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 [...]

Colombia: Disappearances Plague Major Port

Criminal Groups Terrorize Neighborhoods, Displace Thousands

Human Rights Watch, March 20

Bogotá – Paramilitary successor groups have abducted and disappeared scores, and possibly hundreds, of residents of the largely Afro-Colombian port of Buenaventura, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Thousands of residents have been fleeing their homes in the city [...]

Venezuela accuses US secretary of state of ‘murder’

BBC, March 14

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of inciting violence and called him a “murderer”.

Mr Jaua was reacting to comments by Mr Kerry, who accused Venezuela of waging a “terror campaign against its own people” in its response to protests.

Venezuela has repeatedly accused the [...]

Venezuelan protest overrun by government forces

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, [...]

Venezuela’s poor join protests as turmoil grips Chávez’s revolution

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 [...]

Venezuela: Several shot dead in anti-government street protests

Euronews

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 [...]

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