Earlier this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced that he'll be undergoing cancer surgery for the fourth time in less than two years. Chavez, who has held power in Venezuela since 1999, apparently isn't too optimistic about his chances; he's already named a successor to take his position ... More >>
Restaurants come and go with the seasons on Washington Avenue in South Beach. One of the latest to arrive is Bolivar Restaurant, "Fusion De Cocinas & Tragos."Jairo Hurtado, who also operates La Ventana, debuted this colorful Colombian - Peruvian - Venezuelan eatery about four months ago. The ... More >>
German car giant Mercedes-Benz and its comically mustachioed CEO Dieter Zetsche are getting railroaded on the Interwebs today after advertising a new car sharing program under Che Guevara's face and the slogan: Viva la revolucion!Nein! Cuban activists including Felix Rodriguez -- one of the guys who ... More >>
Rene Sanabria, the man who was once charged with policing Bolivia's drug trade, will serve 14 years in an American clink for masterminding a plot to smuggle 315 pounds of Bolivian marching powder into the country. Sanabria had pleaded guilty to the charges in June after being accused of the crime ... More >>
Will somebody wake him up for his mugshot please?A 50-year-old Colombian drug kingpin was fined $1 million and sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in Miami. And that was the plea deal.Edgar Vellejo-Guarin was indicted in 2001 after Coast Guard officers discovered 4,000 ki ... More >>
Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria, who once ran Bolivia's national anti-narcotics police unit, has pleaded guilty in a Miami court to smuggling cocaine. Sanabria and his co-conspirators were arrested in March and charged with trying to sneak about 315 pounds of cocaine into the Port of Miami.
Master Distiller and restaurateur Johnny Schuler is the preacher of pisco.He's dedicated to bringing the fragrant Peruvian spirit to the states. Working hard on a marketing campaign to make his this dream a reality, he's learning how to navigate the different state laws regulating alcohol, about ... More >>
via PlusBoliviaRene Sanabria helped smuggle 220 lbs of cocaine into Miami.From top drug cop to accused cocaine smuggler. That's the story of Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria. From 2007 to 2008 he ran Bolivia's anti-narcotics police, and since 2009 has been a top adviser to Evo Morales' Interior Minist ... More >>
As Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has gone straight up tyrant in his country by ordering the killing of protesters seeking an end to his rule, some of his close allies across Latin America seem to be sticking with him. In fact, Fidel Castro thinks that the protests will be used as an excuse for th ... More >>
Don Omar is a platinum-selling reggaeton artist based out of San Juan, New York City, and Miami.
He's also the guy who trumped Britney Spears for most albums sold during an in-store appearance at Disney World's Virgin Megastore.
And now the Puerto Rican playa and owner of Orfanato Music Group ... More >>
So the last sane president of Venezuela died in Miami Saturday. Carlos Andres Perez was the probably the first Latin president to flex his muscles over oil, thus setting the stage for his one-time nemesis, the half wit Hugo Chavez, to take power. I interviewed Cap -- who was 88 at the time o ... More >>
Miami New Times was shortlisted for ten awards for Excellence in Journalism from the Florida Press Club, with staff writer Tim Elfrink a finalist for four awards. Gus Garcia-Roberts is finalist for two awards, while Francisco Alvarado, Kyle Muzenreider, and Pam Shavalier are also nominated.
via Liz and Dave on TravelpodGuess what.People to the south of Miami think America's chemical-laden, hormone-injected, infinite shelf-lifed, processed, packaged, industrially produced, lab-tested, factory-farmed food is crazy.But they eat jungle creatures. Now that's weird. Here are our top 5 rea ... More >>
Beneath the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flats in a remote corner of South America's poorest nation, there's an untapped fortune below the white crust.
Nearly half the world's lithium -- 5.4 million tons of it, according to the U.S. Geological Survey -- lies in the briny water underneat ... More >>
In this week's New Times, you can read my update about the Bolivian victims of a 2003 conflict now known as Octubre Negro.
More than 60 mostly indigenous protesters and bystanders died when the government called the military on demonstrators. Then, Bolivia's president and defense minister fled to M ... More >>
First Fidel Castro's cronies took his father's car dealership. Then, they took his father's life.Time to Pay Up, BuddNow, Gustavo Villoldo has a legal verdict for $1 billion against El Commandante himself. And he fully intends to collect, as crazy as it sounds.Miami-Dade County Judge Peter Adrien aw ... More >>
If you know anything about basic physics, you probably are familiar with the law of inverse reactions. Basically, it states that any cultural event that's greeted with a screaming protest in Miami from Vigilia Mambisa will be met by an equally welcoming reception in Cuba. It's science.And sure enoug ... More >>
Maybe it's the palm trees, the sunny weather, the women on the beach. Maybe it's the welcoming international culture. Maybe it's the ready supply of blow. Who knows? But there's definitely something about Miami that appeals to murderous despots and wanted criminals of all nationalities, from ex-Vene ... More >>