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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...

Brazil will provide special protection to Guardian journalist

Some people call it vengeance while others call it retribution for the unwanted surveillance that the NSA conducted on Brazil. The parliamentary commission investigating the implications of the NSA spying approved a request for special police protection for U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who along with Edward Snowden, is responsible for a series of reports that revealed a massive spying program conducted by the U.S. National Security ...Read full article...

Brazil hides humanitarian emergency in Acre

‘Refugee’ camp holds more than 800 Haitians in inhuman conditions, which seems to be an attempt to cover up an international crisis. The Brazilian government has for months now been playing a word game – between “immigration” and “refugee” – to minimize the severity of the humanitarian crisis unraveling in the small town of Brasiléia, in the northern state of Acre and on the border with Bolivia, some 240 ...Read full article...

Peru claims to have killed Military leaders of ‘Shining Path’ Guerrilla group

The Peruvian Army says it has given a sharp blow to Shining Path, the paramilitary group that since its foundation in 1980 has been responsible, the government says, for the death of at least 51,000 people. According to Peruvian president Ollanta Humala, a military operation conducted into the early hours of Monday resulted in the death of the two military leaders of the guerrilla group, which the government considers ...Read full article...

Is Costa Rica a drug warehouse for massive US drug trafficking?

According to an official press release from the Organization of Judicial Investigations (OIJ in Spanish), Costa Rica will no longer send cocaine or other controlled substances to the United States, at least for the time being. The announcement comes in the wake of news reports about nearly 24 tons of cocaine transported by the U.S. Air Force to Miami on Saturday, July 27th 2013. The OIJ further explained that ...Read full article...

Brazil sacrifices growth to ‘control’ inflation

The Brazilian finance minister, Guido Mantega, said in an interview published today that the Government will endeavor to keep inflation under control “even if it means reducing the rate of growth.” “The government will never let inflation get out of control,” said Mantega, head of the economic team of the cabinet of President Dilma Rousseff, in an interview to the magazine Veja. Mantega said that inflation is “the worst ...Read full article...

Maduro fancies Venezuela’s new Air Defense System

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said today that a “powerful” anti-aircraft weapon system will be deployed in the country to make his country “unassailable” to foreign military threats. “It is the most powerful in the world and we are installing it in the mountains, the corridors, in the Venezuelan plains, sea and land borders. Our country is impregnable, nobody can touch even an inch of the country, which ...Read full article...