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On this day August 16, 1869

A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army, commanded by Gaston d´Orléans, during the War of the Triple Alliance in the Battle of Acosta Ñu.

Gastão de Orléans

Luís Filipe Gastão de Orléans

The battle started at 08:30 in the morning, with the 6,000 Paraguayans commanded by General Bernardino Caballero facing 20,000 Brazilian and Argentinian troops.

The battle would last eight hours, with the outnumbered Paraguayans providing a fierce resistance.

At the end 2000 Paraguayans, most of them children, were dead and 1200 captured. The Allied forces suffered 26 dead and 259 wounded. General Caballero fled along with part of his troops.

The revisionist historians have portrayed Luís Filipe Gastão de Orléans as a bloodthirsty mass murderer. Read More…

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…