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Venezuela opens borders with Aruba and Brazil; Colombia remains closed

The government of Nicolas Maduro is seeking to ease the country’s isolation, reopening borders with Aruba and Brazil after shutting off sea and land access in February to block the opposition from delivering humanitarian aid. Venezuela’s land and sea links with Colombia and two other...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro shocked by high number of penis amputations

While Brazila's President Jair Bolsonaro did not name the exact source of the number of penis amputations that he mentioned, a spokeswoman for the Brazilian Urology Society told Reuters that the figure is "based on official data for penis amputations". Bolsonaro appeared to be distressed...

Best buddies? Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tries to woo Donald Trump.

Are United States President Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, about to become best buddies? And does this mean Trump is developing a soft spot for the South American country? There certainly are signs that seem to suggest this. Bolsonaro has been wooing...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro points to Carnival excesses and triggers Twitter controversy

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has provoked controversy by posting an obscene video of two revelers at Carnival, saying he wanted to reveal the truth about the festival. The clip posted on Twitter shows two men engaging in sex acts on top of a taxi shelter...

Guaido Says He’ll Return Home After Ecuador Visit; Risks Arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed “interim” president, Juan Guaido, on Saturday said he will go home after his visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the Maduro government that he is trying to force from power and risking arrest. Ecuador’s President Lenin...

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Begins With Bolsonaro Backlash

 Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival officially began with street parties and revelry Friday amid expectations the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office would target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities. At Carmelitas, one of Rio’s most traditional street...

Mystery as Huge Dead Whale Found in Brazilian Jungle (Photos and Video)

Biologists in Brazil were left puzzled by the discovery of a dead humpback whale's carcass in a rainforest as it seemed to have no visible wounds. The dead humpback whale was found in a forested a Brazilian municipality located on the island of Marajó, at...

Five Killed, 285 Injured In Saturday’s Clashes At Colombia – Venezuela Border

Venezuela severed diplomatic ties with Colombia in the wake of the violence along the border between the two countries. From Twitter President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday also pledged to stop the aid from coming into Venezuela and called it a coup attempt by the opposition led...

Brazilian Senator Mulls Court Action Over Rape Comment for Showing Deep Cleavage

A Brazilian senator has faced backlash on social media for wearing a revealing outfit at her inauguration ceremony. She insists that the way she dresses has nothing to do with her job and now wants to bring her cyber bullies to justice. Ana Paula da...

Brazil’s Authorities Show Suspicious Funds Transfers to President’s Son Account

Brazilian financial authorities have identified suspicious money transfers into an account of President Jair Bolsonaro's son in 2017, the Globo news outlet reported Saturday, citing the country's Council for Financial Activities Control. According to the outlet, in 2017, 48 cash transfers of 2,000 reals (US$500)...

Brazil troops deployed to stop gang attack violence

Troops from Brazil's National Police Force are being deployed in the northeastern state of Ceara with orders to end a wave of violent attacks by criminal gangs against banks, buses and shops, local officials said Saturday. Close to 300 members of the force arrived in...

Bolsonaro Not Ruling Out US-Brazil Military Cooperation

BUENOS AIRES – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in earlier in January, expressed concern about the recent drills carried out by Russian combat planes in Venezuela. In December, two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 military transport aircraft and an Il-62 plane arrived...

Populism is not an ideology, it’s a political technique which thrives on angry people

Five of the world’s largest democracies now have populist governments, claimed The Guardian last week, and proceeded to name four: the United States, India, Brazil and the Philippines. Which is the fifth? At various points it name-checks Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom, but...

Fascist? Populist? Debate Over Describing Brazil’s Bolsonaro

(VOA) RIO DE JANEIRO, October 20, 2018 — The front-runner in Brazil's presidential race (elected president on October 28) says he wants to liberalize a largely closed economy, so why is he being called a "populist"? His speeches are laden with references to violence, but...

