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  • Pentagon told lawmakers that it plans to move six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

    07/17/2014 7:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/17/2014 | By Ernesto Londoño
    The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner in which the military force-feeds some prisoners, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The men — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — are among the more than 70 detainees who have long been cleared for release from the U.S. detention facility because they are not deemed an ongoing threat. The move would mark a significant step in the Obama administration’s long-stymied quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, where...
  • Luis Suarez Ban Leaves Liverpool 'Considering Taking Legal Action Against FIFA'

    FIFA have yet to tell the Reds whether suspension for biting prevents striker Barcelona now hope to buy on the cheap from training at Melwood Liverpool have joined the Uruguayan FA in considering legal action against Fifa after it hit Luis Suarez with a four month ban from football for his biting shame. Suarez's Liverpool career is in the balance after he was punished for his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. The striker was due back in Uruguay this morning, after being told to leave his team's World Cup base. Liverpool are furious that Fifa included a four month ban...
  • Uruguayan President Says US Will Be Flooded With Latino Babies

    05/13/2014 8:04:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 12, 2014 | Neil Munro, White House Correspondent
    Latinos will fill the United States with Latino babies, Uruguayan president Jose Mujica told President Barack Obama in an Oval Office meeting Monday. “You will have to become a bilingual country … because the strength of Latin women is admirable and they will fill this country with people who speak Spanish and Portuguese,” Mujica told Obama during a brief public exchange prior to their meeting. Mujica’s remark is partly true — the Latino population will rapidly rise during the next few decades. For example, more Latinos babies than white babies are being born in California and Texas. Progressives are working...
  • Experts: Iran Exerting Troubling Influence in Latin America

    02/21/2014 12:20:10 AM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | February 4, 2014 | by Daniel Wiser
    Snippet: "Iran and its terrorist proxy groups’ influence in Latin America remains a troubling security threat to the region and world, experts said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday."
  • Uruguay official: legal pot for $1 per gram

    10/21/2013 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
    Uruguay’s drug czar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper. The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and President Jose Mujica expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs. The measure would make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. …
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Crescent Moon Meets Evening Star

    09/13/2013 5:39:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | September 13, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On September 8, brilliant planet Venus appearing as the evening star stood near a slender, crescent Moon at sunset. The close celestial pairing or conjunction was a scene enjoyed by skygazers around the world. But from some locations in South America, the Moon actually passed in front of Venus in a lunar occultation. Captured near Las Cañas, Uruguay, this two frame mosaic telescopic view shows the Moon and Venus before and after the occultation. The silvery evening star appears at right just before it winked out behind the dark lunar limb, still in bright twilight skies. About an hour...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay

    06/02/2013 11:36:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NASA ^ | June 02, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into a tornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud, a type of Arcus...
  • Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

    01/03/2013 3:07:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | January 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    "IRAN SPY NETWORK 30,000 STRONG Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks" SNIPPET: "Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report." SNIPPET: "“MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224,” the report said. The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France,...
  • Iran 'in Latin America Terror Plot' - Argentina Prosecutor

    05/30/2013 2:21:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies - News ^ | 29 May 2013 Last updated at 18:31 ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "An Argentine prosecutor has accused Iran of trying to infiltrate countries in Latin America to sponsor and carry out "terrorist activities". Alberto Nisman said Iran was attempting to set up intelligence-gathering stations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and other countries in the region. Mr Nisman is investigating a bomb attack that killed 85 people in a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994." SNIPPET: ""I legally accuse Iran of infiltrating several South American countries to install intelligence stations - in other words espionage bases - destined to commit, encourage and sponsor terror attacks like the one that took place against...
  • Treat Yer Peepers to 'Miss Uruguay 2012' Camila Vezzoso~

    03/29/2013 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • IRI recruitment and support activities in Latin America - the Uruguay connection

    01/17/2013 3:50:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies ^ | 17 January 2013, 14:37 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    "IRI recruitment and support activities in Latin America - the Uruguay connection" SNIPPET: "You can add Uruguay to the countries in Latin America where the Islamic Republic of Iran is well-represented by indigenous supporters. What brings these folks to my attention in the first place is their support for Suhail Assad, the IRI's point man in Latin America, and their connection to the IRI's recruiter in Peru, Edwar "Hussein" Quiroga Vargas. I'll get back to that, but first, the websites."
  • Update from Uruguay - Argentina’s Economic Situation, A Problem Or Opportunity?

