-One of the remaining leaders of Peru’s guerrilla movement Shining Path recently hinted that the movement had been defeated and that the guerrillas were willing to negotiate with the Peruvian government.
-Speaking of guerrilla movements, the U.S. government is aiding Paraguay with equipment and “training” as the land-locked South American country tries to suppress the Ejército Popular de Paraguay uprising in the northern part of the country.
-Popular Mechanics has an excellent article up that uses flight recorder data to analyze blow by blow the events that led to the 2009 crash of Air France 447. It’s a fascinating if horrifying account of what went on in the cabin in that flight, and only reinforces the terror and fear those passengers must have felt. More importantly going forward, however, the article has some frightening conclusions. I won’t ruin too much, but among other things? Increased computerization of the flight process may make the tragedy of Air France more likely in the future.
-Another in the excellent “What is Latin America saying about China?” for the month of November is up over at the China and Latin America blog.
-Brazil is launching a massive effort to combat the increasing use of crack cocaine in the country.
-Chilean students protesting the worsening conditions and elite nature of education in Chile are not alone in their complaints. UNESCO recently released a report that says Chilean education leads to “exclusion and discrimination.”
–Greg Weeks has an excellent op-ed in the Miami Herald that suggests that argues Latin America would have expanded its global emphasis in seeking trade partners whether or not U.S. policy emphasized Latin America.
-The Uruguayan army has pledged not to cover up or protect those responsible for the murders and disappearances of victims who have recently been discovered. Time will tell if the generals are true to their word.
-Apparently, after the failure of Bay of Pigs, Cuban exile pilots went to the Congo to fight leftists there.
-Of the many ways to die, suicide by piranha is among the odder options.