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    30 abr 2011
      Minka News
      UK's Iberian American Newsletter
      Iberian-speakers + Latin Americans = Iberian Americans







       Mario Testino en Boda Real

      Testino grew up in Lima, the eldest son of a businessman. When he was young he wanted to be a priest. Testino recalls not being popular at school because of his flamboyance. He was good at math and went on to study economics at Universidad del Pacífico, where his insistence on wearing pink flares and platform heels around the campus ensured that everyone knew his name. In 1976 he went to London to study photography living in an unconverted floor of a hospital, without much money, he funded himself by working as a waiter. He had his hair dyed pink which helped him get noticed as a photographer.[2]

      The eldest of eleven children born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Testino attended the Universidad del Pacifico, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and the University of San Diego. In 1982, Testino moved permanently to Londo

      Testino has shot fashion stories for Vogue,[3] V, Gucci, and Vanity Fair. Celebrity subjects have most famously included Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons. Other subjects have included many actresses such as Kim Basinger, Emma Watson, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow,Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, models such as Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bündchen, Elizabeth Hurley, andKate Moss, performers such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Kylie Minogue Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga, and public figures like Baroness Thatcher. Living in London, he continues to photograph the British Royal Family as well as contributing to the image development of Burberry,Gucci, Zara, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Estée Lauder, Valentino and Versace.[4] Testino is currently represented exclusively by Art Partner. He and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld are credited for drawing significant attention to the house of Gucci through provocative ad campaigns in the mid-1990s, which, along with Tom Ford's designs, eventually led to the revival of Gucci as a major fashion house. [5][6] In December 2010, Testino took the engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

      Testino has become one of the world's most well known and celebrated fashion photographers. His work has been featured across the globe in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and V and he has crafted and contributed to the imagery of leading fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Estee Launder, Hugo Boss, Miu Miu, Shiseido and Michael Kors, among many others. As well as having published seven books of his work and edited one other dedicated to contemporary art and artists from his native Peru, Mario Testino has had many successful exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. Mario Testino was born in Lima, Peru. In 1976, after completing his studies in Peru, he arrived in London to pursue a career in photography.

      In 2002 The National Portrait Gallery in London staged the landmark exhibition “Portraits” by Mario Testino that to date remains their most successful exhibit. Over the next four years the exhibition toured to Milan, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Tokyo and Mexico City.

      He has been lauded with a number of awards and recognitions for his achievements and charitable work, counting among them a Doctor Emeritus from the University of the Arts, London, the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award, the Medalha Tiradentes from the city of Rio de Janerio, Brazil and the Order of Merit from the city of Lima, Peru.

      Mario Testino has also received royal commissions including The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Prince Harry, The Duchess of Cambridge, Diana Princess of Wales, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima of the Netherlands, Prince Haakon Magnus and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan.

      Personal life

      Has a phobia about getting his hands dirty.[2]

      In his role as a Save the Children ambassador he has raised money to build a playground in a Moscow children’s hospital specialising in cancer (because that was the disease his brother died of at the age of 10). In Lima, he opened a children’s clinic intended to help victims of the 2007 earthquake. Yet Testino does not consider himself a saint, though he says, "But doing these charitable things has made me feel that I have got some of the priestly instinct back. I know people who have everything and all they do is complain and bicker. Give off negative energy. When you try and do something positive it helps others but also makes you feel better about yourself." He auctioned one of his prints of Diana for £100,000.[2]

      In 2008 Testino donated a sitting at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball. It went for a staggering $1.8?million, (£1.26?million) bought by a Ukrainian businessman. The ball was for Aids victims, another charity he feels close to his heart because he had many friends die of Aids.[2]

      Testino has been honored for his contributions to many charitable causes and organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation.






      Mexican Cartels Gains/Losses
      Cartel Key

      Every year, Stratfor publish a Mexican Drug War report... But this year, the cartel landscape is changing so quickly, we're now producing quarterly reports on the situation. As the bloodshed escalates (and spills over into the U.S. side of the border), it's important for everyone -- not just tourists & border states -- to understand what's going on.

      To give you a glimpse, here are a couple of takeaways (Join to read the full report on site): 
      - All cartels are suffering major setbacks except one: The Sinaloa Federation, likely to soon dominate Mexico's drug traffic.

      - Increased arrests and assassinations of leaders have forced the cartels to turn to younger, trigger-happy gunmen, who are more prone to mistakes and wanton violence, as seen at Falcon Lake.