    12/15/2012 6:20:59 AM PST · by arthurus · 3 replies
    International man ^ | 14 December 2012 | Dean Steinbeck
    y Dean Steinbeck Located south of the equator, South America is counter-seasonal to the northern hemisphere. Meaning it’s almost summer in Uruguay! For the chic resort town of Punta del Este it’s time for the annual influx of Argentines to enjoy its beaches, rent overpriced apartments, and spend lavishly on food and entertainment. Or is it? In this article we’ll take a quick look at the current economic landscape in Argentina and see why business and property owners in Uruguay are nervous, while investors with cash wait to see what opportunities will arise from Argentina’s next decennial default. Argentina Continues...
  • Life in Uruguay: legal abortion and pot dealing

    10/21/2012 5:43:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 21, 2012
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguayans used to call their country the Switzerland of Latin America, but its faded grey capital seems a bit more like Amsterdam now that its congress has legalized abortion and is drawing up plans to sell government-grown marijuana. Both measures would be unthinkable in many other countries. Cuba is the only other nation in the region that make first-trimester abortions accessible to all women, and no country in the world produces and sells pot for drug users to enjoy.
  • Uruguay Government Plans To Sell Marijuana

    06/25/2012 9:21:35 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 50 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 6/25/ 2012 | Bryan Nash
    In an attempt to lower crime and raise government revenue, Uruguay is planning on legalizing marijuana. Currently, it is legal to possess less than 25 grams of cannabis, but it is illegal to grow or sell it. If the proposal passes, Uruguay’s government would oversee the growth and distribution of the $75 million business. Buyers would be required to register with the government. “It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking,” said defense minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro. “We think the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves.” Congress must approve...
  • Uruguay Senate votes to decriminalise abortion

    12/28/2011 3:04:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/28/11
    The Uruguayan Senate has passed legislation to decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A similar move in 2008 was vetoed by President Tabare Vasquez, but current President Jose Mujica has signalled he will sign the bill into law. The legislation now goes to the lower house, which, like the Senate, is controlled by Mr Mujica's allies. Opinion polls suggest a majority of Uruguayans back easing the restrictions on abortion. Under the current legislation, women who have an abortion and the people who assist them face prison. Abortion is only allowed in the case of rape or when...

    11/12/2011 3:26:00 PM PST · by Jedediah · 13 replies · 1+ views
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  • Time Up For Sit-tight Leaders in Africa

    05/28/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Codewit World News - Sharing Nigerian and African News ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | Obi Ebuka Onochie
    "Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike" Plato (BC 427 - 374BC). Open rigging and clinging brazenly to power have become common features of emerging democracies in the world today especially in Africa. Many Countries in Africa have become accustomed to "sit-tight dictators" or military style of leadership, with democracy being propelled by the West for their replacement. This is at the centre of the on-going conflict in many emerging democratic nations. Democratization of the world today as being championed by United States of...
  • Obama encouraging 'diplomatic assault' on Israel?

    12/15/2010 7:00:40 AM PST · by La Lydia · 19 replies
    WND ^ | December 15, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Palestinian officials tell WND the Obama administration is only giving lip service to resisting a Latin American declaration recognizing a Palestinian state outside of a the framework of an agreement with Israel. In what amounts to a diplomatic assault on Israel, Argentina and Uruguay last week announced they were joining Brazil in unilaterally recognizing an independent Palestinian state.... Publicly, the U.S. was quick to rebuke the decision by Latin American countries...Palestinian Authority officials, however, told WND the Obama administration has not privately lobbied the Latin American countries against their recognition, with more Central and South American nations...
  • Is a Palestinian State Declaration Becoming Real?

