The Nation has a long, wonky, wonderful article on Mexican maize cultivation, the effects of NAFTA, and the dangers of genetically-modified seeds. Author Peter Canby backs up his excellent writing with piles and piles of meticulous research. Not to be missed. [link, via SM] (Image from Joel Penner.)
Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas ended his hunger strike yesterday after 134 days. Farinas decided to end his strike after the Cuban government said it would release political prisoners rounded up in the "Black Spring" crackdown of 2003. Get well soon. [link]
The Uruguayan selection, which has made it to the quarter finals of the World Cup, just received a shipment of half a ton of fine cuts of beef for the mother of all asados in preparation for a contest against Ghana on Friday: "450 kilos of lomo, 200 of entrecot, 75 of vacío, 75 of colita de cuadril, 150 of ojo de bife and 50 kg of picaña." [link]
Hitmen have assassinated the PRI candidate for governor of Tamaulipas State, Rodolfo Torre Cantú. Torre was gunned down along with six others at about 10:30 this morning on a highway on the way to a campaign event. Drug mafias are assumed to be responsible. [link]
From the days when coups were something of a regional sport, new documents detail a famous British ballerina's role in a plot to topple the government of Panama. The plan was to use her yacht to gather men and arms, then "land somewhere and collect in the hills." It didn't work. [link]
Mexico's Attorney General's Office has posted on its web site irrefutable evidence that gold-plated AR-15s and diamond-studded pistol grips are not nearly as cool-looking as they sound. The deadly knick-knack collection is said to belong to Valencia Cartel leader El Lobo. [link]
Two Brazilian ranchers were sentenced to 30 years in prison apiece for ordering the killing of an environmentalist nun: "Prosecutors said the pair offered to pay a gunman $25,000 to kill the 73-year-old [Dorothy] Stang because she had prevented them from stealing a piece of land that the government had granted to a group of poor farmers." [link]
This video of a kidnapping and car chase in Mexico is notable mainly for the bad-assitude of the TV journalists who were on this like white on rice. Well done, gentlemen.
The Economist takes a peak at the Mockus phenomenon in Colombia: "His moustacheless beard gives him the air of a Baltic pastor... He is financing his campaign with a bank overdraft. His supporters rely on Facebook and make their own posters; street vendors sell unofficial campaign T-shirts." [link]
Some cruise lines will cease traveling to Antarctica after this cruise season, as a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil goes into effect next year. The ban came after a 2007 incident when a Gap Adventures ship got punctured by ice and sank, causing a mess. [link]
Category Archives: Housekeeping
By Peter Krupa | Published: June 27, 2010
Unsurprisingly enough, a new job, a new baby, and a move to a new country recently proved devastating to my blogging capacity. However, I am now back, juggling fatherhood and full-time employment, and typing away from Santiago, Chile.
By Peter Krupa | Published: May 6, 2010
After almost 48 hours of downtime, we’re back online. Something about something crashing, then something else being corrupted, and two days later here we are. This is what you get, occasionally, for hosting your own site, rather than using the cloud. I would trash Dreamhost for inflicting almost two days of downtime on me, but [...]
By Peter Krupa | Published: April 18, 2010
David Sherwood is an environmental journalist, fishing enthusiast, photographer, boat captain, and a pretty damn good shot. He’s traveled throughout Latin America and currently lives in Costa Rica. He’s joining Lat/Am Daily to write about environmental issues and whatever else crosses his mind. His excellent photography can be enjoyed at his web site, and his [...]
By Peter Krupa | Published: March 29, 2010
A combination of Holy Week, other obligations, and severe food poisoning means I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a few days. See you on the other side.
By Peter Krupa | Published: March 11, 2010
I just received a large project with a tight deadline, so blogging will be more or less suspended until Monday. In the meantime, have fun reading the rest of the Interwebs.