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Brazilian Political Corruption rooted at the Core

The fraudulent house of cards is being shaken with scandal after scandal. While Luíz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva stealthly rents out private jets to travel to Italy, his co-horts are captured and imprisoned for money laundering, bribery and other forms of corruption. Last week we reported how the Brazilian Federal Police had arrested former minister José Dirceu. He was one of the most influential men in the government of ...Read full article...

Brazilian Police murder with impunity

The films ‘City of God’ and ‘Elite Squad’ were neither an exaggeration nor a romantic way to show how violence governs over Rio de Janeiro. Amnesty International has revealed that almost 16% of all homicides in Rio de Janeiro in the last five years were carried out by agents of the Military Police of the city who were on duty. In total 1,519 deaths were attributed to men in ...Read full article...

José Dirceu re-arrested in connection with Petrobras scandal

Dirceu is suspected of having benefited from money diversion scandal at Petrobras The Brazilian Federal Police arrested former minister José Dirceu on Monday. Dirceu was one of the most influential men in the government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who had been convicted of corruption back in 2005, for his alleged involvement in irregularities in Petrobras. Dirceu was sentenced to ten years and eleven months in ...Read full article...

Brazilian Corruption has Metastasized all over

Even former president Lula da Silva will be investigated for peddling influence in favor of the construction company Odebrecht. PORTO ALEGRE – Corruption in the government of Brazil is endemic, it is like a cancer that has metastasized all over the public and private sectors. This analysis is not our opinion, but that of Brazilian prosecutor Athayde Ribeiro Costa, one of the leaders of the anti-corruption operation known as ...Read full article...

Former President Collor de Mello, investigated in Petrobras Corruption Scandal

Operation ‘Lava Jato’, the corruption scheme that laundered billions of dollars to and from Brazilian government officials, which has taken more than a year to investigate, now aims all focus to the political sphere of the country. The operation has already returned $182 million to public coffers and resulted in the arrest of a dozen large construction executives, many of which agreed to cooperate in order to be released ...Read full article...

Dilma remains defiant despite corruption scandals

The Brazilian political landscape is a reflection of its society, and its society a reflection of its politics. One of the worst errors that a politician can do is fill herself with hubris and bravada when facing Strong opposition, yet, that is exactly what most politicians do. With some polls giving Dilma Rousseff an approval that is as low as 9%, – equal to what Americans give the US Congress ...Read full article...

Ecuador undergoing soft Coup – says Correa

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is facing the fourth week of protests in Ecuador.  Citizen marches have been convened since the start of June as a way to show people’s rejection of bills that promote inheritance taxes and extraordinary Money confiscation measures from the sale of properties. Protesters have joined opposition politicians such as Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, and former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso. Given the growing ...Read full article...

Dilma Rousseff bows down to Obama in Washington

Brazil may be the next BRIC to unofficialy adopt Transpacific Partnership policies. When President Dilma Rousseff was asked Tuesday in Washington on intelligence that the US National Security Agency conducted in 2013 on her personal phone, she answered that from now on, “if President Barack Obama wants to know something about Brazil, he can call me directly.” Her answer caused the US President to smile. Relations between leaders of ...Read full article...

Don’t look for Freedom of Expression in Ecuador

Two years ago Ecuador declared the end of Free Speech after passing a new law called the Communications Act, which allows the government to establish what information is allowed in the media and this information can be published. SInce the passing of the law, the Superintendency of Communication, the official agency that oversees alleged media violations has sanctioned 198 media outlets. This agency has also passed 506 reslutions and take on 313 ...Read full article...

Evo Morales authorizes drilling for oil in protected lands

Morales lashed out at what he called the American Empire’s desire to have “untouchable, intangible” territories in the third world to make up for their own crimes against the environment. The need to discover new oil reserves has been the camouflage for the Bolivian Government to allow oil exploration in protected areas. Despite the fact that such areas have been reserved for environmental conservation, the Evo Morales administration decided ...Read full article...

Lula, Dilma and Brazil sink deeper into the hole

WIth no clear leadership, no public confidence on the country’s institutions or its leaders, Brazil seems to be getting deeper and deeper into a political and economic hole. However, in the middle of all the mud, there is still the ocassional joke to lighten up the mood. The last one was that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is now considering a new presidential run in 2018. Sadly for Lula, ...Read full article...

Obama Wants Regime Change in Ecuador

Obama is no man of the people. He never was throughout his political career. He serves powerful monied interests exclusively. As an Illinois state senator, he represented Chicago real estate interests at the expense of Black communities they wanted gentrified. He disgraces the office he holds. He remains a front man for wealth, power and privilege. Earlier, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund executive director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard called the “defining ...Read full article...

Brazil announces investment of $66 billion to revive its economy

The plan presented by Dilma Rousseff intends to provide Brazil with highways and railways, but its success will depend on heavy investment through the BNDES. Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, has decided to launch a plan for major infrastructure renovation and construction across the country in an attempt to revive a plunging economy. The government’s plan will mean a preliminary investment of nearly 200,000 million reais. Dilma’s plan envisages the ...Read full article...

GDP is an insufficient measure of true economic growth

High levels of economic growth are not enough to eradicate poverty. Economic growth has bee at zero percent or lower for two or three years in a row in most of the western world. Cooked government numbers say that most so-called western powers have grown at 0.2% and that the recession that began in 2009 is over. In Europe, the Spanish government has been short of organizing a parade, ...Read full article...

Latin America adrift

Not too long ago, Latin America was one of the regions with the best economic perspective on the planet. After the crisis of 2009, recovering and booming economies in the south looked for Asian partners to establish business opportunities with China, India, and even Russia. Those partnerships were established enthusiastically with the signing of new bilateral and multilateral agreements between China and individual commercial partners as well as among ...Read full article...