Despite the gloomy weather report, it’s been a pleasant Sunday morning here in Antigua. ¡Gracias a Dios! For the first time in a couple days, the skies have been clear as is well evident in these photos taken today on my way to the Internet lounge:
Stopped for breakfast, coffee, and the newspaper on my way here. Here’s a sample of some of the most interesting stories in this morning’s Prensa Libre, the Guatemalan equivalent of The New York Times.
“Lluvia ocasiona caos en carreteras” (i.e., a story about how all the rain from the past few days has created chaos on many of the country’s highways because of flooding and mudslides):
“Educación termina el año con déficit en atención” (i.e., a story about how the public school system of Guatemala is ending the year in a sorry state):
“Policía controló 22 años a líder Colom Argueta” (i.e., a story about how former Guatemala City mayor and noted progressive political leader Colom Argueta was the object of intense military surveillance for 22 years, according to newly uncovered documents. Some back-story: In 1979, during a particularly bloody period in Guatemala, Argueta was gunned down by 36 bullets in a successful assassination attempt that included military helicopters. His story is very interesting and, unfortunately, typical of 20th century Guatemalan politics):
“Economía se contrae; Obama se catapulta” (i.e., a story about how Obama is gaining momentum in the United States — catapulting ahead of McCain in public opinion polls, to borrow the verb from the headline — as the economy contracts worse than anytime since the Great Depression)
Plus, “Barack Obama recibe el respaldo de Colin Powell” (i.e., Obama receives the endorsement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell on this morning’s Meet the Press):
And from this morning’s Spanish-language edition of New York Times, “Famoso grupo de rock AC/DC lanza su álbum ‘Black Ice’” (i.e., legendary rock group AC/DC releases their first new album and mounts their first world tour in many years — hooray!):