South America

Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit

Brazilian Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa said on Tuesday it is not the time for more tax breaks, disagreeing publicly with former president Lula da Silva’s call for fiscal stimulus to revive a moribund economy. Lula, President Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor and political mentor, urged the government this week to give more tax… Source: Brazil Finance minister disregards calls from Lula for tax breaks and more credit — MercoPress Read More »

Stunning Murals Energize The Streets In This São Paulo Neighborhood

The colorful murals on the walls of Grajaú, the most populous district in São Paulo, speak to a vibrant graffiti movement. Credit belongs in part to Alexandre da Hora, known as Niggaz, who was creating incredible street art by the time he was 13, in… Source: Stunning Murals Energize The Streets In This São Paulo Neighborhood Read More »

Where in the World Is the U.S. Military?

Despite recently closing hundreds of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad—from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities. Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about… David Vine Politico By my calculation, maintaining bases and troops overseas cost $85 to $100 billion in fiscal year 2014; the total with bases and troops in warzones is $160 to $200 billion. These costs have heightened debate ... Read More »

Colombia: The end game

Behind the scenes with Colombia’s insurgents as they bring their 50-year-long conflict to a close… Source: Colombia: The end game – Al Jazeera English Read More »