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Tag: South America

Ecuador’s Plants Head Uphill to Escape Warmth

In just two centuries, many plant species have scrambled 500 meters up the Andes in search of cooler temperatures.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

South America Has Become a Safe Haven for U.S. and European Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

Even as Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, a yearlong investigation reveals how the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to escape to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Canada Clears Way for Ecuadorean Case Against Chevron Over ‘Amazon Chernobyl’

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that Ecuadorean villagers can go after Canadian assets of the U.S.-based oil company Chevron in one of the most bitterly contested environmental cases in history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Risk of New Katrinas Rises as Climate Warms

Climate change may drastically increase the risk of simultaneous cyclones and storm surges striking populous coastlines around the world.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

Muckraking Brazilian Radio Journalist Shot Dead While on Air

Gleydson Carvalho, known for his exposure of political corruption in Brazil, was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and killed him.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Wildfire Threat Spreads Across a Warming World

As climate change warms the world, vegetation dries, rain-free days increase and fire seasons lengthen. It’s a recipe for devastating wildfires.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis Begins South American Visit With Mass Attended by a Million Followers

Ecuador is the first stop on the pontiff’s highly anticipated weeklong South American trip, which includes visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Marches Against Femicide and Domestic Violence Sweep Through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile (Video)

Latin America is alight with feminist movements. From Argentina to Paraguay, women are taking to the streets to demand human rights.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: José Mujica

The Uruguayan president, who will leave office soon, has an offbeat but sincere approach that has won the hearts of his people and the respect of foreigners.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Authorizes Sanctions Against Venezuelan Socialists

The American president has signed legislation that freezes assets and revokes travel visas belonging to Venezuelan officials who stand accused of violating the human rights of opponents of the South American nation’s socialist government.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

Report: 48 Dead Due to Alleged Poisoning in Venezuelan Jail

The exact cause of the inmates’ deaths has been the subject of conflicting reports.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Re-Elected, Promises to Be a Better Leader

The head of Brazil’s Workers Party, President Dilma Rousseff, won a narrow victory Sunday against the “pro-business Aécio Neves.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE

Amazon Deforestation Reaching New Heights—and the Future May Be Worse

Over the past two months, the Brazilian Amazon has registered a sharp spike in deforestation.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE

Brazil Beef Tax Could Spare Forests

Scientists have come up with a prescription of taxes and incentives to address the Amazon rainforest’s health problems and cut greenhouse gases by encouraging Brazil’s cattle farmers to make more efficient use of pasture land.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE

Powerful Quake Hits Chile, Sparking Tsunami Warnings

An 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit near Chile’s Pacific coast Tuesday, triggering tsunami waves of more than two meters and warnings for people in Chile, Peru and Ecuador to flee immediately to higher ground.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE

(AP/Jasper Juinen)

Salvador Allende’s Daughter Chosen as First Woman to Lead Chilean Senate

Isabel Allende, not to be confused with the Chilean writer who also goes by that name, will hold the same seat her father did before he became the first Marxist president in South America.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

Forest Peoples Urge Land Rights Action

People who dwell in forests and campaigners who support them say the world’s governments need to act to make a reality of their right to land instead of simply talking about it.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE

CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Amazon Forest Loss Threatens Five Countries

The environmental damage being caused by deforestation in the Amazon is a threat to much of the South American continent, two campaign groups say.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE

International Rivers (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Indigenous Brazilians Launch Protests

Brazil, once at the forefront of indigenous rights protection, is now trying to undermine its native groups’ constitutional rights. But these people will not go down without a massive yet peaceful fight.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE

Mariela De Marchi Moyano (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Eduardo Galeano: ‘This World Is Not Democratic at All’  (Video)

The “poet laureate of the anti-globalization movement,” who has been published here at Truthdig, says “the world is organized by the war economy and the war culture.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE

South of the Border

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

Akashic Books

Asking Coca-Cola About Coca Has Never Been Easy

In “A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola,” Ricardo Cortés shares the fruit of six years’ worth of research into the connection between Coca-Cola and the coca leaf of South America.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Fernando Llano

Ailing Hugo Chavez Names Successor

Although he was only recently elected to a fourth term as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez has flown to Cuba for yet another surgery to address malignant cancer.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE

How I See Life (CC-BY)

The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

In the years of America’s conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” have continued to mount elsewhere.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE

Women Leaders

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE

White House / National Archives

Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Rodridgo Abd

Mexican Drug War Spills Into Guatemala

The hold of Mexican drug traffickers has overflowed the country’s southern border, as the Zeta cartel has seized control of parts of northern Guatemala, leading the government there to declare a state of siege in the area.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE

