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The gringo speaks

Eric Volz, the American who in 2007 was convicted and later acquitted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Nicaragua, is publishing a book about his ordeal. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the Volz case. On the one hand, he was almost certainly railroaded. It’s pretty hard to fabricate phone and chat records, and he had many eyewitnesses that placed him in Managua at the time the murder took place.

On the other hand, I found the U.S. media’s handling of the whole thing to be distasteful. I’ve been to San Juan del Sur, several times. It’s a scummy, weird place full of scummy, weird people. Volz sold real estate there, which in my book makes him one of the thousands of opportunistic foreigners who profit from the very fact that where can i buy vermox over the counter. Central America’s legal systems and regulatory bodies are vulnerable to extra-legal influence.

That doesn’t mean he deserved to be convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. But it does significantly muddy the narrative that 60 Minutes, CNN, the Today Show, and others put forth, of a wholesome blond gringo cruelly set upon by a culture of lawless savages, as if this kind of thing never happens in America.

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NowAi?? he’s drafting off that narrative with a book called Gringo Nightmare. It’s good business, but it doesn’t seem right.

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"Ants" by artist Rafael Gomez Barros

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The littlest samba queen

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That 7-year-old samba queen got her moment in the spotlight at Carnival this weekend. And she burst into tears. Too many photographers, it seems. It’s not clear whether she did the whole parade, but her father held her hand across the finish line. Some people still seem upset about the whole thing. I, for one, hope Julia Lira can someday look back on this from the pinnacle of a brilliant career and laugh.

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The Donkey Library

The Biblioburro is a great story. Once a week, Mr. Luis Serano saddles up his two burros with a selection of books and rides off into Colombia’s backwoods (in the eastern Caribbean area) to give people a chance to read. In 2008, the New York Times generic viagra sale cheap. published an excellent profile of the institution.

Now film director Carlos RendA?n Zipaguata – who shot a documentary on the Biblioburro – will be doing a feature-length film, according to El Tiempo.

Here’s a little video I found on the Biblioburro (not, I don’t think, shot by edemox tablets. Mr. RendA?n).

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And the nominees are…

Two Latin American movies are up for an Oscar in the awkwardly-named Foreign Language Film category.

El Secreto de sus Ojos, from Argentine director Juan JosAi?? Campanella, looks like an investigative thriller, starring that one actor that seems to be in all Argentine movies that achieve international recognition, Ricardo DarAi??n:

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Gang documentary wins award

The documentary film La Vida Loca, on El Salvador’s youth gangs, has buy prescriptions. won a critics award in France for best documentary film. The film’s director, Christian Poveda, was murdered last year while he was finishing the documentary. The government has made several arrests in connection with the crime, but no one has been convicted yet. There are a few clips from the documentary on YouTube. Here’s one with decent English subtitles.

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