Tag Archive: Latin America


Want To Be Happy? Move To Paraguay

 

Positive Experience Index Scores Worldwide, 2013

 

 

 

” This just in: Latin Americans are the world’s happiest people.

  In fact, the contest isn’t even close.

  According to a recent Gallup report , Latin American countries account for 10 of the world’s 11 most delighted nations.

  Only famously giddy Denmark prevented a clean latino sweep of the top 11, coming in at Number 6, in a tie with Costa Rica and Colombia (all with a Positive Experience Index of 82 out of 100).

  Canada finished in 15 th place (Positive Experience Index: 79) among the 138 countries that figured in the poll.

  The United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and Australia also scored 79.”

 

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Uruguay Becomes First Nation To Legalise Marijuana Trade

 

 

 

 

” Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.

  After nearly 12 hours of debate, senators gave the government-sponsored bill their historic final approval.

  The law allowing registered Uruguayans over 18 to buy up to 40g (1,4oz) of the drug a month is not expected to come into force before April.”

 

 

 

 

” The government hopes it will help tackle drug cartels, but critics say it will expose more people to drugs.

  Presenting the bill to fellow senators, Roberto Conde said it was an unavoidable response to reality, given that the “war” against drugs had failed.

The historic approval comes amid growing debate over drug legalisation in Latin America.

A group of former presidents and influential social figures, including Brazil’s Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Mexico’s Ernesto Zedillo and Colombian ex-leader Cesar Gaviria, have called for marijuana to be legalised and regulated.”

 

 

 

    Increased liberty continues to spring from the most unlikely places … even as it’s memory fades in it’s birthplace … For Shame America … For Shame

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitcoins Catching On In Latin America

 

 

” The Bitcoin, a virtual currency that circulates outside regular financial systems, is catching on in Latin America.

Mexican systems engineer Moisés Briseño is a user and student of this completely digital cash system that is independent of any central issuing authority.

“I buy and sell Bitcoins. I check the exchange rate quotations and trends. They are still not much used in the region. One of my aims is to encourage existing businesses to accept them and to show their advantages for users and businesses,” said Briseño.

The Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto – thought to be the pseudonym of a Japanese programmer or group of people. The software to issue and exchange it among a network of users was published in January 2009.

It isn’t just a “fashionable” online currency, but something far more revolutionary, Fernando Ulrich of the Instituto Ludwig von Mises in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre told IPS.

Ulrich is a Bitcoin enthusiast, saying that not only does it reduce transaction costs, but it also represents a new way of thinking about the international economy without interference from national states and central banks.

“I was astonished at its revolutionary potential. It is a robust network and an innovation that can change the way people conduct transactions, by liberating people from dependence on the monopoly of money issued by the state,” Ulrich said.

Each Bitcoin is produced by computers that solve highly complex cryptographic problems.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowden Receives Asylum Offers

 

 

 

 

” The quest by NSA leaker Edward Snowden for a safe haven has taken a turn toward Latin America, with offers for asylum coming from the leftist presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela.

But there were no immediate signs that efforts were under way to bring him to either nation after Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua made their offers during separate speeches in their home countries on Friday.

The offers came one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the fugitive American was aboard.

Snowden, who is being sought by the United States, has asked for asylum in more than 20 countries, including Nicaragua and Venezuela. Many another nations have turned him down.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye To The War On Drugs?

 

 

 

 

Nothing spectacular will come out of the meeting, but that doesn’t really matter: at long last Latin America and the United States are officially discussing what presidents and governments could only whisper about until recently. Washington, theoretically opposed to anything that resembles decriminalization, has softened its position in practice. 

The OAS report, which combines a detailed analysis of drug production and of what the illegal trade represents with an account of the state’s response, doesn’t call for anything explicit. It only implies that a change in the approach to drugs could bring about at least partially the results that have eluded the hemisphere thus far. 

What the billions of dollars poured into the drug war have achieved is more violence, corruption and institutional weakness, and therefore less democracy under the rule of law. As always happens when the law is divorced from reality, an empire has emerged outside of the legal framework built on powerful incentives and with so much power that it can never be defeated despite the victories the authorities believe they obtain from time to time.”