      - In order to reduce the violence, compromise with the lead cartel -- once unspeakable -- now looks like a real option for the Mexican government, which is incapable of eliminating cartels completely.

      May 7 Ecuadorian Referendum Fast Approaches

      New vote will prove if President Correa still packs political power and whether Ecuador's fragile political stability can be maintained

      • Arrogance and sclerotic personality needlessly costs Correa popular backing
      • He could be a more effective coalition builder
      • Breakdown of alliance with indigenous has cost him political capital
      • Ecuador’s divisiveness has surprisingly not hurt the country’s leader with major defections—Correa is still likely to win the referendum

      Once again, Ecuador finds itself deeply divided leading up to the country’s sixth popular referendum scheduled for Saturday, May 7. The current campaign exemplifies the ideological fragmentation currently afflicting Ecuador, pitting the country’s President Rafael Correa against an array of groups with varying political profiles. Wide-ranging opposition exists against a pro-vote among the indigenous population, labor unions, environmental organizations, mass media, university students, Catholic clergy, the upper and upper-middle classes, and political parties like the Partido Social Cristiano, Izquierda Democrática, Sociedad Patrótica and Movimiento Popular Democrático. Distaste for Correa and the looming referendum have risen to an alarming degree as he subjects the electorate to policy initiatives that are perceived as relatively trivial concerns, while ignoring what appear to be far more looming problems.

      For full article click here

      This analysis was prepared by COHA Research Fellow Olga Imbaquingo and COHA Research Associate Christina Sabato


      Panamanian Corruption Concealed Amidst Free Trade Negotiations

      •Obama welcomes Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in the midst of major scandal and corruption in Panama.
      •Once again, Obama falls short of his commitments to Latin America as he collaborates with Martinelli to negotiate a flawed trade agreement.

      From April 27 to April 29, Martinelli and 11 other Panamanian officials are meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss free trade, regional security, and bilateral cooperation with various U.S. departments and organizations. Today at the White House, President Barack Obama met with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to discuss, among other issues, the pending free trade agreement between Panama and the United States. The meeting with Obama marks the halfway point of Martinelli’s three-day work trip to Washington D.C. and brings the U.S. one step closer towards closing the agreement with Panama.

      Free Trade with Panama

      The free trade agreement (FTA) was first drafted during the Bush administration, resembling the trade deal that Washington signed with Peru. The agreement was signed by the United States and Panama on June 28, 2007 and was then ratified by the Panamanian National Assembly less than 2 weeks later. As of now, the free trade agreement continues to await congressional approval in the United States. However, on April 18, 2011, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the last obstacles to U.S. ratification had been met after Panama ratified a tax information sharing agreement with Washington. As the Obama administration prepares to present Congress with the free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea, Democrats remain reluctant to support such agreements while Republicans continue to push for action on all three deals by July.

      For full article click here

      This analysis was prepared by Eric Jackson Panama News, 
      COHA Senior Research Fellow


      Cuba Champions its New Direction, But Only to an Extent

      A more comprehensive analysis of Cuba’s current situation will be issued later this week.

       The U.S. continues to operate at ground zero when it comes to fielding a respectable Cuban policy
      • Proposed term limits announced
      • 311 reforms passed
      • Largest changes are cosmetic

      The Communist Party Congress of Cuba ended its first session in 14 years on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The date for the meeting was announced in November of 2010 with the publication of 311 proposed reforms intended to revive the socialist spirit of the island. At the same time, the Cuban leadership explored alternative policy avenues for the future of the country. 

      Though global social upheavals have recently pushed several autocratic mid-East leaders out of power, Havana can be said to be before the curve in realizing that the time had come to initiate change before its own public would demand it. While it was hoped that the Congress would come forth with a bona fide aperture in the arena of U.S.-Cuba relations, rather than the under-nourished version which the White House has occasionally prated about, Havana was not able to rise to the challenge.

      For full article click here

      This analysis was prepared by COHA Research Associate Rebecca Walker

      The Great SOA Debate

      The article published by COHA on April 22, 2011, "School of the Americas: The Spirited Campaign Against the SOA-WHINSEC Continues with Critics and Advocates to Be Heard," has generated a number of passionate responses in the past few days. Since we at COHA have always encouraged voices of all points of view to be heard on issues of concern to our readership, we have decided to publish several of the email responses that we have received, which often did not agree with some points being made in the COHA press release. These responses, unedited and without annotation, are featured below, along with a personal response from our director, Larry Birns.

      For full article click here

      This analysis was prepared by COHA Staff


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