South America

Total’s plans for Brazil’s new oil frontier snagged on Amazon reef

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As French oil giant Total seeks to conduct oil exploration in Brazil’s Foz do Amazonas Basin area, which some geologists say may contain around 14 billion barrels of petroleum, environmentalists fear it could damage the eco system in the… Reuters OIAPOQUE Daily Sabah Deep beneath the waters of the Atlantic off Brazil’s most northern coast, French major Total SA is hunting for what it hopes will be… Metal drill bits, pipes and Total’s plans for… Read More »

Brazil Declares an End to Its Zika Health Emergency

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The country launched a major campaign that included genetically modified mosquitos, and now reported cases are down 95 percent. J. WESTON PHIPPEN The Atlantic Brazil has announced the end of its public health emergency over Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that became a global concern just 18 months ago. Brazil launched a major mosquito eradication program last year, and the health ministry said that from January to April 2017 there were 95… Brazil Declares an… Read More »

Baby deaths soar amid crisis in Venezuela

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Thousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes May 10. Hurriyet The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and… Deaths of mothers linked to childbirth soared by… Baby deaths soar… Read More »

Venezuela: A Blueprint for Strife

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Two developments are propelling Venezuela faster along a route that has already led to dozens of deaths in the last few weeks: the first is an undemocratic proposal for a new constitution; the second is increasingly isolated Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Organisation of American States. Phil Gunson ICG CARACAS, Venezuela – Amid the tumult on the… One was the… Venezuela: A Blueprint… Read More »

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MATT APUZZO The New York Times The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the… It immediately ignited… F.B.I. Director James… Read More »

Canadian oil company pulls out of national park in Peruvian Amazon

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The decision to stop the concession which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous tribes has been hailed as a significant victory by… Maya Oppenheim Independent A Canadian oil and gas company has decided to halt a huge concession in the Peruvian Amazon which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous… Pacific Exploration and Production, who began its first phase of oil exploration back in 2012, was previously awarded the… Canadian oil company… Read More »

Venezuela opposition plans silent marches and sit-ins after deaths

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Venezuela’s energized opposition is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches in white to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it… Hurriyet Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the South American country again April 20 to demand elections and denounce what… They were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to… Venezuela opposition plans… Read More »

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

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Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, abuse of women and forced displacement of… ICG Governments must go beyond punitive measures and address the social and economic roots of gang culture, tackle extortion schemes and… Executive Summary Born in the aftermath of civil war and… Mafia of the… Read More »

Venezuelan Authorities Arrest COPEI President for Alleged Treason and Conspiracy

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Jeanette Charles (VA): The president of the Independent Political Electoral Organization Committee (COPEI), also known as the Social Christian Party, was arrested by… nsnbc Roberto Enríquez was detained by military counter-intelliegence officials over accusations of treason and instigation to… The Christian Democratic leader is currently being held at the… Venezuelan Authorities Arrest… Read More »

Testimony: The US-Mexico Partnership

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During his candidacy for the U.S. presidency, Donald J. Trump tapped into American anxiety about lost jobs and illegal immigration to garner popular support. Roger F. Noriega AEI That anxiety is very real, but candidate Trump offered a questionable diagnosis and impractical remedy. Unfortunately for Mexico… Testimony: The US-Mexico… Read More »

SHSU study examines death penalty support in Mexico

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HUNTSVILLE, TX (3/28/17) — In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the U.S., Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, while older… Sam Houston State University Eurek Alert The study, “State- and Individual-level Predictors of Mexican Death Penalty Support,” by Ph.D. Student Alexander H. Updegrove and Erin A. Orrick, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at… SHSU study examines… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Amazon men in their 80s have the arteries of Americans in their 50s

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Lancet study shows diet low on processed carbs, saturated fats and active living boost heart… Amina Zafar CBC News The Tsimane living in the Amazon have the lowest reported levels of age-related hardening of the arteries in the world, say researchers who encourage Westerners to learn from these Bolivian rainforest… Atherosclerosis was thought to be a natural part of… Amazon men in… Read More »

Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.

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The Trump administration’s new family separation plan would be cruel — and likely ineffective. Nara Milanich The Washington Post The Trump administration has already proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a ban on travel from six countries, a shutdown of the refugee program and extensive detentions and deportations of undocumented… Nations have separated… Read More »

Current regulations unable to control trade in products from slave labor, expert says.

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Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Ana Aranha and João Diaz Mongbay Miners in Ghana, fishers in Bangladesh and loggers in Brazil have two things in common: many are vulnerable workers often submitted to slave-like conditions while engaging in an activity destructive to forests, rivers and… Current regulations unable… Read More »

Not one woman less!

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Now is the time to continue marching forward with our heads and placards held high for all to see. Agustina Paz Frontera and Winnie Byanyima Al Jazeera News Women and girls – everyone – mark this Wednesday, March 8 in your diaries and on your calendars as an important moment in history. Be available for… Not one woman… Read More »