Last minute polls confirm Bolsonaro will be Brazil’s next elected president

The ultra right candidate Jair Bolsonaro continued ahead of Fernando Haddad in the runoff for the Brazilian presidency scheduled to take place this Sunday, 28 October. According to the latest public opinion poll, released late Saturday, the ex Army captain and paratrooper had a...

Bolsonaro’s foreign policy: following on Trump, “Make Brazil Great”

MercoPress - The far-right front-runner in Brazil’s presidential race plans to put foreign policy in the hands of a diplomat who has praised the nationalist agenda of U.S. President Donald Trump that has shaken the global order, an adviser to the candidate said. Policy experts...

You Can Be Black and Politically Conservative

Bolsonaro’s triumph in Brazil has brought back the left/right debate to the forefront. On extremism. It is a debate that, in recent months, has reached a paroxysm. With Trump in the United States, totalitarian feminism in Spain, the rejection of immigration in the United...

Brazil Elections: Bolsonaro, Haddad To Face Off In Second Round

With over 90 percent of the ballots counted, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro wins the first round with 46,3 percent of the vote but fails to reach the 50 percent necessary for getting elected the new president of Brazil on the first round. Fernando Haddad...

Latin American Leaders Travel to New York For 73rd UN General Assembly Debate

World leaders have started arriving in New York to participate in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The official theme for 2018 is Making the U.N. relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies. Two...

Brazil’s Presidential Front-Runner Says Can’t Partake in Debates After Stabbing

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming election, who was recently stabbed at a campaign rally, said he would not be able to participate in TV debates before the first round of the vote due to his condition. "I carefully follow the...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Brazil: Poll Shows Jailed Lula Extending Lead for October Election

BRASILIA — Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by 5 percentage points and would win Brazil's October presidential election if he was allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on Monday. The survey, which was last taken in...

Brazil: Facebook Censors Pages and Profiles of Libertarian Political Party

As presidential elections loom in Brazil, Facebook has closed multiple political pages, but its methods hardly appear impartial, with undue scrutiny being placed on the libertarian Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) party. Through a statement, on Wednesday, July 25, Facebook closed “196 pages and 87 profiles...

Latin America One of Three Regions With Persistent Deforestation

Latin America is one of three regions where deforestation continues, according to The State of the World’s Forests 2018, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. The FAO report indicates that between 1990 and 2015, the world's forests decreased...

Costa Rica vs. Brazil most tweeted game of World Cup 2018 so far

The group stage of the World Cup came to an end on Thursday. 122 goals were scored in the 48 games, and 24 penalties were awarded so far in the 2018 edition, the highest ever in a World Cup. The group stage also witnessed...

Neymar scores! And sister dislocates shoulder

(AFP) When Neymar finally scored against Costa Rica, Brazil cheered, the superstar striker cried, and his sister... dislocated her shoulder. Brazil's SporTV reported Wednesday that Rafaella Santos was so excited at her brother's last-gasp goal in the tricky win against Costa Rica on Friday that...

Who will win the first Latin American World Cup duel? (Video)

On Friday Costa Rica and Brazil face off in the only match between Latin American teams of the entire first phase of the 2018 World Cup Russia. Neither of them can afford the defeat after their stuttering start, so the match promises maximum emotion....

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

Brazilian Police Under Pressure to Catch Killer of Campaigning Politician

A city councillor in Rio de Janeiro has denied any involvement in the assassination of campaigning politician Marielle Franco, who was gunned down in March. Franco was a black lesbian who believed paramilitary groups were targeting people in impoverished neighborhoods for extra-judicial killings. On Thursday,...

‘Breathtaking homicidal violence’: Latin America in grip of murder crisis

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5 million murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” says the report by...

Venezuela: ‘Lula’s Imprisonment Directed by US Empire’

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved a resolution demonstrating solidarity with Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian people. Brazil’s former President Lula (R) and Venezuela’s former President Chavez during a ceremony in Salvador City in 2013. | Photo: Cubadebate Constituent...

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