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Apr 25 16:32

Peruvian Farmer Wins Monumental Battle Against U.S. Mining Giant

By Amanda Froelich

Acuña’s inspiring story is proof that activists’ efforts do matter, and that even the world’s largest companies will be held to account.

Peruvian activists knew they were entering a David-and-Goliath battle when they decided to shut down the creation of a $5 billion open-caste gold and copper mine next to a pristine lake, but they have so far succeeded.

However, much of the community’s success in this endeavor can be credited to Maxima Acuña, a farmer who owns a 60-acre plot of land on the exact site where the giant Newmont Mining Corporation desires to dig...

Apr 25 09:12

POLICE SWEEP AWAY BRAZIL’S ‘STREET CHILDREN’ AHEAD OF OLYMPICS

With a faltering economy and an $11 billion investment at stake, Brazil wants nothing more than to stage a successful Olympic Games come August. The government is building new transportation and sports venues, hiring security guards and deploying soldiers, and sprucing up Rio de Janeiro’s most-visited areas. But “cleaning the streets,” as the project is euphemistically known, is not an effort to haul garbage but to sweep away homeless people and drug dealers—including the often drug-addicted children who live on the sidewalks of some of Rio’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

In the Copacabana and Maracanã areas, two of the neighborhoods preparing to host the Olympics, teenagers and children as young as 7 sleep by the roadside or beg for change. Boys often join gangs and sell drugs to survive while girls frequently turn to prostitution. Many smoke crack or sniff glue. Some live on the streets full time; others spend nights in the favelas, or nearby shantytowns.

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A society should be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable of its citizens; what Brazil is doing to the most impoverished, and most vulnerable of its street kids demonstrates a complete, and institutionalized, emotional callousness to the conditions which put these kids on the streets to begin with.

Even with the Olympics coming in August, this will not end well for the Brazilian government, or its people.

Apr 25 09:05

POLICE SWEEP AWAY BRAZIL’S ‘STREET CHILDREN’ AHEAD OF OLYMPICS

This story originally appeared on the International Business Times. With a faltering economy and an $11 billion investment at stake, Brazil wants nothing more than to stage a successful Olympic Games come August. The government is building new transportation and sports venues, hiring security guards and deploying soldiers, and sprucing up Rio de Janeiro’s most-visited areas.…

Apr 22 10:42

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Launches Its Attack Against BRICS

Having removed the reformist President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Washington is now disposing of the reformist President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/us-vulture-funds-argentin... These vultures were called “creditors” who had made “loans” regardless of the fact that they were not creditors and had made no loans. They were opportunists after easy money and were used by Washington to get rid of a reformist government.

President Kirchner resisted and, thus, she had to go. Washington concocted a story that Kirchner covered up an alleged Iranian bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994. This implausible fantasy, for which there is no evidence of Iranian involvement, was fed to one of Washington’s agents in the state prosecutor’s office, and a dubious event of 22 years ago was used to clear Kirchner out of the way of the American looting of Argentina.

Apr 21 12:26

BOMBSHELL: PANAMA PAPERS EXPOSE CLINTON’S ELITE AND CRIMINAL CAMPAIGN DONORS

As her clearly delusional and overtly corrupt supporters cheer her on, Hillary Clinton manages to avoid prosecution, scrutiny and maintains a public persona, thanks largely to the mainstream media, as if she is the nation’s wonderful mother figure. To the Futurama fans out there, however, the only motherly figure Hillary Clinton resembles is the not-so-wonderful Mom, from Momcorp. Still, her ardent supports overlook ties to the banking elite, her complete lack of accomplishments, and her horrific record overseas. But, thanks to the recently leaked Panama Papers, that public persona is getting peeled back layer by layer. Recently leaked names from the papers link the campaign financed-careers to Hillary and the former President Bill Clinton to those who use the offshore tax shelters. Not only do their financiers use unethical offshore tax-havens, but many of them out downright criminals.

Apr 18 06:41

Brazilians Celebrate As Rousseff Loses Congress Impeachment Vote

Brazil's congress has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of tampering with government accounts. Report by Jessica Wakefield.

