Lucio Gutierrez: “Mortally Wounded”

The wire services and the mainstream US media outlets have been slow to pick up the story of Ecuadorian president Lucio Gutierrez’s new scandal (see my previous dispatch for details). But this afternoon Reuters ran two articles describing the crisis–and people are beginning to say Lucio’s in very serious trouble. (I’m reminded of when Bolivian […]

Ecuadorian Prez: Stepping Down?

A big story’s gaining momentum here at latitude zero: Ecuadorian President Lucio Gutierrez is facing a scandal that could prove to be his undoing. Gutierrez is denying allegations that he received a $30,000 campaign contribution from Cesar Fernandez, a suspected drug trafficker. And, as VOA News reports: President Gutierrez’s brother-in-law, Napoleon Villa, has quit as […]

Wanted: A Fleet of Frigates for Future Diplomatic Missions

The BBC says: A US frigate docked in Vietnam on Wednesday, becoming the first US warship to visit since the Vietnam War. The USS Vandegrift sailed into Ho Chi Minh City with some of its 200 crew recording the moment on video cameras. “The US and Vietnam are showing the world that former foes can […]

“The Dancer Upstairs”

The other night, I saw “The Dancer Upstairs,” a movie about The Shining Path (El Sendero Luminoso), the Maoist revolutionary movement that plagued–and, to a certain extent, continues to plague–Peru. The film was directed by John Malkovich; it’s an interesting look at the events surrounding the capture of The Shining Path’s leader, the enigmatic Abimael […]