    12/08/2010 7:20:18 AM PST · by bsaunders · 3 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | December 8, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Not that long ago, when the discussion by Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad first discussed unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner stated his intention to recognize such a state. Then, for a stretch, there was silence, that is until this week. Now, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner, and Uruguayan Deputy Foreign Minister Roberto Conde have all come forward to support the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state with the 1949 Armistice Lines as a recognized border. Many following these events expect for Bolivia and Ecuador to join the march to...
  • South American countries recognize Palestinian state

    12/06/2010 4:56:27 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/6/2010 | JORDANA HORN, HILARY LEILA KRIEGER AND HERB KEI
    Following in Brazil’s footsteps from last Friday, Argentina announced on Monday it recognized a “free and independent” Palestinian state, sparking an immediate condemnation from Israel. Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter that her country recognized a Palestine defined by 1967 borders, Argentine officials said. The Argentine Foreign Ministry said in an e-mailed statement that the move was designed to help “definitively advance the negotiation process that will lead to the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” Uruguay announced soon afterward that it would recognize a Palestinian state next...
  • FIFA World Cup 2010- Day 24 - Live Thread: Third place game Uruguay V Germany ABC 2:30pm EDT

    07/10/2010 7:30:22 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    07.10.10 | Perdogg
    Hey it's the third place game This applies to Germany and Uruguay, warning bad language.
  • Question about the end of the Uruguay-Ghana game (vanity)

    07/02/2010 2:52:26 PM PDT · by verum ago · 20 replies
    2 July 2010 | verum ago
    OK, so to those of you with DVRs etc: In that final desperate, scrum at the end of extra time, prior to the Suarez handball, wasn't a Ghana player (#10 specifically) offside on a when the ball was headed toward him, or do I have the rule mixed up in my head? If so, it means Ghana got away with one before that handball, so it shouldn't have made it that far anyway. Thanks in advance for your answers, v.a.
  • South Africans seek vital win on uprising anniversary

    06/15/2010 11:40:35 AM PDT · by trumandogz · 98+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6.15.10 | Jim Slater
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) - On the anniversary of the Soweto uprising that galvanized the fight for freedom by black South Africans, the World Cup hosts will try to capture an emotional and much-needed triumph. South Africa will face Uruguay with both teams level with Mexico and France in Group A after a pair of opening draws that have left two spots in the second round up for grabs with each team facing two more matches. As if that tension was not enough on the host squad known as "Bafana Bafana" (The Boys), the matchup comes on Youth Day, a...
  • Uruguay president's entire assets: a VW Beetle

    In a sworn statement detailing his assets, Mr Mujica said he has no bank accounts or other assets and put his small flower farm in his wife's name, only possessing the ageing car, worth £1,300.
  • Charlotte ICE gang operation yields 12 arrests

    05/29/2010 3:28:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 336+ views - News Release ^ | May 28, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: May 28, 2010 Charlotte ICE gang operation yields 12 arrests CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents assigned to the Charlotte Gang Unit continue making arrests in North Carolina with its recent weekend effort yielding 12 arrests and the seizure of cocaine, marijuana and brass knuckles. Among the 12 arrests last weekend were four gang members and affiliates: one Asian Boyz gang member, two MS-13 gang members and one MS-13 affiliate. All four are foreign-born nationals from Vietnam, Uruguay and Honduras. One is a naturalized U. S. citizen, one has...
  • Iran's Growing Influence In Latin America

