Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

Truthout, By Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, November 9

For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

Just as in World […]

Brazil’s Rousseff re-elected by grateful working-class, country divided

Reuters, By Paulo Prada, October 27

Despite opposition from nearly half of Brazil’s voters, leftist President Dilma Rousseff won re-election on Sunday and will have another four years to try to revive growth in a once-booming economy gone stagnant.

The 66-year-old Rousseff, who was a Marxist guerrilla in her youth, overcame growing dissatisfaction with the […]

Protests in Mexico Over Missing Students are Biggest in Years

GlobalPost, By Ioan Grillo, October 24

Mexico City — The fathers of the disappeared students took to the stage one by one. They spoke of their sons’ hopes of becoming teachers, of the last time they saw them, of their agony in going almost a month with no news after they vanished.

As one dad […]

Water crisis worsens as Sao Paulo nears ‘collapse’

Bloomberg News, By Vanessa Dezem, October 22

Sao Paulo, Brazil — Sao Paulo residents, half of whom are already complaining of hours-long water shortages, were warned by a top water regulator Tuesday to brace for more severe cutoffs.

“If the drought continues, residents will face more dramatic water shortages in the short term,” Vicente Andreu, […]

Quick count: Bolivia’s Morales coasts to 3rd term

Associated Press, By Carlos Valdez, October 12

La Paz – Evo Morales easily won an unprecedented third term as Bolivia’s president Sunday on the strength of the economic and political stability brought by his government, according to an unofficial quick count of the vote.

Morales, a native Aymara from Bolivia’s poor, wind-swept Andean plateau, received […]

I escaped Venezuela for North America. Here’s how.

Washington Post, By Rafael Osío Cabrices, July 2

At the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, my wife, 8-month-old daughter and I stopped to take photos of our feet. We were standing over a colorful, geometric mosaic made by the famous artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, a symbol of the modern and cosmopolitan Venezuela we loved and […]

Vatican Reverses Anti-Liberation Policies in Mexico

Religion Dispatches, By Ruth Chojnacki & Jennifer Scheper Hughes, June 24

Late last month Mexican Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel announced that after a 14 year church-ordered suspension of the rite, indigenous deacons would again be ordained in the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas—where the local church serves a largely Maya population.

A […]

Brazilian police fire tear gas on Sao Paulo subway strikers ahead of World Cup

Subway strikers in Sao Paulo threaten chaos for World Cup as union vows to continue stoppage that has caused gridlock in Sao Paulo regardless of legal ruling.

South China Morning Post / AFP, June 8

Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas on Monday to disperse protesters supporting a subway strike that has unleashed transport […]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil

AFP, June 2

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by US authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview that he has applied for asylum in Brazil.

“I would love to live in Brazil,” Snowden told Brazil’s Globo TV on Sunday.

Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia expires in August. Washington has revoked […]

Largest dinosaur? Paleontologists unearth new heavyweight in Argentina

The Guardian, By Uki Goni, May 17

Buenos Aires – Paleontologists in Patagonia, southern Argentina on Friday announced they have unearthed a 90-million-year-old fossil of what they claim is the largest dinosaur found to date.

“It’s the largest example ever found,” said Ruben Cuneo, director of the Feruglio Museum of Trelew, a city founded by […]

Why Is Blackwater Helping to Train Brazil’s World Cup Security?

The Nation, By Jules Boykoff & Dave Zirin, April 25

In news as shocking as it was unreported in the United States, the Brazilian press revealed earlier this week that Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater—has been providing security training for the 2014 World Cup. The notorious company, responsible for the 2011 Nisour […]

Venezuela: A Call for Peace

New York Times Op Ed, By Nicolás Maduro, April 1

Caracas – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.

Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the […]

White House denies covert Twitter-style Cuba secret op

AFP – The United States on Thursday denied it used its overseas aid agency to mount a covert operation on social media to incite political unrest against Cuba’s communist leaders.

But the US Agency for International Development (USAID) did admit to building a Twitter-style application on which Cubans, who face strict curbs on expression, were […]

Tsunami warning after 8.0 quake strikes off Chile

BBC – An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude has struck off Chile’s coast near Iquique, triggering a tsunami warning for all of Latin America’s Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey says.

It said the quake was very shallow, only 10km below the seabed, which would have made it feel stronger.

It was centred 86km (56 miles) […]

Brazil police invade Rio slums ahead of World Cup

AP, March 30

Rio De Janeiro- More than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian Marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport before dawn Sunday in the latest security push ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Not a shot was fired as the Mare complex of 15 slums became the […]

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