Show of force from government comes as regional body supports the government’s ‘peace initiative’
Al Jazeera, March 8
In a major show of force, hundreds of National Guardsmen in riot gear and armored vehicles prevented an “empty pots march” from reaching Venezuela’s Food Ministry on Saturday to protest now-chronic food shortages.
President Nicolas Maduro’s government, [...]
The Guardian, By Virginia López & Jonathan Watts, February 20
Government claims protests bear the hallmarks of US-backed coup plot led by jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López
Caracas – The poor neighbourhood of Petare in western Caracas is not an obvious hotbed of anti-government sentiment. In the past, its residents have been among the major [...]
At least three people have been shot dead during anti-government protests in Venezuela.
Both sides are blaming each other for the killings while social media reports allege government backed armed groups were responsible.
The protesters are angry with President Nicolas Maduro’s failure to control inflation, crime and a lack of opportunities for the country’s [...]
Cairo – Six people have been killed and some 100 others wounded in a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Ukraine – A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev
Poland – The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland
The U.P. [...]
Business Insider, By Michael Kelley, January 13
An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.
Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” [...]
December 17, 2013: Pelicans glide inches above the cresting waves. The rising sun glistens pinkish and oblique across the Pacific Ocean and carries me back to yesterday, where we left Granada about 930am—Hernán was with us—and the driver was a big, giant of a man whose hands never left the ten and two o’clock position [...]
Woke up yesterday and immediately jumped into an ice cold shower: penance for my lack of vigilance the night before. You see, it’s been, what, four years since I’ve been on the road like this? A long time to lose critical skills like remembering to ask the hotelier (more like a roach motel, but hey) [...]
Reuters, Alexandra Ulmer & Rosalba O’Brien, December 15
Santiago – Michelle Bachelet was elected as Chile’s president again on Sunday in a landslide victory that hands the centre-leftist the mandate she sought to push ahead with wide-reaching reforms.
Bachelet won with about 62 per cent support, the highest proportion of votes any presidential candidate has [...]
So, here’s a photo dump. You remember those, no? The full set can be found here. The most recent photos begin here and move forward. Enjoy!
Uruguay is nestled between Argentina and Brazil. We don’t hear much about the nation of five million. The most recent news concerned the election of José Mujica as president. He had once been an urban revolutionary. The transition, like others in South America, symbolized the reintegration of former leftists and their constituencies [...]
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 [...]