- EU / CROATIA : Zagreb Now Set To Become EU Member #28...In 2013.
- PHILIPPINES /USA : Stranded US Naval Warship Finally Dismantled.
- COSTA RICA: Currency Intervention Predicted As Colon Surges Vs USD.
- ITALY: 12 Dec UPDATE: Is Silvio's 'Friend'...Key Sex Trial Witness Ruby The Heart Stealer...On The Run? Ruby Finally Surfaces...In Mexico!
- PERU: Sand Fly Bite...Morphs Into Horror Story For American.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- BRASIL : Dilma Wins Port Privatization Approval From Congress.
- MUSIC FOR MONDAY: From SWEDEN / AZERBAIJAN : Eurovision Winner Loreen Sings "Euphoria."
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- VENEZUELA :6 March UPDATE: Shooting At Caracas Opposition Rally Wounds Capriles Supporter.
24 February 2012
BOLIVIA : 25 Feb UPDATE: After Police Clashes...Disabled Protesters On Hunger Strike In La Paz.
At least 5 disabled protesters have begun a hunger strike...demanding subsidy increases and better rights...in a makeshift camp outside the parliament.
A caravan of 50 disabled citizens...spent 100 days marching to La Paz...seeking better benefits...with payments of at least $434 monthly.
President Evo Morales just authorized $145 per month (Global Voices).
In La Paz...about 1,000 demonstrators gathered again...a day after clashing with police...who responded with pepper spray, tear gas and tasers.
The disabled want a 70% increase in their annual subsidy.
Many of the protesters traveled 1,500 km/932 miles...in wheelchairs and crutches.