‘He’s not a bad person, but ‘ scandal-hit Justin Trudeau turns voters off

In the Canadian prime ministers Montreal base the Lavscam imbroglio has taken a toll on previously staunch support Nicola Papadakis says he is done voting for Pierre the a consistent and sustained effort on the part of senior members of Trudeaus Liberal government to secure a deal for the company that would have seen it avoid criminal prosecution on bribery charges against which the company has said it will vigorously defend itself. Play Video 3:05 Quebec, which is a crucial political battleground in the general election this fall. Nowhere is that clearer than in Papineau. The multi-ethnic neighbourhood of 111,000 is home to recent immigrants and burgeoning gentrification and in many ways reflects Trudeaus conspicuous liberalism. It is also a …

‘A city of shadows’: fear as Venezuela’s crippling blackout enters day four

Power outage that Maduro blames on foreign saboteurs could have dramatic implications for countrys political future As night fell on Caracas on Sunday lights began to flicker on across the city, lifting a shroud of darkness that had only been interrupted sporadically since Thursday afternoon. However, worried that at any moment the power could go out, residents continued to stockpile water and food staples at the few shops that opened their doors, while other cities across Venezuela continue to report blackouts. You feel a profound silence all around you, said Alejandro Guzmn, a 26-year-old lawyer and one of millions of Venezuelans left in the dark after their country was hit by an unprecedented blackout some believe could have dramatic implications …

Colombians await One Hundred Years of Solitude screen adaptation with joy and fear

Can Netflixs screen adaptation capture the richness of Gabriel Garca Mrquezs landmark novel? Like the cloud of yellow butterflies which follows one of the characters through the fantastical world of the first screen adaptation of Garca Mrquezs landmark novel, Ramrez and many of his compatriots met the news with a blend of trepidation and excitement. Popular television and cinema out of Colombia usually foreground the countrys dark history of violence, focussing on drug traffickers like Pablo Escobar, who was the central character two seasons of Netflixs Narcos. That show also caused prompted a degree of indignation thanks to its reliance on non-Colombians actors, murals inspired by Garca Mrquez across the country. The wars, the peasant life, and the absurdity of …

Pence will meet with Venezuelan opposition leader in Colombia after violent weekend

(CNN)US Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Venezuela’s self-declared interim president and opposition leader, Juan Guaido in Bogota, Colombia Monday, following a weekend of violent clashes along Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil. US response: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the actions of Maduro’s government and said the US would “take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in Venezuela.” Pompeo wrote on Twitter: “What kind of a sick tyrant stops food from getting to hungry people? The images of burning trucks filled with aid are sickening.” Tensions with Colombia: Maduro on Saturday told supporters he was breaking all diplomatic relations with Colombia and calling for its ambassadors and consuls to leave Venezuela. Colombia …

Bolton cancels South Korea trip ‘to focus on events in Venezuela’

(CNN)US national security adviser John Bolton has canceled his trip to South Korea next week, even as preparations ramp up for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And Elliott Abrams, the recently appointed US Special Representative for Venezuela, arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta Thursday. Their plans coincide with a heightening of tensions in Venezuela over aid deliveries: Late on Friday night, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced a “total temporary closure” of the Colombian borde — just hours ahead of the deadline for food and medical supplies to finally enter the country set by self-declared acting president Juan Guaido. Venezuelan civilian volunteers had been preparing to carry aid across …