Apr 17 08:51

Dozens of casualties, massive destruction in Ecuador struck by 7.8 quake

At least 77 people have been killed and 588 injured in a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the Ecuador coast. The quake was followed by a series of strong aftershocks. The disaster has ravaged coastal towns and left thousands of households without power.

Apr 12 16:09

59 Journalists Murdered in Honduras Since Clinton-Backed Coup

Since the 2009 U.S.-backed coup that removed President Manuel Zelaya, 59 journalists have been assassinated in Honduras, with four of them being murdered just in 2016 alone. The most violent year until now has been 2015, with 218 alerts registered and 12 journalists assassinated.

Apr 06 07:46

Tens Of Thousands March Against Fujimori In Peru

April 06, 2016 - Some 50,000 people march in Lima to protest the presidential candidacy of frontrunner Keiko Fujimori exactly 24 years after the coup d'etat staged by her father.

Apr 06 07:32

Blood Was Literally Flowing in the Streets

The final straw was when the government shut down the banks. Once no one could withdraw money, it devalued the currency by 66%...instantly stealing more than half of peoples’ life savings.

The government declared martial law and the police killed 23 people.

At this point, it was too late for compromises. It was an “off with their heads”-type moment.

When the mob reached critical mass, it stormed the presidential palace. The president had to run for his life.

He escaped in a helicopter from the roof with only the clothes on his back.

Had he not escaped, the mob likely would have killed him Mussolini-style - shot him and then hung him upside down in public.

Can you imagine an angry mob storming the White House…forcing President Obama to run for his life?

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Actually, I can.

Apr 05 12:18

You Won't Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela

In this video Luke Rudkowski and Jeff Berwick travel down to Caracas Venezuela to give you a report on how people live in socialism. We not only give you a detailed update on life in Caracas but a complete social and economic breakdown of the situation on the ground.

Apr 05 08:54

Indigenous Women in Argentina Resist Fracking

By Derrick Broze

Six Mapuche women are resisting fracking operations in the Argentine Patagonia by chaining themselves to drilling rigs.

Indigenous women in the Campo Maripe community in the Argentine Patagonia are actively participating in the resistance to “extractivism” by using their bodies to protest fracking.

TeleSur reports that extractivism is “a type of economic model that is dependent on the large-scale removal (or ‘extraction’) and exportation of natural resources”. Whatever you call it, the process of stealing resources and land from native and indigenous populations has been ongoing for at least the last 500 years...

Apr 05 08:32

Attempted Coup in Brazil Seeks to Reverse Election Results

First, there is no doubt that this is a coup in progress. It is an attempt by Brazil's traditional elite — which includes, as one of the most important players, most of the major media — to reverse the outcome of Brazil's 2014 presidential elections. Exhibit A is the grounds on which they hope to impeach President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party (PT by its Portuguese initials). It has nothing to do with corruption or any serious offense. The charge is that the government used borrowed money in 2014 to maintain the appearance that the primary budget surplus was within its target. But this is something that other presidents had done, and is hardly an serious offense. A comparison: When the Republicans in the U.S. Congress threatened to shut down the government over the debt ceiling in 2013, the Obama administration used a number of accounting tricks to extend the deadline, and there was little controversy over this.

Apr 05 08:30

Food Crisis in Venezuela

Mar 29 06:48

UN Falklands ruling: Britain rejects Argentina ‘not legally binding’ territorial claim

Britain has rejected Argentine claims to the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands following a UN commission ruling that extended the South American nation’s maritime territory by 35 percent.

Mar 26 10:01

Bolivia declares Israel a 'terrorist state'

Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state," Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

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Mar 25 10:27

U.S. Government To Pull Foreign Aid In El Salvador For Refusing Monsanto Seeds

Farmers across the country have united in order to stop this stipulation within this US aid package. Which again, indirectly requires the purchase of Monsanto genetically modified (GM) seeds.