Dropping Temperatures Take Toll in Peru

After hundreds of children died in weather that has gripped Peru and plunged temperatures to 50-year lows, the country has declared a state of emergency. The declaration will provide funds intended to lessen additional casualties.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE

Argentine gay marriage rally
AP / Natacha Pisarenko

Argentina Makes Gay Marriage Official

As of Wednesday, we can add Argentina to the list of nations that has beaten the U.S. to the enlightened punch by sanctioning gay marriage. In so doing, Argentina also gets the prize for being the first country in South America to make it legal.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE

Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

A Truth, Crudely Put

Forgive me if I am neither shocked nor outraged at Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s skin. What I would find stunning is evidence that his assessment was anything but accurate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE

Freyre and Di Bello
AP / Eduardo Di Baia

Argentine Couple Wed in Latin America’s First Gay Marriage

After they encountered resistance in Buenos Aires earlier this month, Argentine couple Alex Freyre and Jose Maria di Bello found an alternative location for their wedding, and they sealed the deal Monday in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost state in their country, making theirs the first same-sex marriage in Latin America.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE

Chavez and Stone
AP / Andrew Medichini

Chavez Walks the Red Carpet With Stone in Venice

Oliver Stone made quite a dramatic entrance at the Venice Film Festival on Monday for the premiere of his documentary, “South of the Border”—the director was joined on the red carpet by none other than Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, the subject of his film.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Stone Goes ‘South of the Border’

A new documentary by Oliver Stone called “South of the Border” follows his earlier trajectory of “Salvador” (1984), “Comandante” (2003), and “Looking for Fidel” (2004) as he talks to several Latin American leaders to understand what is happening on the continent and how U.S. perceptions of our own backyard are skewed.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE

SA Obama

Base Deal Rocks U.S.-Latin Relations

The U.S. reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U.S. and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE

USAF / Tech Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Latin Leaders Unhappy With U.S. Move Into Colombia

The U.S. plans to move its anti-drug operations from Ecuador to Colombia, which is just a little too close for Hugo Chavez, who said “the winds of war were beginning to blow.” Luis Inacio Lula da Silva added, “As president of Brazil, this climate of unease disturbs me.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Stone to Turn Camera on Chavez

After making a movie about President Bush, what’s “W.” director Oliver Stone to do next? Why, he’ll make a documentary about that repeat Bush taunter from Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, of course!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE

Welcome to the Third World, America

Here’s a question I’d like to ask Barack Obama and John McCain: Is the United States destined to look and feel increasingly like a “developing country”? Is this the way it’s going to be?

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE

Douche With Knife: Luciano Menendez

Argentine ‘Dirty War’ Murderer Gets Life

Former Argentine army officer and current scumbag Luciano Benjamin Menendez finally got what should have happened to him 30 years ago: a life sentence in jail for the kidnap, torture and murder of anti-dictatorship activists in 1977.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE

South American Food Crisis

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE

Dear American Voter

A Venezuelan’s Perspective on Campaign ‘08

There’s a great deal riding on this November’s presidential election—and, clearly, not just for Americans. Link TV has put together a new feature called “Dear American Voter” to tell those who will be able to cast their vote in the U.S. what their choices might represent for the rest of the world.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE

Rice and a Baseball

Rice Snubs Argentina

In response to the strengthening of ties between Hugo Chavez and recently elected Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government, Condoleezza Rice will skip the country on a two-day trip to South America. The snub further underscores a divide between the U.S.‘s traditional Latin American allies and a growing movement in opposition to U.S. policy in the region.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE

Peru Earthquake

Quake Kills Hundreds in Peru

A massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck southern Peru on Wednesday, killing at least 510 people (revised) and injuring more than a thousand more. The disastrous tremors set pavement rippling and lasted for several minutes, followed by four aftershocks ranging from 5.4 to 5.9. Updated on 8/17.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE

Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE

Why Chavez Isn’t Just Another Castro

While Hugo Chavez is often presented in the West as the second coming of Fidel Castro, the reality is far more complex. For example, critics who chastise Chavez for silencing a critical television station often fail to mention that the same media outlet promoted and participated in a military coup against the democratically elected Venezuelan president.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE

Hugo Chavez

Chavez Consolidates Power

Hugo Chavez has won preliminary approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The Venezuelan president has said he intends to enact sweeping reforms, including the elimination of term limits for the president and the nationalization of some key industries.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE

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