SOUTH AMERICA

Jul 21 14:42

Hamas commends withdrawal of Ecuadorian ambassador from Tel-Aviv

The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas hailed on Friday the Ecuadorian decision to withdraw his country's ambassador to Tel-Aviv in protest against Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Jul 21 13:01

PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi: ‘Deliberate Massacre’ in Gaza

An emotionally wrought Hanan Ashrawi calls on the world to act immediately in defense of defenseless Palestinian civilians being deliberately massacred in Gaza by Israeli military.

“Look there, there is no human being who cannot be affected by this. Unless you lose the last vestiges of humanity, you cannot allow this to go on. It has to stop,” Ashrawi said of the latest violence in Gaza.

“This morning, it’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there is a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas, of residential areas,” Ashrawi said on “This Week.”

Jul 21 09:19

Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia

Within hours of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashing into a wheat field in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine last Thursday, Western governments and media have gradually stoked a frenzy of accusations that Moscow had a hand in the disaster.

In a devastating twist to emerge over the weekend it now seems that the Malaysian civilian airliner downed over Ukraine was most probably brought down as a result of sabotage by the US-backed Kiev regime.

The purpose of this audacious act of mass murder – in which 298 lives were lost – was carried out with the intention of framing the Russian government. Washington, the chief sponsor of the Kiev regime, must have known about the plot, if not being fully complicit in it.

Jul 20 06:30

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Israel Invades Gaza Because it has America’s tacit consent

America must soon shift our role from giving tacit consent to an invasion to becoming an active partner in a new, honest search for peace in the Middle East.

What is the end game? To cast Gazans to the sea, where they will be met by the Israeli Navy? To push Gazans into Egypt? To eject all Palestinians to… where? This is a question relevant not only to Israelis and Palestinians, but to the entire world.

Jul 20 06:26

What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner? — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts that we do have. One fact is that the separatists do not have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it. Another fact is that the separatists have no incentive to shoot down an airliner and neither does Russia. Anyone can tell the difference between low-flying attack aircraft and an airliner at 33,000 feet.

Jul 19 09:25

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals

China's president pressed a charm offensive with Latin America on Thursday, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing's growing interests in the region.

President Xi Jinping was greeted with a military honor guard in Brasilia by President Dilma Rousseff before overseeing the signing of a raft of agreements during a state visit.

Xi then met behind-closed doors with a dozen Latin American and Caribbean leaders, including Cuba's communist President Raul Castro.

After the summit, Rousseff said China proposed the creation of a $20 billion fund to finance infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Obama will have to shoot down a passenger jet near China so he can start pushing for sanctions there as well!

Jul 19 09:24

BRICS meet South American leaders after bank deal

The BRICS group of emerging powers met Wednesday with South American presidents as they justified the creation of a development bank seen as an alternative to Western-dominated global financial organizations.

Jul 19 09:23

BRICS to launch bank, tighten Latin America ties

Brasilia (Brazil) (AFP) - The BRICS group of emerging powers will launch its own development bank at a summit next week, using its growing influence to establish a counterweight to Western-dominated financial organizations.

Jul 18 12:21

Chile to suspend trade talks with Israel over Gaza bombing

Chile has suspended Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Israel and id considering the withdrawal of its ambassador to Tel Aviv in protest against the Israeli bombing campaign on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Jul 17 07:11

Check Mating Washington in its Own Backyard with BRICSIANSE

The United States and its closest allies have attempted to isolate Russia and President Vladimir Putin from the world stage. As a result of Western support for the Ukrainian regime that came to power through violence in Kiev, actions taken by Western powers against Russia have included expelling Russia from the G-8 of capitalist powers, the freezing of the assets of Russian government officials and Russian banks, and imposing travel bands on Russian citizens.

However, Putin has check-mated U.S. President Barack Obama in the American president’s own backyard.

The interest of Iran, Argentina, Nigeria, Syria, and Egypt in joining BRICS may soon see the group's acronym become «BRICSIANSE». Such a development would triumph the nations of the world that refuse to take orders from Washington...

