We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Think Latin Americans aren't progressive? They just may beat America in electing the first Woman President and why not? Israel, UK, Pakistan, (all prime ministers) and others have done it. Oh Yeah, it's a woman's world, and I just want to be an Enjoli Woman! Does anyone remember that commercial from the 70's? It was a marketing strategy ahead of its time.BBC:
Michelle Bachelet, who opinion polls suggest will become Chile's first female president in December, is breaking many political traditions.
Not only is she a woman, but she calls herself a socialist, and she is a single parent with a 12-year-old daughter and two other grown children. Chile is often described as the economic miracle of Latin America and the economy is expected to expand more than 5% this year. Standing between Ms Bachelet and the presidential palace are two men. One is Joaquin Lavin, a Conservative candidate who narrowly lost the last presidential election. The other is a billionaire businessman, Sebastian Pinera, who entered the race in mid-May after a split in the Conservative Alliance.
Nicaragua: Thousands of Protesters take to the streets in Managua
Poverty, oppression and greed are the true foes of Democracy. Civil strife and chaos continues to be a way of life in Central America with a few exceptions like Costa Rica and Belize. efenews:
Organizers said that the protest, called by a collection of social, political and business groups, attracted some 20,000 people. "This march is the beginning of a civic struggle by the people of Nicaragua against the pact between Daniel Ortega and Arnoldo Aleman," said the former head of the country's top election body, Rosa Marina Zelaya. Former President Ortega, the chief of the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and Aleman, also an ex-president and still head of the rightist Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) even though he has been serving a sentence under house arrest for corruption, have banded together to fiercely oppose the administration of President Enrique Bolaños.
The Bolaños administration had requested the OAS intervention as it battles both the Sandinistas and the Liberals over the control of courts and executive branch offices.
Cuba: UN sends aid to Cuba
I just do not understand how Fidel can claim a successful revolution and be unable to provide drinking water to the Cuban People. What good is a 93% literacy rate if you can't drink when you thirst, eat when you are hungry? Perhaps it is time for Fidel to let his pride stand down and accept that he has brought misery and oppression to this island nation. Let your people go. efe news:
The initiative is designed to aid, at a cost of $3.7 million, children under 5, pregnant women and the elderly over the next three months, the UN office said in Havana on Friday.The drought devastating eastern Cuba has been described as the most severe in decades, drying up crops and killing tens of thousands head of cattle. In addition, the drought, which Cuban officials say is hurting more than two million people across the country, has left one out of every six Cubans without drinking water.