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Former Brazilian Minister: “PT stole too much”

Former Brazilian Minister of Labor, Carlos Lupi, said that one of the reasons for the political crisis in Brazil is that the ruling Workers Party (PT) “stole too much”. Lupi, who now chairs the Democratic Labor Party (PDT), which integrates the coalition government, was Minister of Labour during the last two years of the Lula da Silva administration. The current president, Dilma Rousseff, ratified Lupi’s position in 2011, when ...Read full article...

Brazil sets Petrobras ‘fraudsters’ free from jail

The new President of the Brazilian oil giant says that company losses are of only $1.8 billion The most expected annual report for 2014 was finally made public by Petrobras, the Brazilian publicly owned company used by contractors and executives to set up the largest corruption scheme ever recorded in the history of the country. Among the revelations included in the report are skim details about the corruption running ...Read full article...

Ecuador goes Old School on Sexual Education

The new proposal of the Government of Ecuador to reduce teenage pregnancy is simple: Teens should postpone sexual intercourse. This is the objective of the National Plan for Strengthening the Family, presented last February 28 to replace the previous National Strategy for Family Planning and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, whose main initiative was the free distribution of contraceptive methods among young people. President Rafael Correa considered necessary to renew the ...Read full article...

Corruption and Poverty govern over Latin America

Corruption is the great plague that invades many countries in Latin America and the world. It will be perceived more and more as the threat of economic crisis looms, which will cause even greater rejection of corrupt practices. Social and economic developments in Latin America over the past decade have failed to circumvent a harsh reality: 40% of the population is in vulnerable conditions. That is, the risk of ...Read full article...

Glyphosate among chemicals causing cancer in Argentinian Village

A group of professors at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, detected incidence rates of cancer and other diseases that triple the provincial and national averages. After conducting a study with thousands of people, the professors recommended that grain storage plants, pesticides and other agrochemicals be kept outside the city center. The higher than normal incidence in various types of cancer was detected in the village of In Monte Maíz, ...Read full article...

Yankee Imperialism in Panama

On Saturday, the 7th annual Summit of the Americas concluded in Panama – a longtime US colony. Cuba participated for the first time since the inaugural 1994 event in Miami. Obama met Cuba’s President Raul Castro – the first meeting between a US president and Cuban leader since the 1950s. More on this below. Obama wants Washington’s regional imperial grip tightened – unchallenged like since the early 19th century. ...Read full article...

Government control of the media is next in Costa Rica

Often times warnings about conspiracies are taken lightly and frequently those who warn about them are labeled conspiracy theorists. The label is given to try to discredit their position and assassinate their character. However, there is little doubt about conspiracies when the conspirators themselves tell the public about their plans explicitely and openly. Yesterday we reported how a draft bill proposed by the Ministry of Science and Technology in ...Read full article...

Costa Rican Ministry proposes to close down news media that ‘lie’ to the public

People say that death is never as clear as when it is staring you on the face. In Costa Rica, the citizenry and the media have a tradition for enjoying freedoms and liberties not seen in neighboring countries. However, those liberties and freedoms have been challenged lately by government officials. Suddenly, the death of freedom seems closer than ever before. This time, the government intends to claim the power ...Read full article...

Dilma says that Brazil’s sovereignty depends on what happens with Petrobras

Rousseff warns that corruption at Petrobras could plunge Brazil into unknown territory. As we reported yesterday, the scandal surrounding Brazil’s Petrobras could have more serious implications than damaging the reputation of a few politicians and their political parties. In the last 12 months, Petrobras has been used to corrupt public officials in Brazil and the bribery system now threatens with dragging down the Brazilian economy to a point of ...Read full article...

Can Brazil afford to “rescue” Petrobras?

The bankruptcy of the oil giant could completely implode the Brazilian economy, but Brazil is not in a position to add billions to the deficit to rescue Petrobras. Brazilian politics has been shaken by revelations of the scandal at Petrobras, the existence of a network of business and political corruption in the most important company in the country. The consequences, however, go beyond the political sphere. The serious financial ...Read full article...

Popular Support for Dilma Collapses to 34%

Even Lula has found reasons to criticize some of the policies adopted by Rousseff. Brazil is – politically speaking – catching on fire and proof of that is that even Dilma’s mentor has had to accept that “some mistakes have been made”. But that does not mean that Lula is taking responsibility for the rampant corruption, or that he accepts the fact that Dilma is also to blame. It is ...Read full article...

New Bribery Scandal hits Brazil

The findings revealed by the Federal Police portray a fraud scandal as big as the one at Petrobras. An organization of companies that may have defrauded the Brazilina Treasury of some $6 billion has been dismantled by the Federal Police. According to new revelations, officials are still conducting investigations on at least 70 companies for bribing public officials to manipulate processes that resulted in tax evasion. According to the ...Read full article...

Free Speech is not free in Costa Rica

Free speech is an illusion. Speaking freely is not allowed if it irritates the status quo. Not even in a so-called free democratic republic can people express their thought freely. The government of Costa Rica decided yesterday to dismiss its accredited ambassador to Venezuela because of statements he made in support of Nicolas Maduro and how he has responded to the threats made by the US President, Barack Obama. ...Read full article...

U.S. Government a “Hemispheric Threat”

The whole world knows America threatens humanity. Few public officials openly admit what’s well known. Hugo Chavez courageously spoke forthrightly about threatening US imperialism. In 2006, he addressed General Assembly members the day after George Bush. “The devil came here yesterday, and it smell of sulfur still today,” he said. “Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the President of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer ...Read full article...

Brazil hosts American Spy Base

The location in Brasilia is part of the NSA’s Computer Network Exploitation operations. Sometimes it is necessary to ask whether surprising facts are so surprising. Brazil has been subjected to American spying to the point that current Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff’s phone was allegedly tapped into by the National Security Agency (NSA). Brazil’s dissatisfaction with such a practice did not take long to be made public. However, it will ...Read full article...
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