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The first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one

The main problem humanity faces today is not climate change, war, poverty, inequality or corruption, but the fact that those issues are not openly recognized as problems that need to be addressed and solved. Many people do recognize that corruption is rooted into politics, for example, but not everyone agrees that corruption is such a problem that it is necessary to get together to find and solution to it. ...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...

Chile’s government falters

Michele Bachelet ‘fires’ her cabinet to regain the people’s confidence What is a president to do when her government is not running smoothly? Common wisdom says that she should evaluate her mandate, make some self-criticism and eventually, if she cannot handle the heat, perhaps she needs to step aside leaving her post to someone else who does not have approval levels as low as hers, especially when her popularity ...Read full article...

Lula being investigated by Brazilian Federal Prosecutor

The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, may have entered the spotlight of the Brazilian prosecutor leading the corruption investigation at Petrobras. After the scandal of the so-called operation “Lava Jato”, reports on Brazilian media state that the Prosecutor’s Office in Brasilia has opened an investigation against the former president for influence peddling to facilitate the creation of contracts related to construction projects with foreign governments ...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...

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...

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...

Is Brazil moving towards social collapse?

The impeachment of Dilma Rousseff could add up to crumbling infrastructure, drought, corruption, social violence and mismanagement of public funds. Brazil, rather than divide itself, used to come together to defend great democratic battles. It was so when people gathered for mass demonstrations to advocate for the right to popular vote or when, together, the they took to the streets, dressed in black, to demand the impeachment of President Collor ...Read full article...

Can Brazil survive another four years?

Brazilians are starting to feel the pinch of a brand new Worker’s Party (PT) administration, the most recent in one of a total of 4 in almost 16 years of PT control of national affairs. PORTO ALEGRE – Even people who are apolitical or who really do not give a damn about politics are now speaking out about it. The latest list of reasons for people to say something ...Read full article...

The CDC: A Truly Corrupt and Dangerous Organization

Over the years, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has repeatedly deceived and lied to the public, yet they continue to state that their mission is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. They boldly announce on their website that the “CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and ...Read full article...

Justice and Law Enforcement: America’s Corrupt Institutions

Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task.  Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story.  Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court ...Read full article...

Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption

Libertarian ideology favors privatization.  However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare. Most privatizations, such as those that have occurred in France and UK during the neoliberal era, and in Greece today and Ukraine tomorrow, are lootings of public assets by politically-connected private ...Read full article...
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