    04/27/2010 1:33:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 222+ views
    SPERO - SPERO News ^ | April 24, 2010 | Commentary, Analysis by Mark P. Sullivan
    SNIPPET: "President Chávez also announced during the visit that Venezuela is working on a preliminary plan for the construction of a “nuclear village” in Venezuela with Iranian assistance so that “the Venezuelan people can count in the future on this marvelous resource for peaceful purposes.” The transfer of Iranian nuclear technology from Iran would be a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions - 1737 (2006), 1747 ( 2007), and 1803 (2008) - that imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear technology transfers. In late September 2009, comments by Venezuelan officials offered conflicting information about Iran’s support for Venezuela’s search for uranium deposits....
  • Engine probe yields evidence in Uruguay

    03/08/2010 8:51:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 42+ views
    The ^ | 3/9/2010 | Lourdes Charles
    The Govern­ment’s investigations into the stolen Royal Malaysian Air Force RMAF F5E jet engines in Uruguay has turned up evidence, in the form of documents and witnesses, necessary for instituting criminal proceedings here. “We visited the military facility where the engines are kept under the custody of the Uruguayan judicial authority and have positively identified them as belonging to the Government of Malaysia,” said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. Abdul Gani, who visited Uruguay and Argentina from Feb 15 to Feb 19, said they had drafted two mutual legal assistance requests for the return of the engines as well...
  • Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b...

    01/22/2010 2:28:30 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 852+ views - News ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: Contact info deleted by me. # Note: The following text is a quote: Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Release Date: January 22, 2010 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano this week designated 11 new countries as eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs, which allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary or seasonal jobs for which U.S. workers are not available. The 11 newly designated countries—Croatia, Ecuador, Ethiopia,...
  • Former rebel leader is Uruguay's president-elect

    11/29/2009 5:12:57 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 8 replies · 563+ views
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – A plain-talking former leader of leftist guerrillas who once sought power through kidnappings and bombings is now the president-elect of Uruguay. Jose Mujica won more than 50 percent of the votes cast in a run-off election Sunday, according to exit polls by the South American country's three leading pollsters, giving the center-left Broad Front coalition five more years in power.
  • UN Plane Crash Kills 11 in Haiti

    10/09/2009 4:12:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,198+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/9/9
    A United Nations plane has crashed in western Haiti, killing all 11 people on board, UN officials say. The Uruguayan surveillance plane was monitoring the Dominican Republic border as part of its tasks with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Most of those on board the plane were military officers from Uruguay and Jordan, officials told the BBC. More than 9,000 UN personnel are stationed in Haiti, which has long been ravaged by violence and instability. Police officer Cadostin Marc-Andre told the AFP news agency the plane had been nearing the municipality of Ganthier when it came down. UN spokeswoman...
  • Uruguay mulls allowing adoption by homosexuals despite Catholic opposition

    08/31/2009 12:39:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 379+ views
    CNA ^ | 8/31/2009
    Lawmakers in Uruguay passed a measure last week that would allow homosexual couples to adopt children, despite the strong opposition from the Catholic Church, voiced recently by Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo and other community leaders. The measure passed by a vote of 53-40 and was a modified version of the bill approved by the Uruguayan Senate on July 15. Now it must be sent back to the Senate for debate. In response to the bill’s passage, which comes two years after the country legalized gay unions, the spokesman for the group National Coordinator for Life, Nestor Martinez, called it...
  • Ecuador aligns itself with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba

    01/15/2007 2:45:15 PM PST · by StJacques · 36 replies · 1,351+ views
    El Mundo ( Bolivia ) ^ | January 15, 2007 | AP wire service in Spanish ( translated by self )
    Ecuador aligns itself with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba In speeches against imperialism and neoliberalism, the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and Bolivia, Evo Morales, and the Ecuadoran President-Elect Rafael Correa, who should assume the government of his country Monday, expressed common ideological and political agreement Sunday. Chavez, Morales, and Correa, who also exalt the figure of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, met together in Zumbahua, an indigenous [Ecuadoran] locality 90 kilometers south of Quito, for a symbolic inauguration of Correa before the indigenous peoples [of Ecuador]. In a speech before a multitude congregated in the central plaza, Correa emphasized that "[Latin]...
  • Victims face deportation

