Archive for April, 2010

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Pinera‚Äôs Green Leanings Unlikely To Spark Energy Overhaul

April 29, 2010

New government "attracted" by plans to dam Patagonia's Baker River (above)

Well-known for his business prowess, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera also enjoys a reputation as something of an environmentalist. Yet for all his ecological good works and pro-environment rhetoric, analysts say that when it comes to energy, Chile is unlikely to see a “green revolution” anytime soon. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador Wrestles With Worrisome Water Woes

April 29, 2010

When it rains in tropical El Salvador, it often quite literally pours. During the six-month wet season, afternoon “aguaceros” (downpours) are an almost daily occurrence, dumping buckets of rain in short, soaking surges that can add up to as much of 200 cm of precipitation in a given year. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Tale of Two Caudillos: Nicaragua’s Ortega and Aleman “Dream” of 2011 Faceoff

April 23, 2010

Although the next presidential election is still more than a year and a half away, campaign season has already kicked off in Nicaragua, at least for the two “caudillos” who have dominated the country’s politics during the past two decades: current (and former) head of state Daniel Ortega and former President Arnoldo Aleman (1997-2002). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Families Of Pinochet Victims Bury The Dead, Not The Hatchet

April 15, 2010

Lonquen Ovens victims receive proper buriel - 37 years after Pinochet-era massacre

Despite his promise of a unified “second transition” for Chile, incoming President Sebastian Pinera will likely have trouble winning over the many Chileans who suffered directly under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). For them, the new leader’s conservative background and tough law-and-order message are uncomfortably evocative of the country’s authoritarian past. Read the rest of this entry ?