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Brazil prepares Police Surveillance State for World Cup and Olympic Games

Problem, reaction, solution. The famous Hegelian dialect has never been so useful to explain current events as it is today. If anyone thought that the government of Brazil did not know about the popular uprising during the last Confederations Cup in 2013, in which millions of people protested on the streets and even took over the congressional building in Brasilia, think again. The most important achievement of the protests ...Read full article...

Brazil seeks to serve a new Master away from Mercosur

Brazil seems determined to break ties with Mercosur to sign, once and for all, a new free trade agreement with the European Union, one that, promoters argue, is up to the importance of its economy. After the failed attempt to close the agreement in 2004, the Brazilian Government, with support from the local private sector, proposes a reduction of tariffs to be applied faster than its partners and that ...Read full article...

Massive Fraud, Intimidation and Vote Buying in Honduras

On Sunday, November 24, Hondurans voted. Eight candidates contested for president. Only two mattered. LIBRE party (Liberty and Refoundation) candidate Xiomara Castro challenged ruling National party’s Juan Orlando Hernandez. A previous article explained. It said business as usual prevailed. Fraud, intimidation and vote buying were rampant. So were political assassinations. Democracy was nowhere in sight. Honduras has none. Fascist extremism is official policy. A cauldron of violence and repression persist. Washington ...Read full article...

Venezuela gives Maduro powers for ‘economic war’

By Brian Ellsworth and Daniel Wallis Reuters 19 November, 2013 Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Nicolas Maduro yearlong decree powers on Tuesday that he says are essential to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a power grab. Hundreds of supporters of the ruling Socialist Party cheered outside the National Assembly as the so-called Enabling Law was passed, while a recording of Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo ...Read full article...

Vilifying Venezuela’s Maduro

Critics denigrated Chavez for 14 years. He was wrongfully called a strongman, an autocrat, a dictator. Rumsfeld once compared him to Hitler. Former Bush administration Deputy Secretary of State/Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte lied, saying: Chavez “use(s) his control of the legislature and other institutions to continue to stifle the opposition, reduce press freedom, and entrench himself through measures that are technically legal, but which nonetheless constrict democracy.” ...Read full article...

Indigenous Guatemalans bring Canadian mining company to court

For the first time, a Canadian mining company will appear in a Canadian court for actions committed overseas. Hudbay Minerals, Inc, will be standing trial for murder, rapes and attacks committed against Indigenous Guatemalans by security personnel working for Hudbay’s subsidiary, Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN). The court case is proceeding thanks to a precedent-setting decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which ruled this past July in ...Read full article...

Brazil Judge Rules against Monsanto Seed Contracts

A judge in Brazil has blocked Monsanto’s attempt to make farmers sign restrictive agreements before they can gain access to the company’s new GM seed, RR2 Intacta soybeans. The legal case was brought against Monsanto by the farmers’ union Sinop Rural Union and applies to all farmers in the state of Mato Grosso. The background to this story is that last year the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that Monsanto ...Read full article...

Brazil asks Canada to explain illegal eavesdropping

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demanded on Monday that Canada explain a media report that said it spied on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, and she called on the United States and its allies to stop spying over the Internet. A Brazilian television report said on Sunday that Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency targeted the ministry that manages the South American nation’s vast mineral and oil resources. The report was based ...Read full article...

Venezuelan Govt to Detain “Preppers”

As people who spend a lot of time focusing on preparedness, we can learn a lot about our future by watching as the economies and civilizations of other Western countries crumble. Today’s lesson is that when times get tough, the government can and will persecute those who have planned ahead.  Today’s lesson is that when times get tough, the government can and will persecute those who have planned ahead. The Attorney ...Read full article...

Brazil’s Bold Plan to Combat the NSA

Revelations about the American government’s ongoing electronic surveillance have sent shockwaves across the globe, but few countries have reacted as boldly as Brazil, where lawmakers are currently considering a plan to cut ties — quite literally — with the US. Earlier this month, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff announced plans to create an undersea fiber-optic cable that would funnel internet traffic between South America and Europe, bypassing the US entirely. Rousseff also urged ...Read full article...

Brazil denounces American illegal spying program at the United Nations

The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, denounced on Tuesday before the UN General Assembly the illegal international espionage practices carried out by the United States. Such practices were  revealed in recent months by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. Rousseff proposed a regulation to ensure greater controls over the use of the Internet to prevent such illegal surveillance activities which that she described as an attack on “state sovereignty” and ...Read full article...

In an age of ‘realists’ and vigilantes, there is cause for optimism

The most important anniversary of the year was the 40th anniversary of 11 September 1973 – the crushing of the democratic government of Chile by General Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger, then US secretary of state. The National Security Archive in Washington has posted new documents that reveal much about Kissinger’s role in an atrocity that cost thousands of lives.  In declassified tapes, Kissinger is heard planning with President ...Read full article...

Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet

Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington’s widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward politically fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments. President Dilma Rousseff has ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into ...Read full article...

The Ingredients of Chile’s 1973 Military Coup

The military coup was supported by the CIA. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger played a direct role in the military plot. Forty years ago on September 11, 1973, the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet, crushed the democratically elected Unidad Popular government of Salvador Allende. The objective was to replace a progressive, democratically elected government by a brutal military dictatorship. The military coup was supported by the CIA. ...Read full article...

Brazilian Congress nears end of Secret Vote for Legislators

The Brazilian Spring failed miserably. It seems it was all about a few cents and not about real change. People have obediently gone back to being slaves, but their representatives may not be able to collude in secret while in Congress. The Brazilian Congress made a historic decision on Tuesday by passing a constitutional amendment that ends with the secret ballot in all decisions made by congressmen and women. ...Read full article...