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Zweig: The writer who dreamed of a world without boarders

ERGYHN Stefan Zweig in 1940. Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. 28 November 1881 - 22 February 1942.. Image shot 1940. Exact date unknown.

The exiled author killed himself in despair over Nazism. But before he did, he said Brazil had become what he hoped Europe could be, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC Seventy-five years ago, in February 1942, Europe’s most popular author committed suicide in a bungalow in the Brazilian town of Petrópolis, 10,000 km (6,200 miles) from his birthplace in Vienna. In the year… Zweig: The writer… Read More »

The Brazilian hangover: When the party ends

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It is unlikely that Brazil will be able to pursue a prominent role in the international arena before 2019. Ramon Blanco Al Jazeera News In a world inevitably multilateral such as ours, regional powers are supposed to have their share of responsibilities in order to build more plural paths towards a fairer and more peaceful international political environment. Therefore, Brazil is… The Brazilian hangover… Read More »

Brazil tops league of non-EU students in Ireland

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Many students coming for language courses with Chinese citizens second largest group Marie O’Halloran The Irish Times More Brazilians than any other nationality outside the EU come to Ireland to study, according to the latest data. Figures from the Department of Justice show that Brazil tops the league for the… Brazil tops league… Read More »

Venezuela pulls Spanish-language CNN from air for ‘distorting truth’

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered the suspension of CNN’s Spanish-language service from Venezuela’s airwaves on Feb. 15, accusing it of distorting the… Caracas Hurriyet U.S.-based ‘CNN en Espanol’ became unavailable on Venezuela’s major cable providers minutes after a… The network had… Venezuela pulls Spanish… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

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It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Colombia opens talks with ELN rebels

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The Colombian government has opened the first round of peace talks with the ELN rebel group, seeking to end a 53-year conflict that has killed more than… SANGOLQUI – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) – the country’s last active rebel group – mark a new milestone in the… Colombia opens talks… Read More »

In the Shadow of “No”: Peace after Colombia’s Plebiscite

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Revised and ratified after its shock rejection in October 2016’s referendum, Colombia’s peace agreement still lacks sustainable political… ICG Reversing public distrust will need swift and effective implementation of the accord – including full apologies for past crimes and the… In the Shadow… Read More »

What if they had a trade war and nobody came?

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Trump is looking for negotiations that bring results — not conflict Spengler Asia Times For those of us who cut our teeth on classical economics, it does seem a bit unusual for global stock markets (including Asian markets) to rally right after a new US administration pulled the plug on decades of Asian trade… What if they had a… Read More »

The Looming Islamist Threat… in Latin America

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And money freed up by the Iran deal will only make things worse. J.P. Carroll The National Interest In recent weeks, a variety of foreign-policy issues have been raised regarding President Donald Trump’s nominees for key national-security posts. The issues that have been… The Looming Islamist Threat…  Read More »

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

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Beset by relentless hyperinflation, collapsing public services and increasingly dictatorial rule, Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed… Phil Gunson ICG The best hope for change lies with neighbouring countries, which must sustain pressure to find a… Venezuela Is Falling… Read More »

FARC Guerrillas Demobilizing in Colombia

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On November 26, 2016, the Colombian government signed a final peace agreement with leaders of the Marxist FARC rebel group, ending five decades of… Alan Taylor The Atlantic The plan is to be implemented within the next six months, as FARC members—monitored by UN observers—gather around… FARC Guerrillas Demobilizing… Read More »

Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

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Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of a bigger crisis

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Mexico is seeing yet another wave of protests and violence and gas shortages are not the real problem. Edgardo Buscaglia Al Jazeera News In the past few weeks Mexico has witnessed an unprecedented spike in social violence caused by gasoline shortages and a 14 to 24-percent rise in prices. This increase, officially justified with… Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of… Read More »

The hidden force of current international uneasiness

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Recent events are evidence of the failures of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology in the international order. Al Jazeera News Ramon Blanco It is indisputable that the current international zeitgeist is definitely characterised by a profound uneasiness. The sense for many is that… The hidden force of… Read More »

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case

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Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations. BBC A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez. It is alleged that her… Argentina ex-leader Cristina… Read More »

Mexico fireworks market blast kills at least 31

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About 70 injured in the huge explosion – the third in a decade to hit the popular San Pablito marketplace in Tultepec. Al Jazeera News A massive explosion decimated a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital,  leaving it a charred wasteland and killing at least 31 people with dozens more injured. Television images showed a flurry of… Mexico fireworks market… Read More »