Jul 17 04:37

Russia: US sanctions revenge for Ukrainian failure, Moscow may retaliate

Russia considers the latest package of sanctions against it issued by the US as revenge for the failure of Washington’s schemes in Ukraine and blackmail. Moscow reserves the right to retaliate.

“As for sanctions, they usually have a boomerang effect, and without a doubt will force US-Russian relations into a corner,” he explained. “This is a serious blow to our relationship. And it undermines the long term security interests of the US nation and its people.”

Jul 16 20:07

Murrieta: Border Patrol “will not obey unlawful orders” from Homeland Security and White House

As the Department of Homeland Security and The Department of Health and Human Services scrambled to find food, medical care and shelter for up to 60,000 illegal immigrants making their way into the United States over the last several months, they came up with the idea of shipping thousands of undocumented migrants to detention centers in Murrieta, California.

Jul 14 16:49

‘World is still livable due to BRICS counterbalancing West’

The West is now starting to move to its final decay, with the Russia-China alliance becoming stronger, offering Latin America and other regions a multipolar model of the world, author and international consultant Adrian Salbuchi told RT.

Jul 14 13:33

Amazon tightrope walk to the edge of tomorrow

I came to South America in 2010 on a vision quest, or maybe I should say, to go even more deeply into the ongoing vision quest that characterizes my sojourn on this planet. It first began in the 1950s in Tidewater Virginia, in the fields, orchards, woods, creeks, swamps and salt marshes in the lower Chesapeake Bay region.

Jul 14 07:11

While Argentina Celebrates, Government Quietly Slides Towards Default. Again.

Argentina has made a long habit of defaulting on their obligations; it’s happened 7 times in the last 200 years.

And now, just 13 years after their last default, there’s serious risk they’ll do so again.

Back in 2001, the Argentine economy all but collapsed. In a matter of days, the country went from mild recession to full-blown economic crisis.

The currency went into freefall. Police were out in the streets shooting protestors. Unemployment and crime rates soared overnight. And the nation defaulted on its debt—a record amount at the time.

In less than 30 days, history may repeat.

Jul 11 11:47

Argentineans hold protest at Israel embassy in Buenos Aires

Muslim and Arab organizations have gathered outside the Israeli embassy in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires to express outrage at Tel Aviv’s ongoing atrocities against the Palestinians, Press TV reports.

The Palestinian Federation of Argentina and the Argentinean Islamic Organization gathered during a rally in Buenos Aires to express solidarity with the Palestinians who are living under continual harassment by the Israeli government.

Jul 11 11:19

First Lady of Guatemala: Illegal immigrants not refuges escaping violence

Rosa Leal de Pérez, the first lady of Guatemala, believes the influx of illegal immigrant children into the United States has nothing to do with violence.

Jul 11 09:55

Migrant children used as human pawns to spread infectious disease across America, warn netizens

America is in a de facto state of invasion, and it’s an invasion that was deliberately engineered to “occupy” America with a flood of illegal immigrants known to be carriers of tuberculosis, scabies, lice, AIDS, Swine Flu and other infectious diseases, warn netizens.

Jul 09 13:48

U.S. officials played a role in Chilean killings following 1973 coup, says Chilean judge

It happened 41 years ago, but the aftershocks of an event known in Chile as “el once” continue to reverberate still.

Pronounced “el own-say,” the phrase means “the eleventh,” and it refers to the military coup on September 11, 1973, that overthrew the democratically elected government of Marxist president Salvador Allende, replacing it with 17 years of harsh dictatorial rule under Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

You may have seen the 1982 movie about the coup and its aftermath, entitled Missing, directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek.

The film depicts events surrounding the capture and execution of two Americans – Charles Horman, 31, and Frank Teruggi, 24 – a crime carried out by Chilean security forces in the wake of the U.S-backed coup.

