South America

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News

Parliament in Brazil has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts. The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority in the vote in the lower house in Brasilia… Source: Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News Read More »

How Brazil, the darling of the developing world, came undone

The nation is on the verge of sacking its president as it limps toward the Summer Olympics… Source: How Brazil, the darling of the developing world, came undone – The Washington Post Read More »

How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff?

It was only a year and a half ago that 54.5 million Brazilians went to the polls to re-elect Dilma Rousseff in one of the world’s largest democratic elections. She defeated a centre-right coalition of parties by a narrow margin and earned a mandate to carry on the legacy of the centre-left Workers’ Party, which has been ruling Brazil since… Source: How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff? – BBC News Read More »

Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to the experts to save jungle cats

Sometimes, you just have to move the mountain to Muhammad.. Or, as the case may be, the Amazon to the world. In the race to save jaguars, one of the globe’s most secretive – and threatened – species, researchers and conservationists are hoping to create corridors for the jungle cat to safely travel through, tracks of land across South America, which would remain protected and give the jaguar the best chance of survival… Source: Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to ... Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

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AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy

Venezuelan workers will get Fridays off for the next two months as part of an emergency plan to save electricity, the president said. Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves but its economy is a mess, with rampant inflation, shortages of goods as basic as soap and toilet paper and constant blackouts… Source: Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy – AMERICAS Read More »

The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil

The Continental Articulation of Social Movements towards the ALBA emphatically condemns the events that occurred earlier today, April 7, 2016, when the Military Police entered with brutality and raining bullets into a camp of thousands of families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)… Source: The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil – The Dawn Read More »

Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists?

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The environment is the new battleground for human rights, and activists are getting caught in the crossfire – particularly in Honduras, where two were killed last month. ince her mother’s murder a month ago, Bertha Isabel Zuniga Cáceres has scarcely had time to grieve. The 25-year-old student is adamant that her… Source: Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists? | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government

Two more senior Brazilian officials have resigned in the latest blow to the government of President Dilma Rousseff. They are Sports Minister George Hilton and Col Adilson Moreira, who was organising security at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next August. Col Moreira reportedly wrote that he was ashamed the country was being led by “an unscrupulous group”… Source: Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government – BBC News Read More »

Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk

Syria and Colombia serve as an example of the consequences more than 87 million children face for growing up in conflict zones… Source: LatinAmerican Post – Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk Read More »

Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit

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Brazilian Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa said on Tuesday it is not the time for more tax breaks, disagreeing publicly with former president Lula da Silva’s call for fiscal stimulus to revive a moribund economy. Lula, President Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor and political mentor, urged the government this week to give more tax… Source: Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit — MercoPress Read More »

Stunning Murals Energize The Streets In This São Paulo Neighborhood

The colorful murals on the walls of Grajaú, the most populous district in São Paulo, speak to a vibrant graffiti movement. Credit belongs in part to Alexandre da Hora, known as Niggaz, who was creating incredible street art by the time he was 13, in… Source: Stunning Murals Energize The Streets In This São Paulo Neighborhood Read More »

Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel

Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing illegally in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast… Source: Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel – CNN.com Read More »

Dilma Rousseff says impeachment not the answer while Lula ‘likely’ to take cabinet position

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is likely to accept a position in embattled President Dilma Rousseff’s cabinet this week, potentially escaping state prosecutors who have requested his arrest. Caroline Stauffer and Lisandra Paraguassu Source: http://www.smh.com.au/world/dilma-rousseff-says-impeachment-not-the-answer-while-lula-likely-to-take-cabinet-position-20160315-gnjha5.html  Read More »

Brazil police detain ex-president Lula in corruption probe: Spokesman

Police searched the home of Brazil’s powerful ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and detained him for questioning on March 4 in a probe into a huge corruption scheme. Agents searched his house in Sao Paulo, the offices of the Lula Institute, and houses of family members, Jose Chrispiniano, a spokesman for Lula and his institute, told AFP… Source: Brazil police detain ex-president Lula in corruption probe: Spokesman – AMERICAS Read More »