World’s Largest Latin American Art Museum

Gary Nader is on his way to promote the world’s largest Latin American Art Museum.  Sources say that he has wanted to do this for about 30 years and is just now able to start the project.  It plans to open in 2018 in Miami, Florida, and will contain about 2000 pieces from 190 different Latino artists.

“The architect will be Fernando Romero, the son-in-law and same architect who designed Carlos Slim’s extravagant Museo Soumaya in Mexico City. Included in the design plans is a 1,600-seat performing arts theater conceived by Emilio Estefan Jr. and a “culinary experience” restaurant which would occupy 25,000 square feet of the ground floor.” -NBC News

To help fund the museum they will also be a hotel attached to it.  From the architecture, theater, and the hotel, it will be infused with Latino culture.  It is a massive global move.  It is a statement that the United States is moving towards an even more global mindset.  Historically, after decades of trying to suppress other cultures, it is a great statement for the United States to host this museum.

Mob Killing in Rio de Janeiro

Thirty-three year old seller of ice, Fabiano Machado da Silva, was found dead early Sunday morning next to General Osorio Square.

Sources and family members say that he was intoxicated at a party when the events played out.  Witnesses at the party say that he was harassing a female at the party and became violent when he was rejected.  This evidence was backed up when footage was seen of the ice man throwing a metal bar at two women.

After that three men that soon became a group of ten people jumped in and began chasing, kicking and punching Mr. da Silva.

Hours later, his family began receiving messages from the aggressors that he “got what he deserved”

The da Silva family believe this is an act of savagery instead of justice despite their family members actions considering random party goers joined in without knowing the premise of the fight.

The question is, who exactly is the victim in this scenario and was justice served for Mr. da Silva and what will the outcome be in the court system?

The United States, Kidnappers??

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Flores de Freitas were charged with one count of drug trafficking last Thursday.  These two men are the nephews of Venezuela’s first lady, Cilia Flores.  Mr. Cabello claims that the United States has kidnapped these two men unjustly, while the United States claim that they planned to smuggle about 800 kg of cocaine into the the country.

Ties between Venezuela and the United States have previously been shaky. The United States and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2012 and have had allegations that the United States is trying to “destabilize the Latin American country.”  They also claim that the “kidnapping,” of the First Lady’s nephews is a way to damage the elections approaching this December.  The two men are planning to plead “not guilty,” at their next court appearance, but who knows what other allegations will continue after this appearance.

Diversity of Natives in South America

By studying the genome of a mummified Incan boy, geneticists have discovered an untraced lineage that represents genetic diversity before the arrival and colonization of the Spanish. This particular DNA signature has almost vanished completely from people living in South America today. Three modern people today are the only ones left with the same kind of genetic signature. People today contain European DNA that bears the marks of the period of colonization and natives dying out due to the introduction of new diseases.

The finding of a new genetic sequence in the first inhabitants of South America will bring a change in the thinking of the people who crossed the Bering Straits from Asia. A rare sequence like this could be interpreted as to mean that as groups of people in Latin America became more isolated, their DNA became more unique from the drop in contact with other people. The Southern Andes, where this boy was found, is a region that could lead to the restriction of contact between people. Due to the lack of people with the same DNA signature, it will be hard to trace this lineage back to where these people came from and discover more about the diverse groups of people in Latin America before Spanish colonization.

No More Guns and Ammunition For The Rebels

Since 2012, there have been a talk of a truce between Columbia’s rebel group FARC, and Cuba.   This has been ongoing for three years.  The real beginning of the efforts to stop the violence came from the Colombian president via tweet that he has asked as of the thirtieth of September to suspend the purchasing of guns and ammunition by members of FARC.

They have recently agreed on four main points for the truce political participation of the rebels, land rights, drug trafficking.  Recently, they have added transitional justice for how rebels will be punished for their crimes.

By March 23, 2016, there will be a signed truce.  The rebels have even stated how they would like to the deal finalized before then, but there is still a few kinks that need to be worked out.  The truce has already been making an appearance in the media and all that is left is for the final deal to be brought to the Colombian public for referendum.

