The story of how Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague
Brazilian writer Jorge Amado and his son (fourth from left ro right) and Czech journalist and playwright Jan Drda (first from left to right), at Dobříš, a Czech castle that served as a residency for Czech and international writers, in 1950. Photo from the Paloma Amado archive, used with permission.Before COVID-19, Prague was visited, every year, by millions of tourists looking for cheap beer and spectacular architecture. In the 1950s, on the other hand, the capital of then-Czechoslovakia attracted a very different crowd of travelers: Leftist intellectuals from around the world looking to see w...
Pompeo bolsters South American alliance against Maduro
Bogota (AFP) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a three-day tour of Venezuela's neighbors designed to heap pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, saying his malign influence in the region "cannot be tolerated."Pompeo held talks in Bogota with Colombia's right-wing President Ivan Duque, calling the US ally "a true leader for the region" and lauding his stance against Maduro.Duque’s support "of Interim President Juan Guaido" and "a sovereign Venezuela free of the malign influences of Cuba and Russia and Iran is incredibly valuable," the US official said.Flanked by Pompeo a...