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Latin American News: Divine Intervention and Ex-President Corruption Probes
Venezuela Agrees to Divine Intervention
Following Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s meeting with Pope Francis, the governing party and its opposition have agreed to mediation from the Vatican.
This agreement resulted in the National Assembly postponing a debate and trial over whether Maduro could be impeached. Opposition leaders also called off a nationwide march that was planned.
“President Nicolas Maduro is operating outside of the constitution and the National Assembly needs to charge him and preserve our country,” said Freddy Guevara, one of the opposition leaders in the Assembly prior to the agreement. “We should convoke a nationwide protest and march on the national palace.”
Maduro cancelled efforts for a recall vote, after millions of Venezuelans signed petitions to have him removed from office. The president has ordered that this recall is not allowed, against constitutional law.
Venezuela is experiencing an economic depression, as it navigates through hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine.
Wave of Corruption Prosecutions
Argentinean Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Salvadoran Antonio Saca are the latest former presidents to make headlines in a wave for former presidents who are facing prosecution on corruption charges throughout Latin America.
Prosecutors say Fernandez laundered money for at least one influential business leader who supported her party. A judge froze her assets this summer to block her from hiding these financial dealings and to keep her from shipping funds out of the country.
Hundreds of Fernandez supporters clashed with police outside of the courthouse in a bout of support for the former president. Fernandez has asked for the charges to be dismissed.
Prosecutors in El Salvador arrested former president Antonio Saca this week, after searching through his home and businesses. Saca, whose term ended seven years ago, is accused of embezzling more than $240 million when he ran the country.
Former president Mauricio Funes fled the country this summer after facing a corruption probe as well. He was granted asylum in Nicaragua.
There’s a long and glorious tradition of artists turning to their immediate surroundings for the materials with which to make their work. So when an artist becomes a parent, specifically a mom, why not expect the same kinds of investigations?
Art about motherhood has been devalued just about as long as the work of raising children has. But starting in the 20th century, we can find many examples of artworks that use the images or materials of motherhood to great effect.
It seems to be difficult for us to be truly transparent about the value hierarchy we place on women — especially in the art world, which remains one of the last unregulated markets in the developed world.
It can sometimes feel like motherhood is invisible in the art world. Here are some resources for artist-mothers, including additional reading, grants and networks available to them.
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