South America

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

Mexico - Al Jazeera

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 »

Chapecoense plane crash: Bolivia blames pilot and airline

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A Bolivian investigation into a plane crash that killed 71 people last month, including dozens of Brazilian football players, has concluded that the pilot and the airline were directly responsible, an official says. BBC News The plane, operated by Bolivian airline LaMia, plunged into a mountainside near the Colombian city Medellin. Only six people… Chapecoense plane crash… Read More »

The country full of contradictions

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“Cuba is without question the most complex, contradictory, confounding place I’ve ever visited, a riddle that only grows deeper the more I look at it.” BBC News Alexander Bisley Pico Iyer, one of the world’s most nuanced travel writers, has been covering Cuba since the 1980s, in all its vividness and variety. Both in his essays and his… The country full of… Read More »

Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

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DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. The New York Times By ARIEL DORFMAN I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a… Now, America, You… Read More »

Venezuela: Tough Talking

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With a collapsing health care system, sky-rocketing inflation and crippling state controls, Venezuela is beset by unprecedented social and economic crises. ICG To end the root problem of political paralysis, the Chavista government and opposition must use outside-mediated negotiation to restore democratic and… Venezuela: Tough… Read More »

Brazilians hail triumph of MasterChef ‘warrior’ over her sexist co-stars

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Dayse Paparoto has been celebrated as a feminist hero after shrugging off boorish behaviour from male competitors who even told her to sweep the floor The Guardian Dom Phillips The winner of Brazil’s MasterChef Professionals show has been hailed as a feminist hero after shrugging off sexist comments and boorish behaviour from her male competitors who ignored her suggestions, undermined her… Brazilians hail triumph of… Read More »

Venezuela gate-crashes meeting with regional powers

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Venezuela’s top diplomat turned up uninvited to a meeting of the South America’s Mercosur on Dec. 14, despite Caracas’ suspension from the trade bloc for failing to meet democratic and trade standards. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez pushed her way through a… Venezuela gate-crashes… Read More »

Mexico: Neither Pax Mafiosa, nor rule of law

Mexico - Al Jazeera

The post-authoritarian political system in Mexico has become a violent symbiosis of organised crime and politics. Al Jazeera News Edgardo Buscaglia Mexico is a nation with a heritage of cultural wonders and one of the main cradles of modern civilisation. Yet, despite its much acclaimed 20th-century… Mexico: Neither Pax Mafiosa, nor… Read More »

Peru: The Sodalitium scandal

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Investigating allegations of corruption involving one of Latin America’s wealthiest Roman Catholic societies. Al Jazeera News The leaders of the Sodalitium of Christian Life, a secretive sect within the Peruvian Catholic Church, were accused last year by 30 former followers of physically, emotionally and even sexually abusing them, some while they were… Peru: The Sodalitium… Read More »

Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as part of peace deal

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Pardons apply to political crimes, but not killings and rape, minister says, as FARC expels uncooperative commanders. Al Jazeera News The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the country’s justice minister said. “I believe around 300 pardons could be… Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as… Read More »

Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves 20-year austerity plan

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The Brazilian Senate has approved a controversial amendment to the constitution capping public spending for the next 20 years. BBC News The approval of the austerity measure is an important victory for President Michel Temer. He took office earlier this year promising to… Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves… Read More »

A journey through Fidel Castro’s Cuba

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After the leader’s death and before his entombment, a Cuban journalist travelled around the country to gauge the mood. Al Jazeera News Abraham Jimenez Enoa Santiago, Cuba – Images of Fidel Castro’s face flash on the giant screen as patriotic music plays in the background. The incessant stream of people walking along… A journey through Fidel… Read More »