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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...

Political Nepotism governs over Nicaragua

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega attended the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in Costa Rica, last January. He was accompanied by members of his close family. For the event the president had appointed his wife, Rosario Murillo, as “Acting Chancellor of Nicaragua”, and two of his daughters, Camila and Luciana, as presidential advisers, while the oldest child,  Rafael, attended the meeting bearing ...Read full article...

Nicolás Maduro wants to Govern by Decree

Reality is seldom simple, one-sided or one-dimensional. That which seems to be a problem or an obstacle is more often than not an opportunity and the winners in times of hardship are those who understand how to take advantage of a crisis to get ahead, even though, getting ahead may not be the moral thing to do. When power falls into the hands of power thirsty people, it is ...Read full article...

In Brazil, the Foxes Guard the Hen Farm

The most corrupt administration in the history of democratic Brazil is self-investigating and asking people to take its word without asking further questions. After being spared from the ongoing corruption investigation related to the Petrobras scandal, Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff rose stronger on Sunday to call for a “free and open” inquiry to bring those who took money from the government-owned company to justice. During her weekly address, Dilma ...Read full article...

Former Panamanian President accussed of Embezzlement

The former Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, has lost a new battle in his fight to avoid being prosecuted. On Monday, Panama’s Supreme Court rejected his appeal to stop a legal process which seeks to hold him accountable for allegedly embezzling $45 million from a state program. At an extraordinary meeting, the full Court upheld its decision from last January 28 to approve a legal process to prosecute Martinelli. The ...Read full article...

Brazil prepares for a Political Earthquake

Everything is allowed in a clean game of debate and political passion, where sometimes the future of a country is played. Even frank and harsh criticism is permitted. “In Brasilia everything ends Friday at two in the afternoon.” Friday is the day when it will be announced who are the politicians -including dozens of senators and former governors- to be formally accused by the prosecution of having received bribes ...Read full article...

Colombia’s Supreme Court denies adoption to homosexual couples

The Catholic Church in Colombia said it respects the decision because it defends the Constitutional rights of children. The Constitutional Court of Colombia has ended the intense debate that arose in recent weeks due to the possibility of extending the right of adoption for gay couples. On Wednesday night, after more than eight hours of discussion, the court announced via social media that adoption in the case of a ...Read full article...

Corruption, inequality remain key issues in Central America

Panama’s economy will grow by 7 percent this year, but because of glaring inequality, most Panamanians will never see that prosperity. In Guatemala, corruption is rampant among the “klepto-dictatorship” that runs the country, and in El Salvador, gross domestic product stagnates as politicians stuff their pockets with money from violent gangs. Half a dozen experts speaking Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center offered that rather bleak assessment during ...Read full article...