Americas

Venezuela’s Broadcast Regulatory Agency confiscated equipment from four radio stations suspected of ‘operating without a license’

November 4, 2011

“Venezuela’s broadcast regulatory agency announced more confiscations of equipment from radio stations suspected of operating without licenses Friday, a day after seizures at three other stations.

Enrique Quintana, an operations manager for the National Telecommunications Commission, said the radio stations Titan 98.5 FM and Coquivacoa 102.7 FM in the western state of Zulia have been broadcasting illegally, giving authorities the right to seize equipment.

“This is part of an initiative implemented by the commission nationwide to control illegal telecommunications services,” Quintana said in a statement.

The move came a day after soldiers seized broadcasting equipment from three other radio stations in Zulia.”

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Cuba announces the legalization of selling and purchasing private property, starting on November 10

November 3, 2011

“Cuba announced Thursday it will allow real estate to be bought and sold for the first time since the early days of the revolution, the most important reform yet in a series of free-market changes under President Raul Castro. The law, which takes effect Nov. 10, applies to citizens living in Cuba and permanent residents only, according to a red-letter headline on the front page of Thursday’s Communist Party daily Granma and details published in the government’s Official Gazette.

The law limits Cubans to owning one home in the city and another in the country, an effort to prevent the accumulation of large real estate holdings. It requires that all real estate transactions be made through Cuban bank accounts so that they can be better regulated, and says the transactions will be subject to bank commissions. Sales will also be subject to an 8 percent tax on the assessed value of the property, paid equally by buyer and seller. In the case where Cubans exchange homes of equal value in a barter agreement, each side will pay 4 percent of the value of their home.”

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Brush fire in Tecate, Mexico threatens San Diego and Southern California

November 3, 2011

“The fire was burning south of Tecate Peak on the Mexico side of the international border and created a large plume of heavy smoke that captured the attention of San Diego residents on alert because of the current red flag warning.

People in Imperial Beach, Nestor and San Ysidro reported seeing ash in the air and on the ground according to their posts to NBCSanDiego’s Facebook page. Sweetwater Union High School District officials said school would be in session tomorrow as the air quality has cleared. School staff will be checking air filters and replacing any as needed.”

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Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva’s cancer diagnosis rocks political climate in Brazil

November 2, 2011

“Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has anything but a cuddly image. A strict taskmaster, she is known for striking fear into ministers or officials who turn up to meetings ill-prepared.

But even the stern-faced Ms Rousseff appeared to melt when the shock news emerged that her mentor, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx over the weekend. “As his friend, partner, sister and admirer, I will be at his side to offer my support and friendship to help him overcome this obstacle,” Ms Rousseff, herself a cancer survivor, said after her former boss appeared at São Paulo’s Sirio Libanes Hospital for treatment.

Ms Rousseff’s close relationship with Mr Lula da Silva stems from more than their shared history together after she served him as energy minister and chief of staff during his eight years in power.”

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WikiLeaks: U.S. Diplomats work to protect GM crops, Monsanto interests abroad

August 29, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Several cables describe “biotechnology outreach programs” across the globe in Africa, Asia, and South America. Morocco cable 2010 US diplomats ask State Department for funds to send U.S. biotech experts, trade industry representatives to ‘target’ countries for meetings with politicians, agricultural industries.   2010 Morocco Cable: ” UNCLAS RABAT 000014 SIPDIS SENSITIVE [...]

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Obama’s custom tour bus built in… Canada

August 18, 2011

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Hugo Chavez set on 2012 re-election bid despite cancer

July 25, 2011

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