SOUTH AMERICA

Apr 17 20:52

Ecuador Will Have Referendum on Fate of Yasuni After Activists Collect Over 700,000 Signatures

Waking Times

In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. The effort started last year after Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, announced he was killing the Yasuni-ITT initiative, which called on the international community to pay into a trust fund to keep the most remote portions of the park free from oil exploitation. Currently, Yasuni National Park is considered the likeliest candidate for the most bio-diverse place on the planet and is home to several indigenous tribes who have chosen voluntary isolation.

Apr 17 15:14

New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil

An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections...

Apr 14 17:15

Thirty Venezuelan Military Officials Allegedly Under Arrest for Coup Plotting

Thirty Venezuelan military officers of different ranks, including several generals, have been arrested for alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a leading national newspaper has reported.

Apr 14 06:51

Venezuela: tear gas, rubber bullets fired at protesters

Troops in Venezuela’s capital Caracas fired tear gas and rubber bullets as hundreds of people protested.

The demonstration came days after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hosted opposition leaders for talks to put an end to months of political unrest.

The talks are viewed by some as a monumental task in a country polarised by high levels of poverty.

Months of violent clashes have left at least 30 people dead, hundreds injured and thousands arrested

Venezuelans have been demonstrating against high crime rates, inflation and a lack of basic foodstuffs.

Polls show a drop in support for both Maduro and the opposition since the protests began.

Apr 12 08:33

‘This is what happens’: Police violently evict squatters around Brazil’s top World Cup stadium

At least seven people were injured Friday as authorities ousted squatters from an abandoned building and shacks surrounding it just steps from Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Brazil's political and social infrastructure is ready to come crashing down in a revolution. The coming spark may well be another police action of this kind: 5,000 people were evicted in this sweep.

Apr 11 09:11

Rampant inflation triggers nationwide strike in Argentina

Argentina is struggling with a weakening economy and rapidly rising inflation, which currently stands at roughly 30 percent. Labor leaders are therefore calling for higher pay and lower taxes.

A nationwide 24-hour strike, called by the powerful CGT Union, brought large parts of the country to a standstill, public transport came to a halt, flights were canceled, hospitals provided emergency services only and rubbish was left uncollected. Many schools and businesses also remained shut.

The strike also affected the ongoing soybean harvest, practically halting operations in the city of Rosario, a major export hub. Argentina is the world’s number-three soybean exporter and the world’s top supplier of soymeal animal feed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect to see more of these strikes in both Argentina and Venezuela, no doubt augmented by "American elements" which eagerly want to see both left of center governments fall.

Apr 10 20:38

Massive swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes set free in Brazil

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes have been set loose in Brazil, in hopes to suppress an outbreak of Dengue fever.

Last year, Brazil reported 1.4 million cases of Dengue fever.

Apr 10 12:33

Report: Brazil, Argentina and Australia sign contracts worth hundreds of billions of dollars to house displaced U.S. populace when Yellowstone supervolcano erupts

Contracts worth hundreds of billions of dollars presented to at least 4 countries will run from 2014-2014, a 10-year span in which the Yellowstone supervolcano is expected to erupt, devastating a large portion of the U.S.

Apr 10 08:04

China allows Brazilian corn imports, setback for U.S.

China adds Brazil as corn supplier from April

Increases competition for U.S. suppliers

U.S. shipments to China already curbed by GMO finds (Adds comment, detail)

Apr 08 12:32

Overwhelmed by crime, Argentina declares emergency in Buenos Aires

The governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s largest, richest and most populated province, has declared a 12-month state of emergency following an outbreak of lynching by furious citizens who feel defenceless and ‘overwhelmed’ by crime.

Apr 07 08:16

USAID Subversion in Latin America Not Limited to Cuba

A new investigation by the Associated Press into a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project to create a Twitter-style social media network in Cuba has received a lot of attention this week, with the news trending on the actual Twitter for much of the day yesterday when the story broke, and eliciting comment from various members of Congress and other policy makers. The “ZunZuneo” project, which AP reports was “aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government,” was overseen by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). AP describes OTI as “a division that was created after the fall of the Soviet Union to promote U.S. interests in quickly changing political environments — without the usual red tape.” Its efforts to undermine the Cuban government are not unusual, however, considering the organization’s track record in other countries in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government would infinitely less put its citizens at risk of terror by stopping mucking about in other peoples' countries.

OF course, that...would be logical.

Apr 02 10:33

8.2 Quake and Moderate Tsunami Hits Chile

Chile has declared three northern regions hit by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake to be disaster areas. The quake struck at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) about 52 miles (86km) north-west of the mining area of Iquique, the US Geological Survey said. Waves of over 6ft (2m) have hit some areas and there have been power cuts, fires and landslides.

Mar 30 10:44

Another Color Revolution? The Deceptive Use of the Phrase “Peaceful Protests” in Venezuela

The Venezuelan opposition and much of the media use the term “peaceful protests” to distinguish gatherings of protesting students and other young people from the more violent actions including vandalism and shootings carried out by those outside of the university community.

Mar 28 09:02

Will El Salvador become another Venezuela?

Inspired by the US-backed anti-government protests in Venezuela, El Salvador’s oligarchs are preparing to follow the same strategy.

