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Why Latin America Has No Serious Separatist Movements

(The Economist) LATIN AMERICA is linked to Spain and Portugal by language, culture and ancestry as well as by investment and the shared project of democracy. So it is not surprising that Latin Americans have been gripped by the conflict over Catalonia’s future. Se...

Switzerland to Take Part in Bi-Oceanic Train Route Through 5 South American Countries

Switzerland has officially joined the bi-oceanic train project that will connect five South American countries as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans by as soon as 2024. On December 14, President of Bolivia Evo Morales and Minister of Public Works Milton Claros will travel...

‘US Champion of Dirty Wars and Interventionism’: Evo Morales on JFK Files

Bolivian President Evo Morales said the United States is the “champion of dirty wars and interventionism,” Saturday in response to the JFK files recently published detailing some CIA and FBI operations. Following the release of the documents, Morales denounced the U.S. record of military interventions,...

Bolivia Inaugurates Construction of its First Electric Railroad

The beginning of construction for Bolivia's first electric train was inaugurated by President Evo Morales on Thursday in a public ceremony that brought together various supporters of the major transportation project, including government representatives, academics, and business owners. “Work on the metropolitan train has already...

Morales: Trump, KKK Promoter, Can’t Lecture Latin America

Bolivia's President Evo Morales says the U.S. President Donald Trump “cannot teach democracy and freedom to Latin America because he promotes the racism and xenophobia of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)”, a white supremacist, right-wing group created in the 19th century in the United...

Bolivia President Accuses US of “Recolonizing” Latin America through Venezuela

(Q24N) Bolivian President Evo Morales has once again criticized the United States of wanting to “recolonize” Latin America and the Caribbean, with Venezuela being their “strategic playing piece.” “Today the empire silently practices the strategy of revenge,” he said during a speech at the 192nd...

Lawrence Pezzullo, Who Brokered End Nicaragua’s Somoza Regime, Dies at 91

Lawrence Pezzullo, an American diplomat who brokered the 1979 resignation of Nicaraguan strongman Anastasio Somoza Debayle, whose family had ruled the country for more than four decades, died July 26 at his home in Baltimore. He was 91. The cause was heart ailments, said a...

Bolivian President Acknowledges Coca Production Diverted to Black Market

(Q24N) Bolivian President Evo Morales acknowledged that part of his country’s coca production is being diverted to an illegal market. “Unfortunately, part of the coca crop goes to an illegal coca market in the West,” Morales said in his closing speech at the Coca Fair,...

Bolivian president’s ex-girlfriend gets 10 year jail term

(Q24N) Gabriela Zapata, the 31-year old ex-girlfriend of Bolivian President Evo Morales, was sentenced to ten years in prison on corruption charges on Tuesday, capping a steamy case that also involved allegations of a hidden love child. Zapata, a former manager at the Chinese engineering group...

Young Bolivian Woman Abducted to Peru Escapes Human Trafficking Gang

(Q24N) A 21-year-old Bolivian girl who had been reported missing for four days was able to escape a human trafficking gang in Peru. As the girl, named Xiomi, told the Peruvian press, she does not know how she got to Lima; however she remembers that...

Bolivia Mobilizes Troops to the Border as Chile Warns of Escalation

(Q24N) Bolivia has mobilized troops to the Chilean border in an effort to increase efforts against contraband activity. Chile President Michelle Bachelet and officials in her administration said that while the country’s intent is good, they do not want an increased military presence to “escalate into something...

Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

(Q24N / Insightcrime.org) Bolivia's government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country's otherwise largely successful coca policy: the gap between legal production and legal consumption. On February...

Italian Wine With Coca From Bolivia

(Q24N) Bolivian Minister of Development Planning, Mariana Prado, informed here that representatives of the enterprise Vino Mariani of Italy, are interested in elaborating their products using Bolivian coca leaf. Prado declared to local media that in a meeting of that enterprise with president Evo Morales...

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

(Q TRAVEL) By Simon Williams - Latin America boasts some of the worlds most postcard worthy beaches, particularly in Brazil and Costa Rica. As top honeymoon destinations, they wouldn’t be complete without some truly magical sunsets, and both offer them almost every night of...

Evo Morales Slams Argentina’s Trump-Style Border Wall Proposal

(Q24N) “Discriminatory policies that condemn and criminalize migration are a shameful retreat to rights conquered by our peoples,” Morales tweeted. Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke out Thursday against a proposed wall by Argentina's Mauricio Macri government alongside its shared northern border with Bolivia and Paraguay. We are...

Peru Seizes US$30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars, Biggest Ever

Q24N NEWS - A recent operation by police in Peru led to the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the country's history, illustrating the sophistication and scale of the counterfeiting industry in the Andean nation infamous for its production of fake bills. The Peruvian Interior...

‘Crime without Punishment’: Brazil’s Massive Contraband Trade

LATIN AMERICA  - An investigation into Brazil's massive contraband trade highlights the scope of the problem and the modus operandi of smuggling networks responsible for economic losses of around $20 billion dollars a year. During a two-month investigation called "Crime without Punishment," Brazilian newspaper Folha...

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