I recently did a video documentary on how the city of Madrid is selling the names of its plazas to corporate brands. But the country as a whole is moving in the opposite direction. Spain itself is the brand.
It’s an odd thing to say. Spaniards don’t begrudge the Brits much of anything. Not their rainy weather, not their soggy food. But suddenly it seems the UK has one thing Iberians need: an extra hour, each day, for resting.
In an article on theatlantic.com reporter Bruce Schneier suggests that the detention of Guardian reporter Glen Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow Airport earlier this month may have been nothing more -or less – than an attempt to intimidate: two of the most powerful countries in the world saying, basically, Mess with us and we’ll go after your family.
Waitress at a restaurant in As Neves, Galicia, Spain: “What brings you to town.”
Me: “I’m a journalist. I’m doing something on the people riding around in coffins, up in Santa Marta. The procession.”
“Yeah,” she says, “this year is pretty intense. With the train accident.”
My trip to Galicia was planned weeks ago. Before the train derailed. Before the grief. I came to cover other stuff. But even though I’m now in a village about as far from Santiago de Compostela as you can get, the grief is here. It’s hit the entire region hard. At precisely 190 kilometers per hour.
Last night a high-speed Spanish train derailed near Santiago de Compostela, killing and injuring dozens of passengers. Days earlier, outside Paris, a train skipped its tracks, leaving six dead. There are a lot of differences between the two accidents, including what caused them, but what stands out is how distinctly bystanders reacted.
Exhausted new mother Mita Banarje set an informal tone this morning when she emerged from beneath her husband Akash’s rickshaw, sporting a ragged cotton sari and clumps of mud.
In what may be the least awaited birth of the year, Mita Banarje, shoelace peddler, gave birth last night to a baby girl beneath a rickshaw in the rain outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her husband, Akash, slept.
“We created Chavez,” my host said, passing the foie gras. “We spent the last half a century building bigger walls around our properties rather than trying to improve our country. He is entirely of our making.” Ironically, Chavez used to say the exact same thing…
Read on at PRI’s The World.
This is an old joke among Cuban exiles in Miami. And it rings true, once again, now that rumors of Castro’s imminent death have been disproven by the retired revolutionary’s appearance on television this week. Some would say Castro’s got nine lives. I’d say he’s got many more…
Read on at PRI’s The World.
Last week the Mexican government publicly apologized for not preventing the 2001 murders of three women in Ciudad Juárez, and for botching the subsequent investigations…
Read on at the International Herald Tribune
(CNN) – I was far away from my native New York when the planes struck on September 11,10 years ago. But I had front-row seats to how those attacks derailed relations between the United States and Latin America….
Read on at Cnn.com
When I was just out of college, I worked for three years in book publishing, in New York City….
Read on, at Huffington Post