Last week La Mala told us about the “love notes” circulating between ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Today we found images of Fidel “in good spirits”, according to Cuban newspapers, and in the company of his amigo del alma Hugo:
Lying in bed, the Cuban president smiles and shakes hands with Mr Chavez, a close ally, as they celebrate his 80th birthday.
The state newspaper Granma earlier published still photos of the meeting.
…Granma called the bedside visit “Three Hours of Emotional Exchange”.
The photos show gifts being exchanged and the two leaders eating what Granma called a “frugal snack”.
The accompanying story quoted Mr Chavez – one of Mr Castro’s closest political allies – as saying: “This is the best visit I’ve ever had in my life.”
He is reported to have expressed admiration for the Cuban leader’s stamina, saying: “What kind of human being is this? What material is it made of?”
God, they really do sound like they are in love.
Via / BBC News
Photo via AP
A few weeks ago we told you that Peruvian talk show host Laura Bozzo would once again be doing time — 4 years to be exact — for various charges brought against her by her country’s government. Now, Peru has allowed Laura to leave the country temporarily to travel to Mexico to negotiate a contract with the Televisa television network there, according to People en Español:
Bozzo was able to travel thanks to the permission granted to her by her country’s courts upon finding her innocent of the original charges of bribery for supposedly accepting 3 million dollars from ex President of Peru Alberto Fujimori.
Laura also stated that her “dream” is to stay and work in Mexico.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials have denied Laura permission to enter this country (Laura denied this), stating via a letter:
Any alien convicted of, or admits having committed, or who admits commiting acts which constitute the essential elements of a crime involving moral turpitude…is inadmissable.
Damn. So much for any dreams Laurita might have of running her carrito sanwichero business among other exiles in sunny Miami.
Via / People en Español and La República
Image via La Primera
So much attention has been focused on what’s been going down in Mexico City with the presidential election chaos that protests and deaths in Oaxaca, Mexico are being ignored by the mainstream media. Every year since 1980 union members of the state teaching profession; Section 22 of the National Syndicate for Education Workers, have taken to the streets. They grew into the thousands and were joined by a wider sector of the Oaxacan social justice movement, specifically Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) all demanding an improvement to wages and rural education facilities. Additionally there have been calls to oust Oaxaca’s widely unpopular head of state, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, accused of electoral fraud and state-initiated repression.