The DNA says that the baby is indeed “Emmanuel.” Can we now focus on getting Clara and Consuelo freed, as originally promised?
With most of Latin America’s newsmakers on vacation this week, there is not much else to link to.
- Bolivia inaugurated a new high military command. The ceremony at least gave the appearance that President Evo Morales enjoys the armed forces’ enthusiastic support.
The outgoing armed-forces chief, Gen. Wilfredo Vargas, said that the military “feels very proud to have had this gratifying opportunity to participate in the transcendental change measures of the government of President Evo Morales,” adding that “the philosophy of the armed forces requires the military institution to be always alert to dissuade, persuade or – if necessary – to repress or annihilate all of the fatherland’s enemies.”
- Peru’s new defense minister, Antero Flores-Araoz, said that Peru shouldn’t worry about its neighbors’ military purchases, particularly a recent Chilean outlay for a satellite territorial-surveillance system. Peru, he said, should focus on getting its own weapons.
- Colombia’s National University cites a study claiming that in 2005, 58 percent of rural Colombian households (35 percent urban) had at least one member who goes to bed at night without having eaten.