AFP, August 17
Brasilia: US energy companies want to use their experience to help Brazil tap into its vast shale gas reserves, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on a visit to the Brazilian capital.
Studies show that one-tenth of the world’s known shale gas reserves are in Brazil, and if it decides to exploit [...]
Environmentalists devastated as president blames lack of foreign support for collapse of pioneering conservation plan.
The Guardian, By Jonathan Watts, August 16
Ecuador has abandoned a pioneering conservation plan in the Amazon that attempted to raise funds from the international community instead of drilling for oil in a pristine corner of the Yasuni national park.
Well, well, well…this is a refreshing change of heart:
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.
“If someone is gay and he searches for [...]
Venezuela ends rapprochement with US
Venezuela late Friday said it has “ended” its rapprochement with the United States due to a statement by Samantha Power, nominated to become the US envoy to the United Nations.
Power said at a US Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that if she got the job she would stand up to [...]
We all lie, to some degree. But not all lies are created equally.
My dad once said the worst kind of lie is when you lie to yourself.
We, collectively, the United States of America, are lying to ourselves on so many fronts, I don’t know where to begin.
(AFP) – Panama called Tuesday for UN investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts aboard a North Korean-flagged ship as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week.
Organization of American States unitea behind Bolivia
The Organization of American States passed a resolution condemning the forced landing of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane on July 2. The plane was carrying Morales from Moscow to La Paz, Bolivia. Permission to land for refueling was denied by Spain, France, Portugal, and Italy.
At the [...]
It’s January in the South. Two teams are gearing up to play a professional football playoff game, the semi-finals. The winner gets bragging rights to be the conference champion. The host city spent billions in taxpayer dollars on a stadium to keep the team local. Worldwide television is covering the game, Tens of thousands of [...]
(Take Part) – What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.
If you traverse the South American nation of Bolivia, from the heights of the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Jungle to the urban streets of Santa Cruz, you’ll never once find a Big Mac or a McNugget. They [...]
(BBC) – Key members of Nicaragua’s air force, including the chief of staff, are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash.
The helicopter was returning from a military base in the north-west when it came down near a lake west of the capital Managua. The cause is unknown.
Air force Chief of Staff Colonel [...]
Reuters, By Todd Benson and Asher Levine, June 18
Sao Paolo – As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.
The marches, organized mostly through snowballing social media campaigns, [...]
(The Guardian) – The National Rifle Association has suffered a rare setback in its crusade to block new gun regulations after a federal appeals court allowed the US government to go ahead with a plan to reduce the smuggling of semi-automatic weapons across the Mexican border.
The new rules, introduced by Barack Obama under his [...]
(AFP) – Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club.