Central America & the Caribbean

"Repsol's Move Raises Questions About Cuba Offshore Oil Drilling"

"Spain's Repsol oil company announced Tuesday it was 'almost certain' to withdraw from exploration in Cuba, after spending an estimated $150 million on a dry well and seeing far more profitable prospects in other countries such as Brazil and Angola."

Source: Miami Herald, 05/31/2012

"Oil Drilling Off Cuba Renews Oil-Spill Fear Factor in the Keys"

"KEY WEST -- In Cuba’s North Basin, the Spanish company Repsol has begun risky exploration for oil and natural gas on a semi-submersible rig, now just 77 nautical miles from Key West and even closer to the ecologically sensitive Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In a month or so, Repsol expects its drilling through 5,600 feet of seawater and about 14,000 feet of layered rock will reach the reservoir. That’s frightening for many who live and work along the island chain."

Source: Miami Herald, 04/24/2012

"Mystery Disease Kills Thousands in Central America"

"A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and striking thousands of others with chronic kidney disease at rates unseen virtually anywhere else. Scientists say they have received reports of the phenomenon as far north as southern Mexico and as far south as Panama. ..."

Source: AP, 02/13/2012

"After The Quake, Praise Becomes Resentment in Haiti"

Two years after the earthquake in Haiti that took at least 250,000 lives and left many camping in the open, the outpouring of several billion dollars in aid from charitable organizations has done little to rebuild the country.

Marjorie Valbrun reports for iWatch News (Center for Public Integrity) January 10, 2012.

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Source: iWatch News, 01/13/2012

1000s of Sugar Cane Workers Die as Wealthy Nations Stall on Solutions

A mysterious kidney disease is killing hundreds of men yearly in Central America. The men are all sugar cane workers. Dehydration and heat stress from strenuous work are key contributing causes, but researchers suspect that exposure to an unknown toxic substance may be an important triggering factor also.

Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene report for iWatch News (Center for Public Integrity) December 12, 2011.

 

Source: iWatch News, 12/12/2011

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