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LA migrant workers remittances

Slumping economies in the United States, Spain and Japan are causing reverberations in the countries of Latin America as migrant workers send less money home.

Latin America

Latin America

The Inter-American Development Bank reported that for the first time since they began tracking remittances in 2000, remittances to Latin America declined in the fourth quarter of 2008, dropping 2% relative to the fourth quarter of 2007.

In January, remittances declined further, with Colombia experiencing a 16% drop relative to 2008, Brazil suffering a 14% decline, Mexico 12%, and Guatemala and El Salvador each falling 8%.

These numbers come as 2008 saw an average 10% increase in remittances. Nearly US$70 billion was sent back to families in those areas in 2008. Read More…

On this day November 5, 1838

The collapse of the Federal Republic of Central America began when Nicaragua seceding from the union followed by Honduras and Costa Rica.

centram1821401The union effectively dissolved in 1840, by which time four of its five states had declared independence. The union was only officially ended upon El Salvador’s self-proclamation of the establishment of an independent republic in February 1841.

Because of the chaotic nature of this period an exact date does not exist, but on May 31, 1838 the congress met to declare that the provinces were free to create their own independent republics. In reality, they were just making legal the process of disintegration that had already begun. Read More…

Ortega forneceu asilo as integrante das FARC

O Presidente da Nicarágua Daniel Ortega disse que seu governo forneceu asilo a uma mulher identificada como “Esperanza” que estava no acampamento equatoriano das FARC atacado pela Colômbia no inicío de Março.

A suposta integrante das FARC ficou ferida durante o ataque e está num hospital nicaraguense. Ortega disse que resolveu acolhê-la por “razões humanitárias”. “Porque somos respeitosos com os direitos humanos damos proteção às pessoas, independente dos países que elas são”, acrescentou.

Com “Esperanza” já são quatro supostos integrantes das FARC acolhidos pelo governo nicaraguense este ano. Duas colombianas receberam asilo em maio e uma mexicana em abril.

O Presidente da Colômbia Álvaro Uribe fez uma crítica aos países que tem por costume dar asilo a integrantes das FARC. Segundo Uribe: “Asilar terroristas é violar as normas de asilo(…) é violar as normas das Nações Unidas.”

As declarações de Uribe ocorrem depois de o Presidente da Nicarágua Daniel Ortega ter anunciado proteção a mais uma suposta integrante das FARC.

Além da Nicarágua, Venezuela, Equador e Brasil forneceram proteção a integrantes da narcoguerrilha colombiana. Uribe está em Atlanta onde participa do Fórum de Competitividade das Américas.

On this day August 14, 1912

Panama Nicaragua canals

Panama Nicaragua canals

United States Marines invade Nicaragua to support the U.S.-backed government installed there after José Santos Zelaya resigned three years earlier.

In 1909, the United States provided political support to conservative-led forces rebelling against President Zelaya. U.S. motives included differences over the proposed Nicaragua Canal, Nicaragua’s potential as a destabilizing influence in the region, and Zelaya’s attempts to regulate foreign access to Nicaraguan natural resources. On November 18, 1909, U.S. warships were sent to the area after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) were executed by order of Zelaya.

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On this day July 19, 1979

The Sandinista rebels overthrow the U.S.-backed government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.

In early 1979, President Jimmy Carter and the United States no longer supported the Somoza regime, but did not want a left-wing government to take power in Nicaragua. Read More…