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Mexico turning coal plant into Latin America’s biggest solar farm

The Biggest Solar Farm In Latin America Will Replace An Old Coal Plant (via Clean Technica) Originally published on ThinkProgress. By Ari Phillips. Last week President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Mexico for what’s traditionally called the “Three Amigos” meeting. In the daylong rendezvous, energy issues were……

Latin America has a homophobic killings problem

By all accounts, Joel Molero, an openly gay young man, was enjoying his life to the fullest in Chachapoyas, a sleepy provincial capital in northern Peru. The 19-year-old high school graduate had a lively social life, sang in a cumbia…  …

Why American baby boomers are retiring in Latin America

After 20 years in the US military, James Cummiskey was divorced and looking for a change. Relenting to his buddy’s request, he flew to Medellín, Colombia, for a visit. He looked, he saw, and, by dinner time, he decided to stay. Permanently.;  …

Americas summit leaves Obama little to cheer about

US President Barack Obama came to Colombia hoping to defend US trade interests in Latin America. Instead, he found himself isolated on Cuba, and faced with a Secret Service sex scandal. Pressure from his counterparts at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena to do more than just compliment their “remarkable” progress and bring Cuba back into…

U.S. under pressure to let Cuba join Americas summit

Leaders from across the Americas launched talks here Saturday on expanding trade as the United States came under strong pressure to let Cuba attend future summits. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, host of the Summit of the Americas, said Saturday it would be “unacceptable” to keep Cuba out of the…

‘War on drugs’ has failed, say Latin American leaders

Watershed summit will admit that prohibition has failed, and call for more nuanced and liberalized tactics.  A historic meeting of Latin America’s leaders, to be attended by Barack Obama, will hear serving heads of state admit that the war on drugs has been a failure and that alternatives to prohibition…

Interpol swoop nets 25 suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers

Interpol has arrested 25 suspected members of the ‘Anonymous’ hackers group in a swoop on over a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the global police body said Tuesday. “Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain,” said…

Drug war failed across Latin America in 2011

Drug trafficking violence claimed thousands of lives across Latin America in 2011 as drug use soared, illustrating the failure of regional anti-narcotics policies and reviving a legalization debate. “I did not ask for this war,” read a poster near a casino firebombed by the Zetas drug gang in the northern…

Obamosis

It’s been tickling at the edge of my mind – why are the McCain folks so focused on Bill Ayers? Besides the fact that the central allegation of Obama somehow secretly supporting Vietnam-era terrorism he couldn’t have understood at the time is patently ridiculous, it’s largely a case of guilt…

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