Jul 08 09:08

Russia approves creation of BRICS foreign exchange fund

The Russian Government signed a draft agreement on the creation of a $100 billion pool of currency reserves that the BRICS countries are forming to guard against financial shocks. According to the document, the countries’ dollar reserves will remain on the balance sheets of their central banks. However, these reserves can be made available at the request of one of the parties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

2015 looks as though it will be a very nasty year for the US dollar.

Jul 06 06:55

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child's family make ends meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....as long as it does not interfere with their education", MY ASTROLABE!!

A 10 year old kid who is doing hard physical labor will be exhausted by the time they get to school, may not be able to pay attention in class, and may well get thrown out of school, because they cannot focus, and are irritable.

But hey, Bolivian corporations got precisely what they wanted from this bill, and will be doing the happy dance henceforward; child labor is back, baby!! And back with a vengeance in Bolivia.

Jul 02 18:16

America’s Real Foreign Policy – A Corporate Protection Racket

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. In these comments, I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored, keeping to the United States for several reasons. First, the U.S. is unmatched in its global significance and impact.

Jul 02 10:18

Venezuela, Is The Mutiny Underway Against Maduro?

As if Venezuela's 1,001 endemic problems (economic and social, corruption, crime and state repression) were not enough. Now the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro faces mutiny in its own ranks, which highlights — not for the first time — the difference in charisma and authority between Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chávez, and his successor.

The impact of Maduro's declarations, made days ago in a vigorous speech to members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), have yet to be seen. Speaking in combative terms, he declared that "nobody will take us away from the work Commander Chávez bequeathed us [...] neither the subversive Right nor the outdated Left."

He dismissed his critics as being "disloyal" elements, who had "failed, one and all, when they were ministers."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OF course, this article does not even begin to bring up the issue of consistent US governmental efforts to destabilize this government for years, and bring into being a government more to its liking, and definitely more US-government-centric.

Jun 30 09:13

Argentina Must Pay $539 Million Today - Default Imminent

Argentina is poised to miss a bond payment today, putting the country on the brink of its second default in 13 years, after a U.S. court blocked the cash from being distributed until the government settles with creditors from the previous debt debacle.

Jun 26 06:47

1000s of homeless Brazilians protest in Sao Paulo

Thousands of homeless people have held a protest against their poor living conditions in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, as the South American country hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Jun 24 06:39

Envoy: Venezuela Ready to Become Iran's Exports Hub in Latin America

"Venezuela is ready to turn into a center for Iran's technological exports to other Latin American states," Zambrano told FNA on Tuesday.

He referred to the attempts made by the western countries, specially the US, to prevent Iran from increasing its exports to other states, and said, "Yet, the United States' extensive sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran haven’t been able to prevent exports of Iran-made technology and products to the other world states."

Zambrano underscored that Washington has exerted sanctions and pressures against Tehran because the US officials are fearful of Iran's growing technology and export of its home-made technological products to the other world regions.

Iran has in recent years expanded friendly ties with Latin America, specially in economic, trade and industrial fields.

Jun 19 08:59

Argentina says next bond payment 'impossible', default looms

Argentina threatened to default on its debt on Wednesday when the government called it "impossible" to pay bond service due on June 30, citing a U.S. court decision earlier in the day that increased pressure on the economically ailing country.

Buenos Aires is locked in a 12-year legal fight with creditors who refused to participate in two restructurings that followed Argentina's 2002 default on $100 billion in bonds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder how many people bought credit default swaps on Argentina's debt?

What Argentina ought to be doing is looking for acts of economic sabotage by US intelligence agencies intended to prevent them from being able to repay their loans, to keep them under control and seize their real assets. This was a very common trick of the US in South America all during the 1970s and 1980s. It would work like this. Loan a country so many millions of dollars to develop their coffee industry, then introduce a parasite that wrecked the coffee plants so the loans could not be repaid, then demand political and economic concessions, and transfer of public assets into private hands.

If Argentina could document just one such incidence of sabotage, then they could declare the whole debt fraudulent.

Jun 17 10:17

Risk of new Argentinian debt default after vulture fund verdict

President Cristina Fernandez says Argentina can’t possibly comply with U.S. court orders to pay $1.5 billion in cash to winners of a decade-long debt dispute, the position her country was left in Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government’s final appeal.

