Around Latin America
-The controversial documentary on Pinochet (briefly discussed here) apparently gained even more controversy, as hundreds of people protested the film before the police, in actions befitting a military dictatorship, showed up and turned water cannons against the protesters and used tear gas to break up the demonstration.
-Yesterday São Paulo held its gay rights parade, one of the largest in the world, with organizers expecting millions to attend.
-New polls show Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s approval ratings slowly improving from their record-lows (though he still has an approval of only 33%, showing more how low his ratings dipped than indicating a sudden shift in popularity), while in Argentina Cristina Kirchner’s ratings have dropped to 39% (with disapproval at 34%) amidst economic turbulence.
-The US Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of seven men whom the US has detained indefinitely at its base on Guantanamo Bay, in spite of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that found the prisoners had a right to habeas corpus. As Scott puts it, today’s ruling makes clear that the 2008 ruling “signif[ies] a commitment to human rights that doesn’t exist.”
-Finally: penguins, whose “sexual depravity” so shocked a scientist from Edwardian England one hundred years ago that his report on penguins has remained hidden until now.