“Transnational companies have been known to provide expired seeds that they weren’t able to distribute elsewhere. We would like the US embassy and the misinformed media outlets to know more about the reality of national producers and recognize the food sovereignty of the country.” – Juan Joaquin Luna Vides, 45 year old Salvadoran farmer (2)

Hundreds of other farmers have successfully produced high-quality seed that is adapted to the specific soil and climate conditions of their country. Using indigenous seeds simply makes more sense.

Mar 23 17:56

Remembering America’s Role in Argentina’s Dirty War

By Derrick Broze

On Wednesday, President Obama visited Argentina and promised to release classified files related to the United States’ role in the military coup which took place 40 years ago today...

Mar 23 07:30

Record Loss For Petrobras As Political And Economic Crisis Worsen

Petrobras reported a record loss for the fourth quarter, a horrendous performance that raises questions about the company’s ability to handle its mountain of debt.

The state-owned Brazilian oil company announced that it lost more than 36 billion reais in the fourth quarter, or more than USD$10 billion, a 40 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The losses were all the more staggering because the previous year’s figures were inflated due to the massive corruption scandal, which continues to bedevil the company.

Mar 21 14:22

Roger Agnelli, banker who built Vale into mining giant, 'dies in Brazil plane crash'

Known for his discipline and feisty nature, Agnelli clinched the top job at Vale in July 2001 after 19 years as a corporate and investment banker with Banco Bradesco, a major Vale shareholder. He instilled a culture of meritocracy that helped make the company Brazil’s biggest exporter and the world’s largest iron ore producer. To friends and foes, the key to Agnelli’s success was accurately predicting the rise of China as a major minerals consumer, a crucial wager in turning Vale, a former bloated state-controlled firm, into a global powerhouse.

Mar 21 09:10

THE OILMAN WHO LOVED DICTATORS: OR HOW TEXACO SUPPORTED FASCISM

"Merchants have no country," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. "The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." The former president was ruing the way New England traders and shipowners, fearing the loss of lucrative transatlantic commerce, failed to rally to their country in the War of 1812. Today, with the places from which "merchants" draw their gains spread across the planet, corporations are even less likely to feel loyalty to any country in particular. Some of them have found it profitable to reincorporate in tax havens overseas. Giant multinationals, sometimes with annual earnings greater than the combined total gross national products of several dozen of the world's poorer countries, are often more powerful than national governments, while their CEOs wield the kind of political clout many prime ministers and presidents only dream of.

Mar 21 08:04

Roger Agnelli, banker who built Vale into mining giant, 'dies in Brazil plane crash'

Roger Agnelli, the Brazilian banker who turned Vale into one of the world’s biggest mining companies, has died in a plane crash. He was 56.

Agnelli, his wife and two children were among seven killed when his Comp Air 9 turboprop monoplane slammed into two homes around 3:20pm local time (18.20 GMT) on Saturday, minutes after taking off from an airport in northern São Paulo, an aviation official told Reuters.

Mar 19 09:58

3.6 Million People Take To The Streets, Demand Revolution In Brazil

Mar 18 11:48

OBAMA TO DECLASSIFY MILITARY RECORDS ON U.S. ROLE IN RUN-UP TO 1976 ARGENTINE MILITARY COUP

President Barack Obama will move to declassify U.S. military and intelligence records related to Argentina's "Dirty War," the White House said Thursday, aiming to bring closure to questions of U.S. involvement in a notorious chapter in Argentina's history.

Obama's visit to Buenos Aires next week coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup that started Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship. Little is known about the U.S. role leading up to that period, in which thousands of people were forcibly disappeared and babies systematically stolen from political prisoners.

Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, said Obama would use his trip to announce a "comprehensive effort" to declassify more documents, at Argentina's request. She said Obama would also visit Remembrance Park in Buenos Aires to honor victims of the dictatorship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at theguardian.com in January of this year:

Declassified US files expose 1970s backing for junta Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles Friday 5 December 2003 21.20 EST Henry Kissinger gave his approval to the "dirty war" in Argentina in the 1970s in which up to 30,000 people were killed, according to newly declassified US state department documents. Mr Kissinger, who was America's secretary of state, is shown to have urged the Argentinian military regime to act before the US Congress resumed session, and told it that Washington would not cause it "unnecessary difficulties". The revelations are likely to further damage Mr Kissinger's reputation. He has already been implicated in war crimes committed during his term in office, notably in connection with the 1973 Chilean coup. The material, obtained by the Washington-based National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act, consists of two memorandums of conversations that took place in October 1976 with the visiting Argentinian foreign minister, Admiral César Augusto Guzzetti. At the time the US Congress, concerned about allegations of widespread human rights abuses, was poised to approve sanctions against the military regime. According to a verbatim transcript of a meeting on October 7 1976, Mr Kissinger reassured the foreign minister that he had US backing in whatever he did.

This is the same Kissinger who created a coup in Chile, and installed the murderous General Pinochet as its leader.

This is the same Henry Kissinger Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has counted on - and continues to count on - for foreign policy advice. In fact, as reported in the New York Times website on February 2016:

"“Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state,” Mrs. Clinton wrote in The Washington Post, in a positive review of his book “World Order.”

If in fact, past is prologue to the future, I shudder to think what foreign policy will look like under a Clinton administration; but I would almost bet on would be more pre-emptive wars, and a return to the draft, which will include our young men, as well as our young women.

Mar 16 11:18

Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing

Argentina's coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country's coast.

The Argentine Naval Prefecture chased and eventually sank the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 vessel after detecting it illegally fishing within the country's exclusive economic zone, officials said Tuesday.

Mar 14 14:29

Millions take part in biggest anti-govt protest in Brazil

Mar 14 13:03

Record Brazil protests put Rousseff's future in doubt

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians flooded the streets on Sunday in the biggest ever protests calling for President Dilma Rousseff's removal, reflecting rising popular anger that could encourage Congress to impeach the leftist leader.

The demonstrations were the latest in a wave of anti-government rallies that lost momentum late last year but have regained strength as a sweeping corruption investigation nears Rousseff's inner circle.

Mar 10 12:39

Iconic activist in Rio watches as her home is bulldozed to make way for the Olympics

Activist and long-time Vila Autodromo resident Maria da Penha stands near her house in the Rio favela. Her house was flattened to make way for Rio 2016 Olympics construction.

Mar 10 10:16

INDIGENOUS TRIBES IN PERU SEIZE HELICOPTER OVER OIL SPILL

On Sunday a group of indigenous people affected by oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon seized a group of eight members of the Peruvian Air Force who came to assess the area in a military helicopter. The natives demanded compensation for the oil spills’ pollution. In an official statement, the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) reported that both the helicopter and its crew are in perfect condition. The head of communications of the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP), Segundo Chuquipiondo, said the helicopter was taken so that an emergency would be declared in the 20 communities affected by the spill and not just in 16.

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Mar 07 10:10

ENERGY COMPANY UNDER INVESTIGATION IN DEATH OF HONDURAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

The killing appeared to be targeted: A Mexican rights activist at the house was only slightly wounded in the attack, but Caceres’s body had four bullet wounds. Police said they had detained a suspect, but did not identify the person.

Mar 07 09:42

The Brazilian Earthquake

Imagine one of the most admired global political leaders in modern history taken from his apartment at 6 am by armed Brazilian Federal Police agents and forced into an unmarked car to the Sao Paulo airport to be interrogated for almost four hours in connection with a billion dollar corruption scandal involving the giant state oil company Petrobras.

This is the stuff Hollywood is made of. And that was exactly the logic behind the elaborate production.

The public prosecutors of the two-year-old Car Wash investigation maintain there are "elements of proof" implicating Lula in receiving funds — at least 1.1 million euros — from the dodgy kickback scheme involving major Brazilian construction companies connected to Petrobras. Lula might — and the operative word is "might" — have personally profited from it mostly in the form of a ranch (which he does not own), a relatively modest seaside apartment, speaking fees in the global lecture circuit, and donations to his charity.

Mar 06 11:28

Former DEA Agent Exposes US Government’s Role in Cocaine Epidemic

Were the CIA and the U.S. government responsible for devastating American communities by supporting drug traffickers? There is an epidemic of cocaine, heroin, and other drug use in America, and many other drugs are being shipped into the US in greater numbers than ever before. Are the United States government and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to blame for flooding American communities with cocaine in the 1970’s by covertly supporting the Latin American drug trade?