Delivering a nationally broadcast address Monday night, Fernandez expressed willingness to negotiate, but said there is simply no way that Argentina can pay in cash, in full, starting just two weeks from now, which is what the U.S. courts have ordered.

“What I cannot do as president is submit the country to such extortion,” Fernandez said.

Under the U.S. court orders, Argentina must hand over $907 million to the plaintiffs, or lose the ability to use the U.S. financial system to pay an equal amount due June 30 to holders of other Argentine bonds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This decision may well plunge the Argentinian economy into complete chaos.

Jun 17 05:51

Argentina: Won’t submit to U.S. ‘extortion’ on debt

Argentina's president is refusing to go along with a U.S. judge's ruling requiring a $1.5 billion repayment of defaulted bonds, even though the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her government's appeals and left the order in place.

In a national address Monday night, Cristina Fernandez repeatedly vowed not to submit to "extortion," and said she had working on ways to keep Argentina's commitments to other creditors despite the threat of losing use of the U.S. financial system.

Jun 10 10:08

No Drinking Water In Venezuela Until Bankers Get Paid Back

2013 was a good year for Goldman Sachs investments in Emerging Markets, most notably Venezuelan bonds (as they bet on socialism and won). A year later and Goldman's EM debt portfolio is still loaded with Venezuelan bonds... and the arrears are mounting. As Bloomberg reports, at a time when Venezuela’s record $25 billion in arrears to importers has its citizens waiting hours in line to buy drinking water and crossing borders in search of medicine, President Nicolas Maduro is using the nation’s dwindling supply of dollars to enrich bondholders.

By putting off the local companies responsible for supplying everything from diapers to cancer medications, Maduro can preserve access to debt markets and protect oil shipments that would be vulnerable to bondholder seizure, said Alejandro Arreaza, an analyst at Barclays. Even if that means fanning the world’s fastest inflation and inflaming protests over shortages that have left at least 42 people dead since February.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 09 10:30

Sao Paulo subway workers defy court order, prolong strike before World Cup opener

Sao Paulo subway workers ignored a court ruling Sunday and extended a strike threatening to cause traffic mayhem at the World Cup’s opening game in Brazil’s biggest city.

The subway staff’s union voted to press on with the strike hours after a labor court ruled it was illegal and imposed a $222,000 fine for every day they fail to work.

The strike has already caused massive traffic jams in the business hub of 20 million people as the city’s new stadium prepares to welcome more than 60,000 fans for Thursday’s Brazil-Croatia game.

The ruling came as more teams arrived in Brazil, with Germany greeted by several hundred people at its northeastern base and England landing in the picturesque city of Rio de Janeiro.

Eighteen of the 32 teams are now on the ground, but the chaos gripping Sao Paulo — the latest in a wave of strikes and protests ahead of the tournament — has distracted the usually passionate footballing nation from the World Cup buildup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With things so bad for most people in Brazil, the Brazilian government made a very lousy decision regarding negotiating to hold the Worlds Cup here.

Knowing how much money was spent for the privilege of so doing, the Brazilian people are fed up, and have every reason to be fed up.

The Brazilian government needs to be very careful, and sensitive right now; otherwise, they just may well have a revolution on their hands in the middle of the World Cup, a double-plus ungood thing to have happen.

Jun 07 07:32

Sao Paulo police use tear gas on protesters six days before World Cup opener

Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas and beat back striking workers with batons during a subway strike that has caused chaos in the Brazilian city just six days before it hosts the opening match of the World Cup.

Jun 04 09:36

Brazil: Anti-FIFA anger reaches fever pitch in Goiania

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Goiania on Tuesday to protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup. A heavy police presence including mounted officers and military police officers (PMGO) was deployed to the protest.

Protesters were chanting slogans against government spending on the upcoming World Cup and FIFA as they marched from Praca Civica to Serra Dourada Stadium, where the Brazil national team was playing a friendly against Panama.

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