This Latino Week

Judge seeks arrest of Argentina's ex-President for treason, Honduras curfew lifted in some areas, Peruvian captain banned from World Cup, Brazilian-born artist designs cover for Seamus Heaney's Aeneid, La Linea announces 2018 line up
Jim McKenna


Judge seeks arrest of Argentina's ex-President for treason

A judge has stated that former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner should be arrested for her role in the cover-up of a 1994 bomb attack by senior Iranian officials in a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Claudio Bonadio also ordered former Foreign Minister Hector Timerman to be placed under house arrest for his role in the case. It is alleged that both were involved in shielding Iranians from prosecution for the bombing, which claimed 85 lives.

On the one hand, this is not a major issue for Kirchner, as she enjoys immunity from prosecution as a Senator, and would need a two-thirds majority in Congress to have this removed, which is currently unlikely. On the other hand, the move is a bitter blow to her public prestige and chances of a continued political career. Cristina denies all allegations, and claims that the move is part of an orchestrated attempt by judge Bonadio and President Macri to destroy her reputation.

Honduras curfew lifted in some areas

The fighting and rebellion in Honduras, following allegations of electoral fraud in the recent Presidental elections, appears to be coming to some form of conclusion following the lifting of the curfew which had dominated large parts of the country. The curfew was immediately lifted in six of Honduras' eighteen districts, with another few already lifted a few days beforehand. The move came after pressure from the Organization of American States (OAS), which has mediated in the process and demanded the lifting of the curfew, and has threatened to call for new elections if further "irregularities" are found. The Honduran government stated that they had lifted the curfew because they had a reduced risk of violence.

The curfew came after the victory of Presidential incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez by a narrow margin over his opponent Salvador Nasralla. His opponent was widely considered to be the favourite to win going into the election, and his defeat led to allegations of fraud and demands for a full recount. Initial cooperation was destroyed when Nasralla rejected the Electoral Commission body, which is widely perceived to be pro-Hernandez. Days of violence led to military-led suppression and the announcement of the curfew. It is hoped that the OAS' intervention will allow more cooperative talks to begin.

Peruvian captain banned from World Cup

Paolo Guerrero, the captain and all-time top scorer for Peru, has been banned for a year by FIFA after he tested positive for cocaine. The ban applies to international and club level, and it looks unlikely that he will be able to appeal. Guerrero, aged 33, currently plays in Brazil for Flamengo, following a successful career which mainly took place in Brazil and Germany, with spells at Bayern Munich, Hamburg and Corinthians.

The ban has come as a shock to Peruvians, who were still overjoyed with their nation's qualification for next year's tournament in Russia, where they will play in Group C alongside France, Denmark and Australia. The loss of their talismanic captain will be a blow to their chances of advancing out of a tough group.

Brazilian-born artist designs cover for Seamus Heaney's Aeneid

Contemporary artist Ana Maria Pacheco, born in Brazil but currently working and living in the United Kingdom, has designed a one-off book jacket for Seamus Heaney's Aeneid VI. The design is one of a number of creations donated for a set of auctions at Sotheby's, entitled "First Editions Re-Covered". 33 leading artists and designers have created a range of covers for books that they felt a particularly close connection to, and the auctions will be used to raise funds for House of Illustration, the world's only public gallery solely dedicated to illustration and graphic arts.

To see the cover of the Aeneid, as well as a range of other re-designed covers and further information about bidding, visit

La Linea announces 2018 line up

The London Latin Music Festival, La Linea, will return in 2018 with a heady mix of debut commissions, one-off UK performances, and live premieres from global superstars and rising stars across the Latin music world. Running for 10 days at the end of April, the festival will utilise a range of London venues and boasts a stand-out line-up that features everything from traditional Cuban music, Latin rumba, ska and punk from Spain, Chilean classics, genre-spanning sounds from Mexico, and future Iranian/Afro-Cuban inspired electronica.
The first acts confirmed for next year’s festival are former Buena Vista Social Club frontman Eliades Ochoa, who returns to the UK for the first time since the iconic band’s farewell tour in 2015 to make his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, the UK premiere of a special tribute to Latin American composers in Hollywood, Sonorama, which nods to the likes of Juan García Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin, Maria Greve, and Johnny Richards in a big brass and electronic reinvention led by Mexico-City based composer and performer Camilo Lara, and global phenomenon Mexrrissey, who will premiere their brand new show ‘La Reina is Dead’ at the Barbican.
Also on the initial bill is Chilean-French singer Ana Tijoux, who returns to London for the first time since her sold-out appearance at La Linea in 2015, diverging from her hip-hop roots to explore a more intimate sound and style through her new project Roja y Negro: canciones de amor y desamor. The festival also welcomes back London-based Iranian/Cuban quartet Ariwo, who will deliver their boundary-pushing sound that combines the raw energy of Cuban rumba with the deep melancholy of Iranian electronic music to the Village Underground, iconic Senegalese outfit Orchestra Baobab, and Catalonian supergroup La Pegatina, who will showcase their unique mix of Latin rhythms, lively urban rumba, ska and punk to audiences at the Electric Brixton.
La Linea Festival Director Andy Wood:
“We’re thrilled to announce the return of La Linea in 2018. As a festival we recognise and celebrate London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience, and feel this year’s programme more than ever highlights the depth, and breadth of its music on an international scale.”
Created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects, La Linea has built a global reputation for bringing together a host of stellar Latin artists to London every April. La Linea 2018 runs from April 20th to 30th, and tickets are available from FridayDecember 1st at
Confirmed so far:
Sonorama – The Barbican | Friday 20th April
Ariwo + Soundspecies – Village Underground | Monday 23rd April
Eliades Ochoa – Royal Albert Hall | Wednesday 25th April
Ana Tijoux – The Jazz Café | Thursday 26th April
Orchestra Baobab – The Barbican | Friday 27th April
Mexrrissey – The Barbican | Sunday 29th April
La Pegatina – Electric Brixton | Monday 30th April