Mar 27 07:12

Brazil's anti-spy Internet bill clears lower house vote

Brazil's lower chamber of Congress approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and protecting the privacy of its users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

Mar 26 06:07

Venezuela arrests three generals for alleged coup plot

Three Venezuelan air force generals accused of plotting a coup against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro were arrested Tuesday, amid a widening crackdown on the opposition.

The unidentified generals were in contact with opposition politicians and "were trying to get the Air Force to rise up against the legitimately elected government," Maduro told a meeting of South American foreign ministers.

Mar 25 07:51

S&P cuts Brazil credit rating in blow to Rousseff

Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's sovereign debt rating closer to speculative territory on Monday in a blow to President Dilma Rousseff, whose efforts to stir the economy from a years-long slump have eroded the country's finances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that S&P rated the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities as triple-A back in 2008, why is anyone listening to them pass judgements on other countries?

Mar 23 09:00

Putin to Put Russian Bases in Latin America – Western Hemisphere Left Wide Open By Obama’s Weakening Policies

Russia and Iran have stated their increased presence is also in response to U.S. military deployments near their countries, including the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization up to Russia’s borders.

Mar 23 08:48

Venezuelan Ombudswoman Accuses “NGOs” of “False” Reports

Venezuelan ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez has accused international organizations of misrepresenting human rights conditions in Venezuela.

According to Ramirez, non-government organizations have been part of a campaign of “attacks” on Venezuela.

“A few NGOs have forged reports against our institution with false information,” Ramirez tweeted on Monday.

Mar 20 06:31

Venezuela Deals Blow to Bankster Fascists

On March 15th Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressed his military. Mindful of the recent CIA/bankster putsch in Ukraine, he warned the right-wing fascist thugs who have incited violence in the country over the past two months, “Prepare yourself. We are coming for you.” He then played John Lennon’s Give Peace a Chance.

Venezuelan National Guardsman took over the Plaza Altamira in Caracas and put down another provocation in the borough of Chacao. Suddenly on Sunday opposition leader and oligarch Henrique Capriles said for the first time that he was ready to talk with the Maduro government.

Mar 18 12:33

Venezuela Deals Blow to Bankster Fascists

Violence erupted in Venezuela in January. In a country sitting atop what some estimates put at 700 billion barrels of oil, it has become an annual bankster-sponsored occurrence. Bolivarian socialism does not jive with Illuminati plans to colonize the giant Lake Maracaibo oil patch.

Mar 18 09:55

‘DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA’ …

$170m Argentina loss for Israeli water firm Mekorot as BDS spreads southward

Mar 18 07:40

Argentine president condemns Western policy on situation in Crimea

Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner recalled that the UN Charter stipulates the right of people to self-determination, which means that this rule should be applied to all countries without any exception.

Mar 17 08:04

Venezuela: Who You Gonna Believe, the New York Times or Your Lying Eyes?

One can criticize the decision of the government to block the march from going to hostile territory, but given the continuous presence of violent elements among the protestors, and that Venezuela is a country with a very high homicide rate and many armed civilians, it could have been the prudent thing to do. The government also believes, with some justification, that these protests seek to provoke violence in order to de-legitimize the government. Their stated goal is to overthrow the democratically elected government, and given that the vast majority of the country is against the protests, this really is their only chance of getting anywhere. And the government also knows that the media (both national private and international) will generally blame them for any violence.

Mar 17 07:24

Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and beyond: Beware the Wars of March

In the 1930s it was a notorious fact the German government of Adolf Hitler chose the month 0f March ( Ides of Mars), to perpetrate its most daring moves in reasserting the nation as a continental power, culminating in the most deadly war in history.

For example:

March 1933: German federal election brings Hitler to power as chancellor

March 1936: Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles

March 1937: The Third Reich’s Condor Legion bombs and attacks Durango, Spain and the next month bombs Guernica

March 1938: Germany absorbs Austria

Over the past fifteen years a not dissimilar pattern has emerged.

Mar 16 10:09

Venezuelan attorney general accuses U.S. of funding anti-government protests

Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz accused the U.S. government of financing anti-government demonstrations that have turned violent, she claimed during a press briefing on Friday.

Mar 15 09:07

U.S. dismisses ‘absurd’ Venezuela intervention claims

The United States brushed aside "absurd" accusations by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that it was meddling in the country's internal affairs by intervening in anti-government protests.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua had earlier called top US diplomat John Kerry a "murderer of the Venezuelan people," accusing him of encouraging the protests that have killed 28 people in five weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"US ?!?! attempting to destabilize Venezuela, just as we did with Ukraine?!? Just as the US government did with Iran in 1953? Just as we did with Argentina and Pinochet?!? Surely, you have GOT to be kidding me!" Official white house souse.

Mar 06 07:16

U.S. Venezuelan Relations: Imperialism and Revolution

In the latter half of the 20th century Latin America was an important target for the expansion of US based agro-mineral, transport (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler), farm machinery and other multi-national manufacturers. Within this regional pattern of US empire building, each country played a different role: Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia were targeted by manufacturing multi-national corporations (MNC) banks and exporters; Central America and the Caribbean for tropical fruits, tourism and export platforms, Bolivia, Peru and Chile for minerals; Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador for oil and gas. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, were principle suppliers of cheap labor in the agricultural, construction and low paid service sector.

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