South America

Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs

The Colombian government says it will launch air raids against gangs involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining. Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the full force of the state, including the military, would be used to fight them. The gangs emerged from right-wing paramilitary squads disbanded under the last government of Alvaro Uribe, in office until five years ago… Source: Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs – BBC News Read More »

Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail

Puerto Rico has halted a $422m (£289m) debt payment due on Monday after talks to ease the US territory’s crisis ended without a deal. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a televised speech he had issued an executive order suspending payments. He described it as a “painful decision”, but had been warning since last year that… Source: Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail – BBC News Read More »

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News

Parliament in Brazil has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts. The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority in the vote in the lower house in Brasilia… Source: Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News Read More »

How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff?

It was only a year and a half ago that 54.5 million Brazilians went to the polls to re-elect Dilma Rousseff in one of the world’s largest democratic elections. She defeated a centre-right coalition of parties by a narrow margin and earned a mandate to carry on the legacy of the centre-left Workers’ Party, which has been ruling Brazil since… Source: How did it go wrong for Dilma Rousseff? – BBC News Read More »

Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to the experts to save jungle cats

Sometimes, you just have to move the mountain to Muhammad.. Or, as the case may be, the Amazon to the world. In the race to save jaguars, one of the globe’s most secretive – and threatened – species, researchers and conservationists are hoping to create corridors for the jungle cat to safely travel through, tracks of land across South America, which would remain protected and give the jaguar the best chance of survival… Source: Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to ... Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy

Venezuelan workers will get Fridays off for the next two months as part of an emergency plan to save electricity, the president said. Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves but its economy is a mess, with rampant inflation, shortages of goods as basic as soap and toilet paper and constant blackouts… Source: Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy – AMERICAS Read More »

The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil

The Continental Articulation of Social Movements towards the ALBA emphatically condemns the events that occurred earlier today, April 7, 2016, when the Military Police entered with brutality and raining bullets into a camp of thousands of families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)… Source: The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil – The Dawn Read More »

Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists?

The environment is the new battleground for human rights, and activists are getting caught in the crossfire – particularly in Honduras, where two were killed last month. ince her mother’s murder a month ago, Bertha Isabel Zuniga Cáceres has scarcely had time to grieve. The 25-year-old student is adamant that her… Source: Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists? | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government

Two more senior Brazilian officials have resigned in the latest blow to the government of President Dilma Rousseff. They are Sports Minister George Hilton and Col Adilson Moreira, who was organising security at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next August. Col Moreira reportedly wrote that he was ashamed the country was being led by “an unscrupulous group”… Source: Brazilian officials resign in new blow to Dilma Roussef government – BBC News Read More »

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 »