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Regarding Joaquín Pérez Becerra

Regarding Joaquín Pérez Becerra

By Iván Maiza – TeleSurespañol

Translation: Machetera

The capacity of the Latin American left to go straight ahead without looking to either side, without long term plans, without observing the world in which it lives, never ceases to amaze me.  Without taking into account whose life is at stake in matters that are not strategic, nor even tactical, what matters is always the sacrifice, proving that one is not betraying the highest revolutionary values, “never bowing one’s head” like that person in the story by Osvaldo Soriano,  “A sus plantas rendido un León” [A defeated lion at their feet].* Continue reading

South of the Border: Oliver Stone y su monstruo del pantano

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

South of the Border: Oliver Stone and his swamp thing


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

Miami: Terrorist Eden

Mafia Network Involved in Murder of Venezuelan Prosecutor Danilo Anderson Finds Sanctuary in Miamiespañol

By Jean-Guy Allard

Translation: Machetera

“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

Luis Posada Carriles’ right hand man, Francisco Chávez Abarca, nabbed in Venezuela

"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

Maradona: the anti-imperialist perfect ten

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

Vicky Peláez caught in U.S. dragnet

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

Eva Golinger

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