South America

Colombia peace deal: Government and Farc reach new agreement

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The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have announced a new peace agreement, six weeks after the original deal was rejected in a popular vote. Alvaro Uribe, a former president who led the “no” campaign, was involved in this round of negotiations intended to end 52… Colombia peace deal… Read More »

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Argentina: hundreds of thousands of women set to protest against violence

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Organizers urge women to stop work and other activities for an hour in Wednesday ‘women’s strike’ following rape and torture of a 16-year-old girl Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires Hundreds of thousands of women in Argentina are expected to join a… Argentina: hundreds of… Read More »

Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered ‘scrotum’ frogs in Peru

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Researchers and campaigners suspect pollution killed the rare Titicaca water frogs that are endemic to the famous lake and derive their nickname from their wrinkly skin Dan Collyns in Lima Scientists are investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 10,000 endangered frogs, in a river which leads into South America’s most famous lake on… Scientists investigate death… Read More »

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

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The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), announced Oct. 10 they would launch negotiations on Oct. 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the… Colombia to launch… Read More »

Guantanamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit

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Why does the US think it is acceptable to deny ‘high-value detainees’ at Guantanamo medical and psychological help? by Andy Worthington From Guantanamo, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of 15 “high-value detainee”, known as HVDs, has written to Professor Juan Mendez, the… Guantanamo torture… Read More »

Obama says Colombia president ‘right pick’ for Nobel Prize

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Juan Manuel Santos wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year war with rebels, an accord Colombians then rejected in a referendum. By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE and REUTERS Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama on Friday hailed the courage of this year’s laureate, Colombian President Juan… Obama says Colombia president… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

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President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

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 »