Thursday is a day of news Items from non-US papers. It’s good to see what the rest of the world is thinking about. For today, I’m going to take a trip through our closest neighbors, the western hemisphere.
In Canada, most of the headlines are about a crack smoking politician. I’m bored with that.
In Alberta, they’re having to deal with the same tar sands tactics we are. In this case, the Judge gave the government a royal smackdown.
In Edmonton, we have a person who took hostages and got in a gun battle with police getting a life sentence. He can apply for parole in 8.5 years. Not 85, 8.5.
In Quebec, they still talk about secession. I read an alarmist story when they had the last vote for secession that said Canada would split into three countries, with a good portion of Ontario joining the USA.
Mexico opposition wants to block Venezuela’s applying to the Security Council until they get answers about a plane of theirs that was destroyed under questionable circumstances. It worked this time, that seat went to Argentina.
There’s a lot at stake in El Salvador’s Feb 2014 elections. Short version: A continuation of a mildly socialist government lacking an economic plan or a center right coalition backing a return to the pro-business, pro-US positions.
Honduras arrests 350 extortionists this year. 100% incarceration rate. No comment.
Nicaragua’s Sandinista’s changing the constitution to enable Ortega to hold power forever and legitimize his prior acts.
Costa Rica discovers a new species of Mollusk. You KNEW I’d fit in something sciency, didn’t you?
And Costa Rica is pleased with the results of the CAFTA-DR treaty.
Looks like they play American politics in Panama. Who said US influence is waning?
Boxturtle (I have become addicted to this comic)