    05/15/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies · 449+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 10, 2009 | Sheena Mcfarland
    Richard Lemos went to authorities to report a crime, believing he was doing the responsible thing. In return for his efforts, he was given a deportation order. Lemos, originally from Uruguay, is one of 28 undocumented immigrants living in Utah who are being deported after testifying against a woman who allegedly made tens of thousands of dollars scamming people desperate to find a legal way to stay in the country. It is a classic illustration, critics say, of one of the pernicious realities of current U.S. immigration policy: People living here without proper documentation are exploited by criminals emboldened by...
  • Intelligence Report: Iran Will Use Latin America to Attack US, Israel

    04/20/2009 3:28:31 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 22 replies · 1,906+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Published: 04/20/09, 2:06 PM | by Malkah Fleisher
    Just two days after US President Barack Hussein Obama shared a controversial and landmark handshake with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has released a study analyzing the flowering alliance between the increasingly anti-Western Latin America and the virulently anti-Israel Iran. The study was conducted at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC), a non-governmental organization dedicated to Israeli intelligence and terrorism issues. According to the study, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is using anti-Western Hugo Chavez as a springboard into several Latin American countries, such as Bolivia, Nicaragua, and...
  • Pro-life triumph in Uruguay: President Vasquez vetoes law legalizing abortion

    11/14/2008 1:49:52 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 381+ views
    CNA ^ | November 14, 2008
    Montevideo, Nov 14, 2008 / 11:16 am (CNA).- President Tabare Vasquez of Uruguay has vetoed a controversial law on sexual and reproductive health that legalized abortion and had been approved by the country’s House of Representatives by a vote of 49-48. Likewise, as she had recently announced, the Minister of Public Health, Maria Julia Munoz, and the Minster of the Interior, Hector Lescano, also signed the veto in support of the president’s decision. According to the newspaper El Observador, the veto applies to all sections of the bill except for the first chapter, which deals with sexual and reproductive health. Article...
  • Uruguay sizzles up one big barbecue (World Record BBQ)

    04/14/2008 10:05:25 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 90 replies · 155+ views
    yahoo! ^ | 13 April 2008
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - One of South America's smallest countries proved on Sunday it can hold the biggest barbecue in the world. Some 1,250 Uruguayan grillmeisters sizzled up 26,400 pounds (12,000 kilograms) of beef Sunday, beating a 2006 record set in Mexico. "It's all so beautiful. It's a record," Guinness World Records judge Danny Girton said after the chefs, in white hats and aprons, smoked and barbecued their way into the record book with help of 6 tons of charcoal and 1,500 metal barbecue stands. The barbecue was so big that firefighters were called in to light the grills and make...
  • Venezuelan government denies link to cash-filled suitcase scandal

    08/10/2007 10:36:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,273+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/10/07 | Fabiol Sanchez - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela – The Venezuelan government on Friday denied any link to a businessman who was stopped at an Argentine airport carrying a suitcase filled with nearly $800,000 in cash. The Venezuelan businessman, Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, carried the money from Caracas to Buenos Aires on a flight chartered by the Argentine government, and the undeclared funds were seized by customs agents last weekend. “We don't have anything to do with that plane or with that trip ... nothing to do with that businessman,” Venezuelan Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas told reporters. The incident has shaken the Argentine government, prompted one...
  • Identity thief, illegal immigrant, businessman - a double life

    09/05/2007 11:38:01 PM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies · 1,291+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 6, 2007 | TIM MCGLONE
    After fleeing poverty in his native Uruguay, Miguel Angel Ortiz settled in Hampton Roads and established himself as an expert welder. He formed his own business and obtained shipyard contracts worth more than $1 million. Married with three children, the youngest about 10 months old, he had been living in a stately waterfront home in Virginia Beach. Two full-size bronze lions were perched out front near a four-tier fountain. He drove a Hummer and had a spare in the driveway. Ortiz built this life using someone else’s identity and after racking up an extensive arrest record in this country.His case...
  • Uruguay reconsiders abortion ban

