South America

Honduras is world’s number one for killing environmental activists

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Report by NGO Global Witness finds that globally people are being killed “in record numbers” defending land and the environment The Guardian – David Hill More people were killed in Honduras per capita than any other country for each of the last five years as a result of their efforts to defend land and the environment, according to a report by ... Read More »

Mapped: The world’s most open governments

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Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain

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Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »

Johns Hopkins Sued for $1B Over Role in Deliberate STD Infections in Guatemala

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Lawsuit seeks damages for individuals, spouses and children of people infected with STDs through US government program in 1940s and 1950s rsn – By The Associated Press ore than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were deliberately infected ... Read More »

US invites Brazil president to visit after spying row

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Brasília (AFP) – The United States has again invited Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to visit the United States, seeking to restore ties rattled by revelations of American spying against her and her country. The West Australian – AFP – US Vice President Joe Biden extended the invitation by telephone last week, said a spokesman for the Brazilian presidency on Tuesday. ... Read More »

Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury

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Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation’s most notorious paedophiles. Anthony Esposito The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Pope Francis’ promise to rid the church of ... Read More »

Sudan: The Prospects for “National Dialogue”

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ICG - OVERVIEW Nairobi/Brussels - Prospects for an inclusive national dialogue President Omar al-Bashir promised in January 2014 are fading, making a soft-landing end to Sudan’s crises more doubtful. Sceptics who warned that the ruling party was unwilling and unable to make needed concessions have been vindicated. Peacemaking in Darfur and the Two Areas (Blue Nile and South Kordofan) and ... Read More »

Time for UNASUR to Defuse the Crisis in Venezuela

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Caracas/Brussels – ICG – If Venezuela is not to continue sliding toward violent confrontation, the international community – in particular the members of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay, in addition to Venezuela) – must urgently devise measures that contribute to resolution of the grave political and economic ... Read More »

Demining the Path to Peace in Colombia

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ICG – On 7 March, negotiators for the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced they would embark on a joint demining effort. By Christian Voelkel | @voelkelchr – Also available in: español After two and a half years of negotiations in the Cuban capital of Havana, and outline agreements on three agenda points, this is the first ... Read More »

Haiti and the Greek revolution

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“Haiti’s connection with Greece has more to do with modern Greece than with Ancient Greece,”  writes Caribbean writer Jean Charles. He goes on to say: “The culture of faking the sentiment of patriotism ….is now ingrained in insidious ways where upper echelons of Greek media intertwined with the political structure prevented reporting of financial mismanagement that may cloud any hope ... Read More »