Rolling Stones rolling to Latin America

Rolling Stones perform at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Rolling Stones just announced their 2016 Latin America tour. Starting in February they will be rolling through Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Lima, Bogotá, and Mexico City.  This will be the first time in a decade that they will have made their way through the Latin American countries.  The recent tour of their legendary band did so well in North America that they could not deny another tour in Latin America.  Tickets are on sell now.

Pretty exciting that this is happening.  With the world becoming more globally minded, more bands and entertainment groups from all countries should tour between the others.  It expands everyone’s knowledge on cultures.

Rival Gangs Clash Over Cockfights in Mexico


Twelve people were killed and five were injured on Sunday at a cockfighting event held in Guerrero, Mexico. It is suspected that the shooting was a result of a conflict between rival gangs that unfortunately reached the public level, even killing two children.

“The assailants arrived at the scene in several pick-up trucks and starting shooting shortly after the cockfight began”, AG’s office spokesmen told EFE.

“All the evidence collected so far indicates the attack was carried out rival criminal groups,” said state prosecutor Miguel Angel Godinez.

The possibility remains that the victims were in some way affiliated with these gangs, which would provide investigators with a motive for the shooting.

Cuajinicuilapa Mayor Constantino Garcia has taken action, sending additional state police to the funerals of the victims in case the violence continues there.

Still, there isn’t much else authorities can do on the matter. This event illustrates how prevalent and powerful the gang problem has become in Mexico and brings back memories of similar acts of violence against presumably innocent bystanders, such as the disappearance of the 43 students that has brought about countless protests and demonstrations. It is safe to say that no one is really safe in a place where gangs have greater social, financial, and political power than government authorities.

Posted by Sophie Terry

In the town of Carrizalillo, Mexico,  forty-three missing students may have been disposed of in this town.  Residents of this area say that the night of the disappearance, there was high gang activity.  Over the few years the town has been slowly being overrun by the gang the Guerrero’s.  

Members of the Guerreros Unidos believed that the forty-three students were apart of another drug gang which they decided to dispose of the bodies and burn them.  Families,however, do not believe what the government and media has ruled has happened to those forty-three students.  Apparently soldiers in the area during this time are not being questioned about how this could have happened, but forensic scientists have been brought in to identify the bodies that have been discovered.  Carrizalillo is slowly becoming home to many more mass graves, that the government is ruling as not the forty three students that have gone missing.

Pope and Miners

Pope Francis meets with some of the 33 Chileans who were rescued from the 2010 mining accident. The miners, who are in Rome promoting a new film about their ordeal, posed for photos and presented gifts to Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, October 14.

Five years later and Pope Francis meets the Chilean Miners who were trapped for two months.  The miners are in Rome visiting while promoting the new movie coming out soon telling their story.  It doesn’t seem possible that it has been five years since the incident, but it has.  The movie is called “The 33” and the miners are excited to promote the movie.  CNN gives a detailed report of the Chilean Miner’s visit to Rome.

FARC and Colombian Government Peace Talks

Since 1964, Colombia has been in the middle of an armed conflict between the national government and a group of revolutionaries, known collectively as FARC. This group, which has engaged in acts of terrorism in the past fifty years, has tried to initiate a peasant revolution in order to install a Marxist government. The Colombian government, led by President Juan Manuel Santos, is seeking to engage in a bilateral truce with the rebel group. FARC has been in a unilateral ceasefire and has put pressure on the government to join them, but the government has not agreed to this action.

The peace talks between the two sides have entered into their third year of existence with both sides convening in Havana, Cuba. So far in the agreements, the political actions of the FARC, land rights, drug trafficking, and transitional justice have all been negotiated by both sides. The deadline that President Santos gave for signing the peace deadline is six months. With hundreds of thousands of people killed and thousands more internally displaced, the entering into a peace agreement would bring an end to a 51 year conflict between FARC and the Colombian government. The end of this conflict, which is the only one of its kind in Latin America still in existence, would be a historic day for the advancement of the nation of Colombia.

Posted by Brent Hunsucker