    07/12/2007 9:03:12 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 658+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Jul. 11, 2007 |
    Jul. 11, 2007 ( - Legislators in Uruguay have taken up discussion of a bill that would legalize abortion. A senate commission is considering a bill on sexual and reproductive health that would allow for legal abortion. The country's Catholic bishops have made an appeal to protect the current ban on abortion. Uruguay is governed by a center-left coalition, which includes the Christian Democratic Party.
  • Uruguay Activists Start Campaign to Pass Measure Legalizing Abortion

    06/11/2007 7:31:42 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 1 replies · 322+ views ^ | June 11, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Montevideo, Uruguay ( -- Activists in the South American nation of Uruguay have begun another campaign in an attempt to legalize abortion there. Like most counties in the region that are strongly Hispanic and Catholic, Uruguay prohibits abortions in virtually all cases exception when a woman's life is in danger or she is a victim of rape. Abortion advocates launched their latest campaign after news surfaced that a 20 year-old woman was criminally charged for having an illegal abortion. Lawmakers who are sympathetic to their cause have introduced a bill removing the nation's pro-life protection for unborn children but it...
  • Ex-leftist guerrilla, Bush make it through dinner

    03/11/2007 10:42:01 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 680+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 11 Mar 2007 | Patrick McDonnell and Maura Reynolds
    ESTANCIA ANCHORENA, Uruguay – Over lamb chops and cuts of beef, President Bush chatted amiably Saturday at this presidential retreat with a former leader of a legendary band of leftist guerrillas known as the Tupamaros. "I respect you and I'm proud to be in your country," Bush told Jose "Pepe" Mujica, now Uruguay's minister of agriculture and livestock, according to a White House aide. Mujica was pleased to give Bush an expansive overview of this tiny nation's agricultural needs, the aide said. This is the same Mujica who, in comments to media here, has acknowledged feeling odd about the notion...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (3/10/07): photos from Uruguay & news

    03/10/2007 4:13:25 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 118 replies · 1,844+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush visited Uruguay today where they had lunch with that country's president and other dignitaries. GWB and the Uruguayan leader held trade talks before participating in a joint press conference. The following article presents a summary of President Bush's visit: Bush talks trade in Uruguay as Chavez stokes protests, World, POSTED: 2:07 p.m. EST, March 10, 2007 ANCHORENA PARK, Uruguay (AP) -- President George W. Bush launched talks Saturday with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez focused on expanding trade with this tiny coastal nation. It was the second stop on a five-country...
  • First Lady Tours Uruguay UNESCO Site (as pro-American crowds cheer)

    03/10/2007 4:08:22 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 13 replies · 584+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10 Mar 2007 | Staff
    While President Bush did the talking, the first lady did the walking. Laura Bush played tourist Saturday on a foot tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of a 17th century Portuguese fort with a view of the broad River Plate and Argentina on the opposite bank. As her husband met with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez at a nearby countryside retreat, the first lady strolled in a violet-colored pantsuit down quaint cobblestone streets of the old town of Colonia de Sacramento. Uruguay’s first lady, Maria Auxiliadora Delgado, escorted her. They both smiled as tourists and residents applauded them....
  • Bush promotes trade with Uruguay

    03/10/2007 7:26:13 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 513+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Thousands of protesters greeted Mr Bush's arrival US President George Bush has met his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, as part of his five-nation Latin American tour to promote trade.Mr Bush arrived in Montevideo from Brazil - where he signed a deal to develop alternative fuel sources. Uruguay is keen to sign free trade deals with the US, even if it means leaving the Mercosur trade bloc. The tour attracted protests in Brazil and about 5,000 protesters gathered in Uruguay for Mr Bush's visit. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is conducting his own tour of the region and addressed 40,000 anti-Bush...
  • Brazilian diplomacy denies alleged Lula’s admissions (Toilet Talk alert)

