Back by popular demand, I have a new edition of good news tidbits from around the Spanish-speaking world. Shall we begin?!
- Based on a Gallup poll this spring, all top ten “happy” countries are from Latin America. Their website states: “If you think happiness is how people see their lives — then the Swiss are the happiest people in the world. If you think happiness is defined by how people live their lives through experiences such as smiling and laughing, enjoyment and feeling treated with respect each day — then the happiest people in the world are Latin Americans.”
- The “war on drugs” remains a hotly contested issue. Well, not so much where I live because most people I know believe in legalization….but that is for another day. Colombia’s President announced earlier this summer that his country will be suspending the use of herbicide to kill coca crops. The herbicide had been listed as a carcinogen.
- Animal rights: Costa Rica made it’s first ruling against a puppy mill earlier this summer, and the Humane Society recently launched the “Humane Puerto Rico” initiative to educate citizens about what they can do to prevent stray animals and animal cruelty in their communities.
- New archeological sites, containing a large number of ceramics, were uncovered this August in Cajamarca, Peru.
- Last but not least, here is a beautiful photo essay from the Tico Times about Don Tina, a master artisan who works with the cabuya fiber from the agave cactus in his region of Cartago, Costa Rica.
If you’d like more, head over to my first good news post for more articles. Have a great weekend!