Latin Pulse Headlines - 12/11/15 | Link TV
Latin Pulse Headlines - 12/11/15
Venezuelan Opposition Gains Control of Congress
For the first time since the current Venezuelan constitution was enacted in 1999, opposition groups hold a super majority in congress after a landslide victory.
David Smilde of Tulane University and advocacy group Washington Office on Latin America, said this ia turning point.
"This election was about the economy and it was fundamentally about issues of governance," Smilde said. "The economic situation is providing a daily drama for everybody here in Venezuela. That’s what has people exhausted, tired, and hoping for a change.”
Hear more from Smilde in this week's program.
Argentinian President Inaugurated Amid Controversy
Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner protested the inauguration of new President Mauricio Macri. She refused to attend inauguration ceremonies and held a massive rally criticizing Macri on her last night in office, with thousands cheering and urging her to run for president again in four years. The new president asked the Argentine Supreme Court to end her term in office by 12 hours to end her presidency at midnight.
Costa Rica Continues Sheltering Cubans
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis continues sheltering the 5,000 refugees who are stuck on the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua. The neighboring country has closed its borders to Cubans who are traveling northward toward the United States. The number of refugees at this border has more than doubled in recent months.
Solis vows to continue negotiating with other countries to accept refugees despite failed attempts with Guatemala and Belize.
Scientists Discover 'Lord of the Rings' Bug
Brazilian researchers have named a new insect species after 'Lord of the Rings' character Smeagel due to its cavernous lifestyle.
A type of harvestman, the eyeless creature is bright yellow, looks similar to a daddy longlegs, and lives in the caves of Brazilian state Minas Gerais.
Researchers are calling for protection of this region before mining eliminates the newly discovered insects entirely.
“In Plain Sight" conscripted 80 artists and organizations to make visible the vast and invisible network of detention centers by writing messages in the sky.
Judith Baca’s mural work asks tough questions about public art and what role it plays in a multicultural society. These seven books illuminate the intersection between Baca’s work, public histories and art practice.
Community health workers are the foot soldiers – mostly female – who are known in the neighbourhood and trusted to save lives.
Higher temperatures and idle land provide fertile ground for the pests to wreak havoc on an island famous for its idyllic beaches.
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