Mar 05 17:52

BREAKING: HILLARY CLINTON COMPLICIT IN MURDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

A Honduran indigenous/environmental organizer, Berta Cáceres, who is an enemy of the Clinton-backed regime was found murdered in her own home.

But, her mother wasn’t the only skeptic. By Thursday night violence had erupted throughout Honduras even after President Juan Orlando Hernández promised to bring the assassins to justice.

Mar 04 08:22

Brazil’s Lula arrested on corruption probe

Brazilian have been wanting to question the former President since September 2015 on suspicion of corruption at the expense of the state-owned oil company Petrobras.

The former President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was arrested on Friday, March 4.

Meanwhile, his house, offices, and his institute were being searched in Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, and Bahia. The search involved 44 warrants for search, seizure, and questioning; that is an operation engaging more than 200 federal officers.

Police raided his home executing a warrant issued in an ongoing corruption investigation linked to the state owned oil-company Petrobras. This makes part of a greater Operation Car Wash investigation.

Mar 02 17:14

Could Mandatory Vaccines Containing Aluminum Salts Be Responsible For Microcephaly In Brazil?

In 1982, scientist Alberto Rotundo and his team studied 23 patients who had developed renal failure in their first year of life. The study,Progressive encephalopathy in children with chronic renal insufficiency in infancy, outlined that, after reading the hospital records and medical reports of children suffering renal failure under the age of…

Mar 02 12:33

FORMER COLOMBIA PRESIDENT ALVARO URIBE’S BROTHER ARRESTED FOR LINKS TO DEATH SQUADS

The brother of former Colombian President Alvro Uribe was arrested Monday accused of having ties with paramilitaries — also known as death squads — in the country as well as other crimes. Santiago Uribe Velez was arrested in the coastal city of Medellin by officials from the attorney general’s office, who have long been monitoring the former president’s brother. Velez is accused of forming and developing the paramilitary group known as “Los Doce Apostoles” (The Twelve Apostles) in the 1990s.

Mar 01 19:54

Former DEA Agent Exposes US Government’s Role in Cocaine Epidemic

Waking Times

There is an epidemic of cocaine, heroin, and other drug use in America, and many other drugs are being shipped into the US in greater numbers than ever before. Are the United States government and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to blame for flooding American communities with cocaine in the 1970’s by covertly supporting the Latin American drug trade?

Mar 01 08:08

Leaked Report: Petrochemical Pollution Causes Microcephaly … Not Zika

By Jon Rappoport

Microcephaly = babies born with small heads and brain impairment.

As I’ve demonstrated in numerous articles, the purported cause of microcephaly, the Zika virus, is completely discredited. There is no science to back it up. In fact, the findings of Brazilian researchers constitute evidence that Zika has nothing to do with microcephaly.

Now we have this: Jerusalem Post (2/2/16), “All eyes on Haifa after damning study results leaked”:...

Feb 29 10:00

Argentina Reaches Debt Accord With Holdouts After 15-Year Battle

Argentina settled with disgruntled creditors led by billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, who had sued the country over its $95 billion default in 2001, putting an end to an epic legal battle that had dragged down South America’s second-largest economy.

Feb 26 16:59

In Collapsing Venezuela, “Paramilitaries Roaming Neighborhoods, Shooting” At Dissenters

Venezuela is in complete chaos as a result of their economic collapse. State-rationed food and groceries have run out, prices are hyper-inflated and millions of people are waiting in huge lines for any goods that are available. And now, it is becoming police state crackdown:

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

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Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 24 11:37

Crumbling American Economy Headed for Venezula-Style Collapse: “Worthless Cash; Nothing To Buy”

This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at his Project Chesapeake website.

Editor’s Comment: System breaks down. Lines form, doors shut, shelves go empty. Currency self-implodes. Scarcity, starvation, submission kick in for those who aren’t prepared with resources or barter items.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

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