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Gunmen storm Amazon hospital, murder Brazil land activist

Gunmen storm Amazon hospital, murder Brazil land activist

Five armed men burst into a small town hospital in the Brazilian Amazon, surrounded security guards and shot dead a prominent land rights activist, local media reported on Tuesday, in the latest deadly attack on land campaigners. Waldomiro Costa Pereira, an activist with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) was killed on Monday when gunmen stormed […]

Rape, abuse, death of girls at Guatemala home burned by fire

Rape, abuse, death of girls at Guatemala home burned by fire

When firefighters entered the home for troubled youth, they discovered more than two dozen girls on the floor of a locked room, most of them dead. A moan rose from one of the bodies, piled on top of each other. When firefighter Danial Perpuac turned the girl over, flames came out of her mouth — […]

Brazil is handing over the Amazon rainforest to mining companies and big agriculture

Brazil is handing over the Amazon rainforest to mining companies and big agriculture

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the massive swath of vegetation that accounts for 10 percent of the world’s known species, is again under siege. Last year alone, over 3,000 square miles were deforested, and if Brazilian President Michel Temer gets his way, a host of new infrastructure projects — dams, man-made waterways, mines — will only accelerate the […]

Brazil rotten meat scandal deepens as China and EU halt some imports

Brazil rotten meat scandal deepens as China and EU halt some imports

A scandal over expired meats in Brazil has deepened, with the European Union and China deciding to halt some meat imports from Latin America’s largest nation. The developments represent a major blow to Brazil, one of the world’s largest exporters of meat, which is struggling to emerge from its worst recession in decades. The announcements […]

Flooding, Mudslides Strike Peru, Leaving 72 Dead and Thousands Without Homes

Flooding, Mudslides Strike Peru, Leaving 72 Dead and Thousands Without Homes

Intense rains have led to flooding and mudslides in northern Peru this week, leaving thousands homeless and dozens of residents dead. According to the Associated Press, at least 72 people lost their lives and thousands are now homeless after a series of storms wreaked havoc on the South American nation. At least 115,000 homes have been […]

Brazil meat-packing giants ‘exported rotten beef’

Brazil meat-packing giants ‘exported rotten beef’

The authorities in Brazil suspended 33 government officials amid allegations that some of the country’s biggest meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry for years. Three meat processing plants have also been closed and another 18 are under scrutiny. Much of the meat produced by the companies accused is exported to Europe and […]

Brazil’s corruption inquiry list names all the power players – except the president

Brazil’s corruption inquiry list names all the power players – except the president

Five members of Michel Temer’s cabinet are on the list, but Temer has said they will not be asked to resign unless they are formally charged “Who is on the list?” The question has obsessed Brazilian politicians for months as the country awaited the latest, greatest set of targets in the country’s burgeoning Lava Jato […]

World war 3 is coming…

World war 3 is coming…

The prospect of a global conflict – World War III if you like – appears somewhat unthinkable. Since the Second World War, there has been no major war between the great powers. The original post-war European project was based around peace, social justice and harmony. The unravelling of this project, accompanied by rising nationalism, is […]

President of Brazil has reportedly moved out of his official residence because of “ghosts”

The acting president of Brazil has reportedly moved out of his official residence because of “ghosts”.  Michel Temer, who has been running the country since Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year, told a Brazilian news magazine that he and his family were leaving the Alvorada Palace because they found it spooky.  Mr Temer and his […]

Mexico cancels sugar export permits to the US in ‘absurd’ dispute

Mexico cancels sugar export permits to the US in ‘absurd’ dispute

Mexico has canceled existing sugar export permits to the United States to avoid penalties in a dispute over the pace of shipments, a document seen by Reuters said, partly blaming the issue on unfilled positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was not immediately clear what impact the cancellation would have on exports to […]

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