few years ago at age 55 His...
  • Venezuelans appear to abstain from government vote

    07/30/2017 1:24:35 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans appeared to be abstaining in massive numbers on Sunday in a show of silent protest against a vote to select a constitutional assembly giving the government virtually unlimited powers. Associated Press journalists toured more than two dozen polling places in neighborhoods across the capital, including many traditional strongholds of the ruling socialist party in southern and western Caracas. Virtually all the polling places saw hours-long lines of thousands of people in past elections over the last two decades of socialist government.
  • [ From July 29, 2016 ] Venezuela is about to force people to work in the fields

    04/24/2017 7:33:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 29, 2016, 9:32 PM | Linette Lopez
    Amnesty International says a new decree in Venezuela that says the government can make any of its citizens farm the country's fields in order to combat its current, punishing food crisis "effectively amounts to forced labour." "The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food," Amnesty International reported. "They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their 'contracts' will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or...
  • Elton John Cancels Las Vegas Shows after Contracting ‘Potentially Deadly’ Infection

    04/24/2017 7:28:26 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 85 replies ^ | 24 Apr 2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Elton John has cancelled all of his upcoming concerts in Las Vegas after contracting a rare and “potentially deadly” infection while touring in South America. A representative for John said Monday that the 70-year-old “Rocket Man” Grammy-winner would no longer be able to honor the April and May dates of his Las Vegas residency, “The Million Dollar Piano,” due to an extended stay in a hospital recovering from the rare illness. “During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection,” the singer’s representative said in a statement obtained by People magazine. “During his...
  • Merkel hopes for 'fair' EU-Mercosur trade deal

    02/05/2017 6:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 5 February 2017 10:38 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she would work toward securing a “fair” free-trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, the South American economic bloc. Her comments, posted in her weekly video message, came ahead of a visit by Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez to Berlin on Wednesday. “We are fundamentally in favor of international trade agreements, which is why we are very happy with the effort in the Mercosur countries” to reach a deal with the European Union, Merkel said. “It’s a matter of reaching a fair deal, where Europe’s interests are taken into account just as are those...
  • Plane With Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

    11/28/2016 9:58:36 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 29, 2016
    BOGOTA, Colombia — An airplane with 72 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez said that it is possible there are survivors.
  • Enormous dome in central Andes driven by huge magma body beneath it

    10/31/2016 1:53:25 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 45 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 10/25/2016 | UC Santa Cruz
    A new analysis of the topography of the central Andes shows the uplifting of Earth's second highest continental plateau was driven in part by a huge zone of melted rock in the crust, known as a magma body. The Altiplano-Puna plateau is a high, dry region in the central Andes that includes parts of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, with vast plains punctuated by spectacular volcanoes. In a study published October 25 in Nature Communications, researchers used remote sensing data and topographic modeling techniques to reveal an enormous dome in the plateau. About 1 kilometer (3,300 feet) high and hundreds of...