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This Latin Life: Cuban Bloggers, Hugo’s Daughter, And Billionaire Models


Welcome to “This Latin Life,” a recurring feature in which we bring you the news from south of the border in quick, funny nugget form. Mmm, nuggets…

Havana’s dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez recently received a tourist visa from Brazil, which means that the only thing standing in her way is Cuba granting her permission to leave. This might be tricky, as the Castro led government has referred to her as an “enemy of the revolution.” Funny, I didn’t realize “revolution” meant “to rest on your old accomplishments while suppressing those who voice complaints about current human rights violations.” Maybe revolution is one of those words that doesn’t translate completely to English. Well, like it or not, Cuba, the internet will continue to allow many people to bring global attention to their causes, beliefs, and, well, granny porn I suppose. To read what makes Yoani so evil, check out a recent essay here: Country For Old Men. [Business Week]

Speaking of revolutions, Rosinés Chávez – Hugo Chavez’s daughter – caused a ruckus among citizen of Venezuela this past week when she posted an Instagram photo of herself holding a fat stack of cash. Well, hardly a fat stack. The amount of money in her hands is roughly what one could expect to get for a mouth’s worth of nicotine stained chompers from a black market Tooth Fairy. Seriously, she’s flaunting 2 dollar bills? What is this, a 1940s strip club? Well, good for her. Nothing says revolution like getting your photo taken with an Iphone while holding wads of U.S. currency and posting it to Instagram (#sarcasm). One thing is for sure, when Hugo Chavez asks his daughter where she learned to rebel like this, she can answer, “I learned it from watching you, dad!” [Guardian]

This is what blind men hope for when they touch your face.

Our prayers go out to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen who found out this week that she has been diagnosed with what financial experts are calling “billionaire-itis”. Symptoms include: crippling the self-confidence of young women all over the world, being married to the star of a football dynasty, and last, but not least, eventually becoming the first billionaire supermodel in the world. Please, readers, send her your best thoughts while she faces these troubling and sexy times. [Fox Latino]

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