    09/01/2006 2:35:23 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 307+ views
    MercoPress (Uruguay) ^ | 1 Sept. 2006 | Staff
    Brazilian ambassador in Chile described as mere “fantasy” alleged statements by President Lula da Silva particularly offensive towards Chile, Argentine president Nestor Kirchner and former Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle. “I can assure you it is all mere fantasy”, said Ambassador Mario Vilalva in Santiago adding that “I can back my words because I happened to be at the official dinner at the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo”, when the alleged incident took place. In a book released this week titled “Travels with the President” two Brazilian journalists, Eduardo Scolese and Leonencio Nossa wrote that President Lula in the Embassy in Tokyo...
  • Seven killed in Uruguay TV stunt

    03/17/2006 5:47:48 PM PST · by aculeus · 43 replies · 1,379+ views
    BBC News on line ^ | March 18, 2006 | Unsigned
    A runaway train killed seven people and injured at least 11, severing some of their limbs, during the filming of a TV show in Uruguay, police said. The accident occurred during a "test of strength" challenge to raise money for a hospital in Young, 380km (235 miles) west of the capital, Montevideo. Contestants were pulling a train and two carriages when the locomotive gained speed and ran them over. Local authorities have declared three days of mourning. Participants in the programme, called A Challenge to the Heart, raise funds for local charities by completing difficult tasks set by the network...
  • Latin, Not Leftist (Latin America's leftward drift is not a Castro Cold War victory.)

    01/05/2006 10:58:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 761+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 1/6/2006 | Christopher Orlet
    Judging from last week's jubilant, nearly identical headlines the press was having a picnic over the recent Bolivian elections: "Latin America Continues Drift To The Left." "Morales Victory Continues Leftward Drift." The consistent theme running through the reports was indistinguishable too and unmistakable: Socialism is on the march! Take that free marketeers! Apparently the election of Juan Evo Morales Ayma as Bolivian president makes it official. Free market capitalism is on the ropes. Like the proverbial Siamese dominoes Latin American countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela -- have fallen to the red menace. And 11 of the region's countries...
  • Uruguay roes its way to epicurean success (Caviar- AFP gets corny)

    11/11/2005 9:48:36 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 2 replies · 735+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 11/11/05
    Uruguay roes its way to epicurean success BAYGORRIA, Uruguay (AFP) - Uruguayan caviar, once a local family's long-shot business venture, has swum its way onto the epicurean map and is poised to become the toast of the world's gastronomes. ADVERTISEMENT The idea was spawned just about a decade ago, when Russian satellite images showed that Uruguay could be an ideal place to breed sturgeon. Soon after, the Alcaldes became the first family in the southern hemisphere to produce caviar. Now they are trying to corner the world market through their company Black River Sturgeons -- ERN by its Spanish acronym.)...
  • Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

    07/30/2005 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 657+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 30, 2005 | LARRY ROHTER and JUAN FORERO
    RIO DE JANEIRO, July 29 - As he campaigned for the presidency in 2002, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva boldly pledged to clean up the sordid politics of Brazil. His, he vowed, would be an ethical, honest and moral government the likes of which Brazil had never seen. That pledge helped him win the votes of more than 50 million Brazilians and a sweeping mandate. But now, in a gloomy echo of what has happened time and again across Latin America, Mr. da Silva's government is mired in the biggest, most audacious corruption scandal in his country's history. A congressional...
  • World risk: Alert - Is Bolivian backlash part of a wider trend?

    06/13/2005 10:41:59 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 5 replies · 608+ views
    SUMMARY In early June, Bolivia's government, led by the interim president, Carlos Mesa, collapsed amid widespread popular protests. The trigger was the enactment of a controversial hydrocarbons law which, although it sharply increased levies on foreign companies, was seen by radical protestors as not going far enough. The effective royalty rate was raised from 18% to 50%. The increase will be contested by foreign oil companies which claim it contravenes the terms of existing contracts. However, Bolivia's more radical groups are pressing for outright nationalisation. The future management of the privatised hydrocarbons industry has become a bitterly divisive issue in...