South America

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru

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Archaeological research has identified the use of cultivated cotton ( Gossypium barbadense ) in the ancient Andes dating back to at least 7800 years ago. Because of unusual circumstances of preservation, 6000-year-old cotton fabrics from the Preceramic site of Huaca Prieta on the north coast of Peru retained traces of a blue pigment that was analyzed and positively identified as an… Source: Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru | Science Advances Read More »

Colombia’s Final Steps to the End of War

To convert August’s historic peace deal into a durable end to 52 years of conflict, the government and FARC rebels must redouble efforts to achieve a full cessation of hostilities, a successful plebiscite, and UN-monitored ceasefire and weapons handover process. Executive Summary Painstaking negotiations have brought Colombia to the verge of peace with its main insurgency, the… Source: Colombia’s Final Steps to the End of War | International Crisis Group Read More »

Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006

More than 2 million Bolivians have come out of extreme poverty in the last decade. Bolivia’s economy is on course to grow by 5 percent this year, placing it among the top performers in Latin America. It’s a sign of Bolivia’s rapid economic transformation in South America. Another indicator is… Source: Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006 | News | teleSUR English Read More »

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict… Source: On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC | International Crisis Group Read More »

Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

Germán Velásquez is the Special Adviser for Health and Development of the South Centre. By Germán Velásquez In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the… Source: Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health | Inter Press Service Read More »

An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil

Following the Olympics play out in Rio and watching how Brazil was being mocked by foreigners, I’m sure that many Brazilians felt sick to their stomachs. Adriana Caitano, Journalist and proud Brazilian I certainly did. That’s why I decided to write this letter to people who love to come here to enjoy the beaches and stare at women in bikinis, but disrespect the country that hosts them. Maybe they… Source: An Open Letter To The Gringos Who Disrespected Brazil Read More »

Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines

Many turn to panning for black-market gold in the watery pits of mines, where mosquitoes infect them. Once they return home to recover, the disease spreads… THE ALBINO MINE, Venezuela — The 12th time Reinaldo Balocha got malaria, he hardly rested at all… Source: Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines – The New York Times Read More »

Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty

Brazil’s first gold-medal winner at Rio 2016 came from the City of God favela where youngsters have found hope. Brazil’s first gold medal at this years Olympic Games came in judo when Rafaela Silva overcame top-seed Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to the women’s -57kg event… Source: Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests

Extreme demand for avocados is causing deforestation, along with other negative environmental effects, in Mexico, due to high profits for the fruit.. According to Mexico’s National Institute for Forestry, Farming and Fisheries Research, farmers are illegally destroying large areas of forest in the mountains of Michoacan, a… Source: Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests Read More »

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Nicolás Maduro was elected president of Venezuela in April 2013 by a narrow margin. His term is due to end in January 2019, unless the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) alliance can force a recall referendum this year – and win it. But does President Maduro really run the country?… Source: Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc

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In a plebiscite this year, Colombians will accept or reject a peace deal between the government and Farc guerrillas to end more than half a century of war.. There’s nothing Alexa Sarmiento would like better than to see her country at peace. Having grown up in Colombia’s violence-plagued eastern plains region, she has seen more than her share of conflict… Source: Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

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Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country… Source: Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice – International Crisis Group Read More »

Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer

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The signing in Havana today of agreements on the “end of the conflict” and the referendum mechanism for the Colombian population to approve the final peace deal provides the strongest assurance yet that the 52-year armed conflict between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is finally coming to an end… Source: Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer – International Crisis Group Read More »

The Recolonization of Latin America: The Struggle for Venezuela’s Soul

Washington wants Latin and Central America recolonized, US-controlled tyranny replacing sovereign independence throughout the hemisphere. At an Association of Caribbean States summit last week in Havana, Cuban President Raul Castro expressed alarm about Latin American and Caribbean “turbulence,” calling it the result “of an imperialist and oligarchic counteroffensive against popular and progressive governments.” Washington orchestrated Brazil’s coup, wrongfully impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, forcing her to step down for 180 days, facing Senate trial controlled by right-wing fascists sure to convict ... Read More »

Brazil Helps Syrian Refugees Bridge Language Gap

“In just over two months I was speaking Portuguese. I don’t know how I learned it.”.. “Ratatat! Pow!” For a few years, these were the only sounds that 12-year-old Hanan Daqqah heard in Idlib, in northeastern Syria. She spent days locked up inside, unable to attend school or meet up with friends. Her childhood was passing her by. In 2015, Daqqah and her family left Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, where they had… Source: Brazil Helps Syrian Refugees Bridge Language Gap Read More »