Traducción del inglés: Atenea Acevedo
Vivo en un desierto cinematográfico. Antes había por aquí un cinito tenebroso, pero lo echaron abajo y nos abandonaron a la suerte de Netflix. El piso del viejo cine era pegajoso como el engrudo gracias a los litros de refresco de cola derramados que nadie limpiaba. Según mi papá, no era un mal sitio para ver una peli si llevabas un huacal para subir los pies y una pinza para taparte la nariz.
En todo caso, el perfil demográfico de mi ciudad no es lo máximo. Tampoco sé nada del negocio de la distribución de películas, pero no me sorprende que la gente a cargo de distribuir South of the Border de Oliver Stone se haya saltado mi rincón en el mundo cuando definía la programación del documental el verano pasado. La única opción era organizar una proyección por mi cuenta, pero paso, gracias. Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean
Tagged capitalismo bueno, capitalismo malo, documentales, Fidel, hillary clinton, Honduras, hugo chávez, Mark Weisbrot, monstruo del pantano, obama, oliver stone, Revolución Cubana, sexista, Tariq Ali
I live in a cinema wasteland. We used to have one tiny scary movie theatre here before it was torn down and we were ultimately abandoned to the fate of Netflix. The floor was positively glue-like, from all the spilled cola that was never cleaned away. My dad used to say “Not a bad place to watch a movie if you bring a soapbox to put your feet on and a clothespin to hold your nose.”
So the local demographics aren’t great. And I don’t know anything about the movie distribution business but I’m not totally surprised that the people responsible for distributing Oliver Stone’s South of the Border took a pass on this place back when they were scheduling openings for the documentary last summer. Unless I was going to organize a screening myself. Which, thanks, but no. Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean, Venezuela
Tagged coups d'etat, cristina fernandez, Cuba, Fidel, hillary clinton, Honduras, hugo chávez, Mark Weisbrot, netflix, obama, sexism, shopping, South of the Border, Tariq Ali, The Old Man and the Sea, Venezuela
Mafia Network Involved in Murder of Venezuelan Prosecutor Danilo Anderson Finds Sanctuary in Miami – español
By Jean-Guy Allard
“My brother was a victim of an international plot, involving a number of people who, upon realizing they were being investigated by the Public Ministry, fled the country and are currently being protected by the United States government, “ said Lourdes Suarez Anderson, denouncing the murder of her brother, the Venezuelan prosecutor Danilo Anderson.
In an interview from Caracas, Suarez, also an attorney, indicated that “despite the countless requests that the Attorney General’s office has made to have them brought to Venezuela,” a number of suspects have found refuge and protection in the country that denounces all “sponsors of terrorism” at its convenience.
In fact, with the “disappearance” to the United States of the banking grifter Nelson Mezerhane, one of the main people involved in the crime, there are now around a dozen individuals linked in one way or another with Anderson’s murder who now reside in U.S. territory. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, luis posada carriles, Terrorism, Venezuela
Tagged C-4, Danilo Anderson, DISIP, Ernesto González González, Federal Bank of Venezuela, francisco chávez abarca, Francisco Pimentel, globovision, Henrique Capriles Radonski, Henry López Sisco, hugo chávez, Jaime Escalante, Joaquín Chaffardet, Johán Peña, José Guevara, Lourdes Suarez Anderson, Montesinos, Nelly Rojas, Nelson Mezerhane, Otoniel Guevara, Patricia Ppoleo, Pedro Lander, Pedro Morales, Roberto Alonso, Rolando Guevara, Salvador Romaní
"Potbelly" Francisco Chávez Abarca is on the Interpol Most Wanted list for his involvement in various explosive attacks in Cuba in the 1990's
Francisco Chávez Abarca, Posada Carriles’ Right Hand Man, Captured in Venezuela – español
Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala
Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, reported today that the Salvadoran Francisco Chávez Abarca, accused of being Luis Posada Carriles’ right hand man, and the author of various explosive attacks in Cuba, was arrested in a nighttime intelligence operation on Thursday when he tried to enter Venezuela.
In an address from Miraflores Palace (the government headquarters), the Venezuelan leader explained that Abarca was arrested in the airport at Maiquetía (in the north) and was transferred to the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) for interrogation.
Nicknamed “Potbelly,” Chávez Abarca is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list due to his implication in various attacks with explosives in Cuba in the 1990’s. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, English translations, luis posada carriles, Terrorism, Venezuela
Tagged CIA, cubana flight 455, ernesto cruz león, extradition, fabio di celmo, francisco chávez abarca, hugo chávez, luis posada carriles, SEBIN
Maradona: the Anti-Imperialist Perfect Ten – español
José Steinsleger – La Jornada
Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala
In journalism schools, when young people learn about the concept of “news,” their teachers resort to a classic example: news is when a person bites a dog, not the other way round. But just this past March in Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona’s dog bit his upper lip, and the news flew round the world.
The star was rushed to emergency surgery (stitches and facial surgery) and experts on the subject turned their attention to the grotesque Bella, a costly example of the Chinese Shar Pei species. With serene, balanced, affable characters, Shar Pei can react unpredictably if one looks them in the eye, face to face.
Whatever he says, or doesn’t say, does or doesn’t do, Maradona is always news. And leaders like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, Néstor Kirchner or Mahmoud Ahmedinejad understand that the star’s political messages move the consciousness of the poor and exploited on five continents. Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean
Tagged ALBA, ALCA, anti-imperialism, bella, diego maradona, fidel castro, fifa, hugo chávez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, nestor kirchner, shar pei, soccer
Vicky Peláez was the only Spanish language journalist in New York worth a damn. So naturally something had to be done about her. She and her husband are the sore thumbs in this story and you have to wonder if the mighty U.S. Justice Department wasn’t running a twofer (or in this case a ten-fer) that swept Vicky off the press desk at El Diario/La Prensa so that even if she is ultimately exonerated, her career will be destroyed. Eva Golinger has the story.
BREAKING NEWS: United States Arrests Ten Supposed “Russian Spies,” a Journalist Among Them – español
English translation: Machetera
Caracas, June 28, 2010 – Last week, President Barack Obama shared a typical “American” meal with the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev. Between hamburgers and Coca-Colas, the two heads of state smiled and proclaimed their relationship “stable” and “better than ever.” Medvedev even sent photos via Twitter of his pleasant meal with his U.S. counterpart. He didn’t expect that just a few days later, the Cold War would be resuscitated. Continue reading
Posted in Europe, Latin America / Caribbean, USA / Canada
Tagged Alan Gross, Anna Chapman, barack obama, Christopher R. Metsos, CPJ, Cynthia Murphy, Development Alternatives Inc., Dmitri Medvedev, Donald Howard Heathfield, el diario, Evo Morales, FARA, freedom house, hugo chávez, IAPA, Juan Lázaro, la prensa, Michael Zottoli, Mikhail Semenko, money laundering, ned, Patricia Mills, Richard Murphy, RSF, russian federation, russian spies, SIP, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, USAID, vicky peláez